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Apple iPad Wi-Fi + 3G 64 GB
Member Name: Freakon
Apple iPad Wi-Fi + 3G 64 GB
Date: 21/02/11, updated on 21/02/11 (11 review reads)
Advantages: Fantastic technology in your hand, beautiful, easy to use, apps for every occasion
Disadvantages: Drawbacks in partnerships with Flash, the price, and price of some apps
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!
Summary: All in all, an impressive piece of kit, albeit expensive, but well worth it!
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