Product Type: Apple Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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I Think Im Addicted To My iPad!
Apple iPad Wi-Fi + 3G 64 GB
Member Name: scoobydoobrew
Apple iPad Wi-Fi + 3G 64 GB
Date: 01/10/11, updated on 01/10/11 (10 review reads)
Advantages: Modern, Easy To Use, Fun, Easy, Sleek, Light-Weight ......
Disadvantages: No Java, & Quite Expensive!
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;
Digitalpromo.co.uk - £429.99
Argos - £489.99
Pc Titan - £389.99
Ebay Ranges But Rather Cheap
Amazon Ranges But Rather Cheap.
** I apologise for the poor quality selection stores tend to sell the new iPad2 now!
* Get The Correct Memory For You
* Check Out The Apple Store
* Buy A Case To Prevent Scratches - They Are Cheap On eBay!
* Check Out Prices On Google Shopping
* Test One Out In Store
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! :)
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