So you bought yourself an iPad. If that’s true, it can only mean one thing. You’re one of those people. The kind who need to be on the cutting edge of things. The kind who need to have every new gadget before their friends. The kind who worship the very ground upon which Steve Jobs walks. Don’t worry, I’m not making fun of you. If I could afford it, I’d be right there with you. I love the products of Apple. They are the technological lifeblood of this very website. Every article that is published ends up on the screen of a Mac computer before it hits your eyes.
That said, I’ve found this new iPad contraption to be something of an enigma. It is yet again another product that doesn’t look like something I would need. Leave it to Apple to deliver a product that fills a void in my life that I never knew existed. Just another way for them to run off with several hundred of my hard-earned dollars. It makes me sick. Giddy, but also sick.
And though I’ve spent weeks thinking that the iPad is nothing more than an over-sized iPhone, I decided to do some research. If I were to buy an iPad — as a movie lover — what would I do with it? You may be surprised by what I’ve found. Here is a quick list of 5 Cool Things that Movie Lovers Can Do with an iPad…
1. Watch whole movies via iTunes
One of the fads of the late 90s and last decade was the portable DVD player. Having worked in electronics retail during this period of time, I can tell you that it was all the rage. To be able to take your movies in the car could mean the difference between the trip from hell (in which you had to actually talk to your family) or a peaceful, headphoned romp through the plains. Now you can do it without having to lug your Case Logic 42-count DVD storage case around. It all fits (or at least some of it fits) on your iPad. And if you don’t have the movie you want — and we all know that your favorite road trip movie is National Lampoon’s Vacation — you can buy it on iTunes.
2. Watch whole movies via Netflix Instant
Not into paying $10 on iTunes for your movies? How about a Netflix application that connects you wirelessly to Netflix Watch Instantly? I’ve been in love with this service for a while. In fact, it has throttled my newfound love of Doctor Who to no end, leading me to become a full-on convert to the world of the TARDIS. If it can do that for someone like me, think about what it might do for you. All of this is included in the free Netflix application that you can download to your iPad via the App Store. Not too shabby for the mobile, hostile, versatile movie-lovers among us.
3. Read Marvel Comics in between movies
Think about it. You can’t wait to see Iron Man 2. But you’ve watched all five trailers and for another month, there isn’t much for you to see. Maybe you’re even already lined up at your local movie theater waiting to buy your tickets. So what are you going to do in the mean time? With the iPad, you can read about your favorite heroes with the Marvel Comics apps. The folks over at Geeks of Doom have a wonderful breakdown on why they think this will change the way we read comics. For one, it’s less clutter for your mom’s basement. She’ll appreciate that. (Calm yourselves. That’s a joke.)
4. Watch movie trailers and clips
Everyone loves a movie trailer (or seven, in this day and age). And while the obvious answer here is that iTunes hosts a bunch of movie trailers, including a lot of great exclusive trailers from week-to-week, there is also MySpace. The folks at MySpace posted a note on their corporate blog this week showing their commitment to your iPad experience. They’ve specially formatted some of the hottest new trailers — including Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Tron Legacy and the upcoming debut of the Resident Evil: Afterlife trailer. Now you can get them all in sweet HD on your iPad.
5. Read Film School Rejects, your favorite movie website
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the IMDb application — which every iPhone user has grown to love in recent months — has also been adapted for the iPad. Moving on, most of your favorite movie blogs should also be readable on the iPad, including Film School Rejects. As iPhone users found out, we’ve got a special template for mobile devices. We’re told that this clean look will also appear for iPad users. Though, none of us can afford one just yet — so we haven’t had a chance to test it out. If any of you pick up an iPad and are reading this, please feel free to let us know what it looks like.
So there you have it. Five things that you can do on an iPad, on the go, that relate to movies. It all feels painfully obvious, but it’s always worth saying. Because as you’re about to find out, it’s likely that you will get that over-sized iPhone home and wonder why the hell you spent $500 on it in the first place. At least now, you have something to do while you ponder such a conundrum.
For more on the iPad visit Apple.com/iPad