Product Type: Apple Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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IPad 3G 32GB review
Apple iPad Wi-Fi + 3G 32 GB
Member Name: Planner999
Apple iPad Wi-Fi + 3G 32 GB
Advantages: Lightweight and portable
Disadvantages: Lack of flash player and camera
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.
Summary: A wonderful tool
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