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I purchased an iPad for my husband for his 30th birthday, I paid £500 for the 32gb model with wifi. Since buying the iPad two further models have been released and the original iPad can now be purchased for around £350 at places such as Curry's. You should be able to get hold of second hand models at a cheaper price on websites such as eBay and preloved.
The iPad was packaged well and was supplied alongside a USB cable and power adapter (which connects to the USB cable). The iPad is 24 x 19cm in size, it's very slim with a thickness of 13mm. Most of the iPad consists of the 9.7" screen, with a border around the edge where there is one button. Around the edges of the iPad are other various switches and connectors, including volume control, power button, headphone port and slot for plugging in the charger / USB cable.
Due to it's weight and size the iPad is easy to hold one handed, freeing your other hand for use with the touchscreen. The iPad is very user friendly, most actions are carried out using the touch screen, and occasionally the small circle button on the front of the iPad is required.
Upon switching on the iPad the screen will be locked and is unlocked easily by sliding your finger across the slider bar displayed on the screen (this locking method was figured out very quickly by my toddler).
There are three homepages, all displaying the connection signal strength, time and battery life on the top of the screen. Two of the screens are for icons for folders and apps and the third is a search tool. The homepages are easy to organise by dragging icons around to reorder, or by dragging icons on top of others to group into a folder.
The brightness of the screen can be easily adjusted, as can the volume. The screen rotates as you turn the iPad around but can also be locked in position. Battery life is up to 10 hours, we charge ours over night every other night. The iPad seems to be very well made and is sturdy, it has survived being dropped several times (we do have a gel case for extra protection though).
The iPad easily connects to a PC via the USB cable provided, allowing you to transfer items such as photo's between the two devices. iTunes is used to download all updates for the iPad, this is also simple to do. Items on the iPad can be backed up for free using iCloud (see www.icloud.com for more information).
There are various apps included on the iPad such as Safari, Settings, Music, Photos, App Store and iTunes etc. Thousands more apps can be downloaded from the app store, some free, some at cost, these apps cover all kinds of purposes and uses, pretty much anything you can think of! The App store really is brilliant!
A few Apps particularly worth mentioning are:
Safari - Apple's version of Internet explorer, very easy to use and includes book mark and history features.
Pages - Apples version of Microsoft Word.
Numbers - like Excel, great for making spreadsheets and keeping track of my money. I actually prefer it to excel.
As mentioned, there are thousands of apps and you can tailor your iPad to your own individual needs.
Unfortunately neither Microsoft office (although Pages and Numbers are great alternatives) or Flash can be used on the iPad so if these are a must for you then the iPad isn't the one to go for, unless you have a PC or laptop for those uses.
Additional accessories can be purchased for the iPad, such as protective cases, screen covers, keyboards, stands, various cables (to connect to tv etc).
The iPad runs silently, is fast, convenient and easy to use. I can pick the iPad up and surf the Internet to find required information before my PC would have even loaded up!
The iPad really has been great value for money for us, it is used by the whole family for many different purposes. In the hands of my husband it's a games machine, music player, notepad, Internet surfer, TV screen. In the hands of my 2 year old son it becomes a story book, colouring book, flash cards, a pond full of fish and frogs. In my hands it's a newspaper, a novel, a cook book, a research tool, a budget planner. There are endless opportunities, I could go on all day!
Tech specs (from Curry's website)
Processor: Apple A4 Processor
Operating system: iOS4
Screen type: LCD
Screen resolution: 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)
Screen size: 9.7"
Touchscreen: Multitouch capacitive
Screen features: IPS
Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
Memory capacity: 32GB
Device interface: Dock connector port
Wireless: WiFi (802.11a/b/g/n)
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Usually I am against Apple computers as I have not yet understood how to use it fully with ease. Nevertheless when it comes to the apple portable product like the iPod, iPad I adore them, I have owned the iPad for about 1 year and I never thought I would use it as much as I do. When I first got this as a present I must be honest and I was wondering when I would use this, but nowadays I am using every day for at least an hour and maybe more when completely bored. One thing that is important is all portable apple products (like the iPad) are not compatible with flash, therefore you may have issues connecting to websites that use flash.
