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I was given the IPad 16GB for Xmas and I really like it. I have mainly used a windows laptop, so was, at first, sceptical. I was wrong; the IPad is light, fast and easy to use.
I only use it for pleasure, so I cannot comment on business use.
It is easy to use and can be used almost anywhere. The battery is long lasting, this does depend on the brightness of the screen, but for normal use is excellent. I have used it for gaming and watching streaming videos with no loss or buffering. Lovefilm is very good on it. The graphics are clear and sharp.
The camera has very good quality, but does not a bit of getting used too due to the size. Sound is okay, not the best but good enough for gaming and watching videos.
The apps provided with it are of very good quality and useful. The downloadable apps are endless, both free and paid for. It is excellent for browsing the internet, streaming videos, gaming, social networking and much more.
I was surprised at how quick it is and how flexible it can be. I would suggest that you make/purchase a screen cover to protect it.
Overall an excellent bit of kit that has me completely sold and addicted!
I am unashamedly an Apple fan-girl. I currently own an iPad, iPhone 4S and Apple TV, and have owned 3 different types of iPod!
For me, the iPad is at the top of the tablet tree. It is easy to use (my 85 year old grandma uses it!) and the display is crystal clear for visibility.
It is a great tool for downloading and listening to your music on - the iTunes library has a massive choice of singles and albums and it has never let me down yet.
I think the battery life is good, but the fact that I use it so much means that the percentage goes down quicker than I would like.
Size wise, the iPad is great - it fits in my handbag (which is not particularly big) and slots in easily next to all the junk in there due to it being so slim! The only down side us the weight - I am typing this review lying down on my bed, and it is starting to feel rather heavy!
The aeroplane mode is great - it meant I could watch films and play games on a recent flight to turkey and the journey went quickly.
The abundance of apps that you can purchase for the iPad is brilliant. Google maps is a must, there are also numerous games, shopping apps including eBay, and word processing and excel style programmes that can convert documents so that they are compatible on windows operating systems.
Down sides - 16 gb is used up really quickly when you go on an app, music and video downloading spree! Also, the iPad is pretty pricey to purchase
I was offered an iPad through my mobile phone network, as much as I grudge paying another bill on top of my mobile phone, I have to say I love the iPad.
I have a laptop at home and also a laptop through work so my use for the iPad is more for pleasure than to be used in a business sense. If you wanted to use the iPad for more business purposes I would not recommend the iPad I would say a notebook would be more beneficial but if you like browsing the internet, play games, watch films or TV and social networking then an iPad will be right up your street.
The iPad is compact, easy to use and you can take it just about anywhere! I would personally suggest investing in an iPad case or cover not only do you have endless options of designs and styles but this will seriously protect your iPad screen.
The Screen is a great size and the quality is fantastic, this really shows when watching films on Netflix. Also the camera quality is brilliant but I find it too bulky to take a picture when I have a digital camera and a Samsung Galaxy S3, it would be the last thing I would take a photo with.
The sound on the iPad is not the best, you have to put it up at the highest when looking to play films, TV shows or music.
The battery with the iPad is great if the brightness is not high, if your brightness is up high you will drain your battery and very quickly.
Apps is definitely the selling point for me, the apps are endless, I have games galore, can watch movies on netflix, keep up to date on programs on my Sky Go, Record my fitness and food intake with My fitness planner, I can access the internet anytime, anywhere, I also download new comics etc with no problem from the Comic book apps (Marvel and DC). It amazes me how much you can do on this one machine.
Overall I would 100% recommend this to anyone who would use this for personal use and fun.
The iPad kicked off the tablet revolution, and ever since manufacturers have tried their hardest to top it.
I'm still using my first gen iPad, despite not being able to have iOS 6 on there, it's still great for 90% of what I want.
The iOS software is probably the best all round mobile operating system there is. I've tried Android many a time, and more often than not, it's just clunky and difficult to get used to. With this however, Apple have made it so simple to use, that even my grandparents, who have no knowledge of computers at all, can work it without any prompting from me.
The great thing about iPad is, there are as many apps for it as there are things you'd want to do with it. Aspiring chef? There's loads of cooking apps to help out in the kitchen, for example. I use mine mostly for note taking at University, the Penultimate app is something I highly recommend for this purpose, but of course make sure you get yourself a stylus for it.
You can even download BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4OD etc and use it to catch up on TV shows.
Web browsing is pretty simple thanks to Safari, however since the 5.1.1 update to iOS, it is starting to seem a lot slower than it used to be, perhaps Apple slow them down on purpose so you'll buy new, or perhaps it's just getting old. Email is very simple; it's essentially the same client as you get on a Mac, but trimmed down to work at its best on iPad. It is identical to what you'd get on the iPhone.
