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I have been wanting to try out an iPad for a while but haven't known whether to take the leap or not as I only recently bought my Macbook Pro and am constantly on it, so worried that if I bought an iPad, I wouldn't get the used out of it. However, I was lucky at work to find we had one in the office which is an iPad 1 and the storage size of 64GB which is the biggest size, so I was of course happy to take it and have now been using it for a good few months. The main difference with the iPad 1 to the newer models is that it is a lot thicker in size and of course it doesn't have a camera inbuilt into it but this didn't bother me as I use my Mac more for Skype etc. anyway.
The iPad1 is still a really nice design, it is a rounded rectangular shape and black with a silver back like most apple products and on the reverse is the Apple logo as well as it stating the information that it is 64GB etc. The dimensions of this iPad are 25.6 x 20.6 x 6.8cm in size and it weighs 4.5kg so does feel slightly heavier but not bad at all. It has a 9.7inch screen size which is great as it is just big enough but not as small as the iPad mini which I wasn't ever keen on. This has buttons on the side as well as speakers on the bottom and the charger port here also. It has the power button to the top right and really, if you are used to using Apple products like the iPhone, it is similar in functionality.
IPAD 1 64GB WI-FI
The main thing that is annoying about having the iPad 1, is the fact that it can't run the new iOs7 or the older 6 so you are limited as to what apps you can run on it and also if an app requires a camera then you will not be able to download it for this iPad also. However, to charge this is easy enough, you can choose to charge through the USB cable charger or you can choose to use a socket charger, it has been known to charge quicker by socked but it depends what you use. I sometimes charge via USB and sometimes by socket but I do find charging it with the power off speeds it up as this iPad can take hours, as much as five to fully charge up.
Once fully charged, this iPad will last for a while it's probably best to charge this overnight if you are on it a lot during the day so that you are not waiting around for it. Once you're iPad is charged you can begin to set it up which is easy to do, you just need to follow the steps and if you have iCloud you can sync your Apple account with everything including your iPhone and once it is registered and set up and fully powered then you can really begin to use it. If you are sharing this iPad if you go into settings, you can change the ID around to suit and you will find most options in settings for adding a passcode etc and keeping it secure.
The first thing I did with the iPad was just get used to using it, on the left you have no buttons and to the top right you have your power on button and power off as well as power save function. On the right side you have the mute on/off button and also have the volume up and down button and to the bottom is the charger port and speakers. You can always turn your iPad to the side and it moves around so you can sit it horizontally or view it portrait. The apps can be downloaded from the App Store which is automatically installed on this as well as Messages, Maps, Notes, Reminders, Contacts, iTunes, Newstand and Game Center.
You can begin downloading apps, some are free and then some will charge, my screen turns off if it is inactive for so many seconds but I'm sure you can change this in settings if you want to. Since having this iPad I have downloaded a lot of apps and games and the display is very sharp and good colour, it has a high resolution LED backlit display which is great for watching videos and looking at photos. I have been using the BBC iPlayer app and it has been fantastic for watching TV shows, the video quality is good and also the sound is fine and it is so light sitting this on my lap while watching shows and it hasn't drained the battery much.
To connect to the internet it is easy enough you just need to go to Settings > Wi-Fi and then connect, at first I was having problems connecting to the wi-fi but after I read some tips online I just had to Reset Network Settings and it worked and after that I was able to enter the wi-fi password and connect. It has a good internet connection and is so easy to use, it responds quickly and to play games on it is very easy too. The iPad has a lithium battery in it which is meant to last up to 10 hours of browsing, videos and music. It is easy to sync emails on this also, you just need to enter who your emails are with, put in the password and they'll automatically filter through to this.
Another thing about the iPad is general internet browsing is easy to do, the browser is easy to use and type on, the keyboard keys are big enough and even moreso when it is flipped horizontally. The only thing that's annoying with the browser is that I can't seem to click links to open them into a new tab but that doesn't bother me too much. Pages load fast on the Safari browser and it is easy to create Bookmarks and also to clear browsing history and make searches. You can choose to change wallpapers on your iPad if you want, either choosing your own photos or using the ones that built into the iPad, they have some nice choices and it just makes it nicer.
What I've found good about the iPad is it doesn't heat up even when being used for long periods of time like a laptop does. The 64gb storage on this is great and I find it really hard to use it up as that is a lot of space. If you play games frequently on the iPad it will show notifications but you can turn these off if you don't want them popping up all of the time. This is a great device and I'm pleased with it, I find it nice when watching TV to just sit with this on my lap and surf the internet as it isn't heavy and so easy to use. The appearance is nice and crisp on this and it is worth buying the newer model in the future I think as I like that it fits in my handbag also.
