I was an early iPad convert. Initially my thinking was along the lines of "I can't see how it could replace my laptop, and what would I use it for." Now like so many other people, I use my iPad more than any other computer.
To make an iPad really useful you have to have useful apps. So I'm going to try and maintain a list of the apps that I can't live without.
And I promise there will be no rants about games. I'll leave that to those with nothing better to do.
App number 1. Remoter Pro
This provides reliable Remote Desktop, VNC, Ssh (although The current version has a keyboard issue with symbols).
It supports opening a ssh tunnel then running vnc or RDP through the tunnel.
App number 2. iSSH
This used to be my number 1app but remoter pro does vnc and RDP better. I still use this app for reliable ssh sessions and for creating an encrypted tunnel to run other apps through.
App number 3. Docs to go
MS word and excel compatible. Need I say more.
App number 4. Letter opener
This little app opens those annoying win.dat attachments. I get quite a few of these and although the gmail client app will seamlessly open win.dat files, I don't like the way the gmail mail client doesn't let you chose which app to view your attachments with.
App number 4. iAnnotate
This does everything you could ever imagine with PDF files.
App number 5. SQLServer
A great SQL Server client. Connects directly into the database and let's you run queries, edit, delete, and add records. Nice easy interface.
App number 6. iFiles
A very handy file accessing tool. Supports lots of network connection protocols.
App number 7. Remote (for apple iTunes, just got a Zeppelin air so this app is a must )