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This review for the iPad mini 2 (retina display) is not going to include all technical jargon that I (and probably others) don't understand. This is a review of the iPad as I see it and the basic knowledge I have of the device.
I was bought this device for christmas from Curry's / PC world. It cost £270 for the model I chose (iPad mini 2 retina 32gb) in space grey. There were other options available such as less memory (16gb), more memory (64gb) and of course the more recent iPad 3.
I decided on the ipad mini 2 as it was £79 cheaper than the iPad 3 and wasn't really much different other than the fact it didn't have a finger print lock and maybe some other stuff i don't understand. For the money my boyfriend saved, I was able to get the next memory package up so that I would be able to save more photos, apps etc.
The iPad has everything i need to surf the internet, do work and play games and more. I am (so far) very impressed. The quality of the screen is fantastic, very clear and much better than other tablets I have seen. The touchscreen is sensitive and accurate and very easy to use, perfect for a beginner and novice likewise.
It is very easy to download apps from the app store, get music from iTunes and take photos.
The sound quality for something so small is also really good. I admit I don't really listen to music on it much but I use audio for youtube and such like and its very clear and not tinny like some devices can be. The only downside is that it doesn't come with earphones, they can be purchased separately but I already had some so saved some money there also.
I have used the camera app a few times and for the most part it is ok, it works better in the daytime as I have noticed the images at night can tend to be a bit grainy. I wouldn't really use it for a lot of photos out and about anyway so I am not too fussed, it does the job. The video function is the same, ok, but nothing amazing!
I am very happy with the device overall, I am still finding new features on it all the time. I like that I can get the apps on this that I can't on my phone (nokia lumia). I also like that its compact enough to carry around and use whilst commuting and when I am bored on breaks etc. I use the internet by tethering internet from my phone and using my phone as a wifi hotspot therefore didn't see the point in paying more for the 3G model and then a contract for data on top of that!
I have had my iPad 2 for over 2 years now, it is without question the handiest and most versatile that I own. I originally purchased it to do some note taking in class as I didn't like carrying around my big heavy laptop, and some web browsing. It has been great for the note taking, it has become my go to device for web browsing, I now read books almost exclusively on my iPad, I now read magazines exclusively on my iPad, I can play games, watch movies and TV on Netflix, 4od, the iPlayer, etc. It is literally invaluable. It does all these things so incredibly well. It is one of those devices that you have no idea you need until you do.
Now people have asked me why I would bother with an iPad when there are so many great android devices out there, and there absolutely are. My biggest reason is the reliability of the iPad, I have had mine for 2 and a half years, it was released over three years ago. Apple continued to support it up until very recently and yes if I put it up against a new device it would win every time but for me it still works just fine. It's stable, it doesn't crash. I will be upgrading to a new version sometime in the next year but I will be able to sell on my iPad because these products really hold their value. Yes it's expensive, far more expensive than most but it just works, I have very rarely found myself frustrated with it which is exactly what you want from a consumer electronic experience.
My iPad was originally bought for browsing the internet and using social networking while sitting on the sofa, watching TV etc. However, over the last year I have found more and more uses for it. Although the lack of keyboard means it could never replace my main computer, I now do most quick tasks on it. These include emailing, finding recipes and reading the recipes while I am cooking, online banking, reading newspapers (I have a subscription, and it is SO much easier to handle than a full size broadsheet newspaper for a short person like me!), video calling using Skype and FaceTime. The product is very stylish, as one would expect from an Apple product, and if you have had positive experiences with other Apple products I can''t see why you wouldn''t get on with the iPad. The device is very easy and intuitive to use and due to the system of apps and the appstore it is extremely easy to personalise it depending on how you want to use it - there really is an app for nearly everything!. It is also easy to integrate with other Apple products. The one negative point I could make about the iPad 2 is its weight - it is too heavy to hold in one hand, quite heavy for a tablet of its size. This may or may not be a problem for you depending on how you want to use it, and if it is a problem then Apple have rectified it with the iPad Air.
I absolutely love my Ipad 2 and i cant imagine life without it.
I bought the tablet because my home P.C was frustratingly slow due to its age and as the main use of it was to browse the internet i decided that a tablet would be useful for me.
Apple products have a good repuatation and for good reason. The Ipad is so user friendly you can use it straight out of the box. Its brilliant for showing off photos as the backlit screen makes photos look top class. Apps are easy to use and the 32 gb size is perfect for me. I have hundreds of photos stored, loads of apps and some music and i still havent used half of the memory.
Its easy to transport around i have taken it on holiday with me. I bought a cheap screen protector which i stuck on and ive also bought a bag for when i take it out of the house.
Other useful extras are the sd and usb adaptors which allow photo uploads straight to the ipad without having to connect to a p.c. They are definatley worth buying with the IPad.
I woldnt look at any other tablet i think the ipad has it all. Yes its quite expensive but you are getting an awesome bit of kit. Go on buy one.
Nowadays, buying an Apple product such as the iPad comes down to whether you are against the company or not. The company used to be well-respected by many but has now gone downhill in terms of its reputation, with high pricing and lack of innovation being used as arguments against it. As such, not everyone will buy the iPad 2 after being told it's a good product. I can recommend it, however, to anyone who, a) doesn't absolutely hate Apple, and b) can afford it. The iPad 2 has its shares of flaws and doesn't outweigh the competition but it should be one of your first choices if you're buying a tablet.
