I now use it every day at work. Of course I have a few games on it (although my kids play the games far more than I do), and I check emails on it frequently, but I was surprised at the number of useful engineering-related apps I found. So I want to list my most useful ones:
- Penultimate - I use this app for taking notes all the time. But be warned, I found the interface somewhat cumbersome until I bought a soft-pin stylus.
- eDrawings - At least every other week I get a SolidWorks drawing for review, either from in house or a vendor. This apps is a very handy tool for viewing those models and easily showing them to someone else. For example, a few months ago I brought it into the lab so I could look at a test chuck model and debug a machining problem.
- VNC Viewer - I am responsible for multiple test stations, each with a separate IP address. With this app on my iPad I can check those stations when I'm sitting in a boring meeting and don't have my laptop.
- NI DAQ Device Pinouts - A handy little app that simply lists all the pinout diagrams for the multitude of NI DAQ appliances, this tool has come in handy several times lately.
- Mariner Calc - I've used this tool a few times in the lab or in meetings when I didn't have access to a computer. Not bad for a cheap spreadsheet.
- Filebrowser - It's a nice app for navigating the internal computers on the company intranet.
- 2X Client RDP - While my computer screen is a little cramped viewing it through my iPad, working on it when I'm in a boring meeting (see above) can come in handy.