Product Type: Apple Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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An Apple Product A Day, Keeps Me Smiling
Apple iPad 3 Wi-Fi 32 GB
Member Name: kristoph23
Apple iPad 3 Wi-Fi 32 GB
Advantages: Good screen Size and Speed
Disadvantages: The potential for scratching and price
The iPad has got this ability to make you want it purely for the design and what you can use it for. You have a tablet computer which is easy to use and understand and it seems most people are aware that the iPad is one of the biggest selling tablet computers ever.
This iPad had a few unique features but that is what can confuse people when it comes to making that purchase. The iPad comes in three sizes which are 16GB, 32GB and finally the 64GB models.
This iPad uses the same charger as the other Apple devices which are nice to know for many potential new owners and the overall design is just simple and user friendly. Volume controls, cameras and power buttons are scattered around the entire model.
~~ Wi-Fi and 4G? ~~
I chose the option to not have the 4G with my iPad and there were a few reasons for this. The first was the price just to have the 4G capability was going to add an extra £100 to the total cost which I thought was a high amount to pay for an extra feature.
Secondly I was never really going to use this item other than my own home and work which has a Wi-Fi connection open to me. With the 4G model of this item you can go online anywhere in theory as you require a 3G signal. You do need to buy an internet plan from somewhere like O2 which costs you money each month with this model.
In my view if your someone who is going to use this for home life and work purposes you want to try and save money overall and the 4G is there as an option to people who want to go online all the time.
~~ Applications and Camera ~~
When getting the iPad most people are already aware of the various applications you can download for the product. There are a few already on there for you such as YouTube but you can get so much more.
I have downloaded Ebay, Facebook and Wikipedia as well. When it comes to using applications the iPad enables you to do so much more than you think you can. With Facebook as my example you can chat to people as you do online but you're also able to put status updates, take photos right there and then and upload them to your profile which for me is extremely handy.
With other applications you are able to sit back and load up auctions for items you want to sell and this again is done via a picture you upload and fill the details in on the iPad so this item enables you to carry out tasks you would normally do on a computer.
The camera is very good a 5MP camera and at first I was nervous as I knew I had the ability to take pictures but this iPad is huge and when you start looking at the amount of space you have to view the photo you have taken it is amazing.
When I take photos I am able to zoom into them and edit them using the iPad with various applications letting me alter the colour or even cropping the picture. I tend to upload the pictures I take directly to Facebook which allows me to show my friends. The quality of the photos and videos this item takes are exceptional and the video quality is high definition.
~~ Using the Internet ~~
The biggest purpose for me to have this item was the fact you can online so easily. You can upload any website you wish but you have two ways to do this. The first is by a keyboard which comes on the touchscreen and you can touch the various letters and type in websites.
The second option is by using the voice controller so you say what you want to search for in a search engine and this is meant to show what you have said in the search box. This option is not that great and I have tried several various voices to try and make it find the basic items and occasionally it works and other times it displays random words.
The idea behind the voice controller I think is to assist people so if you have to search for a rather long worded item or you cannot spell it correctly you just say it and this should put up the word in the search box. The problem is the words can get mistyped and you end up with a problem.
I personally find the option of using the keyboard display easier and you're less likely to make silly errors as the voice controller makes very often.
~~ Retina Display, Sound and Battery ~~
The retina display is something I have got used to using the iPhone and the best part about the retina display is that ability to zoom into various writing on the screen but also the ability to make the words follow you.
When I visit some websites or play on the applications I have got I tend to find myself moving the screen around to fit the words better so the screen is able to offer me more. I like how you're able to zoom into pictures very closely but also using a magnifying glass to focus on particular words more closely and this has assisted me many times as my eyesight is not the best.
The sound levels are excellent and my computer is nowhere near as good as the iPad is when it comes to how loud the volume is. I have played music on this item and watched clips offline and they have always had excellent sound which again is excellent for a tablet computer.
The battery life is what makes me shout out the most because it lasts for ages. I tend to leave my iPad on and just close the lid I have on this case and I left it the other day for over 12 hours and the battery life had just dropped by 4%.
I found myself wondering what it would do if I had it on for hours at a time and I was online the other day over 3 hours and the battery life hardly moved. They state the battery life is around 10 hours and that is very accurate indeed.
~~ Accessories ~~
When I got this item I had to find out where to buy items which would protect the screen from scratching as I had this happen in the past with previous Apple products.
I got some screen protectors which were very easy to find from virtually anywhere online and prices vary but unfortunately they take forever to get in the correct position and they are also very difficult to remove the bubbles from as well.
In terms of what are good items for the iPad you have the little pens to use so it saves you using your fingers on the touchscreen and I have a couple of these and they are excellent items with a piece of soft rubber at the end and let you use the iPad quicker in my view.
You have leather sleeves to protect the product from outside dust and dirt and you have many leather stands which fold over and let you use the iPad at various angles so you're not always looking down on the item all the time.
I have yet to find a decent bag to put the item into but in terms of what there is for it with various colours to own and decorate the IPad and you can have it engraved on the Apple website with your own name if you wish as well.
~~ My Personal Experience ~~
When I first got the iPad I was nervous with it because to be fair it was so thin and yet you knew it was so expensive. I paid just over £400 for my model as I had a local deal with the store and I found myself wondering whether I would use it that often to warrant the money I spent on it.
The first 2 weeks I had this item I was never away from it because I was using it for the internet all the time but more then that I used it for pictures and making people view the photos I had taken. I found it easy to do everything I wanted to do.
The camera was so easy to use and I guess due to my past experiences using the iPhone I could easily claim it would be easy for anyone to use but for me it was. I gave this to my mother who found it very easy to use and she is not the best when it comes to any sort of gadget.
The pictures I took came out with exceptional detail and what else I loved was the applications I paid for on my iPhone I could upload to the iPad so it saved me paying out for them again. Not many people were aware of this feature and to be fair I was not either.
I found applications looking excellent, the depth of detail when watching videos and looking at pictures exceptional. My Wi-Fi in the house on this iPad is so fast it would appear it was connected all the time and I found that another brilliant part of this item.
Downloading applications was very quick as well and the size of the item was so good you could view everything with ease.
~~ Final Summary ~~
In terms of what the iPad offers and for the value it is debatable as to whether this suits everyone. The price for the iPad I got was reasonable but some of the prices are exceptional for a small memory machine.
You can listen to music, watch movies, take pictures and do everything you can do on a computer except a few things of course. You have the internet there and in terms of the memory you should not really use it all.
I have 32GB memory and I have over 500 songs, 1450 pictures and about 80 applications and I have lots of memory left and if you do run out you can delete pictures of you could save them to your computer and store them away.
This in my view is an excellent item which has plenty of good points going for it and there is nothing to complain about except the potential scratching problems if you do not protect the screen well enough.
~~ Additional Information ~~
Display 9.7 Inches
Chip - Dual Core A5X
Operating System - iO5
5MP Camera (1080p)
Summary: An excellent product
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