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This is another fantastic product created by Apple. Its light, hard to break, and slim which ensures that you can carry it around with you everywhere. I am not a technician, so understand that this view is from the perspective of an average user . IOS7, the latest apple software, is extremely quick and easy to navigate, and has a plush feel which makes using the device feel almost luxurious. I have never experienced any problems with this device crashing or being unable to load which means it is reliable. Additionally, the high-definition graphics are a major plus. However, are from the graphics achieved if you purchase a later ipad with retina display: on these you will realize that the clear viewing and sharp colors will have a great impact on your view of the item.
Everyone in the family will enjoy using this product, whether for browsing, working, social networking or just playing games- the possibilities are endless. Also, siri is very helpful and i would definitely miss not having it if I had purchased an earlier generation of the ipad.
The only thing that I would say about this ipad is that although it is a decent increase in price, is not much different from the ipad 3. The speed, image, and content do not really vary. So, unless you are highly bothered about being able to upgrade to later apple software in the future, I may recommend purchasing the second generation as most of the pros and cons are the similar or the same, and the price tag will be a lot less.
I must say, Macbooks and Mac computers do not interest me in the slightest. There, I said it. They are a bit out of my price range for the sort of activities I would be using them for. (Don't get me wrong, I'm sure that they are worth the money for somebody that would be able to take advantage of the Mac-specific programmes out there. They're just not for me.)
That said, I really do not know what I would do without my iPhone and iPad.
Having had iPhone's for about five years now, I was intrigued to see if the iPad could outdo my love affair with this ingenious piece of technology.
To be perfectly honest, the iPad for me is just a larger version of its relative the iPhone. But what you don't realise until you get an iPad is just how useful this is! No more squinting and page scrolling while you're trying to read a webpage, no more zooming in and out (well, not much anyway). For me, this was a real bonus as I play a lot of 'board games' as apps (e.g. Carcassonne, Ascension, Agricola etc). Without a doubt, the screen size and the crisp quality of the 264 ppi, 2048 x 1536 resolution, made this experience so much better. All of the text in-game was easily readable and the games run smoothly. It is altogether a much more enjoyable experience.
Another great feature to use on the iPad is the Newsstand. You can have newspapers and magazines sent instantly to your device for a subscription fee. My partner has a subscription to BBC Focus magazine on a monthly basis and he really enjoys the readability. It is just like reading a hard copy magazine but with extras - e.g. they frequently intersperse the articles with videos (instead of just pictures that you would see in a hard copy). This really makes the iPad interactive and takes advantage of its capabilities.
Facetime and Skype are fantastic to use on this tablet - especially if you buy a cover that doubles up as a stand, which leaves you handsfree (handy if you have a baby). Another great feature is that you can sync up YouTube to your TV or PS3 and watch it on the big screen while controlling it from your iPad on the sofa.
The main feature of the iPad that I love so much is the ease of use. It is so accessible for any age - it is simple to navigate around and the App Store is sometimes too easy to buy from. A good proportion of Apps are free to download, especially the popular ones such as Facebook, Twitter and BBC News.
Although I really like this device, as usual there are a few negative points.
As tablet computers go, it is at the pricey end of the market.
One thing that really annoys me is that you can't get Flash Player on the iPad. This makes certain games, surveys and other content unusable.
I also find the keypad annoying if I want to type for a long time. It simply does not compare to a proper keyboard in my eyes. You can, however, buy keyboards that you can hook up to the iPad but I cannot comment on the effectiveness of those, having never used one.
Finally, the camera is not the best on the market by any means. However, what it lacks in megapixels it makes up for in ease of use and accessibility to programs such as Instagram where you manipulate your photographs to accentuate them.
Oh wow I must say this product is definitely handy. Its ability to take it anywhere makes it useful in nearly every way from looking for coupons to checking in places. This iPad does it all and I really mean that, I am yet to find something that it cannot do and bearing in mind i have this iPad a while. First of all let me say buying this product is quite a setback so I would say only consider buying if you are sure you can afford it as it is a hefty sum of money.