Design is a very important part of a portable device and the iPad 2 doesn't fail to impress in this department. Looking at the front, it's very similar to the previous iPad and all of the iPhones. The 9.7" screen is surrounded by a black or white border, depending on what colour iPad you have chosen. Thankfully, the face isn't cluttered with buttons. The 'home button' is located below the screen, and the front camera above it, with a microphone ever-so-slightly visible above that. The headphone jack and Power button are found on the top, while the volume controls and mute/screen rotation lock buttons are on the right side of the device. In addition, you plug the charger into the port at the base.
Overall, it's a brilliant design. It's simple but effective. Adding to the neat design (in both a literal and colloquial sense) is how thin the device is. The iPad 2 is 0.34 inches deep and has curved edges, as opposed to the square edges that Apple opted for with the iPhone 4 and onwards. You could criticise the tablet for looking just about the same as every mobile device from the company released over the past few years, just bigger. It's a valid concern, maybe, but considering it's such a great design it isn't a massive problem for me.
The user interface, at the core, is exactly the same as all the 'iDevices' before it, with the exclusion of the non-Touch iPods. Using your finger, you can scroll through a series of pages, each one containing a maximum of twenty applications, or 'apps'. In my opinion Apple needs to make a new user interface if it wants to innovate. It has held up quite well over the years, though, and being very basic it is very accessible to anyone who isn't familiar with tablets or other portable devices. Saying that, the fact that you must hold down an app icon to move it or double tap the Home button to close apps means it's not a completely intuitive interface.
The screen is one of the standout features of the iPad 2 and to think that it has been improved upon in the third-generation iPad is astounding. With a resolution of 1024x768, the screen looks sharp and some games look stunning, with titles such as Infinity Blade II coming close to current-generation console graphics. The range of wallpapers available to you, from an image of Earth to a dark mountain, is a great showcase for the graphical power of the device. You can also personalise your iPad by saving images from the Internet or taking screenshots and using them as your wallpaper. It's worth noting that, naturally, games made for the iPhone are available but don't look anywhere near as good as native iPad apps. If used in fullscreen, they look very blurry, but you can reduce the size down to that of an iPhone if preferred.
Taking pictures on the iPad 2 isn't brilliant - the front and back cameras offer a relatively low 0.3 MP and 0.7 MP respectively. You'll need perfect lighting to get the best quality picture possible - neither too bright nor too dark. However, the fact that you can record in 720p HD using the back camera is great. The picture is slightly fuzzy, but the detail is there. On the other hand, the front camera uses more standard VGA while recording. The iPad 2 shouldn't be your camera of choice if you want to take pictures on a safari, then, but it's great if you want to record your child's last Christmas concert.
An app that comes installed on the iPad 2 is great if you want to take barmy photos of yourself or others, for the most part. In addition to the normal camera mode, you get thermal, mirror, X-Ray, kaleidoscope and light tunnel camera modes to play around with. In addition, you can use the squeeze, twirl or strech effects that can lead to some...interesting shots. It's not an excellent showcase for your iPad, but is a great bit of fun while it lasts.
Using the App Store, there are plenty of games available to you, whether free or not. I've listed a handful of my favourite apps available and given them a small review, so you know which apps to look for if you buy an iPad:
GRAND THEFT AUTO III (£2.99) - It's unfortunate that the Grand Theft Auto series is thought by many as only good for turning children into murderous psychopaths, because that isn't true. The third game in the series, this is the first GTA title to be played from a third-person viewpoint. The developers have done a great job of porting to the iPad. As a bonus, you can move on-screen buttons around to cater for your own wants. The only big flaw with the game is the shooting system. Hit the fire button, and the nearest person is locked onto and shot at. It means you might end up killing an old, innocent lady crossing the road instead of the guy you actually want dead.
MINECRAFT: POCKET EDITION (£4.99) - The portable version of Minecraft isn't up there with the PC version but there is plenty to get your hands on. Important features like smithing and crafting are present and correct, plus the unique graphical style is replicated here. Maybe one day it'll end up like the current PC version - the game is improved through updates, so your experience is improved without you having to pay a penny.
BASTION (£2.99) - I was incredibly happy when this game was announced for iOS (the operating system which the iPod Touches, iPhones and iPads use) as previously, it was only on PC and Xbox 360, the former of which I don't really use and isn't powerful enough to play today's PC games, and the latter of which I don't even have. There's always the issue of poor ports to touchscreen devices, but the end result here is excellent. Touchscreen controls have been implemented well, so they feel very natural to use. Admittedly, I haven't yet completed the game but the several hours I've played of it have been excellent. If you are interested but can't take my opinion for granted, as I haven't completed the game, there are plenty of reviews elsewhere.
ANGRY BIRDS (£0.69) - Owned and loved by many, this should be one of your first app choices if you enjoy a slice of casual gaming. The premise is extremely simple: you must launch birds into the air to kill some odd-looking pigs. You simply pull back on the bird and let go to launch it. Levels can become very hard later on and even some of the first levels are challenging - you need to be very precise and know where to aim. For all the content you're getting, it's more than worth your purchase.
TEMPLE RUN (free) - I'm sure most iPad users know that most free apps are cash-grabs. You are made to pay REAL money for certain things in-game. Temple Run is an exception to the rule. Although you can spend money towards coins, it's much more fun to actually play the game and earn coins. It's slower, but you're not spending your own money. The game utilizes the touchscreen and tilt functions of the iPad very well. Your character is running from demon monkeys, and you must dodge obstacles to survive in this endless running game. You simply swipe left or right to turn in the desired direction, swipe up to jump, swipe down to slide, and tilt the iPad left or right to move. As you run further you amass a higher score, and you can collect coins to buy character skins, wallpapers and power-ups such as a coin magnet or limited invincibility. Warning: it's very addictive!