Memory and 3G
A 32GB iPad is more than enough space for majority of users, unless you are planning to store a film collection onto it! I have around 80 films and these obviously don't fit onto the iPad at once so all I do is insert the films I need, simple! 32GB will probably fit 7000 songs.
I would recommend any iPad user to seriously consider spending that extra money for 3G. This is because the 3G feature allows users to use the internet on the iPad anywhere in the world, as long as you have a data package. In England I think the 3G packages are a little expensive but it is well worth it if you are constantly travelling. U previously had a package with 3 and I must say it worked perfectly and I only encountered some faults when I was in an area with no signals. I would not recommend buying 3G if you will be in you house most of the time using Wi-fi. For any inexperienced users, all iPads will come with Wi-fi not 3G, as 3G costs £100 extra in the UK.
Using the iPad is very simple. To turn the iPad on all you need to do is hold the top right button for about 2 seconds. When turning the iPad off, you simply hold the same button and then a message will appear saying slide to shut-down, you do that and the iPad will close safely. The iPad feels great when using it, this is mainly because of the sleek surface and the large 9.7" screen which is very good compared to the android tablets. The tablets weight under 700g which is heavy when compared to the newer second generations but what do you expect as this is the older version!
The iPad run very smoothly with no lag or problems. The app store much better than android tablets as I always prefer buying apple applications as there is a better variety of good quality applications. Through the app store you can download various applications like Facebook, games and Skype.
Using the internet is very easy, you simply open up Safari which is the default browser for the iPad. There are many features on safari which I admire for example the zooming; all you need to do is pinch the screen either inwards or outwards. The 1st generation iPad does not have a camera therefore when using Skype the recipient won't be able to see you and instead they just hear you. .
With the iPad you are given the standard 1 year warranty but you are able to extend the warranty to 3 years at an extra cost. Apple products have amazing manufacturer support. I am aware of this is many of my relatives have had problems with either their iPhone's or iPad's and they replaced it for them!
The main specifications you will need to know are:
* Battery Technology: Lithium-ion polymer battery
* Estimated Battery Life: 10 hours
* Dimensions (width x height x depth): 189.7 x 242.8 x 13.4 millimetres
* Mass: 680 grams (battery included)
* Display Diagonal: 9.7 " (246 millimetres)
* Display Resolution: 768 x 1024 (786432 pixels)
This product is a must have for any computer lovers. It is easy to use, very fast and will not break down on you. The features are amazing and for the price you pay I would say it is a bargain! The 3G makes this iPad usable anywhere and I use my iPad all the time.
I absolutely love my Apple I pad II. I am not going to go overboard on detailing the features and technical information because there are lots of great reviews that do this far better than I could, but I feel the need to make it clear that the I pad really is an incredible piece of kit.
I went for the 32 gb 3G version after thinking about it very hard. The memory size is purely down to personal requirements, but for me it was easy to rule out the 16Gb version because I have around 13gb of music that would use up the memory for a start. You don't have to transfer your music to your I pad if you don't want, which is handy to know, but I still think the larger memory is the better option. Having said that I didn't feel the need for the 64gb version as I can't see my self ever using that amount.
In terms of the 3G feature I would definitely recommend choosing this feature over the none 3G version unless you are absolutely certain that you will only need or want to use your iPad in a place that you have a reliable wi-fi connection. For me the whole point of having an iPad was so that I could be flexible and mobile with a variety of tasks and functions and without 3G the functionality is limited if you are on the go. For the sake of £75 or so you have so much more potential at your fingertips and you can buy pay as you go data packages so don't have to commit to a monthly contract.
I always knew that the iPad would be an extremely good toy, but always thought the price was quite steep for a bit of fun. Over the last few years I looked into them closer and closer to explore the utility as a work tool. I eventually convinced myself that it could be more than a toy and might be worth trying for work (as well as fun). I took the plunge and hoped I was right.
It turns out quite emphatically that I was right. The features and apps that you can get (many for free) really turn this device into an incredible portable piece of kit. I knew I could check e-mails and surf the net, but it's also remarkably good for creating documents, storing your calendar, voice recognition transcription and general sharing of data and information.
