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Apple iPad 64GB 3G+Wi-Fi
Well I simply love trying and testing out the new technology and when i heard about this tablet i was the first one to get it literally. I looked for the best prices on the internet and the best was currys for approx. £465, which I thought was great for one of the first tablets. I made my decision basically because Apple was and still is a fantastic world-wide known company and i was happy that the product would be of good quality. The iPad was delivered to my house the day which it was out. I was very happy with the customer service and delivery from Curry's and recommend it to anyone. The staff there are very friendly!
Packaging and Contents;
The packaging of the iPad was really good which is great for me because i tend to drop things quite a bit. I understand this isn't why you would buy the iPad so i will keep it as short as possible. The iPad came packaged it a modern box with a iPad printed across the front which i found was really different. The box is really strong so it holds the iPad really good and helps prevent the iPad for sustaining any damage. The iPad was packaged in a plastic sleeve which prevented it from scratches or damage to the screen, the rest was covered with strong cardboard which was good. Inside the box there was the iPad itself, a USB lead to collect it to a computer or laptop, a wall charger which comes in handy, and user guides and manuals. All of the contents in the box came well packaged.
First use of the iPad was great. It was so easy to use which I definitely wasn't expecting for my first tablet! The iPad charged up easily and the charger went into the slot it fitted in very easily. The charger plugs in the wall great and is quite small for if you want to take it out and about. The iPad charged up quickly which was great for first use. I didn't want to do anything I shouldn't on the iPad my first time so I did look at the user manual and guides whilst it was charging up which I would recommend. Overall it was pretty simple to use, there aren't many buttons so it's not complicated, and the language used was simple. I very soon got used to it which was great, and fab for new users.
Battery life on the iPad is great, and it couldn't be better. My iPad charges up within an hour which is great, and is fab for if you want to use it quick. The iPad definitely charges up better if you plug it in the wall via the wall charger and not via the USB to the computer i find, but this might differ depending on your computer system, etc. The battery life on my iPad lasts at least a day but this can differ depending on what you are doing on your iPad. I find the battery runs down faster if you are playing games or watching videos. It lasts longer if you are reading or just browsing the internet, but even when you are watching videos it lasts about 5 hours which is fab! The battery is determined by a bar at the top of the screen which you can almost always see. It measures from 100% down to 1% where the iPad automatically turns off until you charge it again.
Screen & Touch Ability;
The screen of the iPad is just under 10 inches, well 9.6 inches to be precise so the screen is really big and great therefore to use in my eyes. The iPad is not too big and not too small which is great. It is a plain square shape well a bit rectangular so it is fab. The internet and other photos show fantastic on this size screen. The touch ability is fantastic when I first used it I was so surprised at how good the iPad picks up your finger movements and it is still fantastic to the day. The screen doesn't scratch and has multi-touch features which are great if you want to play a two player game, to compete against friends or family.
Music playing on the iPad is great. The ipad comes with youtube pre-installed which i tend to use alot because it saves me paying for music, or using time to download it onto the ipad. With youtube official videos cannot be played at the minute due to copyrights but those you find with lyrics and things can be. Youtube videos sound great being played out of the ipad at any volume! Overall the music app on the iPad is easy to use and navigate. The buttons are simple and not confusing. Repeat, Pause, Play etc. are available.
Pictures on the ipad show up great. You can view them on the internet and save by holding (pressing) down on the image. Images show up great with the high quality screen. You can view images simply by sliding across to view the next photo and using two fingers and drawing them out to zoom in or out. Pictures are simply viewed and can be deleted. There are many apps available for video editing which is great. Pictures can be used for the home lock screen or behind the apps to brighten up the iPad!
Video's & TV Programmes;
Videos and Tv programmes play amazing on the iPad, expecially if the quality of them is good! Videos use the high quality image and also the high quality sound to combine to make a overall fantastic quality video. YouTube videos are usually clear if they are filmed clearly enough! Videos provided my iTunes are fantastic. I first got a doctor who episode free and i was totally shocked at the quality and have paid for loads since - believe me they are definately worth it especially if you are out and about!
Sound Playback & Picture Quality;
Sound quality on the iPad is also an amazing feature on this tablet. The sound plays back very clear which is great. Sound plays back especially great working alongside iTunes or apps provided by the app store. The sounds are clear and easy to understand, the music or sounds are never unclear or crackly. I do recommend purchasing music from the iTunes store which is pre-installed on the iPad, basically because you can guarantee it is 100% legal and the quality will be amazing. Another great feature on the iPad is picture quality. Picture quality on the iPad is amazing; there are hundreds of colours which can be shown on the iPad's screen which intensifies the iPad picture experience. Videos, webpages and most of pictures are shown in amazing quality on this iPad and definitely could not be any better.
Connections on the iPad are amazing. If you are purchasing a iPad I would 100% recommend purchasing one with 3G networking, it is worth the £20-40 extra for access to network where ever you are, and there can use your iPad all the time when travelling. 3G networks are available all of the time - well they have been for me anyway. The connection quality on the iPad is outstanding and couldn't recommend it anymore. Wi-Fi on the iPad is also great if you plan to get an iPad whether it is with 3G or not. Wi-Fi connections are so easy to connect to and couldn't be any simpler. Wi-Fi connections are good quality and fast as long as you are connected alongside a good internet provider. Mine is currently working alongside BT Internet which is great.
App Store & iTunes;
App Store and also iTunes are preinstalled on the iPad when you purchase it so there is no need to download them onto the iPad. iTunes on the other hand needs to be installed onto your computer or laptop for connection laptop/computer to iPad. If you are installing iTunes on your computer it is great, it installs fast and works fantastically alongside Windows 7 if you have that operating system.
iTunes is fantastic. It is easily used, and is not confusing one bit. It downloads onto your computer fast and also efficiently and doesn't take a lot of space up on your memory which is great so you don't slow down your computer. You will need iTunes firstly to update the iPad from the start, so this is not optional! iTunes is really easy to use, even for younger ones. Music, videos and TV programmes are easily put onto this, either from downloading via the online store, or by uploading your own CD or downloaded music. Music on the store is about 79p per track so it's cheaper than a CD!