Of course, games wouldn't be much fun if the device weren't powerful enough to run them. The iPad 2 uses a dual-core Apple A5 chip with 512 MB of RAM. Every game that I've played has run very smoothly, even some of the most graphically powerful games such as Infinity Blade and Real Racing. Rock Band: Reloaded is the only game I've played which has suffered from occasional lag. It's a fantastic tablet gaming device, then, which is highly recommended if you want to play games on the go.
My experience with an iPod Nano tells me that headphones are absolutely essential if you want to listen to music, because the audio didn't sound very good at all without them. The iPad 2 sounds great with or without headphones. Every album in my library, from Queens of the Stone Age's 'Songs for the Deaf' to Nirvana's 'In Utero' sounds brilliant both through the speakers and through headphones. The only downside to listening out loud is that the speakers are on the back of the iPad, so having the device on your lap isn't completely ideal - you'll need to hold it up or put it down on its face. Other than that small issue, it is great as a music player.
There are a number of issues I have with the iPad 2- these aren't major, but not ignorable either. My foremost worry is that the device may become dated in the near future; much like the original iPad is now. This is evident with the recent iOS 6 update, which was available but didn't make Siri available on iPad 2, while it was available with the update on certain iPhones and the third-generation iPad. In all honesty, I don't really care about Siri but either the hardware is becoming old or Apple is encouraging us to upgrade to the next iPad. We'll see in the future. Neither camera is great at taking screenshots which is no surprise considering the small MP sizes. The front camera isn't all that good at recording either, though this isn't too big an issue unless you want to film your face. The battery of the device is disappointing; on average it lasts the length of a day. An hour of gaming can suck the battery life down considerably, so think twice before buying if you think you are going to be playing games a lot on the device. Innovation is another flaw, as this is just a larger version of an iPhone but without the call function, and more/less powerful depending on which iPhone you are talking about.
There are plenty of good things about the iPad 2 that make up for the negatives. The design is excellent: simple but effective. It is definitely an eye-catcher, and looks very nice whether you have it in black or white. The screen is a definite 'wow' factor, as it looks very sharp and the graphical potential is very high. The back camera, although not perfect, can produce some nice looking videos provided it's the right time of day. This is one of the best devices available if you want a tablet gaming device. The App Store offers some brilliant games, with plenty of choice that rivals that of the Android Marketplace. There's something for everyone whether you want to play casually or play games for more experienced gamers. Music is a strong point of the device, too. Whether you're listening through headphones or not, music and games sound fantastic. The user interface is a mixed bag, but is possibly the most accessible and easy to navigate tablet out there at the moment. The iPad 2 isn't perfect, but the wealth of great features means that overall, it's a very good device and worth buying.
The 32 GB version of the iPad 2 is a great choice if you're going to install a lot of games and have lots of photos and videos. If not, my recommendation would be to choose the 16 GB version. The iPad 2 is admittedly quite expensive. At 16 GB it has dropped quite recently to the under-£300 mark, but purchase the 32 GB iPad 2 and the price goes up by around £100. If you want a tablet on a budget my recommendation would be to get the Google Nexus 7 tablet, which you can purchase from around £160.
This review is also on Ciao under my username YoshiCheesePuff.
I have never been a huge advocate of Apple products although I must be honest here and say the huge price tags attached to many of their laptop and desktop computers has something to do with that. However I do have reservations about the closed system they use and, if I am honest, dislike just how big they have become in recent times.
I've owned an iPod Touch for a few years now and one of the things I love about it is its ability to work as a media player and a tool for surfing the web. When Apple announced the launch of the iPad I was intrigued as it struck me as being like a larger version of my beloved iPod Touch, which was something I had been hankering after.
~~The iPad ~~
I purchased my iPad 2 late last year while I was on holiday in Boston. I decided to get the wifi only version as I have a generous data allowance on my mobile phone and some simple research revealed I could use my phone as a wifi hotspot on the go. I felt this rendered 3G connectivity on the iPad redundant although it's also worth bearing in mind it does cost more to buy an iPad which has 3G capabilities.
The iPad I purchased is a 32GB version. My iPod Touch has a 64GB drive and I decided to retain that as my main music player. I wanted enough memory to enable me to upload films to my iPad for when I am travelling however so I felt 32GB was fine.
The iPad came with a connection lead and a plug. The plug was obviously an American one but you can purchase spare plugs in the UK which I did on my return home. The US one has already proved itself incredibly useful on my travels however.
You don't get a screen protector or a case with your iPad - you have to buy these separately. I purchased one of Apple's Smart Covers for my iPad 2 - these cost £35. Screen protectors can cost upwards of £15 in stores however so my advice is to check Amazon or eBay for these as they are far more cost effective that way.
The iPad 2 looks very sleek - mine is has a black frame around the screen and has a silver back. I like how the silver back doesn't have the hugely polished appearance on my iPod Touch as that's very difficult to keep looking decent for any length of time. The dimensions of the iPad 2 are 24.2 x 18.6 x .88 cm and the device measures a fairly lightweight 603 grammes.
~~Setting Up the iPad~~
When I got my iPad 2 I had it set up in the store so I could surf on it straight away. It wasn't until I got home that I set it up via my computer and I found the process fairly straightforward via Apple's iTunes softward. A new operating system had been released so I had to update that via my computer but it's worth mentioning you can do this wirelessly if you so desire.
The iPad 2 is also compatible with Apple's iCloud service which means you can access content saved there on your Apple device. I have yet to use this however.
