It goes without saying that the iPad became nearly an instant hit on the tech market when it was first unveiled in 2010. But, is it right for you? Some users have a greater need for a mobile tablet than other people, and owners of other Apple devices may also find an iPad more appealing. If you’re not sure whether the iPad is right for you, here is the skinny on what it can and can’t do for you.

Ease of Use

If you’re familiar with using an iPhone or iPod, then you’ll be able to pick up an iPad and use its features without hesitation or frustration. On the other hand, if you’re not Apple product savvy then the iPad might be more difficult for you to use at first than one with a different operating system. That being said, the iPad is designed to be pretty user friendly, so even a novice can understand how to slide the screen and download a new application. Applications, such as games and social media platforms, can be opened with one tap of the finger.

Syncing

The iPad can sync apps between other Apple devices, such as the iPhone. For instance, when a user downloads a song on her iPhone she can have it automatically transferred to her iPad the next time the two devices share a data or Wi-Fi connection. Similarly, the applications you pay for on one device can be used on another. This makes the iPad very appealing to people who already have an Apple device. If you don’t have another Apple gadget you will need to purchase all new applications for your iPad, but fortunately apps are nominally priced.

Cost

An iPad that connects just to a wireless Internet network doesn’t require an monthly subscription fee. However, if you want to use a cellular provider’s 3G network you will have to pay an additional fee to get service. Signing up for 3G means that you can use your device from any of the same places you can use a cell phone. For mobile tablet users on the go, 3G opens up a new world of possibilities for where they can get online. It’s worth noting that other mobile tablets can also get users online over 3G networks.

Whether the iPad is right for you depends a lot on how much you want to spend on a device and its applications, as well as how familiar you are with Apple products. It can be a useful and fun tool, paying for itself swiftly when you’re able to use it every day.