The App store is also another great feature on the iPad by apple. This app is already installed onto the iPad like the iTunes store, which is great. The app store is the biggest app store on the market which means you're not short of choice what apps you want to purchase. The app store is set out clearly which makes it easy to use. There are loads of different categories which is great so you can choose depending on what you like, and a search bar which brings up only relative results which is great! Apps only cost 79p again, some are more depending on the company providing them but saying that most are free, e.g. BBC, Twitter, etc. Apps download efficiently and don't take up a lot of room at all on the iPad which is fab!
If you know me you will know I tend to drop things a lot and break things which is rather bad on my behalf to be fair! I have got to say this iPad is durable. I have dropped it once or twice which is bad, but it has no damage to it whatsoever. I think the iPad's durability is massively helped by the hard case on the back which does it job great. I have had my iPad for approx. one year and my screen has no scratches or anything so I rate durability 10 out of 10. Maybe this is just mine I don't know?
On the iPad there is barely any buttons which is a plus side for me. This might be just my point of view but I think it is a lot simpler to use if there are minimal buttons which need pressing! The iPad has a main home screen button/on button which is the famous circle at the bottom underneath the screen. It also has a volume button along the right side which adjusts the volume simply and fast with one or two clicks. There is also a lock/turn on button at the top which is great, and that's it. Simply not a lot of buttons!
Memory on the iPad is great. I will give you two different points of view. My cousin's iPad holds a lot of photos about 63 apps and some TV programmes. Her iPad is a 32GB one and she still has a lot of memory left on it. My iPad on the other hand is a 64GB. I have hundreds of photo's 121 apps, quite a few videos, and programmes. Mine also holds a lot, and I mean loads of music, and I still have a bit of memory left, so I hope by this you can estimate what size memory you need? Upgrades for memory are not a lot of money either so I would recommend getting 32GB?
Connecting It to Your Computer;
Connecting your iPad to the computer could not be easier. The USB which comes with the iPad is so easy to slip into the slot underneath. The USB connects to the computer easily. The iPad connects to the computer easily and iTunes sets up quickly and efficiently. From the start when you plug it in it starts charging which is great because its charging whilst your updating, adding music or whatever you would like to do! The USB connection is really speedy which is great as well.
Out and About with your iPad;
Taking your iPad out and about is fantastic. The iPad is light weight and small which makes it easy to carry around. If you're in the car the iPad is great to keep you amused and then fits fab in the back pockets and you can't tell it's there! The iPads connectivity is great, so connecting to Wi-Fi networks out and about is so easy. If the internet's not available games and apps on the iPad are really amusing and fun. So you are not short of things to do!
A Few Top Apps Which I Recommend;
Kindle App - Read Books on Your iPad easily!
Sky News - Read News, And Watch Live.
Ebay - Look For Latest Listings & Check Your Account!
Dino Rush - Fun Game Where You Are a Dino & Need To East Fruit!
Shazam - Find the latest music, download it, & ask Shazam what tracks playing around you!
Compared Against the iPad2;
With the new iPad 2 out on the market many people are wondering which one they should buy. At the end of the day there will be a difference otherwise apple wouldn't have brought out the newer version. Overall the iPad2 is thinner, lighter, has a camera, and has more features in general. The camera allows you to video call people, and take photo's unlike the ipad1. I am still very happy with my ipad1 but if you want the newer version with the camera you need to be prepared to pay a little more!
User Manuals & Guides;
User manuals and guides which come with the iPad are absolutely fantastic. You seriously could not get any others which are better. They are very simple and easy to follow which I love. They come in so many different languages which I fab if you need them in another language. They are set out clearly, which makes them easy to use. The text size and font is really clear and simple. They user manuals and guides are packaged well in the box and do not crease which is great. User manuals and guides are also available to download of the apple website if you follow the links through to support.
Help With Using Your iPad;
Apple offers a great range of support and help. They have a rather big call centre which is good. The staff answer the phones are very kind and helpful. When I rang up I didn't get put onto any of that music which is great. They also offer a fast and efficient online chat service where apple staff can answer your questions, very similar to emailing in where they answer email efficiently and provide you with useful information. Apple also offers an online forum which is great where apple experts reply within hours. The website also holds a support page for frequently asked questions which help a lot. They offer user manual, guides and also video tutorials to use online.
I am not going to give you a one side story so i will give you some disadvantages i myself have come across. The main problem is the Java and Apple companies do not mix. Java is therefore unavailable on websites which are viewed on via the Apple iPad one. This can be problem which means no facebook games etc. but i have got round it by downloading the porper apps for the games which dont require Java. The another disadvantage is the fact Microsoft word and others cannot be got on the iPad, therefore it is more a leisure tablet than a work which doesn't bother me but it might you? The iPad does have anote pad but has literally no feature other than writing so it is definately not one to work on! The final disadvantage is the fact of the price, laptop or iPad - there the same price!
**Weight:1.6 pounds (0.73 kg)
**Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
**9.7-inch LED-backlit screen
**Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
**Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
Where To Buy The Apple iPad 64GB 3G+Wi-Fi;
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I would 100% recommend this product. It is fun, sleek, stylish, light-weight, high-tech! I absolutely love mine, and go on it almost everyday. It is great for all ages, and has something to suit everyone which makes it unique. I would like to thank you for reading my review i understand it it long so i put it into sections if you just want information on a certain bit! If you do need any help with your iPad or have any further questions i will be more than happy to answer! Thanks again! :)
I love my ipad. It has made my life one hundred times easier and so much more available for work and studies. It is light weight, compact, slim, stylish and the design in my opinion is perfect. It is the optimum size for what it does and the only draw back about its appearance and size is that the letter tab buttons on the ipad are sometimes too small to type with quickly. However once you have used it a fair amount you get used to the keypad and its like typing on a normal computer/laptop.
The picture and sound quality go way past my expectations and the reaction time of the compact computer is outstanding.
Applications are easy and quick to download, the internet speed is fast in wi-fi areas and the charge lasts a reasonable amount of time for the usage you get out of it. Charging the ipad is also no hassle and fairly quick unlike the ipad original and the apple laptops.
I am not a very technical person, so this is purely a review of an iPad from an ordinary non-techie person :o)
We have had the iPad for approximately a year now. My husband bought the iPad and I was very dubious as to whether it was worth the money and whether I would ever use it! How wrong I was !!!!! My husband hardly ever gets a look in!!!!
I love how slimline it is and how compact and as cliched as it sounds it really can fit in your handbag!!
