Apple iPad: the Ultimate Dad Computer?


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  • Since working from home, I have used the basic iPad more than I ever thought I would use a tablet.
  • The iPad has been handy when working away from the desk, playing games or watching videos with my son, and more.
  • While I recommend an iPad with more storage, even the $329 model can do everything I’ve done and then some.

Apple has been trying to get its customers to think of the iPad as the next evolution of the mobile computer for a long time now. Admittedly, being a computing geek at heart, I have resisted that narrative pretty strongly.

However, being a father to a 3-year-old (and receiving the basic, $329 iPad from my wife as a 2020 Father’s Day gift), has drastically changed my outlook on the iPad as an incredibly versatile device — even for getting real work done in a pinch.

Here’s a look at all the ways even the most affordable iPad has been a major upgrade in my life, and could be for you, too.