As someone that has an unpredictable work routine, often taking me away from my office, but not always with prior warning, this device has given an incredible injection of diverse flexibility and means that I can pretty much continue with any ongoing tasks while I am on the go rather than having to wait to return to my office.
It is the first tablet that I have owned so can't compare to others but I have absolutely no hesitations or reservations in recommending this product.
Aside from work productivity there are so many fantastic features for pleasure that can be downloaded. This aspect of it really makes it the complete package. The streamline design is perfect for easy portability, but at the same time it is large enough to make it very easy to use.
I have barely used my PC since buying this. I would not go so far as to say that it can replace a PC, but it is the perfect companion that just adds a different dimension to your possibilities.
Have owned my Ipad now for 6 months and can safely say its the best invention since the toaster! I have a laptop aswell and dont think i have used it since owning this! Very lightweight, 32gb is plenty of memory as you can install plenty of films loads of music and a ton of downloaded apps and theres still plenty of room!! There is only a couple of negatives and that is the fact you cannot view any websites that use flash player as apple do not support it. But one negative is clearly out weighed but the endless amount of positives. It holds its charge twice as long as an average laptop, it turns on with the click of one button and you are on the internet, you can even print from it to a wireless printer. I think that the entry model 16gb is not enough and i feel that the 64gb is a lot of money and i dont think you would need it. 32gb is the model to go for.
As many of you may know Apple and LG are officially my favourite companies. LG because it makes the LG Optimus 2X (please see the review) I am also a big fan of Apple (You could call me an Apple iSheep.) The reason we purchased an iPad was simply because my parents found my MacBook Pro to be so good- Simple. Sure there are plenty of good tablets out there such as the LG Optimus tab or even the HTC Tab. But for us the obvious choice was Apple. In this review I shall explain the features and functions of the iPad and why it is good for my father as he runs his own business and what it does in general we shall start of with the speed of the Tablet.
Speed; Though the iPad isnot as fast as my MacBook Pro the Apple Ipad 3g is very fast. It comes with a 1 GHz Apple A4 system-on-a-chip making it more than adequate when on a Wi-Fi connection. It also loads and downloads applications very quickly making it a pleasure to use. We have the 3G version which means it can connect to signals used for the Internet it is also very fast at this- though the 02 network may will certainly have something to do with that.
Look and Fell; I find that with my Apple MacBook it makes you feel special with its brushed aluminum unibody. The iPad also makes you feel special it is very light and solidly built. The material is like the MacBook made from brushed aluminum at the rear with a touchscreen interface.
Memory; Our iPad is a 1st generation iPad with a 32GB capcity. If you compare that to a laptop the iPad seems to have little going for it for it's memory. However you would use the iPad as a portable handheld rather than an everyday home computer so this is not a problem for us. Personally though I feel the 16GB could be rendered useless in a way. This is because Apple has an Application store, which is packed with useful and playful applications- so 16GB is simply not enough were as the 32GB is just right. It may be an idea to buy the 64GB if you use your iPad for business and games however.
Comfort and Portability; Now days in the Apple family you have...
iPod (Classic, Nano and Touch) (Apple music players)
iPhone (3GS + iPhone 4) (Apple mobile phone)
Ipad Tablet (Apple's portable Tablet)
MacBook (MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro) (Apple's portable Desktop/Laptop)
Imac (Apple's Desktop)
The iPad as you can see sits in the middle of the Apple family. It is therefore very light and portable. I have an eyesight condition and it is big enough to see and grip with my hands comfortably. For extra comfort you can Pinch and zoom on the iPad (Which is hard to explain hence the image)
Robustness and Durabilty; The iPad is very hardwearing because it is made from aluminum, which is very tough. However when aluminum becomes damaged it cannot be taken away unless the whole body is replaced. The best solution to this is to buy a case for your iPad and keep it in there. The screen is also made of glass so DO NOT DROP THE iPad AT ALL COSTS!!!!