You can purchase the 1st generation iPad either from Amazon sellers where they are selling this new & used from £216.29 or you can buy it on eBay where they are being sold from as low as £50 but of course ending past the hundred mark, you just need to look for the best deals.
The official Apple website is http://www.apple.com/uk/.
I have a desktop computer, a laptop, all the games consoles and a smartphone so I can't say I've ever felt the need for a tablet. I also don't get why people are so happy to spend more to get an Apple product over another brand. When it comes to technology I buy whatever has the features I want at the best price. However, there are times when I get to use other technology and this Apple iPad is one of them times. I had briefly used the iPad before, but then my friend who owned this iPad decided she no longer wanted it and so she gave it to me. So then I got to use it properly and see exactly what the iPad was all about.
Dimensions: 242.8 x 189.7 x 13.4 mm
Screen size: 9.7"
The iPad does look nice, although it doesn't take long for fingerprints to be all over the screen. Luckily when it is on you can't usually see the marks. The screen is rather reflective which can be annoying. As you'd expect from a portable device such as this, it is thin and light. Having said that, if you are holding it for any length of time while using it then it soon starts to feel heavy.
The front of the iPad is black while the back of the one I used was silver, but you can get them completely black.
Using the iPad:
When you turn the iPad on it loads quickly and once it has you can begin setting it up. Setting up the iPad is fairly straight forward so long as you have a wireless Internet connection. You also need to make an account with Apple, which is rather annoying as it did require adding card details, but it is a straight forward form.
Once this is set up you can begin using it. You can also alter any of the settings at any time by clicking on the Settings icon on the main screen. All settings can be changed from there such as the Wi-Fi or restoring the device.
Everything is done through the touchscreen, including typing. I always have cold hands and I have long nails so not all touchscreens respond too well for me, but I had no problems at all with the iPad screen.
Obviously one great thing about the tablet is being able to connect to the Internet anywhere so that means it needs to be quick and simple and on the iPad it is. As soon as I clicked an app that needed the internet it came up with a box to connect and within seconds I had the Internet.
The iPad has a simple design which is easy to get used to. All apps are on the main screen with important/most used apps at the bottom (safari, mail, photos and music). You can simply tap the icon to open up the app you wish to use.
Some apps, the Internet for example, require you to type and for this you use the onscreen keyboard. The keyboard is easy to use as it looks just like an ordinary keyboard and if you use a smartphone with a touchscreen you'll already know what to expect from the keyboard. The keys are all quite big and you can always spin the iPad around so that the keyboard becomes even bigger. I'm not a big fan of typing on a touch screen although if I did it all the time I probably wouldn't think anything of it.
Although typing on the iPad is easy to do, I found I couldn't type too well unless the iPad was a bit further away from me and if you're on a packed train or bus and trying to work this may be a bit difficult.
It has a spell check so it does correct words that you type wrong and it is set to UK English which is nice as I often find computers default to US English.
No matter what you're typing on mistakes are easy to make and the iPad is no different. My main problem was when I accidentally missed putting in a space. When I just missed one I clicked the screen to get the cursor to go back, but it refused to go in the right place; it jumped from the letter after where the space should be to the one before and I found it easier to delete it and retype it.
When I missed two spaces out and had three words joined together it counted it as a spelling mistake and refused to let me place the cursor there to correct it. For typing short notes this isn't too much of an issue, but if I were typing a lot or had a limited amount of time to type what I wanted this would probably get rather annoying.
There are only a few buttons on the iPad. The first is the home/menu button at the bottom of the screen. You can press this button to exit/go back to the main/home screen. Pressing the home button on the main screen takes it a search or you can swipe your finger across the screen which does the same.
The second is the volume button on the side which obviously allows you to control the volume. The third is a small switch above the volume button. This will either mute the sound or lock the screen orientation on landscape or portrait. You can change which it does in the settings. If you don't have IOS 4.3 it will just mute the sound. This little switch is very useful if you often need to mute the sound quickly or prefer the screen locked for certain apps/tasks.
The fourth button is on top right and it is the power button. It is easy to turn the iPad on and off. To turn it off you simply hold the button down and then slide your finger on the screen to power off when the option appears. To just turn the screen on and off you can just tap this button.