I have been amazed at the number and variety of apps that is available. We didn't have an iPhone before the iPad so the concept of apps was totally new to me! We have 2 children (age 2 and 3) and both were able to use the iPad almost instinctively! We have downloaded loads of free apps for the children, especially my eldest who is nearly 4, there are number and word games which have been helping her learn phonics/maths etc.
I tend to use it for 90% of my computer use compared to the laptop as I just find it so handy as you pick it up and can be straight on the web. It's fast, so, so easy to use and I can complete almost all of my tasks on the iPad. We also use it as an in-car DVD player using a specific iPad case that straps to the head rest of one of the front seats.
There have been a few occasions where the iPad doesn't seem to be compatible with a certain website and so looking at the content or filling in forms can sometimes be problematic. However, this issue has definitely declined in the year since getting the iPad.
The other issue is that sometimes the iPad will just freeze for 30 seconds or so, mainly when the Internet is being browsed. This then logs you out of every site you may have been on.
Finally, the big thing that is definitely missing is an unbuilt camera, which I think the iPad 2 addressess. It would be great to be ale to take a pic on the iPad and immediately email it to someone!
In summary, a FANTASTIC product, expensive but definitely worth it!!!!
I've had the 32gb WiFi 3G version of the iPad for just over year and it's revolutionised my life!
Anything I need to know, I can find it on this - a panoply of apps that help you with the mundane to the ridiculous; instant super fast access to the web without waiting for PC/laptop to boot up, and it looks ad performs amazingly!
Superb design - Apple have outdo themselves - and the new version hasn't changed much either!
Incredibly intuitive with apps and software to support owners of all walks of life - I use it for business, home and entertainment and can't fault the battery-life, which normally lasts me a good three days. The iPod function is loud enough for almost all situations and links brilliantly with my iMac and iPhone. iPad updates are regular and only improve the functionality and the time taken to update as reduced dramatically.
Still a shame that Flash isn't allowed, but many websites that aren't ideal for iPads are supported by apps! Yet to buy the iPad 2, but definitely a consideration!
We recently purchased an Ipad for around the £600 mark, solely for use while we are travelling. We already owned 2 iphones, a blackberry, an EReader and a laptop or two. However we didn't want to be taking all of these on our travels down to see family with us.
The IPad looks great, really sleek with a very small amount or buttons/keys and it operates on a touchscreen basis. In the past we have had problems with touchscreens on iphones, however so far we have had no such problems with the IPad itself.
You have access to the standard QWERTY keyboard via the touchscreen and this works seamlessly, oicking up every press with ease, no matter how hard or soft you touch it.
We had a great time downloading all our apps to the IPad and still haven't finished yet, we are still discovering new ones. We use it as our sunday paper on a regular basis among other things.
We have also used it to load our daughters books onto for visits down to family.
We currently have a fair amount of photos, videos and music loaded onto ours and it still has a good amount of memory left.
However our primary use is to share our photos of our kids with family when we visit, we can easily upload all our photos and videos via USB and take them with us in a way which doesn't require much space in our bags.
Using it to browse the internet is as easy as it is on a normal laptop, just click and go. The content loads quickly with no problems.
We have also found that the battery lasts a fair amount of time between charges.
I would highly recommend an IPad to everyone I know, especially if you travel alot.
Buying the iPad...
I bought my iPad recently after hearing so many positive comments regarding the 'iTouch's upgrade' in a sense. Firstly, I thought they were going to be quite hard to get hold of if I'm completely honest. However I wasn't disappointed when I walked into Curry's and bought mine for just under £550.000. I hear that the average price for iPad's are somewhat in the region of what I paid for mine, however I see the price I paid as a very good deal. The instructions were really helpful, yet if you have previously owned an iPod Touch, you will more or less know what you're doing when you turn the iPad on, because of its simplicity.
The first thing that I looked for was the battery life, because I wanted to know just how portable my iPad was going to be. It said ten hours, which is extremely long, almost double the battery life that I was expecting! However, as usual with Apple products, depending on what you're using the product for, the battery can decrease more quickly than stated - which I have found since watching videos on BBC I-player or playing apps whilst listening to music - although, that in mind it decreases only a little and would hardly affect you much.
Basic information for those considering buying the iPad...
If you're someone browsing the internet to find as many opinions on the iPad as you can, then my opinion would be 'this is an absolutely brilliant creation and is far more superior to the iPod Touch or iPhone in many different aspects'. That's if you're going to categorise iPad in the same category as the iPhone. Weighing in at just 4.5kg with a 9.7in display touch screen, it has become apparent to many iPad owners that this is a very comfortable weight for doing just about anything on your iPad. This also means that the product is portable so can be used in public for business and leisure. The target audience is so large that just about anyone can realistically own one of these and spend endless amounts of time on them without getting bored, the possibilities for things to do are just about endless!
Apps for iPad...
Alike other apple products, the iPad has its own app store. The app store for your iPad lets you download apps that can be used on iPod Touches and iPhone's, but also there are specially designed apps, only for iPads. The iBooks are really good, because you can read books on your iPad, and changing the pages without having to wait for the next page to load. This is something I find literally intriguing, the pages never take more than a second to load, unless your wifi has poor signal and you're on the internet, then your iPad will never fail to be by far the best timing out of all the apple products. Anyway, back to the apps - you will find that other people will iPad's near you are able to inter-link and enjoy a multi-player version of your app by simply adding them, you will find yourself competing against your friends and family without all sitting around one thing, such as scrabble or monopoly for instance. Some have told me that this is an unsociable way to play a game which has always been known for socialising or bonding. However, I believe that technology is evolving and we're extremely lucky to have privileges such as the iPad.
This product is by far one of the best that I have ever bought in my entire life. It has everything I need and ticks so many of the boxes that I look for in a computer - however I wouldn't quite class this product as a 'computer'. I know that many people will be put off the price by several reasons; however I am lead to believe that once you spend a day with your iPad you will fall in love with it completely, as I did. I have had it a while now and can't say I have had any troubles or difficulties at all!
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I think the ipad is great. I have an iphone and although the ipad did just look like a big iphone, I had to get one. It did cross my mind that I would end up with all of the same functions and just a bigger screen, but I thought I would give it a try.
The main reason I chose an ipad rather than a new laptop was because I wanted something that looked different, was slim and had good wireless and 3g access. It also looks way better than a laptop or a notebook.