Ease Of Use; The iPad is very easy to use. Thanks to the simple but very clever touch screen Apple uses. As I have mentioned before I love the pinch to zoom feature on the iPad. Another point to make is my father who also uses the iPad for his business understood the use of the iPad straight away. Should the user get lost while using the iPad they can press the central home button at the bottom of the iPad. I recommend a while playing with the iPad to understand it's excellent functions before you put it to serious use however- especially if you are used to Windows operating system. For example Apple's Internet browser is Safari rather than Internet Explorer. If you are like me however and have used Apple MacBook laptops it will be second nature to you. The iPad takes approximately 2 hours to charge with a maximum time of 10 hours usage and 1 week plus of standby time. Apple's figures are almost correct here. Though i will give you some experienced advice it will only last for 10 hours if you refrain from using the Internet. Using the Internet you can expect five and a half hours of usage. From sleep the iPad powers up instantly. It is also worth noting that the iPad can be used anyway up.
Range Of Features; You get a great deal of Applications included in the price. I shall name 5 of the best ones and the rest I shall leave you to play with them. I shall also explain what Apple offer at the Application store too.
Safari; Apple's version of Internet explorer
Maps; Google maps allowing you to get directions and find places
iTunes; Apples downloadable music store
Mail. Apples emailing system (A very efficient way of mailing because of the excellent speed and portability of the iPad)
Photos; A storage of your photos (The iPad 1st generation does NOT have a camera but you can Bluetooth your photos to the iPad or download them through a cable)
Apple also has it's own Apple store. Here you will find business and Finance applications, games, directions (particularly useful with a 3G iPad) The iPad store has 60,000+ applications for the iPad user. So the possibilities for the iPad are genuinely endless. You can even download Windows Parallels and run certain Windows Applications. Please note- Some iPad applications do come at a one of charge.
Instruction manual; I personally had no use for the instruction manual because I am used to Apple functions. However after a quick glance the manual would be useful for first time Apple users.
Manufacture support; All Apple products come with a 1 year limited warranty and a limited hardware warranty. At anytime the user can speak to an online Apple expert on the Internet answering any questions. All of Apple
Value For Money; You can do so much with an iPad and I am yet to discover more. It really is a vital investment should you run a business. It is also an essential tool if you are being homeschooled as iPad's have been given rewards for this.
This review will appear on Ciao under jjcross
My Husband bought me this for Christmas with a £25 Orange contract. I can desbribe it in one word. Brilliant. I very rarely use my laptop now as this is always in my hands or on my lap or in my handbag. It comes on virtually instantly (instead of having to wait at least 5 mins for the laptop). I run my accounts through this using an accounts app. I can manage all my online accounts. It is as fast as my Sony laptop even though it is only supposed to have about 256 meg of ram and is only equivilant to about a 1.1 ghertz processor.
I can use my wifi when I am in the house so saving download costs. I used to use my Sony Reader for ebooks, but have now switched over to the IPad as it works brilliantly for this. I have my Kindle books on here too. I am so dependant on this lovely little device, that when it hung the other night I went into a blind panic at what I was going to do without it! It only needed a cold reboot and it was fine again. A rogue app had caused it to hang and removing the app sorted the problem. I have not used any of the other tablet machines on offer, so am unable to offer a comparison opinion, but can only say that I have nothing but good experiences with this and find it so useful. I do still need to use my laptop from time to time, but I can see that the future of computing lies with tablet PCs.
I think this has been the best gadget buy that we have ever made. I am thinking of getting my husband one for next Christmas as he is using his phone for internet use now and if he has one of these for in the house on wifi connection then we can cut down our phone costs and go to pay as you go. I cannot reccomend the IPad more strongly. It is a stylish and efficient piece of equipment. The cost my be on the high side but it is worth every penny.
It's hard to say what the iPad actually does because in actual fact it does so many things! At first I was a bit dubious about the usefulness of the device, but now that I have got one, I never put it down! I use it for everything from, word processing to playing games to listening to music and watching movies, even surfing the internet is made very enjoyable by the intuitive interface. The iPad is very easy to use and as soon as you turn it on you will know exactly what to do and how to use it. The availability of applications makes the iPad the best tablet of its type on the market in my opinion and I definitely am glad I didn't buy one of the rival tablets. The size and quality of the screen is just unbeatable. The overall design of the product is just amazing. And the build quality is solid! Although the price may seem high I definitely think it's worth the money.
