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I'd be lost without it!
Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi 16 GB
Member Name: CosmicLove
Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi 16 GB
Date: 17/03/13, updated on 18/03/13 (32 review reads)
Advantages: Robust, stylish, good sized screen, light, does lots of things
Disadvantages: No major ones
My beloved iPad was a present from my fiancé last Christmas. I have used it everyday since then and while I was unsure at first and easily became frustrated with it (due to the lack of keyboard), I have to say that I think I'd be lost without it now. I had actually asked my fiancé for a kindle, and not an iPad, but he decided to buy me an iPad because he apparently thought that I would prefer it as according to him 'it does more'. In actual fact, I know full well that he didn't want a kindle, and knew that if he bought me an iPad he'd be able to share it with me! I'll be truthful (and hope he doesn't read this) and admit that because I was convinced that I would be getting just what I wanted (a kindle), I was extremely disappointed and pretty annoyed. Mainly because I enjoy saving money so to know that my fiancé had forked out his hard earned money (i believe it cost him over £300) for something that a laptop already does when I already have a laptop was very, very annoying.
I didn't think that I'd get much use out of it, which is why I initially deemed it as a waste of money, but in actual fact I now use it everyday - nowadays I use it much more than my laptop. I very rarely even use my laptop anymore unless I want to upload pictures onto it. When I do use my laptop, I don't really enjoy it as much as when I use my iPad if that makes sense. My laptop over heats, is loud, takes up more space on my lap/desk and is heavier. My iPad however isn't much bigger than a book and fits neatly on my lap, weighs almost nothing and makes absolutely no loud humming noises and never overheats! It did take time to get used to a smaller screen, but it is big enough for me. Though I do definitely think that I could manage with just my iPad if I got rid of my laptop, I have decided to keep it for now.
The first reason being that I often need to reinstall my wireless network driver as it plays up a lot and my iPad has no cd drive, so if I didn't have my laptop I would have no way of fixing my Internet. The second reason is that I am currently doing a course which requires a lot of paper work to be typed up and printed off, which with an iPad would require me to buy all sorts of additional gadgets to attach to it, and even then I'm not quite sure if its actually possible to print from an iPad. The third reason is that I don't find the iPad's camera to be much good, so I still use my digital camera and iPhone, and then use my USB leads to upload them onto my laptop. There are reasonably cheap attachments that you can buy to attach the camera or phone lead to the iPad, but while I still have a laptop I don't feel the need to buy one. Anyway, onto the actual iPad (I ramble a lot, sorry). I have an iPad 2.
Mine came with 16gb of memory, but you can also get ones which come with 32gb of memory and these cost a substantial amount more than the 16gb. I find 16gb to be more than enough for my personal needs. I mainly store my collection of music on it (which is around 6gb) and I have 1gb of pictures currently. I also have several apps which amount to 2gb or so, and the rest is free space. If I didn't have my laptop, I think the iPad would be jam packed with all of the pictures from my digital camera, but it currently holds everything I need it to. My iPad although it holds a good amount of my data still runs as set as it did the day that I got it. It very, very rarely lags or freezes and when it does it is usually due to me trying to open too many websites at once, rather than how much data is stored on it. As for the design of the ipad, it is very simple, The design is just like an iPhone really but larger!
It is basically just a screen, with the equivalent of a computer hard drive and sound card and motherboard inside.iPads come in two different colours, black and white. Had I had the choice I would have definitely bought the black one, as it just looks more sleek in my opinion. Unluckily for me my fiancé chose the white one, which I think looks a little bit cheaper and 'plastic' but it does still look nice. The colour doesn't really matter anyway as I have a plastic case which covers the whole iPad apart from the screen and the home button. I would definitely reccomend buying a case to protect your iPad from any accidental drops. I've also banged my iPad by mistake against walls and shelves while carrying it, which I would obviously reccomned you avoid doing! and my case has protected it.
My case is just a hard plastic case which is bright pink but there are lots to choose from. My iPad without the case feels a bit *too* light and worryingly fragile, which is why I bought it. Even with the case it is still extremely light, but the case protects it. The iPad comes with safari already installed. This is basically the equivellent of Firefox and Internet explorer. It's a good browser, and I used it for the first few months before I came across google chrome on the App Store. I've come cross lots of great stuff on the App Store, including heaps of free apps. I've also paid for some apps. The apps download really quickly and there is all sorts. At the minute I have about five games, several television catch up apps and a calculator and weather app as well as of course a book reading app - I buy eBooks from iTunes and read them in the book reading app. When you first get your iPad it will not have any fun apps, just the basics.
It will just have the chat app, maps app, reminders app and all the other boring basics. It also has photos, videos and music 'folders' which come on the ipad and can not be deleted. The settings app is the most most important one and this is where you control everything from the screen brightness to the clock and volume. When I first got my iPad it actually came with a YouTube app, but after my first update which was automatic, the YouTube app mysteriously disappeared so I had to download it from App Store. Annoying! The ipad screen is really smooth. It feels weird typing on an iPad and at first i kept pressing the wrong letters on the on-screen keyboard. Now though i can type really quickly, it doesn't take long to adjust to at all. The colours are all vivid and the screen is clear and bright.
The brightness can be adjusted to suit your preference. Connecting to the Internet with an iPad is really easy, you will need a wireless network in your range and the iPad will detect it and join to it automatically. If you can not find your network then you can manually type in the details and it should connect. My iPad has had a few network issues where it hasn't detected my wireless signal. I found that by turning my router off and then on again this would sort the problem. The Internet is always speedy fast and hardly ever lags or freezes. I really like that the Internet has space where you can store bookmarks and a reading list, too. The main thing that I think is a big let down is the camera quality. It is fuzzy and blurry, it doesn't pick up colours very well and I don't feel very attractive when I am in a video call on my iPad because of the awful resolution. I don't use the camera to take pictures very often because of the quality, and also because I feel awkward holding my iPad up and taking a picture with it as its a lot larger than a digital camera or my iPhone.
All in all, I do highly recommend the iPad 2. It does almost everything I need it to do and is much lighter, quieter and 'up to date' than my Sony vaio laptop.
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