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A few days back I was up all night with a cold, so the following afternoon I felt like I just needed to take a nap. I wandered off to my bedroom and was about to pass out, but I felt like I needed to set an alarm. My iPhone was nowhere to be found, so I picked up what was handy — my iPad.

Now I’ve used my iPad for the clock before, but I couldn’t remember when. Setting the alarm seemed so foreign to me, but maybe that was just the cold talking.

What about you? Do you use the clock app on your iPad? Let us know in the poll to the right!

Being that my job is to review apps, I make quite a few purchases from the App Store. Some apps are free, some aren’t, it all depends on what it is, but I always get a receipt from the iTunes Store when all is said and done. In fact, I get so many of those that it would concern me if it wasn’t, you know, my job.

But what about you? Do you spend lots on iTunes and the App Store or are you keeping it as low cost as possible? Let us know in the poll to the right!

We’re not big fans of Valentine’s Day around our house — or at least that’s what I tell myself as I run to the store to buy something for the wife. But we often do find ourselves with a lot of things in common when it comes to tech. If I get a new iPhone, my wife has to get one, too. That wasn’t the case with the iPad until the mini came out, and now we both have iPad minis that we carry around everywhere.

What about you? Do you and your significant other both have iPads? Let us know in the poll to the right!

When I bought my first iPad, I got home, unwrapped it and put most of my movies on the shiny device. But the music? That stayed right in my iTunes library because I didn’t need it. And why would I? There was never a point where I could see myself hanging around and listening to music on my iPad when my iPhone was just as close and more convenient.

But what about you? Do you listen to your music collection on your iPad? Let us know in the poll to the right!

There are two things that I do the most with my iPad. Either I’m reading a comic book or watching a movie. It’s a great way to watch something from my iTunes library without using the resources on my Mac. That, and both activities are great when I travel.

So what about you? Do you ever watch movies or video on your iPad, or is your iPad used for other stuff? Let us know in the poll to the right!

I was testing an app on my iPad mini the other day, and was thinking about the stereo speakers on the bottom of the device. They don’t get super loud (although that’s not really shocking), but it gets the job done for me, typically. As I thought about it more, I wasn’t sure that I had ever used a pair of headphones on the iPad — or any of my iPads, other than once on a flight.

Looking among the rest of my friends and family, I saw that some use docks, some use headphones and sometimes even a Bluetooth speaker. What about you? Do you use headphones or something similar with your iPad? Let us know in the poll to the right!

Every so often I’ll be out at an event, or maybe just watching TV, and I’ll see someone using their iPad either to take video or a still shot. And I think to myself, “Why are they doing that?” To me, it looks like you’re holding a clipboard in front of your face, and it’s just not quite as svelte or nice as it would be with your iPhone or dedicated camera.

But maybe that’s just me. What do you think? Do you use your iPad to take pictures or shoot videos? Let us know in the comments to the right!

My dad is an absolute nightmare to purchase gifts for, be it Christmas or otherwise. This year, we gave him an iTunes gift card, but we did it by putting it inside of an envelope that was inside a box, and another, and another, with 5 total packages. See, the way we see it, he’s always a pain in the butt, so we can pay him back a bit — all in good fun, of course.

But between myself and my wife, we also received a few Apple goodies as well. So what about you? Did you give or receive Apple products at any point during the holiday season? Let us know in the poll to the right!

In last week’s poll, we asked if you still thought the iPad mini was worth it, and we received an interesting comment from kralnor:

It won’t be until apps start taking full advantage of the processing power available in the full sized iPads that people will start feeling differently I think. But again that will only be power users at that point.

The sticking point for me was “power user,” a term I had never really applied to iPad users before. But it makes sense. They’re the people who use their iPads for everything, from work to hobbies and everything in between.

What about you? Do you consider yourself to be an iPad power user? Let us know in the poll to the right!

When the iPad mini first came out, many of the reviews were quite positive. But Dave Winer of Gizmodo famously wrote:

By the way, this is why the orchestrated reviews of products are often worthless. I invite Mossberg, Pogue or Gruber to re-review their iPad Mini now, a week after their initial reviews, and let us know if they’re actually using it. And if they still think it’s a winner.

Well, I’ve been using my iPad mini this whole time, and put my full sized iPad to the side. The mini is now my go-to device, no hyperbole at all.

What about you? If you own an iPad mini, is it worth it? Still? Let us know in the poll to the right!

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