I have coveted the Apple Ipad since their launch. I have always been attracted by the idea that I can simply pick up the ipad and browse the net rather than having to start up the PC and wait for Windows to do its thing before I can find out the answer to the (usually very quick) question that I have. Unfortunately however the high price of the Ipad has previously put me off buying one. I have looked at alternative tablets, including the Samsung Galaxy however, again this is a similar price so it didn't seem worth buying an alternative. I have also been attracted by the Dell laptop which is currently being advertised (with a tablet face and can be converted into a standard laptop) however, my husband and I currently have laptops coming out of our ears due to work so that wasn't a practical option.
My purchase of the Ipad however, has now come about because of a very good offer by Orange. Due to the imminent launch of the Ipad 2 Orange have now slashed the prices of their contract Ipads.
The 16g with Wifi and 3G is now £99, 32gb £149 and64 g is now £199. You then follow this with a 24 month contract of £25 a month. Although this sounds a lot when you read it it is actually a good deal. We have purchased the 32g which retails at £619. When you calculate the price paid over the 2 year contract it comes to £749. This equates to just over £5 a month for the 3g data connection, which is what you pay normally when you pay for the Ipad upfront.
Effectively then you are paying for the Ipad over 2 years rather than immediately. It is however, important that you cancel the contract after 2 years and revert to paying the 3g seperately other wise you will pay more than you should.
The contract comes with 1g of normal 3g per month, and 1g of 'quiet time surfing' which is between 12am and 4pm. We primarrily are going to use it in the house so I have turned off the 3g until we go outside with it. Which will be probably be about once a week when my husband works away. The contract also comes with access to BT openzone wifi around the country so again you can access different wifi when you need to.
Although an Ipad 2 is imminent I am happy paying a reduced price for the Ipad 1 as I expect with orange, the changes aren't going to be that substantial. There is rumour of a camera addition although for me that starts turning it into an very large phone.
The Ipad itself is amazing as you would expect. You can store photos, browse the net, watch videos on the extremely high quality HD screen and access the usual apps from orange. I have stuck to a review more around the contract than the Ipad itself as this I feel is the more unusual part of this purchase. All I can say is Apples and oranges seem to go very well together at the mo!
This is the mid range version of the 3G I-Pad collection. Apple supply 2 models, with 3G and without. Both models have WIFI. Both versions come with 3 memory options 16GB, 32GB and 64GB flash memory.
At the time of writing (Feb 2011) the pricing structure for I-Pads are:-
Starting with models without 3G 16GB = £439 - 32Gb = £510 & 64GB = £612
For the 3G models add £102 to above. This does not include the 3G sim, you need to buy that on top.
I personally brought mine via the mobile service provider 3. At the time, they were offering the 3G 32GB model for £250 with a 24 month contract of £25 per month for 20GB of data. Calculating the cheapest offers of independently buying the I-Pad and 3G carriers over the same period, I saved about £110.
This is my first foray with Apple technology, I am a Microsofty of many years, I am impressed in the interface and capabilities of it. The only major downside is the inability to handle flash player which renders much of the BBC on the web as unplayable. I believe and hope that Apple are starting to relent on this?
However there are some good applications, the BBC have a free news app that allows you to see live video for a number of headline stories. Also they have released the IPlayer for the I-Pad and this really shows the quality and capability.
The display is crisp and clear, sound is good.
I am an avid reader and I was considering the Kindle, Sony's offering and the I-Pad, whilst a lot more expensive, it offers much more for me, enabling to swap between books, internet and email.
I will say, there are a number of rubbish apps available, so be very careful on what you chose. One app I really can recommend if you are into F1 motor racing is the F1 2011 app. This shows exactly what the I-Pad was made for.
The only missing feature is a camera. I believe that they are launching in the summer a new release of models that have a built in camera.