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June 11, 2015 at 12:10 am

While you know you want an iPad, do you really know how to make it an exceptional gadget? Can you turn it into all the things you need, from a camera to a camcorder to a computer to a voice recorder? Read on to find tips to turn your iPad into a multi-use machine.

If you want to stream content with your iPad, you will have to be aware of battery life. One successful method that makes your battery last longer is to lower the brightness of the screen. You probably won’t even miss using the brightest setting.

If you do a lot of typing on your iPad, consider buying a portable Bluetooth keyboard. Doing a lot of typing on a virtual on-screen keyboard will most likely cause a lot of pain in your finger joints. Buying a portable Bluetooth keyboard for your iPad will make it possible for you to type long documents on your tablet comfortably.

Turn off your Wi-Fi when not in use. Your iPad will constantly search for Wi-Fi signals even when you don’t want it to. That is, if your Wi-Fi is turned on. When you are out and about and don’t need Wi-Fi, simply turn it off. It will extend your battery.

You can change the default search engine to something besides Google if you wish. Just click on Settings, then Safari and then Search Engine. You can use alternatives like Bing or Yahoo instead of Google.

If you have some recently purchased apps from the app store you want to hide, it’s quite easy! Open up the App Store and click on the ‘purchased’ tab on the bottom of your screen. It should give you a list of apps and choose the one you wish to hide. Swipe over the app or right over it, and it should now grey out over the ‘installed’ button. A red button will pop up and you will now have the option to hide the app.

Do you want your iPad to help you avoid traffic jams? You can do this with your Maps app. There is a page icon on the bottom right of the screen. Touch that and select Traffic. This will cause the iPad to download traffic data from the Internet. Now you will see green (normal), yellow (slow) and red (stop-and-go) notations on the map.

The best case truly insures your iPad against damage. You should invest more than a few dollars in a strong, protective hard or soft case. A folio is another excellent choice as it protects both the screen and the iPad itself. $50-80 is a good estimate of the cost of a truly protective case, so don’t cheap out!

Whether you want to replace your laptop, camera, recipe book or telephone, the iPad can do it all and more. It can be your gaming system, timer or voice recorder, but only if you know how to get it working for you. Keep the advice here in mind as you use your iPad and you’ll find you love it even more.