The iPad is a more capable device than a lot of people may realize.
Despite iOS being a scaled-down operating system, there are loads of features buried inside of it, and it's robust enough to run some powerful apps on top of it.
These are our favorite features and capabilities (whether native or app-assisted) in our iPads.
Access your home computer and use it from anywhere in the world
We've been using and loving iTeleport ($24.99) as a means to access our computer at home while we're out and about with our iPad. Start and stop large downloads, email yourself files you need while you're mobile, or scare your family by playing music from an empty room.
You'll come up with plenty of your own creative ways to use this app.
Remotely wake up your home computer
If you want to use the previously mentioned VNC software and your computer is set to go to sleep after a certain period of inactivity, you need to wake it up before remotely accessing it.
A number of apps support a protocol called "Wake On LAN." All this means is that they can push a signal from your router to your computer to wake it up. Then you can fire up your VNC app to take care of whatever you like.