The ipad looks like most of apples other creations, sleek, smooth and with hardly any buttons or keys. I have had problems with touch screen phones in the past, but the ipad does not suffer from any problems on this front, the touch screen is actually really smooth. It does not matter how hard or light I touch the screen, it is always really responsive and I never seem to get fingerprints on the screen it still picks up the movement really well.
The keyboard is accessed using the touch screen and it is displayed on the screen. This can be popped on and off depending on the function you are using. Typing is easy and the keyboard runs smoothly and picks up all the keystrokes without a problem.
The ipad is great for looking at photos, which can be uploaded from any compatible USB device like a digital camera, or sent wirelessly from the iphone. The ipad looks great displaying the photos in a slideshow as the screen is very defined and with a large viewing area, it is like having a huge digital photo frame.
I have also uploaded most of my music to the pad, which was really easy using my ipod and the quality of the speakers is actually quite clear, but I prefer to use headphones.
Browsing the internet is fine, the pages scroll smoothly and the content does not take a long time to download unlike some mobile internet I have used in the past. I've only had a problem with a few websites, but this was due to incompatible software.
I don't really use the ipad for apps at the moment, as I still use most of them on my iphone, but as soon as I find an ipad specific app, I'm sure I'll start downloading them form the apps store. The only one I really use on the ipad at the moment is the itunes app top download music.
The battery seems to last for ages in between charges, but I'm sure with more heavy usage the time between charging would be less.
I really like the ipad, and I enjoy the freedom it gives me to brose he internet on a big screen wherever I am. I still could not do without my desktop, as it does not have a great deal of gaming power or software applications that I use.
The Apple iPad 64GB WiFi + 3G IS AN AMAZING PIECE OF EQUIPMENT it is brilliant for everyone from old to young. its storage means its amazing with buissnesses and it isn't too expensive for what you can get out of it. if it is games and apps you want then it will also be perfect for you its amazing storage means you can download tons of apps for your computer and its tilt system is just overwhelming for games. my conclusion is if you have second thoughts just get it its amazing.
From a technical point of view, the iPad lends itself well to superior technology, technology that so many other companies are now following suit on. There is an element of disbelief when you first produce your iPad to friends and family, but soon everyone is playing and enjoying like it's a part of every day life. There are many dimensions to the iPad, some of the key points I wish to go through to help you better understand the iPad, it's features and capibilites.
It's worth mentioning now that there are things the iPad does extremely well, other things Apple just won't let it do at all! Key and protential crucial things missing from the iPad is basic Flash support, Flash being used for so many website and games, this would be an ideal companion for the iPad, but Apple will not allow the technology to exisit on their product. This is purely cosmetic, Apple say the Flash software creates an exposible gap in their software (They have no way to make money from it). Sad but true. Next is a smart but potentially crippling decision by Apple to not support video types out of the box, current Apple only endorses Apple Video, primarily mp4, meaning the big memory can be easily wasted when people have vast media collections not in the correct format. Although there are 3rd party apps that allow you to add video files in various formats to play through their own player.
The good points: The first thing you will notice is the touchscreen, beautiful, crisp, clean and clear. The second thing you will notice is that you have a set of base/core apps pre-installed, similar to the iPhone/iPod Touch. Until you start to contribute to your apps library, you do not get a good sense of organisation or free scrolling in the menus. The screen is in luxurious HD and 90% of games and apps for iPad are produced in HD. The word processing functions of the iPad are a delight, the onscreen keyboard is spacious and easy to use, your fingers just seem to know where the keys are and the pre-emptive text system is intuitive. Web browsing is fantastic, utilising full screen website as apose to just mobile sites. The touch screen inputs are very easy to use and make web browsing an absolute delight. The App Store, is easily laid out and user friendly, but as Apple charge developers to publish apps, you will find you may have to pay for quite a few apps that are a necessity to you and your iPad.
The functionality of the iPad is imense, although fantastic for games, word processing and browsing, the iTunes app adds to you music library by coverflow viewing and the massive onboard memory means that many music enthusiasts can have an ample collection with them at all times. The wifi is useful for many things web related whether in the home or out and about connecting to hotspots, the real advantage with this model is the 3G. The 3G signal is impressive strong and the coverage depends on the provider. I use the 3 network and find the 3G to be fantastic where ever I go, a real bonus for the lengthy journeys in buses, trains or as a passenger in a car. The 3G speeds are impressive, stress tests have had it up to 7mbs!
There are some pretty pleasing 3rd party apps that really enhance the iPad experience, and well worth researching depending on your intended use. The battery life is mighty impressive and it can handle some serious usage!
My boyfriend got me my iPad as a gift! Best gift ever!!! Am on it now :-) 2 be honest am never of it! It is amazing for so many different things! I have got all my music on it and got my self a docking station which doubles as a charger so when am wanting to listen to my music I just slot it in the docking station and all my favourite tunes are ready to be played! I have downloaded lots of free apps to from social networkin cooking recipes online banking searching for the family holiday currency converter!! There is probaly an app for everything! It's soooooo easy to use my daughter uses it a lot to, I play peppa pig episodes on it through you tube for my baby it really is very versatile! Battery lifes good to I charge it over nite and that usally last till the following night! I really do use it for everything!! I have just downloaded the free BBC iplayer app and can watch all my favy missed soaps or any programme on BBC!
When the iPad was first launched, I was extremely skeptical about the whole idea. Firstly, how could something so small do so much? Secondly, why is it shockingly expensive? And finally, what can it do that my MacBook and iPhone can't?
After months of resisting and testing whenever I went past an Apple store, I bought one. On arrival, I was feeling excited yet curious about what this was going to do for me. I began to think it was a waste of money.. But below is why I changed my mind.
In answer to my first rhetorical question, a device so small really can do what it claims. As I took it out of its well designed box and looked at the large shiny screen I couldn't wait to try it out! After setting it up, which involved connecting to a Mac/PC.. A somewhat similar set up to an iPod, I got stuck in.
It does take some getting used to, I will admit, as this device is something that we have never seen before. It completely changes the way we do our day to day activities. There are so many capabilities crammed into this tiny, thin device.. I still can't quite believe it. The iPad means we can take it where ever we go, and use it whenever we want.
So onto my second question, the price. I still do believe that the price is extortionate (I paid £530 for a 16GB with Wi-fi and 3G) especially when you think what you could get for your money if you went clothes shopping! But this device, I believe, is worth every penny. You really do get what you pay for.
What it does....
