Ditch your computer
Admittedly, this is a HUGE step, but honestly much easier than you’d expect! A few years ago, it would have been difficult–but now, almost everything you have on your computer can be found in some form in the iOS App Store, and (in my opinion) is even easier to use.
IMPORTANT: MAKE SURE you have acquired a keyboard case before you take this step, it makes a world of difference!
STEP 1: Convert to the iOS platform. These apps will take over everything you used your computer for (am I missing something? Shoot me a comment below!).
Word processing/spreadsheets/etc – Easily done by Apple’s Pages, Numbers, and Keynote apps, but if you’re a hardcore Microsoft fan, you can also get Word, Excel, and Powerpoint for iOS.
Music creation – Garageband & many others
Video composition – iMovie, Replay, etc.
Photo editing – Pixelmator, Aviary
Graphic design – iDraw (literally a direct replacement for Adobe Illustrator and similar design programs. LOVE) or Photoshop Touch (not quite as awesome, but offers more photo manipulation tools).
File management – Documents 5, Transmit, Google Drive, Dropbox
Writing/drawing – Notability, Penultimate, Paper, Sketchbook
Weather – Weatherbug, Yahoo Weather, The Weather Channel
Package tracking – Deliveries
Secure info storage (passwords, bank/credit info, etc) – 1Password
Flash website access – Puffin Web Browser. We even do homeschooling online via the iPad now using the Puffin Academy app (which is basically a kid-friendly version of Puffin Web Browser) in combination with Time4Learning (free 14-day trial, full PreK-12th curriculum! Mention me if you sign up :) Stephanie Jones / jornie @ me . com).
Book reading – iBooks, Kindle for iPad, Nook for iPad
Media viewing/listening – OPlayer
STEP 2: Thin out and back up all your existing computer files (converting as necessary). We have acquired a portable hard drive and a QGenie–this awesome little device that lets you wirelessly stream all your data to your iPad via FTP or WebDav. Sounds a lot more confusing than it is, but basically we’ve transferred all our important files to that hard drive, and can now see/work with them anytime from our iPads thanks to the QGenie and an app like Transmit.
If you have proprietary files that you’ll be accessing with different programs in the future, make sure you check them for compatibility before you get rid of your computer completely. For instance, if you have Microsoft Word files that you’ll be using with Pages for iOS in the future, make sure you check that you can open them on your iPad. You may also want to ensure any video files are in an iPad-compatible format, but this is not absolutely necessary as there are several video apps that can read multiple formats.
PLEASE do yourself a favor, though, and take this opportunity to get rid of all the random files you don’t really need anymore… Think of it as a spring cleaning for your data.
STEP 3: Set up iCloud backup on your iPad, so you’re not tied to the computer if you have to get a new device for any reason. When you’re sure you’ve got everything just the way you want it, reformat that computer and resell it! BE FREE. :)
Is there anything you have more questions about? Comment below and I’ll do my best get back to you ASAP! Like I said, we’ve been doing this for a year now and haven’t looked back, so I know you can do it, too! For even more ways to save money, read part two of our Extreme Saving series.
Because we LOVE you, and so does ClamCase, we coordinated with them to give one lucky reader a FREE ClamCase Pro for iPad Mini! Congrats to our winner (displayed below)!