I found the initial set up which included adding media to the device took about an hour or so although it's worth mentioning it takes longer for video content to upload than music.
I've had my iPad 2 for 5 months now and while Apple have since released the new iPad, I am happy to stick with this one for the time being, in spite of some issues.
Firstly I'll say what I love about my iPad. I love how easy it is to set up - unlike even my netbook, the iPad is set up and connected to wifi within a minute. The Safari browser is quick and rarely crashes, and I love how you can use apps as shortcuts to websites you use regularly, or for your e-mail.
I like the screen and the quality of resolution on it. I appreciate the new iPad claims to be even better in this regard but for now I am happy to watch downloaded film content on my iPad 2 as it's crystal clear. Even the speaker sound is good on the iPad 2 - it's certainly not hifi but nor is it tinny lo-fi as evidenced on the iPod Touch.
I have mixed feelings about the camera on the iPad 2. I love how you can use it for FaceTime, which turns your device into a video messaging service. I use this to annoy my daughter at bedtime (she really hates getting a call on her iPod Touch from mum checking to see if she's in bed or not!) or to chat with my sister on her iPhone.
The camera itself however is pretty woeful - it has no flash and the camera has a pretty low megapixel capability of just 1.0 MP but can handle HD images at 720p. The camera can handle video shots but once again the quality isn't really up to much. If light is good you will get some decent pictures and footage but in the dark it's hopeless. I should add the new iPad does have a far better camera so if that's important to you then you should consider it over the iPad 2.
The versatility of the device is probably what I love most about it. Not only can you listen to music or watch video, you can surf the web and read books. I have the Amazon Kindle app downloaded and it means I can download books to read on the iPad 2. I can use the calendar to keep note of important appointments and can send messages (not just video ones via Facetime) using one simple app.
It's easy to use with a Settings app located on the home screen and it's worth getting the hang of these as it's useful to know your way about if something goes wrong. It's also worth keeping an eye on features such as screen brightness which can eat into battery life. Battery life on the iPad 2 is brilliant - even if you are using it purely to watch video it should last 8 hours which makes it ideal for long flights. I can't imagine travelling without my iPad 2 now and certainly in comparison to my netbook it is far more lightweight yet has a far more efficient battery.
Unfortunately not everything is perfect in the world of the iPad 2.
I have had the occasional problem where it quite simply refuses to recognise my wifi network, despite having the correct network key stored in the system. This seems to be a fairly common problem and I have discovered that resetting your wireless router should solve it. Unfortunately when it's happened to me I have had to reset the wireless router several times before the issue is resolved.
More seriously however after just 2 months of ownership, my iPad developed a flaw on the screen which looked like a dead pixel only worse, as the area affected was larger than a pixel. Apple apparently suggest that the odd dead pixel is something of a hazard on iPad screens, so I was a bit nervous of taking this to the Genius Bar at my local Apple Store but I did feel strongly that this sort of flaw isn't acceptable on a product that costs over £400.
I was informed it's actually a flaw with the LED backlight which occasionally burns out and "bleeds", leaving an area on the screen which is much brighter than the rest of it. Because my iPad 2 was still under guarantee (and it's to Apple's credit that they honour the one year guarantee irrespective of which country you bought your device in) I was given a new iPad 2 there and then. I've had my replacement iPad for three months now and no such flaw has developed I am glad to say.
My other gripe is with glitches in the software. Apple regularly issue software updates to their operating system and when I did my first update I noticed that the app I used for Twitter would open and then immediately crash. Furthermore I couldn't add contacts to my device, which rendered FaceTime completely redundant. Another visit to the Genius Bar resulted in a complete reset of my iPad, something I wasn't too bothered about as I had backed up all content to my desktop computer at home.
Unfortunately what I wasn't told was when I got home and added all the content on again, the same problem would return, which meant I had to completely wipe my iPad twice in one day and then start all over again adding content. It takes far longer to do this at home too as the Genius Bar staff have more powerful tools to speed the process up.
These may sound like minor niggles but I reckon most people will agree that there is nothing more irritating than a fault on a computing device which isn't easily resolved. I can forgive the software glitches more than the physical flaw on the screen but only because Google searches can more often than not throw up a solution. It does worry me that flaws with the screens seem to be fairly common and if this flaw were to develop outside Apple's one year warranty then you would be on your own when it comes to fixing it.
It's also worth bearing in mind the extra cost of accessories for your iPad. I generally cannot use mine without the Smart Cover, which not only protects the iPad when it's not in use but also works as a stand for the device which I find makes it much easier to use when sitting at a desk. Also, for all Apple claim the screen is fingerprint and scratch resistant, having used it for a week without a screen protector I was appalled at the fingerprints on show and opted not to take a chance in getting it scratched.
Finally, for all the functions available on the iPad 2, I cannot find a decent app which can be used for typing up documents. There are several commercially available but the general consensus is they aren't actually very good, and until something decent appears on the market I have decided to hold off buying a keyboard for my iPad, even though I do find touch typing on it fiddly at times.
I love my iPad 2 and couldn't imagine life without it now - it goes with me whenever I travel, and is a bedside companion now for surfing the web, reading books and watching video and TV content. I love the speed with which it opens up, and the smooth and speedy manner in which the software operates. Certainly when I compare crash prone Firefox on my desktop computer to Safari, which is far more reliable and can seamlessly take me on a tour of the world wide web, I know which I prefer. The iPad 2 is also incredibly easy to use and when my technophobe brother in law finally got home internet he opted for the iPad 2 over a desktop or laptop computer.
