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iLove my iPad

  • Nov 24, 2010
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April 2010 was a big month.  The iPad was finally released after months of hype and all I knew is that I wanted one.  Unfortunately, during that portion of the year and my wedding coming up, it wasn't realistic (not to mention Apple couldn't keep them in stock anyway).  Well, almost eight months later, I finally purchased my iPad!  Mind you, I got the basic 16GB model without 3G, but none the less, it's an iPad.  Need less to say, it is probably the best purchase I have ever made. The iPad is your all in one computer, photo viewer/frame, home entertainment system and music player.  If you didn't already own a computer and were thinking about purchasing one, you probably wouldn't need to.  Four months away from its one year anniversary and you're still on the fence about getting one?  Here is what you need to know and why you should make the purchase.

THE DEVICE:

From the minute you open your iPad, you can see that it closely resembles the iPhone 3GS and iPod touch.  The fact that Apple didn't stray away from that design path was a good move since it is really simple, yet still pleasing to the eye.  It has the standard center button which turns your screen on and takes you back to the first screen.  Up top is the iPads lock button and on the right side the volume controls and screen orientation lock switch (NOTE: If you updated to iOS 4.2, that switch now mutes your iPad instead of locking the screen orientation).  On the bottom of the iPad, exactly like the iPhone and iPod Touch, is your USB connector as well as the speakers.  The screen size is what truly sets the iPad apart from the most recent of tablet devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Tablet that runs on Android.  With a 9.7 inch LED display, the iPad is great for watching videos whether it's a movie from iTunes or one that you're streaming off of the Netflix app (free with a paid subscription).  Though having this large of a screen adds a little extra weight to the iPad (it weighs in at 1.5 pounds), having that kind of viewing power is well worth it.  The iPad also comes with a built in 25-watt-hour rechargeable battery that is good for 10 hours of video watching, web surfing and music playing.  The battery life is spectacular.  Even after watching a one hour television program, my battery was still at 100% percent.  For those who are thinking about purchasing the iPad over a laptop and are worried about the virtual keyboard, don't be.  If you are a smartphone owner and are already a good typer, you should have no problem picking up how to use it.  From the minute I started typing, I felt as if I was using a real keyboard and found myself being able to type at a pretty good pace.

FEATURES:

The iPad is loaded with all sorts of goodies.  As soon as you turn it on, it has already come preloaded with iTunes, the App Store and other standard apps that come with devices such as these.  The iPads biggest feature is its new book store and iBooks app.  The iBooks app is impressive.  Reading a book on the iPad is crystal clear and while some people still may prefer the kindle or Sony eReader, iBooks has the potential to be a real competitor to those devices.  Its only problem is that the book store is not quite big enough yet.  The selection is still pretty slim, even eight months later.  I couldn't even find The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo books on there yet.  Once the selection is expanded, iBooks will really take off.  E-mail on the iPad is easy to use and supports almost all e-mail clients.  The truly best feature about the iPad is web surfing.  Safari, Apple's internet browser comes pre-installed on the device and works almost exactly like the computer version.  You can even add a bookmark bar for added convenience.  What differentiates the iPad's version of Safari and the iPhones (or other smartphone browsers) is that you can view most websites in their web form instead of their toned down mobile versions, making web browsing that much closer to being like what you would see on a computer   What might just be the best feature on the iPad is the Photos app.  Picture viewing on the iPad is not just gorgeous, but a lot of fun as well.  From slideshows to flicking the pictures back and forth with your fingers, going through pictures has never been such a good time.  Finally, with the release of iOS 4.2 this past Monday, the iPad now offers multitasking as well as Folders to put your apps into, freeing up screen space just like the iPhone 4 and 3GS.  There were a lot of complaints from iPhone and iPad users alike when Android beat Apple to the multitask feature, but with the addition of it now on both the iPhone and iPad, it just solidifies Apple being the leader in the smartphone/tablet category even more.

APPS:

 Funny enough, the app store is my biggest complaint about the iPad.  This in no way means that apps aren't great, but there are a ton of apps, namely Facebook, that don't have an iPad version yet.  Having said that, I am still relatively pleased with the apps that I do have.  Like I mentioned earlier, the Netflix app is outstanding and a must have for anyone who already has a Netflix account.  Being able to stream movies instantly onto the iPad is quite possibly the best idea the company ever had.  While this may not seem like a benefit to some, the fact that Netflix is raising prices and now offering a streaming only subscription only means that the already vast streaming library is only going to get bigger.  If you are a sports fan, the Apple app store offers the best sports apps on any device.  ScoreCenter XL is like having the ESPN channel at your finger tips.  Most apps you already know about like Twitter and Aim are available in the app store as well.  On a side note, if you're a tweeter and looking for a good Twitter alternative, TweetDeck for iPad is the way to go.

OVERALL:

 Hopefully from what you have just read, you decide to go take the plunge and get an iPad.  Remember, this isn't even the only option.  It all depends on which way you want to go.  There is also the 3G+WiFi version which costs a little extra and also requires a monthly plan.  If you are a smartphone user and already have a 3G device such as the iPhone or Droid devices, you may only need the WiFi version depending on your lifestyle.  Right now though, if you're in the hunt for a tablet, the iPad is the way to go.  Despite the fact that I am also a Droid owner, from what I have heard the Android powered tablets that are just coming out aren't quite ready to handle the OS on such a bigger platform.  The iPad is also a great cost alternative to a laptop if you don't want to dish out the extra cash for one but still want the power of a computer in the palm of your hands.  The Apple iPad starts off with the 16GB WiFi model for $499.99.  5/5.
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December 07, 2010
Rumor has it that a new version of the iPad will be coming out in 6 months. How can they possibly upgrade something so perfect?
 
December 01, 2010
Yay, Julian! Awesome review. I think I'm buying this for a special someone for Christmas. Stayed tuned for my review:)
 
November 24, 2010
Julian! So nice to see ya on here... with an iPad! :D Great review, man, you've totally sold me on it and I really can't wait to get one of my own sometime soon.
 
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The iPad  is a tablet  computing device product from Apple Inc. The device was announced on January 27, 2010, at a press conference at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts  in San Francisco. The device was rumored for several months, with iSlate  and iTablet among rumored names.
The device is expected to incorporate a 10-inch (26 centimeter) multi-touch display made by Innolux, a subsidiary of Foxconn. The price is expected to be more than the iPhone but less than an Apple notebook computer.

The iPad's lowest grade model with a 16GB hard drive will run for $499 dollars with the 32 GB running for $599 and the 64GB running at $699.  Buyers will also have the opportunity to purchase the iPad with 3G connectivity with the lowest grade model starting at $629 and going up.  The Wi-Fi models will ship in late March while the 3G models will ship in April.

 Yair Reiner claims the iSlate will compete in the market against dedicated e-book devices such as the Barnes & Noble nook and the Amazon Kindle while offering 70% of revenue to publishers, the same arrangement accorded developers of the App Store. These arrangements would also extend to print publishers who currently receive less in digital work royalties from companies like Amazon.com.

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