You can download apps and there are hundreds to choose from. No matter what you want to do there's an app for it. You can view more details on any app before you download it including reviews. Some do cost, of course, but there are also some free apps available. They are quick to download. You can download the apps through iTunes and get it on your iPad. You can also get any songs or videos you've downloaded on iTunes so there's no need to re-download anything or struggle to get it on to the iPad.
As I said before, there are apps are on the main screen with important/most used apps at the bottom. There are a number of apps on the device including safari, mail, photos, music, maps, reminders and notes.
The Map app is useful if you travel a lot. It loads fast, you can pinch the screen to zoom in and it pin points places you search for. You can get directions, go to street view and so on, which is perfect when on the move or trying to find out where you need to go.
You can write reminders or notes which is helpful, especially if you use the iPad for work or college/university. With the reminders app you can ask it to remind you when to do something in the reminders tab. You can also click when you've completed it so if you have a checklist of things you need to do this app is a great help. Both apps are simple to use and come on the tablet, but there are, no doubt, others available if you want them features but don't like them apps.
The important apps in my opinion are the Internet browser apps as being able to access the Internet quickly and easily no matter where you are is always a plus. The Internet browser that came on the device was Safari which loaded fast and it looks the same as it does on the computer so you don't have to waste any time learning how to use it.
I've always preferred Firefox to Safari though and that was free to download, but it asked me to create account so I ended up using safari instead. However, if you want to use another browser you can as Safari isn't the only option.
There is a Youtube app, but I found Youtube through the browser loaded slightly faster than the Youtube app although both only took seconds to load. The videos also load fast and there was no buffering so you don't have to wait around for ages to watch your favourite videos.
All apps can be downloaded from the App store. As the Internet and other apps all load quickly I was surprised that it took a bit longer to open and change pages on the app store. If you are just looking through a couple of pages it's fine though.
You can simply double click the home button if you want to see a list of the most recent apps. There is no need to close the apps as it does it automatically, which saves a bit of time.
The sound is clear. It's not the best quality but I wouldn't expect it to be. It is more than fine for listening to music for a while or being able to hear the audio on games/apps. I played various songs to test the audio and they all sounded fine.
The volume button is on the right hand side which is handy. It also goes fairly high. Even at less than half the volume I could still hear the music well, although as with anything it does depend on what you are listening to. Some songs/videos are quieter than others and I ended up with the volume on full for a couple. I could hear it well enough, but for anyone who loves their music really loud the iPad probably wouldn't be loud enough on some songs.
The speaker is at bottom of the tablet so you have to make sure not to block it while holding it. I guess no matter where they put it there could be problems. Normally you hold it at the sides and if you switch the iPad around you'd be holding the top and bottom. However, if you are holding the iPad up and want to rest the bottom on something it means the speaker is covered so personally I think they would have done better putting the speaker at the top or on the front of it, or perhaps have more than one.
Charging and battery:
The charger is a USB cable for the computer but it can also be plugged into a wall adapter plug, which is useful as you only need one cable and you can charge the tablet whichever way you prefer. The only thing that annoyed me about the charger was the fact that the cable was really short, but you can always buy a longer cable.
It was fairly quick to charge. The battery was completely dead when I got the iPad, but it wasn't long before it was back at 100%. It also seems to hold charge quite well. I played a number of Youtube videos and looked at different apps and the battery hardly went down at all. Apple state the battery life is up to 10 hours, which I'd say is probably about right.
The price of the iPad varies slightly between about £180 and £240 depending on whether the condition and where you buy it from. You can probably get a better deal on sites such as Ebay, whereas shops tend to charge slightly more.
Overall the iPad is a good tablet. It's easy to use and is well designed. Some people might argue it's good for games, work or on the go, but personally I'd rather use my games consoles for games and my smartphone for any apps or when I'm out and about. If I needed to do work I'd much rather have a laptop or netbook as it would annoy me to have to use a touchscreen all the time - I much prefer typing on a proper keyboard.
As much as I do like the iPad I really have no reason to use a tablet at the moment. I'm glad I was given this and did not have to buy it myself as it would have been a waste of money for me. However, if you are looking for a tablet then the Apple iPad is well worth considering.
Apple have once again done it and taken the electronics industry by storm! With the release of their new tablet computer 'The Apple iPad', they have incorporated slick design with variable functionality!
The iPad is extremely nice to hold and with its very intuitive touch screen, allows the user easy access to all their day-to-day applications that they would use!
For instance, it is very easy to read your newspaper, read a book, play games and watch films easily (with the larger screen size being a godsend to the majority people) and certainly helps people who are visually challenged!