In fact, all the software is basically iPhone, but bigger. However, the apps are made specifically for iPad and take advantage of the bigger screen.
As usual with Apple, it's beautifully made; the aluminium back gives it that premium feel you just don't get with it's Android rivals, which often use cheap plastics.
I never felt the need for a 3G version, as anything I'd want to look up so desparately on the move would be done by my iPhone, but I can see why it'd be useful for some.
The lack of camera confuses me though. Yes, they put it on the later models, but Apple were already putting cameras on the iPod at this point, and surely would have seen it coming. That said, I see no need for a rear facing camera, people taking photos with iPads looks a bit silly, but a front facing camera for Skype and FaceTime would have been nice.
All things considered, it's a great little machine, and I believe that despite it being replaced by newer models, it still holds its own against the Android tablets. If you're in the market for a reasonably priced tablet, get a refurbished one of these instead of a cheap and nasty Android.
Apple is one of the most popular brand in this technological age and I, like any other tech-savvy people, am a big fan of their products. However, I must say that I have my doubts about the success of this product when it first comes out. Then, I already have a iphone, so I my thoughts are along the lines of 'umm....just a big iphone'. Nevertheless, I have been proven wrong after using this. After all, this is the product that has revolutionized the future of tablet computers.
I am extremely lucky in the aspect that I got this ipad for free; well to be correct, I won this product in a prize draw. In my whole life, I have hardly won grand prizes and I was over the moon when they announced my name. The prize draw was done by my university and only for people who's taking part in the launch of new virtual programme used in scientific teaching. However, the product is retailed for £300 at the moment, it used to be more, around £450-500, when it first come out. Also, at this moment, the sale of Ipad the first generation is pretty rare as most people tend to go for Ipad 2 instead.
My experience with this product has been more than satisfactory. Firstly, I love the fact the sensitivity of the touch screen is one of the best quality that is available in the market. It is very responsive and just a light touch would do the job.
One of my main uses of iPad is to read online journals, books and news. There are a variety of applications available to do the job; but two of the best Apps are iBooks and Kindle app. One of the common complaints is that iPad uses LED backlight and thus can be harmful to your eyes. I believe that's one of the main reasons why Amazon Kindle is popular for avid readers compared to iPad. However, from my experience, I have to say the backlight doesn't bother me much, mainly because the intensity of the backlight can be adjusted to my liking. Sometimes, I read for like 3-4 hours and I personally don't feel any problems with my eyes, expect feeling tired as normal.
Another handy application is Mail, which you can use to check your emails, send a quick reply in the same way you would do with an iphone. I love the fact I can as many email accounts as possible and all new emails from them would be pushed towards this apps. Very handy and saves me so much time as I have quite a lot of emails for various uses: i.e. university, family, work and general.
Apple products wouldn't be Apple-like if they don't have music applications. Ipod app is one of my favourite and selection of tracks is easy and the menu is very similar to that one in iphone. Another highly used App in my case is the 'youtube' app, especially when I'm out and about and want to watch programmes/music video and whatnot.
Browsing the web with iPad is very easy and can do so like you would on a laptop. However, the main complaint form me is the fact that flash player can't be installed. I'm a bit disappointed in that respect. Hopefully, they would improve this problem for future generations of iPads. My other problem with web browsing with an iPad is that the maximum no. of tabs that can be opened at any one time is 9 tabs, which may seem a lot. However, I'm used to opening tabs after tabs, especially when I have to compare websites or texts for my uni work. In that respect, a maximum of 9 tabs is not enough for me. However, asides from the problems I've mentioned, web browsing with an iPad is very easy and handy for those always on the move.
Additionally, there are many many applications, that can either be installed for free or at a cost, are available from iTunes app store.
As for the battery life, it has an acceptable duration I would say. It doesn't have a long battery life and I need to recharge my iPad everyday, especially after intensive usage. For instance, 3-4 hours of reading would take about 40-50% of the battery life. However, I must point out that I've been using my iPad for a little over a year and the battery life tends to shorten with prolonged usage.
Overall, my experience with this product has been more than satisfactory despite a few drawbacks with its functions. I love my iPad but I don't think this can be a perfect substitute for a laptop. Personally, I'm more efficient with an actual keyboard and thus I mostly do my work with my laptop. However, recreationally, this is the product that will provide you with hours of fun and more. Finally, I would like to say it's so much more than a big iPhone in terms of what you can do with it.