So, when you press the on/off button in the top right hand corner of the device, you're presented with a screen that is the same as those on an iPhone or iPod, only larger. This is when you can see the amazing quality of the graphics, they are excellent. When you slide to unlock, you get the home screen, again similar to the iPhone/iPod. This is where the fun begins!
Safari - The same surfing experience as using a Mac, literally. High speed internet, with a connection to Wi-fi or 3G, you can open tabs to allow multitasking. Again the graphics are great and its just a really quick and easy experience.
Photos - This to me was great.. The photo albums appear in a stack of photos and if you pink the screen they open slightly, so you can see what images are in the album and then you can fully open it. Its difficult to explain unless you can see it, a video can be seen on the Apple website.
Youtube - As if you were using a PC/Mac and on the Youtube website, the same experience! You can listen to music or videos, or just small clips - the choice is yours.
iTunes - An Apple classic. You can download the latest music or listen to your favourite albums.
Email - I love this app. Its so easy to use, but different to anything else we've ever see. You can view your mail, turn the iPad on its side to get a horizontal view, then turn it upside.. then turn it round again. The screen ages with the angle at which its being held. This works on all applications, but for me it is especially useful on the email program.
App store - This is where you can change your iPad to suit your personality and needs. Download apps from games, to business related apps. Whatever you need you can almost guarantee it'll be in the app store.
Calender - Allows you to add notes on certain dates to remind yourself of a certain event to be sure you wont miss it! You can view the calender in a daily or monthly perspective.
These are just a few of the things that iPad can do.
To my final question - what can it do that my iPhone or MacBook can't? Nothing, really. They are all designed to have similar apps and programs, but the thing thats different about iPad is the way in which all of these apps are experienced, on this small yet graphical, tiny yet amazing device.
Battery life hasn't been an issue as it has been with the other Apple products that I own. I can use it for a good amount of time before it needs to be charged.
I received my iPad on Wednesday 9th June. It was ordered in the second batch of pre-orders, so it was a 'ship before 7th june'. It shipped itself from china to Bangkok to Mumbai to east midlands to telford, leaving on the 5th June.
Luckily when I received it I also received the Apple case, reviewed separately and luckily I also received a screen protector from amazon, this is definitely needed as I will explain later.
Just like the delivery route having a huge carbon footprint, so does the box it comes in. The outer packaging of a brown box is about 33% bigger than the iPad box, which is supported in the middle of the box using buffers, I take to minimise any shock. After removing the lush white Apple box, ( you have to admit they have style). I lifted the lid to reveal my iPad, covered in plastic film. As I took the iPad out I noticed a small flat rectangular slip of a case that contained a basic 5 step guide to turning on and activating your iPad and the MicroSIM eject tool.
Activating requires access to a PC or a Mac where iTunes is installed and it has Internet access. This also means you need an iTunes account. Now whether this is a good or bad thing I have mixed feelings about. By having to register it, it ensures that you activate your warranty, which for a user means you don't need to prove you purchase date. For the business it allows them to keep track of the equipment for sales info. It also means your purchases can be immediately placed on the iPad whether it is music, apps you use on the iPhone etc, as apple allows you to authorise 6 devices. To be honest this is pretty good as it's not too many devices but not very restrictive, (it would be nice if Microsoft did this for this for the xbox so I have to use one for downloads, and if you upgrade you can only move your stuff once a year. ) the reason DRM fails is due to the restrictions only allowing 1 device when so many of us have more, 1 with the tv, in study, portable etc.
As stated the problem with needing to activate via iTunes is that you need a computer, however I have seen number of stores willing to activate and set you up an account so you can get up and running. Most functions don't require a PC, as you can get apps throughout the App Store through 3G or WiFi straight from the iPad, this is also the same with the iTunes store and Book Store. However the PC does come in useful for backing up you iPad settings and configurations, plus internally created documents. It is also useful to moving apps offline that you own but may not wish to currently use, swell as putting on personal movies and music. The other main benefit of a PC is that it allows for the iPhone OS (iOS) to be upgraded and version 4 will be awesome, when it comes out at the end of June, especially for business users allowing multiple Exchange accounts to be used. (If they had announced that 4 months ago I wouldn't have taken a Blackberry, I would have waited for the iPhone as I use 3 Exchange accounts.)
Before I activated the iPad I thought "let's get the screen protector on" and it was a good move. Just a few hours usage and swipe ends up covering your screen in smears. As I mentioned i'll review the protector I chose another time. After I had gone through the very quick activation I put the Apple case on it, it fitted nicely and hid the few bubbles of the screen protector right at the edge of the iPad screen. This doesn't obstruct the screen as the 9.7" screen has a 1" black border. Again I will review this in a future post.
Finally I could turn it on. I was first impressed that it came fully charged, and I mean fully charged as I thought, i'll run the battery down to get a full charge in it, and it took about 36hours to get it down to charge it up. During this time I had played music, video, wifi was on constantly viewing the web and downloading applications. The battery is very impressive, I only charge this iPad (yes I am using the iPad to write this) every 2 days. During that time I use iWork, wifi and 3G always are on, I play pod and vodcasts, and even a few games. The only annoying thing is that when you decide to hook it up you have to think, sync or charge, it can't do both for normal users. The iPad requires a 10w input, this is only available through the proper charge or through newer Apple Mac computers, typical PC usb ports can not provide that kind power. So for myself normally every 2 nights I put this on charge over night, but every morning as I shower I connect it to my PC to sync. This then leads me to my next discussion point, syncing.
As a user if you don't sync you will really miss out on some of the safety and easy features of the iPad. You sync your iPad for the main reason of updates, this sis so that when Apple release operating system updates you can apply them to your iPad. This is definitely important with iOS4 on our door steps. The other reason for synching is to get a backup. The backup isn't of the synched items like music, photos, apps, etc it is for the important things like settings and internally stored files that you create using the applications. Now ts has been reported that it can take up some time, I haven't experienced this yet but I have only occupied about 10gb of my storage so ace on a 64gb model. (this shows a high capacity is needed as I only have a few podcasts, midcoasts and 5 music albums on here and about 500mb of apps). The suggestions to fix this are to always use the cable supplied with the ipad, for some reason it works quicker than using the iPhone or a generic iPad cable and try to connect directly to the PC rather than through a hub.
Once you have turned your iPad on and activated it you would be best to go into the settings and configure the usage. I will talk about the settings here instead of the app section due to the fact it is a controller app of how the iPad and the other apps work.