I would be a liar if I were to say the iPad 2 is perfect however, because it isn't. Aesthetically it does look wonderful and let's be honest here - Apple products are desirable because of their aesthetics - however I have some reservations about build quality, and of course with this being an Apple product the entire system is closed. This is fine when your item is under warranty but the warranty itself is pretty short for such an expensive item - one year in comparison to the standard 3 years you can get for almost every other electronic brand.
The software on the iPad is generally good but the annoying little glitches you can sometimes get via updates does spoil the experience. Generally I would say that current platform iOS5 is better than Android for browsing the web on wifi (using my Android phone for comparison) but there isn't a lot in it and my concerns over build quality and short guarantees mean that my next tablet may well be an Android one.
For now however I am happy to stick with Apple for my tablet computer because for all the little gripes it's just a really lovely and functional gadget which can keep me entertained both at home and away.
I do a bit of selling on EBay and with the run up to Christmas, I decided to go the whole hog and get rid of all those toys which were just gathering dust. Although my other half liked the extra cash coming in, he constantly moaned her could never get on the laptop as I was always on it. This is when the hints started to come 'well if I had an IPad you could use it for EBay' and then when my dad purchased one, it got even worse.
I eventually gave in and brought him the 32gb version at Christmas,
We paid £479 from Tesco's, however I think with the release of the IPad 3, the prices have now dropped to just under £400.
I must say, although I was dubious at first, I think its one of the best things her has persuaded me to buy, and it is rarely out of either one of our hands. If we haven't got it, we have downloaded some educational apps for my 4 year old and she loves playing with it (although I must admit, my other half looks like he is going to have a heart attack every time she is on it!!!)
Set up was really easy, but that may be due to the fact we already have 2 I-Phones and it was identical to setting them up. It also connected really easily to WiFi and once you have done it, it remembers you details every time so you don't have to annoyingly connect and log in every time
The battery life is for up to 10 hours, which may seem like a lot however I didn't realise how much me would use and I would say that 3months on, we still have to charge it up every other day.
For anybody that has used an IPhone, it is more or less identical except it is slimmer (oh and of course bigger). It has all the same functionality: you can check you emails, listen to your music on the IPod, browse the web and download endless apps.
The only downside I would say is the Camera, not once have we managed to take a picture that did not look grainy or blurred, my I-Phone 3GS actually takes better pictures that this.
Can be considered expensive but I think its really worth it, the only thing I would have done was hang fire on purchasing until the next version came out as I would have save £80
I decided to treat myself to an iPad a few months back and haven't looked back since, what a piece of kit! I owned an iPhone and an iPod touch 1st gen before buying my iPad and wasn't sure if it was worth buying. I was totally wrong, the iPad is a life changer for sure! (cheesy but true :p)
The iPad is a much larger screen and provides amazing quality with its graphics! I am really impressed with it. Apps on the iPhone are good, but when you play them on the iPad it takes it to a new level. Apple have created a master piece.
The sound quality that comes out of the iPad is far better than I thought would be possible from its small speakers. You can sit around for hours listening to music from it! Also when using I player or itv player, the quality of image produced on the screen is outstanding. The iPad is so good that now I hardly even use my laptop, they take forever to turn on! The iPad is different, it only takes a few seconds to load up and your away.
The use of safari (Internet browser) is excellent. It is fast and responsive and much easier to use than a computer. I love how you can zoom in and out and it's is so easy to scroll around the page. The only downside to the iPad is that you cannot watch flash videos on web pages. This can be annoying at times, but only a very small downside to the browsing experience. Most things you can't do on the browser, you can find in the app store. So not too much to worry about.
I think 32gb is just about the correct size for the iPad. I have over 2000 songs and apps and movies and I have only used 21gb. I have thousands of photos stored on here to show family and friends. It's perfect.
The iPad is lightweight so you can carry it around with you in your bag or rucksack. I always take it on the train or bus because you can pass the time very quickly. Make sure you insure your iPad because I'm sure you would be devasted to break it or lose it :(
The iPad feels great to hold, it doesn't ache your arms holding it and the keypad you use to type and send emails or write stuff is excellent. I prefer the touch screen keypad to my laptop now. Once you get the hang of it you can use it really quickly and fast and it is excellent to type with! You will find it strange swapping from the iPad keypad to the keyboard on your laptop because the feel of it is completely differernt.
The camera on the iPad is of good quality and is great for using FaceTime when your in a wifi zone. I always face time friends from my iPad instead of my iphone because you can see them better and the overall quality of face timing on iPad is better! You can also iMessage friends for free on the iPad, do the days of spending hundreds of pounds texting is now gone!
The best thing about the iPad is that you can make it your own. You can download any apps you want! I would recommend you download pages, this will allow you to create word documents. When going abroad the iPad is brilliant too, I took it to Majorca with me last month and it was great, I watched movies on the plain and used it I'm the hotel room with there free wifi, I kept in touch with what was going on back home. It is great for that.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants something to have on there laps in front of the tele of to pass the time. Any age can use it. The elderly would not struggle to use it, they are very easy to set up and the screen is large, apple are very helpful when setting them up if you don't understand. Also the battery life on this is amazing, it lasts ages even when using all the time. Lasts so much longer than a laptop! Really impressed with this!
I'm so happy with my iPad, none of the other tablets on the market quite compare to this piece of kit. I did look around at other tablets, but they were far from satisfactory.
iPads are very expensive, but you pay for there quality! So I say give it a try and you will not be disappointed at all. It's the best gadget I have ever bought. Hardly touch my iPod touch anymore. Even if you have an IPhone I still recommend you get one of these!