Thank you for reading. :) x
After deliberating for a few months I picked up an iPad around a year after its original release. I had spent hours and hours playing with one, there is a local Apple shop where I live, to try and be sure I was making the right decision. At almost £500 (and they can lose a lot of their value if you want to resell, good luck getting £300 for a box, good condition iPad if your not planning on selling directly to another customer) its a big decision to make and you want to be certain you are going to get a lot out of it. I wanted make sure it was a product I could use on the go, use at home and it was also a product that not only I would use, but when using it I was having a lot more fun. I was fairly sure it would provide this, so when I got one I felt no guilt what-so-ever as I was fairly sure it would get enough use out of it to justify the purchase.
I think that's the biggest question most people have when buying an iPad, can they justify spending so much on a product that they are unsure they will find useful.
So, firstly it is a great product. Endless apps, power under the hood, amazing build quality and the kind of functionality you will marvel at - all now hallmarks of an Apple product, but showcased here to maximum affect. Its like a Apple wanted to cram everything that has made them pioneers in technology into one product.
Elaborating on those features, firstly Apps. Apps are something Apple have turned into the smartphone. A smartphone without Apps is not really a smartphone. The Apps available on iPads are different to those on the iPhone in that they are built to fit the product - higher spec, more functionality and most take advantage of the bigger screen. As Apple have a strict policy when allowing Apps onto the market - the standard is usually high - if not the highest available. The biggest downfall of Android (the rival operating system for both smartphones and tablets) is they have much less strict quality control and as a result most Apps in the Android market lack quality. You can not only see the difference between Apple apps and Android apps - but you can feel it too. Apple apps do much, do it better and just feel a lot more professionally made.
The product is built around Apps - a few features such as web browsing and the iPod are built in, but to get the most out of the product you will be filling it with Apps. Its the Apps that give the product its functionality - you basically install the apps you wan't to use you Ipad for. Want to word process, lots of word processing apps to choose from. Want to edit photo, pick up a photo editing app. A gamer? Thousands of games to chose from. With this product you are basically given the ability to customize it via Apps to suit your needs. Thats the beauty of the iPad.
The power under the hood is unmistakably Apple. The iPad was billed as a magical product, and it does feel like that. Its not overwhelming powerful, like a high end PC, but for its size and the uses its catered for its perfect. It never slows down, menus flow perfectly and super smoothly and there seems to be zero lag. Zoom in and out of a photo and it moves in a way that is just fun to do. You will find yourself using the basic features like that when you are showing it off. Also, it is incredibly reliable - over 2 years it never crashed, never really let me down. Battery life wise, its good. Much less than a phone but much more than a laptop - around 12 hours, or about 6-7 of continued use. I've had 30 hours between charges when use has been at a minimal - its great for using on the go as it really will last.
The build quality again, unmistakably Apple. Sleek, smooth and just fun to hold. They seem to put just as much emphasis on what a product does as well as what it physically feels like. Its a reassuring weight - not to heavy but heavy enough to sit in your hands comfortably. The screen is the highlight - bright, vibrant and just fun use and you will get very little problems using it at different angles.
So, all in all its great. However - for me there is a big downside.
Yes, its a great word processor. Its a great browser and its great for gaming, and its a great media hub - but not quite great enough to make the products most people own that already perform those jobs, to replace them.
I found for example that although word processing was fun on an Ipad - I left the serious stuff to my laptop. Its slightly uncomfortable to write on the iPad and editing is a bit of a chore - but it is fun, but not really suited for serious use.
Gaming too, was fun - but for serious fun I would boot up the PS3. The games are great when looking to kill time, but if you want to get stuck in an engrossing game it just doesn't seem to cut it.
As a media hub, video was actually very good. I watched a lot of video on this device, its pretty nice. I watch a lot of stuff in bed, or on the go - and this was fun. The only problem is you have to put it on you iPad, which can be a chore - I would somethimes find although I would have rather transfered video from laptop to iPad, I didn't because I couldn't stand the hassle. A a music player - for me it was almost redundant - my iPod and phone could both already do this and fitted nicely into my pocket.
Web browsing, for me, was the highlight. Its great at browsing and I would usually find if I had the time I would whip the iPad out rather than my laptop. Its just nice to use. Pages flow in a really nice way and its just fun browsing the web on this. One downside though would be actually using sites - filling out forms on sites that require any sort of word processing become a chore - the onscreen keyboard just doesn't seem to work that well with sites - again for this I would revert back to the Laptop for ease. Also, if it was just a quick reference search I would use my phone - just as fast and bit easier.