In settings you have the following settings
Airplane - this is just a simple switch that I assume will just disable all wifi and mobile communications. I would also assume it would just disable all push notifications, as naturally on a plane you can't use these wireless functions otherwise you'll probably crash. As I haven't taken this on holiday yet I can only assume, but it is bound to work just like on a mobile phone. The manual states it actually stops you being able to use the applications using the defined features that are disabled with that option, and that you then have the ability to activate specific parts of the iPad depending on the rules of the airline and laws of the country.
Wifi - in this area you can turn you wifi device on or off. Mine is continually left on and it really doesn't make any usable impact on the battery, and a lot of it's time is spent searching for a network, rather than being connected. The iPad automatically searches for all networks in the area to allow you to join them, once you authorised a network you have the chance to type in any specific settings, ip, dns, etc obviously for those with BT hubs you can also configure a network manually, specifying the name and settings etc. The iPad remembers all of the networks you have joined, but only shows them when they are detected, so you don't have a huge list to go through, especially bearing in mind most mobile companies give free unlimited access to wifi base stations so you don't use their 3G. The final option here is that you can allow or disallow the iPad to automatically connect to known networks. If a network is not known or you have disallowed it will always ask you. This can be annoying slightly, due to the fact it will inform you it detects a network, when u may well just want to u 3G. I.e. I don't want to use my schools wifi as there are too many restrictions I want to use 3G due to me being able to do what I like, however each day I have to tell it I don't want to join that wifi network. The only other bad point about this is there is no easy way to delete a network from your authorised listing, well not that i've come across yet.
Carrier - my iPad is the 3G version so it can accept a micro sim. This area shows which network you're connected to. It also tells you the detected networks in the area, so while automatically deals with connecting to the designated network of the sim, you can manually connect to other networks, obviously this depends on what you're sim will allow, but I suspect this is the way to choose the right/cheapest network when roaming. The iPad detects all networks, as I had a complete list of the UK companies show up. This clearly shows the way forward of non-network-locked devices.
Notifications - this setting clearly shows the full customisability of the iPad. On this menu you can set whether or not you wish for notifications from your push applications. These are the things telling you, you have new message or your crops are ready (in We Rule and most likely the future coming Farmville App). Well so far we'd expect something like that, however we have full control. Each app that uses push notifications will end up being listed in here for you to customise the settings. There are three settings, Sound. Where the iPad will make a noise to alert you, Alerts where you get a flash up telling you something has happen.d or needs your attention and badges which put a number on top of the App icon alerting you to how many things that App has had happen. For practical use, I know Facebook gets a lot of notifications that drain the battery so I have turned tho off but I leave my We Rule game notifications on to tell me when I need to go into the game and do something.
Cellular data - why they didn't group this with carrier I don't know, but here is where you can setup the settings for connecting to your 3G provider. The APN, username and password, not all companies use these, or certainly don't tell you they use these. I use Orange network at the moment, and I connected yet I couldn't access the Internet, when I called them a second time after activation thy asked if I had entered 'orange data' in the APN, which of cause I hadn't due to the micro sim guide not telling me to. Well that solved the problem and had me up and running. Orange don't u a username and password so they were left blank. So any sim configuration you need to do is done here.
Brightness and wallpapers - brightness allows you to adjust the standard brightness of the device using a simple slide bar. It also has a switch for auto brightness that dims the background light after no use to conserve battery. On the iPad you have two wallpapers. One for the lock screen which is shown while the device is locked, and one for the menu screens which show you your Apps. The iPad comes with some ready available HD wallpapers you can choose from or you can take them from your camera roll from pictures you have synced or saved. This is good and allows some nice personalisation of your device. What would be nicer would be the ability to have a different wallpaper on each screen, hey who knows an Apple developer may read this and add the option.
Picture frame - this setting allows you to configure you £700 iPad into a good quality picture frame. It allows you to setup the picture transitions between dissolve and origami. Dissolve just fades in and out of each picture it displays. Origami is where the true skill in the iPad is. With origami it puts more than one photo on the screen at a time, two perhaps three maybe four. The pictures fold out of each other to be displayed, but what is really good is it crops the images to ensure it all fits, what is even better is the software identifies the key focus of the picture so it is always shown. I had this running through 900 pictures for an hour and not once did it focus on the wrong thing. The picture frame tool can only be run from the lock screen, so you can set this going as your iPad is locked, but if you iPad is locked anyone can start this going so you might need to be careful about some of the pictures on you iPad if left unattended. The final option in the settings is for you to either setup to view all photos on the iPad or to select specific albums to be shown.
General - this contains tho general options and allows you to view the general info about your iPad. The first one About shows you the capacity, usage of the iPad, what wifi is connected, the Mac address, the cell provider and phone number of your micro sim, etc. The usage option tells you about how much data you have not and received, useful for ensuring you don't go over any limits. The only problem here is you have to reset it manually each month, as it is accumulative. In this option you can turn on or off the sounds for the various default actions of the iPad, receiving mail, locking, calendar alerts etc. The next part is about network options, including setting up a VPN if your a company user. I must admit this is a good feature, Apple have realised businesses love their devices. The next option is Bluetooth, to allow you to find devices to link to, I have left this off due to Bluetooth having a reputation for draining battery life. The next is location services. This activates the GPS that is inbuilt in the wifi+3G version. This is used by a number of Apps, maps being the better one for using this.
Mail, contacts and calendar - this allows for you to set up your email including gmail, hotmail, pop, and exchange accounts. Since iOS 4.2 you can also have multiple exchange accounts, this is very useful if you do work at multiple places or have a home and work exchange server. Contacts can be set where to sync from and to. I find this part easier to sync to my outlook using iTunes. However the most important one to me is the calendar sync. I use google calendar, my wife has a calendar and I have 2, one for work and one for personal. Syncing the google calendar uses an exchange account connection as it uses ActiveSync, which is no longer a problem since iOS 4.2. The calendar app on the iPad gets all of the data and colour codes it, unfortunately you do not have a choice of colours, but at least you can see all three or more calendars in one program, you can edit al if you have that allowed access and you can add appointments. We use it because I can add to my personal or work calendar, and my wife can see where I am and she can make bookings for me if we're going out for a meal etc, so it becomes an excellent organisation tool.