Thanks for reading :)
I actually won an Apple iPad 32GB wifi in a competition that I entered before Christmas. I have to admit something, I can't leave it down! I find so much use for the iPad during the day and it's also great for boosting productivity.
In regards to the design itself the device features a 9.7" screen and a really attractive aluminium back featuring the ever so famous Apple logo.
The device has a battery life of 10 hours giving you plenty of time to watch all of the movies and TV programmes you would like while also fitting in some time to listen to some music available through the iTunes platform on the device or on the PC.
In regards to software the iPad comes with a built in messaging platform called iMessages allowing you to send free messages internationally to all iPod/iPhone/iPad users and also has a free video call platform called Facetime to chat to friends and family in all countries!
The device has a front and back facing camera and both can be used for Facetime and for traditionally taking photos and videos also!
The device itself is very fast at doing all features including web browsing and checking emails and playing games so it is definitely highly recommended for everyone!
Keep in mind though that these premiums come at a cost and while the iPad is expensive, it is definitely worth it!
The new iPad has just come out. To me, it does not have the wow factor and I guess I will just stick with my iPad 2 at the moment.
I have been using iPad 2 for some time now and am happy to say that it performs very well. It has become one of the most important electronic appliances in my home. I will just share some of my opinions on iPad 2 below.
Since I often use the iPad at home instead of carrying it around, I have bought the one with wifi only, which is cheaper. If you need to use the iPad on the road, then a 3G version is also available for purchase.
iPad 2 is also available in both black and white colour. The one I am using is white. I think that the look of iPad 2 is simple yet stylish as other Apple products.
Carrying an iPad around is very much like carrying a book around. It can be put inside a woman's bag or a man's suitcase as long as it can hold a document in A4 size. It is about 600g in weight. It would be a bit heavy if you have to carry it around all day. I also found it a bit heavy if you are going to use it for hours and I would suggest putting it on a table if you are going to use it for a long time.
I think it is a must have for the iPad. It is not included in the package but you can buy iy easily from the apple store or other retailers. They are also available in different color and prints so you can pick one which suits you best. Coming to its practicality, apart from protecting your iPad, it allows your iPad to "stand" on a desk. It is very convenient when you use your iPad to watch videos.
I have put my notebook computer and desktop computer aside after I have got my iPad 2. Basically it can do everything I will normally do using the computer. E.g. checking emails, browsing the internet and logging in to facebook. The start up time is fast. You just flip over the smart cover, touch the homescreen and in seconds you can use the iPad. It is that easy!
My parents have stopped buying the newspaper after I bought the iPad. I think that it is more environmental friendly and less paper is used. There are many apps in the store which are for iPad use so you won't have difficulty in finding the apps you like.
I also find watching video on iPad an enjoyable experience. The quality of the video shown (including HD movies) is good and the processing time is fast. Also, I like the fact that the iPad will not become hot even after watching video for hours, which is a common occurrence in notebook computers.
There is one thing which I don't like about the iPad 2 is that typing is not as easy as on a "real" keyboard. If I have to do a lot of typing or a lot of formatting, I would prefer to do it on a computer instead of iPad.
As the very proud owner of an iPod touch as well as a hand me down iPhone I was excited by the purchase my husband made for my birthday of the new iPad 2 (I actually got the iPod touch last year.
It was bought from the apple store itself online, if the bank statements are right for about £479. Which is pricey I know but with my lap top on the way out, we would have been shelling out soon. Thanks to this present I don't think I'll ever need a laptop again! In comparison to other stockists I don't see much of a difference, a few pounds either side, but there is something comforting to know it came straight from apple.
It arrived within two days of being ordered, my husband asked for it to come gift wrapped, for a couple of extra pounds, so came presented in a white box ( signature apple ) with a red bow and a silver apple embossed envelope with a personal message, a nice touch I thought. Within this the iPad came in its traditional white packaging, simplistic white box with a picture of the iPad on the top, iPad written on the sides, and the apple symbol and iCloud symbol either end.
It is also worth noting that for no additional cost apple will engrave the iPad prior to delivery, which makes it very personal and a service I do not know to be offered elsewhere.
The ipad itself comes in black or white, which is basically the colour of the frame, it has the power on button at the top and the volume button at the side with the home button a the bottom. It is sleek and contemporary looking and can easily be held comfortably in your hand. It has an aluminium back with the apple logo (and my engraving). The compact size, which is slightly smaller than an a4 piece of paper is incredibly thin and is also lightweight, making it easily portable. The battery charges from empty to full in about 4 hours and lasts spprx 10 with some very intense use, to include playing videos. Setting it up to wi-fi is a very simple process also. When surfing the net, through the already installe surfari app movements are quick as is the loading of web pages. In a similar way to internet explorer you can open more than one Internet page at a time and flit between them. If you have other apple devices the usage will be second nature.
It comes complete with the dock connector to USB cable and a 10w power adaptor which is basically how you charge it. The operating system is iOS 5, which my husband was very excited about, to be completely honest this means nothing to me but I do know that all the processes within the iPad are smooth, quick and efficient.
There is a quick reference start up guide, but to be honest as long as you can work out how to turn it on ( button at top)the iPad works through the set up step by step to include initialising iCloud, which basically means apps music or books bought on other apple devices are shared with your new iPad. It does require the set up of an apple store Id, but again this is an easy process and if you already have one you can just use this. You can also buy additional storage pace through iCloud, I'm not exactly sure how this works, but my understanding is that if you use or the internal space, you can store additional things here in cyberspace, but with a connection to your account.
