Product Type: Apple Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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Apple iPad Wi-Fi 16 GB
Member Name: DanB7290
Apple iPad Wi-Fi 16 GB
Advantages: Perfect size for it's intended use, so many possibilities
Disadvantages: Starting to show it's age compared to newer iPads
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.
Summary: The only tablets better than this are the iPads that replaced it.
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