Top iPad apps for Windows users: Part I

Woody leonhard By Woody Leonhard

Full disclosure: I love my iPad2. Don’t know how I ever lived without it.

On the other hand, I have a complex, love-hate dependency on Windows. Getting the best from both? Not so easy.

A Windows user since it came on a 3.5-inch floppy, my decision to buy an iPad was something of a lark. I had no compelling need for it. But my wife wanted a little Web browser for the kitchen, and a neighbor had rave reviews about the iPad’s ability to keep his toddler occupied for hours. So I took the plunge, and I’m glad I did!

From a PC user’s perspective, its limitations can make it seem like a bad investment — at least initially. After all, its screen-based keyboard is hell for a touch-typist, it’s incompatible with many standard Windows apps such as Office and Flash, and it’s too expensive to just leave sitting on the table most of the time. The typical smartphone has more tricks than the iPad, and you can carry the phone in your pocket.

No, the typical PC user’s first impression of the iPad is that it’s cute, it does a few things well, and it’s fun for kids and the not-so-computer-savvy members of the family. However, the PC still runs rings around the iPad in a dozen different ways.

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Woody Leonhard

About Woody Leonhard

Woody Leonhard is a Windows Secrets senior editor and a senior contributing editor at InfoWorld. His latest book, the comprehensive 1,080-page Windows 8 All-In-One For Dummies, delves into all the Win8 nooks and crannies. His many writings tell it like it is — whether Microsoft likes it or not.