Disclaimer: I tried to publish this article (with my iPad) as a "list". I failed three times.
The modern tablet computer is a very robust piece of equipment, but some thought must go into replacing a laptop. In addition to an email account, and access to a computer and printer with internet access, I found that a few key accessories, applications, and techniques were necessary. Of note is the lack of a real solution for the use of a flash memory drive with an iPad. Fortunately "cloud"-based storage options are abundant.
Here's a list of ten suggestions for prepping an iPad to replace a laptop.
1. Use a wireless keyboard
It's frustrating to type much without one.
2. Get Pages, Doc Scanner, and Adobe Reader apps
Notes is fine for what you'd put on a "sticky", but you'll need Pages for actual documents.
Photos is not the best for obtaining an image of a paper document, whiteboard, or receipt. Apps such as Doc Scanner work much better.
The Adobe Reader app allows conversion to ".pdf" files - and has available cloud storage.
3. Use the screen shot function
Create a folder (album) for storage
While holding the top button, click the "Home" button. You now have a photo screen shot.
Convert screen shot photos to .pdf files or email them to archive.
4. Clouds have silver linings
Email accounts can be free "cloud" storage of attachments
iCloud allows storage and sharing
Adobe Reader allows cloud storage of .pdf files.
5. HDMI and VGA adapters
Get the latest iOS update
Adapters are "plug and play" to mirror your screen on a monitor.
6. Get a drawing app
Brainstorm or sketch with a stylus or your finger
Paper and ArtRage are good examples of drawing apps
7. Mobile specific websites (MSWs)
An app isn't always needed to use a website.
Put MSWs and full websites on home screen for app-like function
8. Get a smaller bag or use a smaller pocket
Enjoy carrying less.
9. Carry power adapters
Due to rapid start-up and functionality, you'll use it all the time.
Prepare to charge from wall and car outlets, as many USB outlets will not charge an iPad.
10. Know where to find free Wi-Fi
Unless you paid for the broadband model and a data plan, you'll become used to finding free Wi-Fi.
Coffee shops, libraries, airports, and Hotels are great resources.