The iPad is a tablet designed for browsing the Web, playing multimedia files and creating new content. Because of its size and weight, the iPad is useful as a portable computer and gaming device. Applications from the Apple App Store introduce additional functionality to the iPad.
Many people use the iPad primarily as a content consumption device. For instance, users can check the latest news and status updates on Facebook and Twitter via their respective apps for the iPad. Because it has graphics capabilities that are comparable to the quality of graphics in modern video game consoles, the iPad is a great device for playing video games. In addition, users can use the tablet as an e-reader and peruse digital books from Apple iBooks, Amazon Kindle and other e-book distribution networks.
All iPad owners can get a free copy of the iWork and iLife suite of apps. Apps from the iWork suite include Pages, Numbers and Keynote, which let users create documents, spreadsheets and presentations on the iPad. Apps from the iLife suite cater to creative endeavors and let users edit photos, videos and music. The iPad comes with front- and back-facing cameras that let users make video calls, take photos and record videos.