As with other apple products there are zillions of Apps you can download for free or for a few pounds, varying from games, to apple alternatives for word processing, to quote their previous advertising campaign, there literally is an app for everything! The iPad enables you to multi task by hitting the home button at the bottom, you can easily switch from app to app
This iPad comes with a camera facing you and also one facing the desired object, swapping between the two is very simple and this addittion to the original iPad means that you can use FaceTime and Skype. The camera itself is of an ok quality, the pctures in daylight are actually pretty good, but when the lights go low, unfortunately so does the quality.
Playing music and videos is perfect on the iPad, the sound is vey good quality and the volume reaches good levels, you can purchase dock stations for surround options. Images are sharp and very high quality, both when playing things from the app store and through I players via the Internet.
Other features already on the iPad on setup are newsstand and iBooks, whereby you can download store and read magazines, newspapers and books in addittion to the kindle app the can be connected directly to amazon. You can set up your email account and retrieve mail directly to your iPad, obviously as pre mentioned you can access itunes and the app store, there is something called utunes which is basically an assortment of lectures and learning modules on a variety of topics as well as the new FaceTime feature. With the variety of applications available you can basically make your iPad into whatever you need it to be.
Bad points - does not come with case or screen protectors, in my experience apple products easily scratch, so I would definatly recommend getting these, they can be picked up on eBay very cheap. It is also worth knowing that if you want apps such as sat navs you will need the iPad model with 3G as this model does not have GPS
For those who do not understand Apple products, I will briefly try to explain. The iPad runs on the operating system from Apple called iOs. What this operation system can do, is not really significant for the iPad 2. What is important to know that you need iTunes for Apple products. This allows you to move your music, your movies, your applications and much more from your computer to your iPad. It does not matter whether you are on a Mac or Windows computer. On the iPad you have applications as the App Store with millions of applications, specially made for the iPad, which you can buy or download free. There are thousands of games and other entertainment applications, but also good programs you can use for your work.
The appearance is a very important aspect of the iPad 2. As is well known, Apple spends much time in the looks of its products. The designs are seen as very important and these are usually fine. The iPad 2 looks very good. What strikes right away is that this product is very thin. It's less than a centimeter thick, while a fairly large object. The iPad 2, despite the slim design still feels strongly. It's a solid object, which lays very good in the hand. I have the white Ipad 2. The back is, like the iPad black, silver, but the frame is white. There is only one button on the front of the iPad to find. This is the home button, which you can use for example to return to the home screen. On the thin side of the iPad 2 are also available buttons. Here include the volume control and the button were you can put the Ipad 2 on silence. The touchscreen is of course central to the iPad, so buttons are also not at all necessary.
Overall, the iPad has a sleek appearance. He is even thinner than the previous version and is lighter than the previous version.
Ease of use is also a special feature of Apple. It didn't take me long to figure the Ipad out. The menu is very clear. The applications can self-organize, and if you have a lot, you can place them in all meaningful categories. This ensures that you will not easily get lost between your applications.
What also contributes to good ease of use, is that you can multi-task. You can for instance during a Skype call, send an email, without the call is terminated, go to your mail, and view them. This is done through the home button at the bottom of the iPad. This is also all clearly explained in the manuals provided with your purchase.
The picture is much improved compared to the first iPad. The iPad 2 has more pixels, a resolution of 1024 x 768. This is clearly visible. You can see it in the letters, but you can also use higher quality movie playback on the iPad. Unfortunately you cannot play blue-ray movies and HD movies in 1080p format. This I find myself disappointed. However, you can play them in 720p, there is a reasonable difference with 1080p. Nevertheless, the quality of the picture is very well. Colors look great. A
Over the sound. The iPad itself makes no sound, as opposed to laptops. I never hear him make noise, even with long use, where the iPad does get a bit hot. The volume of the sound can be put very hard, harder than the previous version of the iPad. Although the sound is coming from only one place, at the bottom rear of the device, but this sound has great quality.
The iPad 2 has more possibilities than the previous one. As one of the main innovations is that the iPad 2 has two cameras. At the front of the device is a camera available, and of course at the back. These cameras are VGA quality. The rear camera, you can still make nice movies, but the pictures are very disappointing. The quality of the camera is definitely a drawback.
As I said, the iPad 2 is very easy to work with. You can purchase Pages, the program for the Mac that looks a lot like Microsoft Word. You can use this application and even print from your iPad. In general, one can reasonably type fast on the iPhone 2.
Plus you can read books on your iPhone. These should usually also be purchased, but PDF files are very pleasant to read. Moreover, it seems like you read a book. You first choose a book from your virtual bookshelf and you can then scroll through them like a real book. Of course you can also watch movies and music. Watching movies on this device, I find it very pleasant. Listening to music is also pleasant. The music library for the iPad looks very good, nice and uncluttered. You can through albums, songs and artists.
Furthermore, FaceTime is a nice addition to the iPad. Furthermore, there are millions of applications that you can buy or sometimes for free download in the App Store, like Skype, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and many more, which really enrich the iPad 2.
The iPad 2 is functional that also has a very sleek look. I am so far very satisfied with it. It's perfect to use it for work and there are like millions of applications to find in the app store. Many of them are free, some cost money. The ipad 2 has a lot of features and it's easy to get used to it. The small drawbacks for me there that you can't watch Full HD and Blue ray movies and the quality of the camera is disappointing. Overal five stars though.
The iPad 2, should you get one? Is it simply a large iPhone/smart phone? Il never get used to not having a keyboard? Can get other tablets for cheaper! These were my views on the iPad 2 until I owned one myself.
