Product Type: Apple Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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I am glad we picked the Apple of the tablet tree (1st generation)
Apple iPad Wi-Fi + 3G 32 GB
Author Name: JonathonCross
Apple iPad Wi-Fi + 3G 32 GB
Advantages: The iPad has made my family Apple iSheep's !
Disadvantages: . . . It's so good we will get the Ipad 2 . . . MORE MONEY ! ! ! ! !
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
Summary: Apple have done it again!!!!
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