All the current apps written for the iPhone will work for the iPad and there are some specific apps that utilise the power of the iPad such as the excellent version of Dead Space on iPad!
WIFI and the memory capabilities are more than sufficient! You could easily fit a small music collection, films, games and still have some space left! You can always install Spotify to stream via WIFI and store it on your device later!
In terms of quality and support, Apple are really no.1! If you have any problems with getting your iPad to work, just walk into any Apple store and they will sort it out for you! The iPad is well made and will last you for years to come!
Due to the larger screen size as well, gaming on the iPad is made better than if you were playing on the smaller screen of the iPhone! You can have a lot of fun with two mates playing Air Hockey, Plants vs. Zombies and a whole plethora of titles that make great use of the touch screen!
All in all the iPad is extremely nice, however if you can live without the larger screen, the iPhone is the better and cheaper alternative! For £600 you can buy a very decent netbook, laptop or any other decent Windows based device!
At some point or another, everyone I know has considered purchasing an iPad since their launch and the main issue in nearly all cases has been the price. When we decided to buy an iPad plan A was to spend the £425 and get the minimum memory but safe on costs. We bought it on the opening weekend and once we got to the apple store there was only the 64 gb version left. This offered a lot of memory but for a good £150 more. It wasn't ideal at the time but we just had to have it!
Now, 8 months on I'm glad we made the decision to buy a product that ultimately acts as the host to all of our media.
The body of the ipad is beautiful and shiny and beautiful....and beautiful. I love holding it and it feels good in your hand. It does seem to get grubby very easily and we often need to give it a good polish, but this takes nothing away from it being a snazzy piece of kit to have on show around the house.
So the iPad is a good gadget. The fact that you can download apps gives the item multiple uses. Without broadband in the house the iPad acts as a good music player and the speaker is suprisingly impressive.it also can hold all of our photos. But you can buy a music playing digital photo frame for less than £100. The ipad comes into it's own with a broadband connection. Since we have had wifi the iPad has become an essential part of our lives, playing music , checking emails and playing games (sim city is immense!)
The new IOS4 software has really improved things so that you can play music and use other features at the same time.it's a bit annoying that the old physical switch that was the orientation lock is now a mute button. This means you have to access the menu and lock the orientation through software. It only takes abit longer but it still can be a bit annoying.
All in all, we are very pleased with the iPad and glad that we spent the extra money on the extra memory.if you buy the wifi only version then you will need broadband for the iPad to be useful.
Apple iPad Wi-Fi is a magical and revolutionary product at an unbelievable price and the best way to experience the web, email, photos, and video.
All of the built-in apps on iPad are designed from the ground up to take advantage of the large multi-touch screen and advanced capabilities of iPad. And they work in any orientation. So you can do things with these apps that you can't do on any other device.
The high-resolution, 9.7-inch LED-backlit IPS display on iPad is remarkably crisp and vivid. Which makes it perfect for web browsing, watching movies, or viewing photos. With iPad, there is no up or down. It's designed to show off your content in portrait or landscape orientation with every turn. And because it uses a display technology called IPS (in-plane switching), it has a wide viewing angle. So you can hold it almost any way you want and still get a brilliant picture, with excellent color and contrast.
The multi-touch screen on iPad is based on the same revolutionary technology on iPhone. But the technology has been completely reengineered for the larger iPad surface, making it extremely precise and responsive. So whether you're zooming in on a map, flicking through your photos, or deleting an email, iPad responds with incredible accuracy. And it does just what you want it to.
One of the first things you'll notice about iPad is how thin and light it is. The screen is 9.7 inches measured diagonally. So overall, it's slightly smaller than a magazine. You can use it anywhere. And a slight curve to the back makes it easy to pick up and comfortable to hold.
With built-in 802.11n, iPad takes advantage of the fastest Wi-Fi networks. It automatically locates available Wi-Fi networks, which you can join with a few taps. iPad also comes with Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, letting you connect to devices like wireless headphones or the Apple wireless keyboard.
|Product Description:||Apple iPad 1 Wi-Fi - tablet - 64 GB - 9.7"|
|Display:||9.7" IPS TFT - LED backlight - 1024 x 768 - Multi-Touch|
|Processor Clock Speed:||1 GHz|
|Wireless Connectivity:||802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR|
|Battery Run Time:||Up to 10 hours|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||19 cm x 1.3 cm x 24.3 cm|
|Localisation:||English / United Kingdom|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||1 year warranty|