Product Type: Apple Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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iPad 3: A lot of money for some fun, but well worth it
Apple iPad 3 Wi-Fi 16 GB
Member Name: OliHelli1
Apple iPad 3 Wi-Fi 16 GB
Advantages: Beautiful appearance and display, endless apps, easy to use
Disadvantages: Average camera, fairly expensive
I own the iPad 3 16GB in black. Though white is nice, black is more practical for me and in my opinion is a little more sleek. I also own a grey iPad cover which folds over the screen. I find this addition to be useful as it also doubles up as a small 'prop' to allow the screen to be at a tilt, though, as I'd expect with Apple, quite costly for what it is (£35).
The iPad itself is beautiful to hold feeling solid but not clunky, delicate but still durable.
Appearance wise, the iPad looks great. The slim border around the screen is good for holding the item without accidently tapping a button, and the button at the base of the machine is both visually discrete but easily found. There's also a volume adjustment button which is easy to press on the edge of the iPad, and a lock and on/off button at the top of the ipad which too is simple to use.
Both my parents and grandparents have found the touchscreen easy to use with their fingers. The sensitivity of the screen is incredible, though sometimes I have accidently pressed things due to such sensitivity. The movement of the screen is very fluid and much better than any other tablet or smartphone touchscreen I have used.
The breadth of apps available for the iPad is amazing, and the selection system used to whittle down the options to reach what you're looking for is very efficient - paid or free, top 20, app genres etc. You can have apps for everything from social network sites (Facebook, Twitter) to health advice.
The internet appears very similar to that of a computer and you often have the choice of visiting the standard site or the mobile version. You may occassionaly get offered an app to download too.
The camera isn't the iPad's greatest feature, but the quality depends greatly on lighting. I found that on a clear day I could take some stunning photographs that looked particularly beautiful on the retina screen. However, in darker conditions (even if not neccessarily very dark) camera quality is significantly reduced. If you're wanting a tablet which comprimises a fabulous camera for on the go - I wouldn't recommend this.
Itunes runs easily and can by synced to other Apple devices for ease of uploading music.
I'd invest in a good docking station or headphones to get the most out of the iPad's music system.
Though everyone complains about the battery time of Apple products I found my Ipad to last a good few hours of solid use (absolutely no breaks). I was disappointed that I had to charge it almost every day when it was used sparingly, but I expected this due to complaints from others.
If you're looking for a fun, stylish tablet for playing games, using the internet, discovering a vast array of weird and wonderful apps and for playing music the iPad is for you! If you're wanting an internet and camera resource on the go I'd advise something more specialised for photography.
Summary: A fairly expensive grown up toy, but hours of fun and entertainment will be had
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