Product Type: Apple Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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Skeptical university student, now a convert to the iPad
Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi 64 GB
Member Name: Rubyjade
Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi 64 GB
Advantages: Ease of use, great battery life
Disadvantages: Pricey, mainly for the Apple logo
I'm tapping out this review on my iPad that was a birthday present to me this May. I won't lie, I was incredibly skeptical about how this product would benefit me, other than passing time on nifty, free games I could download. Naturally, the first thing I did was stock it full of free games apps and it was how I used it for a while.
At the time, I was a second year university student, and the end of year exams were round the corner. I commute from home, but to revise I went to friends houses and I started to take the iPad with me. It was a great tool to research on, and make notes and to procrastinate on also. Since then, I take it to my seminars and lectures daily. A lot of work is computer based resources, so it is portable and I don't struggle with loading times whilst on wi-fi either, so i can have the information beside me whilst making my paper notes.
My boyfriend lives a few miles from me, so it is great on the 2 hour train journey too. I have a kindle, but on the journeys I prefer to use the iPad app rather than take this too. I like the presentation of the book far more on the ipad screen and it means taking one electronic devise with me that I can make my notes on too. I have had conversations with people on the train asking me if I would recommend it, and I give my opinion just as I have on here! Also, the Facetime app is brilliant for my relationship too. He uses an iPhone (I have yet to convert to one) and I feel it is far easier to use on this as you can perch it rather than holding it though the duration of the conversation
I don't use it for a crucial item in my day-to-day routine, but it sure as hell makes elements easier. I'm impressed with the portability, the battery life is great. I have reviewed it purely based on how I use it, and maybe I don't use it to it's full benefit but it works for me! I will say that the people in the Apple store were extremely helpful when my parents were buying this. The new model was out, but they asked what I would mainly be using it for, and he said that this was much more suitable. They did, however, purchase it at Tesco instead as it was considerably cheaper. Other tablets may be more suitable for your personal use, but I have seen my dads Blackberry tablet and it does not compare.
I am now looking to buy add-ons for it, such as a keyboard for the frequency of use in notes and writing through my university career. These are more expensive than add ons for other tablets but that is the price of buying into the Apple empire. But I do love it and have probably used it enough to warrant the price tag!
You can see from my quick summaries below I haven't marked any aspects lower than a 4 rating, so I am quite fond!
Summary: I was a skeptic of the hype, but I am now an avid uaer
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