Although the memory of this iPad is only 16Gb I find that it is capable of storing a big amount of data/memory and bearing in mind i have quite a few apps on it as well which leads me onto my next point. Due to it coming with the app store you literally have access to the one of the widest range of apps that can enhance your iPad in various ways. The design of this product although plain I find that is what makes it the more 'magnificent'
The size of this contrary to many others opinions I feel does not hinder you in any way whatsoever. Personally I have found i can put this in a range of different sized bags and dues to its width not being wide therefore allows me to take it with me out and about.
The rate of the internet on the iPad is great! Its one of the fastest I have ever seen and probably am likely to encounter for a while. Comparing its connection and WiFi to the iPhone this is definitely a worthwhile gadget if you are looking for something that is fast, reliable and worthwhile. The only problem i ever had is it tends to slip out of my hands quite often but maybe that is just me?
I LOVE my ipad it's great for games and university work as it fits nicely into any rucksack or medium size bag. It's easy to use and great fun for playing games with friends online or even two player. My favourite thing about the ipad is the iplayer app as it allows me watch pretty much anything on the go or at home. The only problem is it needs to be more like a laptop for me personally. It has pages and Evernote which is great but a word processor or something where I can submit university work from would make this product 10x better. The camera that the ipad has is decent quality and the variety of different apps available for it are incredible. One minute I could be playing flappy bird and next I could be learning a different language. The keyboard is very big once turned on its side so very good for short sighted people like myself. Would recommend it everyone.
Apple iPad 3 Wi-Fi 16GB
Ask any tech savvy geek and the main pros of the iPad 3 are the high resolution screen and epic graphics - which, if I am honest, doesn't really mean anything to me; it certainly doesn't justify the hefty price tag.
What I want from a tablet is something which is easy to use, enjoyable and non-demanding.
My pet hate of any "SMART" device is when you are in the middle of doing something vitally important, such as stalking your crush on Facebook, your battery dies and you are left pacing the room for 30 minutes waiting for the battery to charge enough to be able to turn it back on. Although the battery life itself isn't shocking, the iPad 3 is no different.
I am fairly disappointed that there are still no advances in the connectivity of the iPad to other devices e.g. an SD or USB slot and you are still unable to use many websites fully without Flash Player.
As with many other apple products the overall usability of this device isn't fool proof - if you aren't an apple fan already then this product will do little to convince you otherwise.
Not being a technical wizard (aka COMPUTER GEEK), the only major benefit of the iPad 3 is that it makes the iPad 2 cheaper! Hallelujah.
~ My Opinion ~
Apple I-Pad 3 is a really useful tablet with the ability to entertain, multitask, play multimedia seamlessly and be your very own modern notebook.
~ Best Deals and cost ~
When I bought my I-Pad 3 I bought it from John Lewis as it came with a two year guarantee better than any other stores which were only selling them with one year. The price I paid was £349 but with the extra years guarantee this turned out to be the best deal for me.
~ Interesting Facts ~
Glue - The screen is glued to the device so removing it is just a case of heating the glue up and then using suction to prise the two elements apart.
Battery - Apple managed to increase the capacity of the battery by a massive 70%. The battery is made of a 42.5-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-ion and delivers an impressive ten hours of multimedia tasking. Lithium is used as it is the lightest metal and its properties allow it to be recharged at any time. Additionally it doesn't suffer from crystal buildup, which can affect other forms of battery.
iSight camera - The camera has been upgraded to a five-megapixel sensor and this may not seem like a lot, Apple is keen to point out that lens tech is as important as megapixels. In the new iPad Apple has utilised the same five-element lens that currently resides in the iPhone 4S. This works by filtering light five times to ensure that the colours you see on screen are the same as those you see in real life. This is done by cutting out frequencies we can't see like infrared and ultraviolet.
~ Memory ~
The RAM is built on the A5X chip and doubled from 512MB to 1GB. This provides the random access memory needed to run your apps better and quicker.
~ Using the App Store ~
Using the app store is relatively easy but the most important thing especially if you have children is to lock the purchases from happening in apps as you may find yourself with a hefty bill from little fingers buying little bits and bob with in app purchases.
~ Useful Web links ~
~ Conclusion ~
Overall the camera is high quality, the range of applications (apps) is massive, the size of the screen is decent and the overall quality and reliability is top notch. The price is expensive but so are most high quality tech gadgets these days. These days you are looking to pay around £200 - £340 for a used or new I-Pad 3 although the new I-Pad Air is the new kid on the block. The touch screen is perfect and is easy to use and the battery life tends to last a long time which is good for car journeys. My I-Pad has been dropped multiple times by the children and still no lasting damage and working well.