I have spoken to many people about this, who also own iPads and they sometimes disagree with me - saying they get a lot more from it than I did, but personally I found it could do lots of things OK and very little very well. Take photo editing as another example - you can edit photos on the device but to very much an amateur level. Those serious about photo-editing will no doubt opt for a more high end product that has those functions more in mind.
In summary, its a great product that is fun - but if you want to use it for anymore than you will be disappointed. If you are happy to pay £500 for a product that will just add to your current tech range rather than replace anything, then go for it. Otherwise, wait a few years until apple figure how to fit a Macbook Pro into an iPad.
The only reason i bought this, is because I was offered it at a dirt cheap price when a friend wanted rid of it. But thinking that youd have to spend £400 on it brand new, i wouldnt bother. you really are just paying for the name APPLE
My husband got this iPad a few months ago (I'm using it right now!). To be honest, I was sceptical...I was thinking, we don't need that - we have a laptop and a netbook, what do we need an iPad for, it's just like a big phone??!!! How I have changed!!! I LOVE THIS IPAD!!! Yes, ok so maybe we didn't exactly NEED it but would I return it - not a chance!!!!! I use it all the time. It loads instantly, the graphics are fantastic - I find it much easier to read off an iPad than I do from our other laptops. It's very user friendly and there are some amazing apps out there. There's really not much that it can't do- and do well! It's probably not my first port of call yet for word processing however I have been told that if i buy a remote keyboard and download software then it will be every bit as good for writing assignments, compiling presentations as any other computer.
I do not in any way claim to be a computer whizz, but from the point of view of someone who uses their computer A LOT, I cannot recommend this product highly enough. The only negative point I would have is that the camera isn't the greatest quality. Asides from that, I really have had no issues with this computer. The battery life is also really good.
@ About @
I bought this iPad two years ago and decided not to wait for the iPad 2. I have since been using it every single day for hours - I use it for Internet browsing, typing up documents for work and using the apps from the app store. All of the apps you have to buy extra, you don't get pages or keynote for iPad come with it and they cost £6 each. When you get an iPad you get the very basic apps such as Internet browsing, photos a music player and that's it.
@ Using the iPad @
There are certain accessibility features that I really appreciate from apple to make it easier to use the iPad. Triple click home button allows you to change the visual display for opposite contrast, a magnifier and you get a voice to tell you what you're clicking on. On iOS 5 multitasking gestures make the use of the home button almost pointless for anything other that getting to the iPad dashboard. Four fingers up on the screen allow you to change apps and close them.
Battery life has been a key concern with me as my battery only lasts for one day before it completely dies agin. I don't have the brightness above one quarter and I rarely have the speaker volume up. Sending text messages drains your battery within hours and I never leave more than 4 apps open at one time. A bad mark for apple where battery life is concerned.
You can become incredibly organised with an iPad and it has become my hub for everything. Reminders, work, fun, and daily utilities such as a calculator and a map. It's not something like a kindle where you use it to read books and then go use other electronic devices to make up for the lack of features, you simply use this iPad as a replacement for the those other electronics. Including a computer.
@ Wear and tear @
I have actually had 2 iPads. The first one I had got ios 5 and then within days started to freeze, crash and then finally displayed several error messages before finally dying completely. I got a replacement but I can't say iPads are particularly well built. On the back of my iPad it has lots of scratches, and whilst the iPad screen has some special chemicals on it to protect from dirt and scratches, it isn't very good. Even when I first bought the iPad it smeared with dirt all over the screen and putting it in a bag without a screen protector has caused some small scratches to appear on the screen. My advice? Get a screen protector and a case as soon as possible.
@ Overall @
You are paying a lot of money for the iPad and I think it's all going in apples back pocket. It's a great piece of technology but there is room for improvement where build quality and value for money is concerned. I also wish it came with basic apps like a calculator, pages and keynote. It is however great for every part of life like education, work and entertainment. And so long as you take care of it, it is recommended.
I have had the Ipad now for around a year now and it is an excellent amount of fun.
I play a wide arrange of games on it from Angry Birds to Monopoly. The games and apps are fantastic, I have an app that just does fart noises (immature I know). You can pretty much download anything your mind can think of. This can keep you entertained for hours on end.
It looks fantastic with a chic, gloss, black finish. Also it is fairly robust, I found this out when I let go of the tablet playing a driving game. It thudded against the floor but not even a scratch.
The touch screen is better than any I've used before and very accurate. You can also touch it In two different places at once allowing excellent dragging features.
It still short of taking over laptops as I can't get myself to sit and down and do work on it. I find if I try I end up downloading a hilarious but useless app.