Safari - this gives you full control of the web browser, as in access to cache, clearing it, etc, the default browser, java, etc so you can truly customise your web experience. T be honest I haven't had much need to use this as the defaults are just fie
iPod - this gives you control of iPod settings, like the volume levels, whether to show lyrics etc, so general settings you'd get on the iPod.
Videos - this allows you to set up your videos, do they remember where you paused them so you can continue where you left off or always redraft from beginning, it also controls about the TV output and let's you set that up in case you wish to watch your movie or vodcast on the tv instead of the iPad
Photos - this area let's you set up the slide show as I mentioned previously. How long each picture stays on screen, the settings for the animation, whether to collage the pics or have them individual.
App Store - this controls e log into to the app store where you go to buy your apps for your iPad.
Any app that has any special settings will also get listed here. It allows you to configure all of your settings under one screen, with a very nice and neat layout. I think having one icon for settings is perfect as all the configuration is easy to find. To many times on a computer have I found that each programs settings are hidden in different places. Some under menus on screen, some in different programs to the main program, but here under one icon, all in one area just makes it so much more user friendly.
There are a number of standard included Apps on the iPad that allow you to start playing before you have to download anything
Safari - this is a good web browser it will show you everything you need to see on a website, it allows for quick searching with an integrated search area by an area where you can just type in e web address. It contains bookmarks so you can store sites you visit often as well as allowing you to use folders all pages can be easily zoomed in and out by expanding or pinching your fingers on the screen. The obvious down side is the fact it does not support flash. There has been much debate about this being good or bad, as an IT professional flash has it's uses, but the only time I have ever been infected with a virus on a pc was through a flash security hole, so I can understand Apple not wanting Flash on their system if they won't properly build it for the iPad. (Apple set up rules for all application developers and Flash is the only group that don't want to abide by those rules, go Steve Jobs for sticking top your convictions and not allowing the big Adobe to try and bully you) overall I think I have only been to 2 sites in 7 months that required flash for some content I wished to see, so it probably won't make that big an impact.
Mail - a nice simple email software. Once set up in settings it allows you to view your email by mailbox, or you can view all your email in one combined mailbox. Saving attachments is simple enough if you have an app that supports the file type. Sending emails is also quite simple, linking directly into your contacts to get the email address. Overall the software is easy to use and does all it needs to.
Calendar - as mentioned previously you can sync is to other calendars if you wish and all can live along died each other. There is also a calendar built into the device which doesn't get synced, so iPad only invade you need any no synced notes. The only thing that would truly improve this would be the ability to integrate tasks/todo lists, for instance I have a todo list on my google calendar by that doesn't sync to the iPad calendar, another app is needed for that.
Contacts - this has a lovely design to it. Like a traditional paper based contact book you have the letters down the side from a-z and you choose what you want, but there is also a search facility and it neatly lays out all individuals by name alphabetically. Iside each name there is all the information you wish to store about them. If you don't store information the heading doesn't appear so you're not even having to see a list of heading even if you only store the person and their phone number. If however you have the iPad turned landscape the design is still there however you have a 2 page book. The name you select on the left and their details appear on the right so you can view both at the same time. It is a lovely book design and makes finding people so easy.
Notes - is a small notepad app. You get pages in simple yellow lined paper design. Very easy to quickly make notes on and make multiple pages. However all pages are within the same notebook, so for instance I have one page with notes of a room code, but I have to scroll past that to get to a shopping list, so it is not very secure, and the more note pages you make the more flipping through your book you have to do. However it is great for quick and easy notes before you type up elsewhere ( or copy and paste ).
Videos - is what managed your movies, it splits them into 2 categories, videos and vodcasts. This is useful as any main feature movie you have put on your iPad is easily differentiated between all the very useful vodcasts you will find yourself subscribing to. For videos you upload through iTunes in an idevice compatible format, obviously on an iPad you have a bigger screen to work to. However if you have not been a vodcasts listener before you will now find you are. Go to the podcast area of the iStore and you will find lots of great podcasts, further more you will find them with video, there are numerous ones for cooking, training, entertainment, and reviewing apps for the iPad. I found very quickly I subscribed to quite a few and as I exercise I just let them play through. Having the iPad means you are more likely to be somewhere where you have 5 mins with nothing to do and a vodcasts will fill that nicely, while letting you know something new. Before the iPad I never bothered with them, but I am regularly watching them now to find good apps and new video games I want.
YouTube - the YouTube website hosts a huge variety of videos that are excellent to watch, this app is the iPads doorway into the YouTube world, it allows for quick and easy account management as well as finding and watching new videos, while taking away the website element and giving you a much more well designed and nicer looking interface into this world. It doesn't do anything more that give access to YouTube, but it does so in a stylish way.
ITunes - this app is for all of your iTunes store needs, downloading music, videos, podcasts and vodcasts. The idea is that while you need a pc to activate you iPad and most apple shops will do that, and a pc is useful for you to backup your iPad, it is not essential for your general use. iTunes store allows you to buy the song you want and download it over the net directly to your iPad, no longer will a pc required as a go between. This does present some risks as iTunes doesn't store what you've downloaded so if you loose your device you've lost your purchase, however it does present a useful part that if you are away from your pc you can still buy a song or a video, or subscribe to a pod/vidcast while on the move.
AppStore - this is the heart of all the exciting things you can do on the iPad. All of the apps for the iPad and iPhone are listed here. All iPhone apps will load and work on the iPad, however just be weary of things like SMS apps because you don't have an SMS service on the iPad, so use your common sense. The AppStore has some main sections. The first is a nice presentation of what's new and what is being promoted, it's good for a quick look at anything apple wants you to know about. On here you can search for any app you wish to know about and it will give you results grouped by iPad and iPhone so you can choose what you like and see how much they are.
The next section is a ranking of apps split into two categories of paid and free. This initially shows the top 25 but it can be expanded to show more.
The next section is Genius, this is where the store will recommend apps you may like based upon apps you have already purchased and kept installed on your iPad. I have found a few good apps through this, however there can still be some totally irrelevant apps. I guess I may confuse it is as I use my iPad for education, consultancy work, videos, personal, general business and entertainment.
The next section is where all apps are sorted into categories so you can look for the type of apps you may want, games, productivity, etc. There is a lot of rubbish in here as a loads of apps are released daily, I very rarely use this.
The final section is the updater, the iPad keeps a note of the apps you have and tells you when any updates are available so you can authorise the installation. This is great as you don't have to watch out for updates yourself. These can sometimes be bug fixes, new features added, new levels for a game or anything.