I would recommend this to anyone especially those with young children and the applications you can buy these days really does get them thinking and interacting in ways that we had not thought of. I have taught my children the alphabet and numbers through apps which talk and are interactive with touch.
A wonderful device.
I really like this product. I bought this item to use myself, and for my partner to use sometimes. I like the range of apps that are available from the apple store, but don't like the fact that I am tied to the apple store.
I think the software is fast, and easy to use. The only standard feature I don't like is the alarm clock, as it is hard to use when displayed as a graph.
The product is light, easy to handle, and becomes a part of your life, just like a mobile phone. I used to have the ipad two, and due to the fact that the apple ipad is the best of its kind out there, I made sure I upgraded to the newer version when I needed a new one. I know there is a lot of competition with tablets in the market place at the moment, but apple thought of it first and are still the best.
I would recommend this product to a friend, and already have, to many.
Before purchasing my Apple iPAD I looked at other makes of tablets such as Samsung and the Nexus but the iPad stood out for me.. maybe because I love my Apple products and seem to pay the price for the premium of it!
The IPAD is a sleek, fast tablet device which is not too heavy for you to carry around in your bag, it's a great gadget to possess if your a commuter. You would be able to stream videos and movies on the go.. you can upload movies from your laptop to your iPAD as well which is also a great feature to have.
The App store is excellent with Apps from any type of Genre you can imagine-- my favourite Apps are the most popular ones such as Candy Crush Saga.. a really addictive game, you will start playing it and then an hour or so would have passed without you realising it!
They are well worth the money-- also even better if you have an IPHONE then you can sync all your music and contacts etc to your IPAD which is great!
After giving up with my laptop I decided to find something more portable to carry Around aswell as an upgrade, something that works quicker more efficient and I can do more on. This came to me in the form of an iPad. You can download apps search he internet and check emails and social networking sites all from one place. With a massive so App Store with thousands of potential apps to download I am never bored wih my iPad. I also bought an attatchsble keyboard which I find very useful. It lasts well for battery life and charges quickly so I am never running low on charge. You can also buy data plans so you can access the internet from anywhere, this is what I did and I find it useful if I need the internet quickly but there is no wifi. The camera is good but I wouldn't rely on it on a family holiday or something because it is much bigger than a camera.
There is an app for practically every occasion available on an iPad. These range from things like centimetres to metres or paid to do apps like Maximiles. These are highly useful if you are not good at mental maths or want to earn a bit of cash while out and about.
The interface is easy to navigate and you can get accustomed to it extremely quickly even if they do change the entire interface like with IOS 7. The IOS 7 is not as good as previous versions however and anyone that has used the pervious version is unlikely to enjoy using it. There is one good difference here between iPads and iPhones as the iPad has some extra hand gestures that make things easier to access.
The battery life is excellent in the iPad but IOS 7 has reduced the life by quite a small amount like the iPhone. Fortunately the battery life is not an overly large issue as if you can still get about 24 hours of pure playing on games out of it without having to charge it. You can play music on with the screen turned off on holiday for about 2 weeks without having to charge it. This makes it an extremely good device to have on an aeroplane as the kids can play away on it giving you peace and quiet to sleep or just relax.
The performance of the iPad is brilliant as it will open webpages, switch between apps or even just open apps within seconds. There is nothing that will make you frustrated when using this product. There is also some extra apps that are not available on the iPhone.
I have found however that their is not enough storage space as if you have a lot of apps, music, photos and videos stored on your phone then you can be guaranteed that you will be constantly be getting the "not enough data storage available" message. Much like the iPhone I think a 32GB device is better.
I personally was not interested in buying an Ipad when they were first released, however I was bought this as a present and I was surprised by how addictive the tablet was.
I use mine mainly for the apps and for surfing the internet, and many of the apps are extremely addictive and you have a wide range to choose from, including games and magazines. The kindle app is especially useful, it provides you with all aspects of the kindle within your Ipad, saving you spend more money on both devices.
Whilst the Ipad is a handy device I believe it isn't worth the cost compared with other tablets that are currently being released in the market, but hopefully Apple will lower the cost or make them more unique to keep them relevant in the expanding tablet market.
