Product Type: Apple Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi 64 GB
Member Name: liz3yy
Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi 64 GB
Advantages: All the benefits of a laptop in smaller, more compact and easier to handle package
Disadvantages: Built in keyboard a little on the small side
My fiancÚ and I have only recently been converted to Apple products, having friends of ours convince us they are the way forward and are far superior to any other brand or PC's. Thanks to them our house is now graced by a shiny new iMac, Apple TV, iPod Touch and now the iPad2.
I admit I initially was sceptical about the iPad. When the first model was released it appeared to be no more than a larger, more chunky version of the iPod Touch but far less portable. What was new and exciting about it? in my eyes not a lot.
We visited friends earlier this year who own an iPad2, we had a go with it and I had to say it was almost unputdownable (is that a word?!) very tactile and wonderful for web surfing. My friends husband had to ask us to give it back as we hogged it for so long. This trip sowed the seeds of the idea for buying one into my fiancÚs head, next stop eBay!
Hubby to be bought one in September for a bargain price on eBay, even got the smart cover thrown in (now that in itself is a very useful piece of kit). We can't comment on the packaging as the seller no longer had it.
Onto the iPad2 itself...
Couldn't be easier. Simply take the iPad from it's box and plug into your computer/mac via the USB cable provided, it will then sync with iTunes and prompt you to download the latest version if you don't already have it. iTunes is free software so no need to worry about forking out your hard earned cash at this point. The set up may take a few minutes but once that is done you're free to play with the iPad to your hearts content.
What can it do / features?
The iPad2 has the usual features - email, safari for web surfing, photo booth which allows you take pictures and then add funny and downright odd effects to them. They have also added a front facing and back facing camera which enables you take either a photo or yourself or what's in front of you. I personally don't find the quality of the pictures this produces to be that great, they can appear pixelated and not very sharp, especially in low light conditions. The camera on the iPod Touch is far superior. Still it's a useful addition and does have it's benefits.
The devise itself is lighter and thinner than the original iPad. It looks less clunky and more streamlined. It's very easy to while away several hours with this on your lap of an evening without the eventual warm and heavy leg syndrome that a laptop can produce.
In Safari you now have the option of having multiple web pages open via tabs at the top of the page, I find this extremely useful as I tend to flit between web sites whilst searching for something or simply just to keep an eye on the news or current events, Facebook and Twitter for instance.
The best thing about the iPad2 I think is the ability to multi-task, instead of having to close one application to look at another you can simply press the home button at the bottom and you have the option of keeping what you're looking at open whilst you search for something else, for instance you can keep your emails or the web active whilst you check out the App store.
I mentioned above a smart cover which the seller on eBay added in the sale. This is a wonderful invention, it's an aluminium backed cover that easily attaches to the edge of the iPad with magnets. You can fold completely back out of the way or fold it up into a stand for the iPad so you can use it hands free. It also has the benefit or turning off the iPad when you close the cover down, and also wakes it up when you peel it back. It's soft inside so won't scratch and adds hardly any weight to the iPad. Clever stuff.
I am now a huge fan of the iPad2, and often have to fight my other half to use it. To be fair he did pay for it, but share and share alike I say! I would definitely recommend this as an alternative to a laptop, it's smaller, less bulky and far more portable. It might not be cheaper but is far more user friendly in my opinion.
Summary: Definitely worth the investment
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