The battery can run out quite quickly. This is probably because I use apps non stop.
I love my Ipad but I can't help but feel it is just an extremely expensive and addictive toy
I bought this with the idea to browse the internet at home (using wifi) instead of having a heavy & hot laptop on my lap and it serves it's purpose well. I regularly listen to music and watch video clips on it, all of which sound and look good. I like the fact that the same applications that are on the iPhone can be used on this. It is easy to use and the picture quality is good, and the touch screen works well. It is light and an adequate size for browsing the internet and being able to view the pictures/text.
Having the same charger as the iPhone & iPod is helpful meaning I only have to use one for all three and have spares incase something goes wrong or on the rare occasion need to charge more than one at once.
The bad bits are: it's expensive, sometimes you get carried away and think it's like a laptop then realise it isn't, the battery doesn't last very long and back gets scratched easily.
I have owned my iPad for over 6 months and can say it has proved it self to be a worth bit of kit. I even took it to Paris in August and was fantastic to watch videos on the plane as well as being a fantastic guide on where to eat out, stay and tourist attractions whilst we were there. It almost irradicates the need for a computer altogether! And all of this in a light weight package that you can take with you where ever you go.
The past 6 months have been fantastic using this and is good for winding down and relaxing without a nice easy going application upon it. All of which are reasonably price and believe me there really is an app for EVERY occassion. I cannot rate this piece of equipment highly enough and would urge anyone to take the plunge and buy one as they will not regret it!
I recently bought my fiance an ipad 16gb with wifi. As he has a blackbery, iphone and a laptop i assumed it would be safe to say he wouldn't need the 3g. However it has now become a home only item which is a shame because its an amazing piece of kit. The funtionality is incredible, everytime i use it i just believe they have made something so wonderfully clever. We have watched films on it and the quality was great and even on a small screen it was very enjoyable. I think with the 3g it would be upgraded to the brief case and taken every where with him but then i wouldn't be able to use it so maybe i did the right thing!
I received an iPad as a birthday present last year. The device itself is very well presented, as are all apple products, in its whit box. The device itself is very thin with a slightly curved back, however due to the screen glass it is quite heavy. Out of all the tablets on the market I would have to say the iPad is the best, not only for functionality and responsiveness but also for value. Just like the iPhone and iPod the software on the product is beautifully designed and runs effortlessly. This product is great for browsing the web, checking emails, creating spreadsheets and PDF's etc, but also has a great games platform, bringing popular games such as angry birds to a whole new level. This product is however lacking a camera, which would be great, and a USB slot. However other than these there are very few problems with the device. Mine even acts as a bedside clock and alarm. Brilliant product by a brilliant company.
The iPad is a very expensive tablet computer by Apple. I believe it is one of the best tablets out there and in this review I will be explaining my reasons to believe this.
The iPad itself:
The back of the iPad is made of a brushed metal much like the iPod Nano I reviewed. The sides and top are made of the same material and have some buttons on them. On the right there is a volume rocker and a screen rotation lock. On the top there is only a power/sleep button. The left side has no button. The front features the famous single home button and a 9.7inch glass capacitive screen (like Apples other touchscreen iDevices).
The iPad runs on Apple's proprietary iOS operating system. (Version 4.3.5 is latest as of 02/08/2011)
The iOS operating system runs superbly on the iPad ( because it is optimized for this tablet unlike cheaper Android tablets). The operating system comes with all the basic "Apps" that are found on iPhone and iPod Touch. Safari stays the same as before and still doesn't support flash!!!
The most advertised feature is the revolutionary App Store where you can purchase "Apps" and Games for little to no money. The apps can be extremely useful or very pointless. Games are also available (ones made for the iPad are usually labelled HD). Apps designed for iPhones are usually overstretched to fit on the screen.
The battery life is pretty much the same as the iPhone 3G S. You can watch up to 10 hours of video playback on a single charge which is a lot better than the Android equivalents that give around 2 hours of light use! Unfortunately (like all apple products) the battery is non-replaceable so if it develops a battery fault you will have to go to your nearest Apple Workshop.
The screen on the iPad is truly excellent in brightness and sharpness, it runs at a satisfactory 1024x768 which is the most used resolution in the world (as of 05/08/11) so web browsing looks correct (unless flash is used as mentioned before). The screen is very responsive and navigating through operating is easy with no lag or glitches at all! The multi touch is so good that you can even have 2 player table hockey games (FS5) on the same screen! For some reason it doesn't work at all with fingernails (not good for greasy hands or women!)