iPad Air as a Notebook Replacement: 10 Apps to Do the Trick

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2013-11-06 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

NEWS ANALYSIS: There's an ongoing debate in the technology world over whether it'd be possible to replace notebooks with tablets to handle all the day's tasks. Some have argued that making such a move isn't beyond the realm of reason, since an increasing number of slates come with features and internal components that can nearly match those found in notebooks. Apple's recently launched iPad Air, for example, has a 64-bit processor and graphics functionality that can about match the capabilities of a lightweight notebook. Since tablets are lighter and more compact than notebooks, they seem like a suitable option. But for those considering such a move, the big barrier is application support. Most apps were originally developed for full-featured laptops. That means that any and all apps people need are readily available on their computers. It also means that making the switch to a tablet might appear to be more trouble than it's worth. The truth, however, is that switching from a PC to the new iPad Air shouldn't be such an arduous task. The apps highlighted in this eWEEK slide show will let anybody jump to the iPad Air and hardly miss their PCs of old.

 
 
 
  • iPad Air as a Notebook Replacement: 10 Apps to Do the Trick

    by Don Reisinger
    1 - iPad Air as a Notebook Replacement: 10 Apps to Do the Trick
  • Apple iWork Suite for Business Professionals on the Go

    Apple's iWork Suite is a must-have for anyone looking to take the leap to tablets. Offered in separate applications, iWork comes with a word processor (Pages), a spreadsheet app (Numbers) and a presentation offering (Keynote). The apps are a little pricey at $9.99, but they're functional and deliver solid performance. They're a nice option.
    2 - Apple iWork Suite for Business Professionals on the Go
  • SugarSync Keeps Data Up-to-Date on Other Devices

    SugarSync is an extremely handy application. The free app allows users to automatically sync folders on a computer to other devices, and share information through the cloud to ensure important data is anywhere a user needs it. SugarSync even offers 5GB of free space. Not bad.
    3 - SugarSync Keeps Data Up-to-Date on Other Devices
  • Netflix for When You Have Time for Entertainment

    For many people, laptops are more than just computing devices; they're entertainment products. Realizing that, folks looking to ditch PCs should download the free Netflix app. With it, they'll be able to access all Netflix streams, as long as they have signed up for the company's streaming plan. It's a great way to stay connected to the entertainment world.
    4 - Netflix for When You Have Time for Entertainment
  • Dropbox to Access Data Files Anywhere

    Dropbox, another free app, is a fine way to send and receive large files between the iPad Air and other computers. Better yet, it can be used as a storage option for those who wish they had more capacity on their iPad Air. Dropbox is one of the more popular cloud-storage services for a reason. And it shouldn't be overlooked.
    5 - Dropbox to Access Data Files Anywhere
  • Google Chrome Browser: An Alternative to Safari

    Want to feel at home on the iPad Air? Ditch Safari and go with Google's Chrome browser. Google Chrome works similarly to the company's desktop application and also allows for full syncing between devices when a user signs in with his or her personal account. It's a free app, too, which always helps.
    6 - Google Chrome Browser: An Alternative to Safari
  • Calendars 5

    Although the iPad Air's iOS 7 installation bundles a Calendar application, it's not nearly as powerful as some of the third-party apps available. Take, for example, Readdle's Calendar 5, a calendar that both handles tasks and ensures a person's schedule is kept up-to-date. Calendars 5 is effective both online and off and comes with voice recognition. Unlike many of the apps in this roundup, however, Calendars 5 is a little pricey (for the mobile realm, that is), coming in at $6.99.
    7 - Calendars 5
  • iMovie to Edit Video for Work or Pleasure

    If the plan is to ditch the PC and go with a tablet, editing and producing family movies will still be a requirement. That's where iMovie comes in. Apple's $4.99 app allows users to download or capture video on their iPads and edit it before producing it. With an Apple TV and AirPlay, those films can even be watched on a television. Not bad.
    8 - iMovie to Edit Video for Work or Pleasure
  • Splashtop 2 Remote Desktop Connects Tablets to Desktops, Laptops

    Although the plan is to ditch the PC entirely, there are times when the old computing relic comes in handy. For those cases, it's important to have Splashtop 2 Remote Desktop. The application allows iPad owners to access their computers from the slate, make changes to documents, and more. And at $4.99, it's a bargain, given its deep feature list.
    9 - Splashtop 2 Remote Desktop Connects Tablets to Desktops, Laptops
  • Adobe Reader to Read Documents Anywhere

    Apple's iOS 7 PDF viewer is by no means a bad option, but sometimes, Adobe Reader is a requirement to view PDFs the right way. For those cases, having Adobe Reader on hand is a good thing. The free application lets users access, manage and share PDFs from their iPad Air devices, and even fill out forms. It's an all-around solid app.
    10 - Adobe Reader to Read Documents Anywhere
  • GoToMeeting for When You're Away From Your Desk

    When folks are away from the office, but still need to be in on an important meeting, GoToMeeting can be a useful option. The application, which is free to download, allows iPad owners to connect to meetings, share information, listen in and collaborate face-to-face, thanks to the tablet's front-facing camera.
    11 - GoToMeeting for When You're Away From Your Desk
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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