Overall the iPad is a fantastic device. I am extremely pleased with it. I have previously bought net books, ereaders, pc's macs, iPods etc, and this device is used everyday just like my main computer. My net book was great when I first had it, but a month in it was a pain and I stopped using it, my mac book I only use for creative purposes, my ereader I only use when on holiday, my iPod I only use in the car,(I also used to take into class to play music, but now I can do that with my iPad so it stays in my car). My main pc I do use every day for email, browsing, work, web development, etc, and that I could not live without. My iPad I have owned for over 7 months now and I still use it every day, it certainly isn't a fad, it's a very productive device. It is great with all the other apps I have for entertainment, for productivity, for writing reviews, for reading, for having reference material when I go to do it support jobs, for planning, keeping notes on, and just having fun. This device is something I would not want to live without, to me it is just as important as my pc, every other gizmo comes well after those devices.
A couple of apps well worth getting and will be reviewed after are game centre (it gives an achievement system to your games, like on the xbox360) and iBooks as this allows you to buy books, get free books, and add your own PDFs to build up wire a huge library to carry with you.
Buy this device! But definitely go for the larger capacity as there is so much you can do with it, and lots of content you will want to do that with. The only choice left is then wifi or wifi+3G, I preferred wifi+3G as I can do whatever I want, when I want.
So my original laptop broke and I was faced with the question, new laptop or the iPad? There was alot of weighing up to do but after a lot of debating i of cause choose the iPad and boy am I glad I did! So with the massive £500 missing from my bank all I could do was wait the arrival of my new toy, 3 days later it was here, initial impressions wow and still my impressions are the same, every day it ceases to amaze me in a new way by finding a new app among the thousands or just something simple like how easy you can change the background so easy! One thing I was concerned about was how annoying the touch screen might be after having touchscreen phones it the past and not enjoying them, but i was shocked as to how simple and effective it is. Another thing is how good the battery life is compared to any laptop I've ever had. I would never normally suggest buying something with out doing alot of research but if your reading this hesitating about purchasing the iPad, don't bother go get one!
I recently recieved my iPad and cannot say I am anything but over joyed at the quality of this yet again amazing device from Apple. It truely revolutionises the way that anyone enjoy's emailing, the internet, photos, movies and music.
The Ipad truely has an amazing large 9.7' touch screne which truely allows your fingers to walk through its long list of abilities where you are able to view pages in both portrait and landscape, zoom and scroll, all at the movement of your fingers.
The applications themselves are in themselves in an entire different league to anything else that scarecly compares to it. There are over 200,000 apps and this number grows daily. It can basically be guarenteed that there is at least one app out there for you.
A major advantage of its sleek design is that you can take it absolutely anywhere! And there is no difficulty or lugging it around.
I first purchased the iPad within the first week of its release after seeing all the hype and build-up to this products début, mainly because I am a self-proclaimed apple fanatic, but also because I am in huge agreement with the apple philosophy, to make stuff people actually want, centred around the user and as aesthetic pleasing as possible.
There has been a large amount of controversy surrounding this product, some saying it is "just a big iPhone" and others saying it lacks the functionality of other tablet devices on the market, but one thing about the iPad is unquestionable, it is a game changer. Before the iPad, there were no really competitive tablet devices available on the mainstream market and the devices that are available since the iPad release have followed apples lead and in my eyes are always playing catchup.
The iPad has a 9.7 inch LCD screen with a great resolution (although not quite as good as Apples "Retina" display found on the iPhone 4 and iPod touch) making video watching and book reading very easy on the eye. The backing is made from aluminium, with a black antenna strip on the top for the 3G models. The front is a simple glass panel with a border of approximately 1 inch so that your thumbs aren't inadvertently touching the screen when gripping it. The only button on the front surface is a home button located centrally bottom of the front panel. The top of the device has the on/off button and on the left side are the volume buttons and a mute switch (which use to be a screen rotation lock before the latest software update).
There is no doubt the iPad looks very good and sleek and the 9.7 inch screen is a perfect size for usability, unlike some competitors which have produced some smaller 7 inch designs, but in my eyes, they are just a little too small for certain tasks that the iPad is perfect for. I will say that the iPad is heavier than I thought it would be and would certainly be easier to hold for long periods if it was a little lighter.
The operating system used on the iPad is part of Apples mobile operating platform, know as iOS. Currently the latest release of this version is iOS 4.2.1, which was a major upgrade for the iPad, bringing with it the ability of multi-tasking which is of huge benefit. This update also brought with it "AirPrint", the ability to print directly from the iPad to any AirPrint enabled printer without the need for cables or installing drivers which is a fantastic addition. Other features include AirPlay and Folders, amongst others.
One of the most appealing features of the iPad is access to the appstore, apples primary method for distribution of software for installation on this device. At the moment there are hundreds of thousands of apps available from the appstore, ranging from office tools, business applications to games and utilities, and this is continually growing, however, unfortunately the apps for the iPad tend to be slightly more expensive than those for the iPhone, although the quality does appear to be better.
As you might expect, you also have direct access to itunes from the iPad, being able to download music, movies, tv shows and podcasts.
The iPad price, thanks to apples regulation, is pretty standard no matter where you buy it from. For the model with 3G capabilities, for the 16GB version it will set you back £541, the 32GB for £612 and the 64GB for £714, slightly higher than they use to be due to the VAT increase.
There are rumours of a new iPad version coming to market in the near future nick named the "iPad 2", as apple tend to release product upgrades on a near clockwork yearly cycle. This is rumoured to contain a forward and backward facing camera for use with apples "Facetime feature", improved screen resolution, lighter weight as well as more. This could be announced as soon as February 2011 so if I were you, I'd hold on before buying until the next release.
Overall, this is a fantastic product which has changed the way in which portable computing is developed for ever. In the future, I wouldn't bother with buying a laptop computer any more, I'd be more than happy with an iPad and a desktop for the home, because with remote desktop applications available, you can access everything on your home computer while your on the move.
I know the iPad does lack the use of a USB connection, which other tablets have and also a DVD drive, but the way in which computing is developing, in my own opinion, cloud computing is the way forward which will hopefully remove the need to carry around memory sticks and DVDs all the time.
I would say this device is a must have and I can't wait to see what apple produce next in the iPad line-up. 5 stars from me.