I had previously heard of the screens on apple products breaking easily and was nervous as I am extremely clumsy! However, I have dropped my Ipad several times, even on hard flooring and have only got a small chip of the edge of it. I would recommend a case for it though to prevent any accidents!
The battery life is very short on the ipad, especially if you are consistently running apps on it.
I bought this ipad because i wanted to try out the graphics part of the tablet. As a computer games developer student we are required to make games with graphics, instead of drawing them then using a graphic editor to put them onto the computer i cut out the paper part and am now using it to its full potential.
The ipad has lots of great features from which to use. It has a multitude of apps you can use. The processor is fast enough to handle most of the games available on the App Store which can be handy if you dont like getting bored on the way to work or college/uni.
If you enjoy reading then there is iBooks for all your fantasy adventures and sci fi books.
The iPad really has it all, the HD ready screen is also very handy as the graphics look stunning.
If you really want to then you could do word documents on it. Make it your own little mini laptop. With the bluetooth functionality you can hook up a keyboard which can be really handy when doing long moments of typing.
For students its easy to carry around, its easy to store word documents, most of the things you an get on Android, theres an apple equivalent. As a student, i would recommend this to any student be it a chef, games tech/dev, photography maybe... but it has many things to do for diffrernt various kinds of people
My I Pad is fantastic. I can't imagine life without it now, that may sound silly, but it's true.
I have it synced up to my i-phone. I have a cloud account linked to it all that backs all my pictures up, it's just brilliant.
The interface is so easy to use. My mum ended up buying one too, a technophobe, but she saw how easy they are to use.
The screen resolution is fantastic, you can watch films or i-player etc on it and the shows look great, crisper than my television!
It is easy to click on the different applications and access what you need.
The Appstore is great as you can download apps which cover a wide plethora of exciting activities and games. The online shopping apps, such as ocado that can be used on the ipad make dood shopping a delight and no longer a chore.
Compared to the Ipad 2 which my friend has, the resolution is much better and there is a faster processing chip which is evident when web browsing. I can have a lot of different applications open and the IPAD3 still works very quickly.
They are very easy to set up and initialise when you get them out the box too!
If you want to surf on the move, the 3g plans that accompany the device from certain retailers are great.
I would recommend them to everyone!
My review is going to be a comparative review, uncovering whether or not the Apple iPad is capable of replacing the laptop/PC. It will not entail much detail about technical specifications, because this information can be derived directly from Apple's website. Instead I'll share my experience about using this sleek sexy tablet!
Brands are important, but so is price. This brings us to the 'value for money' checkbox. Does the iPad tick it? For those who are considering choosing between a new laptop/PC OR an iPad your purchase will depend on the PURPOSE you will use this tablet for. Personally, we purchased the iPad as an extra - literally no one at home uses it except me and my brother. Why do the older generation stick to the traditional laptops/PCs? Apple may be overpriced, but for someone who really makes the most of it and uses their iPad, its worth a buy.
===How does it work===
Why the iPad is so much cooler than a standard laptop/PC is because its so versatile and a really on the go gadget. Unfortunately, it is not of much use to others in my family because they usually use the laptop/PC in one place. So whilst reading this, picture yourself and see if you can imagine using it on the go. For me, it's perfect to slip into my handbag and take to the library if I need to study. Its light, it fits nicely even with its case and I can use to read lectures slides because the screen size is perfect for this and not to mention, the obvious crisp clear quality. It takes about 3-5 hours to charge fully and then when its up and running you could be out the whole day without worrying about the battery draining in a few hours.
It supports apps, has a built in webcam for FaceTime - which you can do with other iPhone users, Skype (video calling), gaming apps, educational apps - all available from the Apple store. You can watch Youtube on it, listen through headphones or out loud. Other than business and work purposes, you can have fun on it too!
Apart from the price, there ARE disadvantages.
#1: One thing I miss is that with a touchscreen, you have to type on the screen too - NO KEYBOARD?! Like our traditional laptops/PCs. This isn't too bad, as I am used to typing on a small screen via using my touchscreen phone. But only for short texts. If I had to write this review from the iPad.. my fingers would be aching. Also, I find the iPad un-usable without its stand, that's right a cover/stand. This too.. you have to purchase! (Unless you buy it with a bundle of accessories as part of some deal). So the stand props it up so you can use it on a desk (it won't stand up on its own contrary to what I imagined Apple products could do). You can even buy a cover with a built in keyboard but I tried one of my friends' and it did not feel the same as a proper keyboard, although it was close. And connected via Bluetooth.