First of all and most importantly, I would like to emphasise what an outstanding piece of gadgetry. Stunning to look at, reasonably light weight and so user friendly that my 86 year old grandfather was able to operate it who has never even used a laptop.
Enough of the praising and let's get to the facts.
I received the 32gb iPad 2 wifi in white for Christmas 2011. Since then, it has barely been out my hands. It is so functional and diverse that I see no need to now use the Samsung laptop I also own. My main worry was that I would only use it for leisure purposes and find it difficult to get used to the smaller screen and no external keyboard. How wrong was I, everything i do online/computer related has been shifted onto my iPad and it has had no problems handling every task it is confronted with.
Additionally I thought it would simply be like having a large iPhone as at first instance that is all it appears to be. In response to this, I would say an iPhone is simply a smaller much less powerful/useful iPad. There has yet to be something I have not found an app for or the iPad has not been able to do since I have got it. Although, it does not support java, which some people may find frustrating. For myself, I really only use YouTube for videos and apps for games so this problem has yet to affect me.
As for cost, it is reasonably pricey, but if you upgrade to the 32gb I would say you are getting your moneys worth. For an extra £50 you get double the storage and an outstanding piece of machinery. The 32gb would be recommended to people who wish to archive a large music/video/photo collection on the device as these do take up a lot of room. If your budget can't stretch that far, get the 16gb and store your stuff elsewhere.
I hope this has been useful and I have tried to project a true, unbiased view of the iPad from a students point of view. I would thoroughly recommend the iPad 2 to all people of all ages and I could all for hours. I would recommend not basing your decision on reviews alone, go to any ipad supplier and try it out yourself. A lot of the time online, people only post videos and reviews about something they have had a bad experience with and the true image of a product can quickly be brought down.
I would recommend the iPad 2 to anyone and everyone, thanks for taking the time to read this review and hopefully I have described the product in a way in which truly reflects my opinion.
Typed using and ipad2, and enjoyed every minute of it:)
I'd wanted to buy an iPad for a long time, and when the Black Friday sale came around I had the excuse of a discount to get one. The box is Compact and inside you get the iPad, a charger and sync cable and a booklet containing a getting started guide and 2 Apple stickers. It's so easy to get started and came preloaded with iOS 5 so that I didn't need to connect it to a computer to start, I could just switch on and go.
For me, the screen is a perfect size. It's not small enough to fit in your pocket of course but small enough to easily fit in your bag so that you can carry it wherever you go. I am extremely impressed with the battery life, which lives up to the 10hr claim so I only have to charge it every 2 days or so, with a lot of usage which consists of mainly watching movies and YouTube, browsing the Internet and playing games.
The iPad is meant for simplicity - everything is easy to figure out and I didn't need to even open the instruction manual. Browsing the Internet is fast (faster than my old Dell Inspiron laptop in fact), especially because there's no flash content for it to load which speeds everything up - although flash is possible with apps available in the app store.
One of the main reasons to get an Apple product is the iTunes store and the App Store - the widest range of music, movies, TV Shows, podcasts etc. all in one place. Downloading movies is a breeze - once you're set up with an Apple ID that's connected to a bank account or gift card you're ready to go. And as soon as it starts downloading, you can start watching - there's no need to wait until it's finished downloading.
The app store is also full of things that make the iPad worth the money you pay. From full in-depth PS2 games like Grand Theft Auto 3 to light-hearted casual games like doodle jump, there's something for everyone and it's never too expensive - and a lot of the time, free. Gaming on the large 10 inch screen is a whole new experience, although maybe a little annoying for some as there are no physical controls or buttons.
You can also download apps like Amazon and Lovefilm that just make everything faster than going into Safari and typing in a web address.
As per the title, I hardly ever use my laptop any more - moth things I need to do I can do on the iPad - including work, which I often do in the Pages app which is an extra £6.99 but just like Microsoft Word but more suited to the iPad. I can also print without a special AirPrint printer - I have a Canon printer and using the Canon app in the app store, I can print everything I need to.
Multitasking is also made easy on the iPad - double press the home button or swipe 4 fingers up the screen to reveal the multitasking bar, where you can click on any other open app to go to it, or swipe across the screen with 4 fingers to open the app you last has open.
Lastly, I want to talk about the music app - any music you download is available immediately in the app to play through the surprisingly loud and high quality speaker built into the iPad. It's similar to iTunes in style and you can create and edit playlists right on the device, and let music play in the background with whatever else you want to do on the device.
Overall, while the iPad 2 can't replace a computer, it very nearly can and is a lot simpler to use. And, of course, there are no viruses that can get into the iPad 2 so you know you're always safe online.
The Apple Ipad 2 follows on from the hugely popular Ipad 1 which sparked up worldwide interest in a product that many users thought they would never need. Having seen the sales that subsequently followed, many manufacturers joined in. Apple, staying ahead of the game, released the IPad 2 in March 2011.
Having owned this particular variant since the release week in the UK, I have thoroughly enjoyed touching and typing away as well as watching many videos and photos.
- Light, portable
- Speedy A5 processor
- Excellent screen for watching tv shows either off itunes or on bbc iplayer and other channels
- Great battery life
- Apple and 3rd party peripherals for output to a HD TV
- Thousands of apps to download
- Great for email, browsing web, watching videos, photos!
- Simple to pick up and use
- Lots of variants, eg. with 3G or varying capacity of storage space
- Facetime and Skype as it has two cameras, one back and one front
- Ability to connect to internet using the wifi hotspot feature on compatible smartphones
- Apple products command a premium and the Ipad 2 is no different
A great portable, light, communications gadget aimed at all ages