#2: You cannot use USB sticks (there is no port). So be ready to use online storge options like saving things on your hotmail skydrive account, or Google, or Dropbox! OR you can buy a USB connection kit.
#3: It's expensive, for this price you could buy a laptop. Again - this all comes down to the purpose you are buying it for.
For the 16GB Wifi version, you can buy it from the Apple store for £399. GB is the amount of storage capacity, and the more storage capacity that you go for, the higher the price will be. For us, the minimum was expensive enough and we would not use all of the space hence why we chose this one! Another thing to consider is WHERE will you be using your iPad? Do you have internet access at home, what type is it? For those of you with a wifi router, who do not travel often - its best to buy the cheaper wifi version. The only case in which the data, 3G version will be useful is if you can afford to pay extra in order to have internet access wherever you go. However, if you have a mobile with an internet plan anyway - you can simply turn on the wifi router hotspot, using your phone's internet on the iPad.
===My favourite feature===
Without a doubt, Siri. Apple's built in robot, available in different languages like English, French, Spanish (I tried all of these). You can push a button, record yourself asking him a question and he'll reply. This can be for useful things like telling him to set an alarm or appointment, but entertainment wise you're guaranteed a hilarious conversation! Try it out before you buy it, you'll know what I mean! His responses can even be rather cheeky at times.
===Overall summary and experience of usage===
So there you have it, yes I would recommend having an iPad if you can afford it as an extra, because its a lot easier for on the go uses than carrying your laptop everywhere, battery life is great (although over time as with many electrical products it could deteriorate (I know my phone and laptop's battery life have gotten worse). However, in my personal opinion it is not capable of replacing a laptop/PC. Its simply a leisure/business use on the go tablet for me which I LOVE but unfortunately not enough to depend on it, I just use it as an extra. I don't see much about the hype about it and because it's a little overrated, I am not going to give it 5 stars.
What's your purpose, how much will you use it?
I currently own an ipad 3 16gb in white. I purchased mine from Amazon at the time as they seem to sell them at the lowest prices. The Ipad also came with a protective black case.
It is slim with a screen size of 9.7 inches. The screen takes up the majority of the front with a slim white border around the edge. The camera is situated at the top with the home screen button situated at the bottom. The case I received is plain black. It folds open to reveal the screen meaning that the Ipad never needs to be removed from the case.
Easy to use?
Yes. The layout and touch screen response is fantastic. In fact it is so easy to use, surprisingly my daughter at the age of 18 months was able scroll through and watch her favourite programs. It has a main screen which you can swipe across to access all your apps. You are also able to save your favourite apps at the bottom making access to them easier instead of trawling through screens searching for the app you want.
Whilst having this function on the Ipad is nice the quality of the photos and videos it provides are not great. The size of the Ipad can make it an inconvenience to carry around and take photos anyway. The photos can often come out blurry. It has a zoom function but this just appears to pixelate the photos even more.
The browser is just as good as using a desktop computer. I now find I use this for internet usage more than the computer as when operating off the wifi it loads pages within seconds. Some internet pages are not ipad friendly but you are able to zoom in and out making the pages easier to read. The keyboard is easy to use. The letters are big enough to tap and if a mistake is made sometimes it will pick it up and autocorrect to the right word. The only issue with the internet is not having the ability to download flashplayer. This can prevent certain videos from working.
There is an app store where you can search for all types. They can be broken down into Free Apps and Paid Apps. Our favourites are the games and television. We use is to catch up on all our favourite programs, watch films etc. It is also used for social networking and the facetime app which is exclusive to apple products is very simple to use and has a great picture.
With all this constantly being operated the battery life seems fantastic. We are able to have hours of fun. However when charging it can take nearly 6 hours to fully charge.
At a cost of nearly £400 I had been reluctant to make such a large purchase but I have not been let down. I am addicted to it and find myself constantly browsing the internet, watching television and playing games on it. Oh and now writing dooyoo reviews. It is great for people of all ages due to its simplicity and never ending amount of things to do!