393 of 397 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant bit of kit
Ok, just to kick off, I'm no computer geek. I like what I know and I'm used to and different can be a quantum leap because I only have my own resources and knowledge to fall back on. If something new doesn't work, I wouldn't know how to get it up and running. Basically, I'm your average user. Familiar with Windows and associated programmes. I'm new to Apple, tablets...
Published 17 months ago by Bookie
154 of 168 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing iPad 3.
Really looked forward to receiving this (expensive) toy which was touted as having super-duper improved wi-fi capabilities and a Bluetooth facility. It arrived at my holiday address in Wales where I had a great BTFon nearby wi-fi connection with our relatively old Toshiba laptop PC.
On firing up the iPad and after going through the set-up procedure I found that...
Published 17 months ago by D. J. Potts
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393 of 397 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant bit of kit,
This review is from: The New Apple iPad (32GB, Wi-Fi, Black) 3RD GENERATION (Personal Computers)Ok, just to kick off, I'm no computer geek. I like what I know and I'm used to and different can be a quantum leap because I only have my own resources and knowledge to fall back on. If something new doesn't work, I wouldn't know how to get it up and running. Basically, I'm your average user. Familiar with Windows and associated programmes. I'm new to Apple, tablets and an OS other than anything offered by Microsoft. So I thought long before investing in this little beauty. It's the best gadget I've ever bought. Set up at home in minutes, so fast, easy to use and simply great fun. This has all the functionality I could wiish for. Email is there in an instant, There's an apps store with something for absolutely anyone or any occasion. There are quality apps to inform or enjoy at the drop of a hat. And the apps are cheap, they're there in a flash and it is just such an easy device to use.
Out of the box, it was 90 % charged, connected immediately to my home wifi and I was happily trying out the embedded apps within a few minutes. Then I was checking out the store and trying out a selection of instructional (books, museum and gallery guides, recipes, maps, photo software) and entertainment ( music, games, films etc ). As a Sky subscriber, there's an app which gives me instant access to hundreds of films and Sky anytime + at no cost. The quality of the graphics is to die for. Crisp, clean and clear. Good sound quality and an equaliser which lets you choose from a vast range of audio settings. Decent bass boost too! The apps I've chosen so far have all been free or a few pence and they all seem to be incredible value. They download in seconds so I can be up and running with something new in minutes. I went for the 32 gb because I wasn't sure if the 16gb version would fill quickly. I have som sizeable apps. Sky go, google earth, other maps and some photo heavy guides. I've only used just over 1 gb and still have over 27 gb free, so there"s tons of room.
On top of that it's a design icon. The build quality is superb. It looks so good and is an absolute joy to hold and work with. I can see that this will become my day to day key piece of kit. I can't believe it's taken me so long, but I'm a convert. I won't be going back to the long slow days of Microsoft booting up and crashing. I just love this device and as an older user, would have no hesitation in telling anyone who's not a great techie to go for this.
Edit to add 26/7/12 I reviewed the iPad just after I bought it. A month or so later just to say it's exceeded my wildest expectations. Camera, video, notes, games, photos, fast browsing...I could go on. It's got the lot and I haven't opened my laptop sinceI got this. Love it and still got more than 25 gb free despite loads of hefty apps. The noveltyhasn't worn off! Go for it!
303 of 310 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth as silk!,
This review is from: The New Apple iPad (32GB, Wi-Fi, Black) 3RD GENERATION (Personal Computers)I had used a friend's iPad 2 before and that helped me make the decision that I did actually want a tablet computer to use around the home. I had thought long and hard about an Android tablet before taking the plunge and buying the new iPad. Where I think the iPad scores is in its sheer quality of build and simplicity, and also the existence of many "newstand publishers" that publish iPad versions of their publications but not Android versions. Also, I notice in the workplace iPads seem far more prevalent than Android tablets.
In my view you can get up and running with the iPad out of the box without reading anything as it is so intuitive, and, mine was 85% charged. I was concerned about the absence of Adobe Flash but already Apple has things going their way (towards HTML 5 rather than Flash) and lots of websites that didn't function properly before now work well. For example, the Audi website used to transfer you to its' mobile website on an iPad - this is no longer the case and you get full functionality - you can configure your new Audi R6 on your iPad! There is also a BBC iPlayer for iPad that's great as well as an ITV version. In summary, these are my thoughts;
- The design and construction are of a very high standard - the iPad is an iconic item.
- The operating system seems robust and offers a bit of an adventure if you're only weaned on Windows like me.
- Performance is fast and graphics are excellent - although I am not a hardened gamer, some of the driving games in particular, are highly responsive and have very lifelike high resolution graphics that seem to be rendered effortlessly by the iPad.
- The Retina Display is breathtaking and the rear camera is very good too - there is anti-shake and genuine low light capability but no flash.
- I love the way the (optional) cover switches the unit on and off - if you have an Apple cover from your iPad 2 that will definitely work with the new model.
- There are fewer limitations whilst browsing as a result of not running Adobe Flash than I thought.
- Battery life seems very good - circa 9 hours.
- I could see the iPad becoming the defacto standard in tablets - many vendors don't seem to do Android versions of magazines etc.
- Lots of accessories are available, and, unlike an Android tablet, there is no need for internet security products. It is worth noting many iPad 2 accessories do actually fit the new model.
- Wide range of apps available and more come out everyday, many of which are optiimised for the Retina Diaplay.
- Not too sure what you can do with MS Office documents on an iPad as yet.
- Some websites still depend on Adobe Flash although this is diminishing.
- No HDMI port or SD card slot - (the iPad is certainly not alone in this) - you can buy various adaptors to connect your memory card/camera/TV. Also, you can't browse pictures on an SD card, even with a card adaptor you have to actually load them onto the iPad or iCloud first.
- You need to learn the Apple OS if you're used to Windows but it's easy (at least the basics).
- If you buy the 4G version, in the UK, you only get 3G performance.
- Release 3 of the iPad is really "more of the same" - some tweaks but nothing conceptually radical.
I bought the WiFi only version of the iPad and when on the move use my mobile phone as a hotspot - it works well. Finally, I have three other friends who have bought the new iPad and they are all delighted with theirs too. Yes, there may be the odd thing that irritates you, and, I know the iPad isn't without its critics, but, overall, I have to say it's a very, very well designed and executed consumer product and most people seem to love it! The iPad is undoubtedly a beautiful and iconic object of our times.
Recommended as a first time tablet purchase, or, if you need to replace your existing iPad. However, I'm a bit more reserved about an upgrade from Version 2 for the sake of it despite being a gadget fiend!
120 of 127 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding.,
This review is from: The New Apple iPad (32GB, Wi-Fi, Black) 3RD GENERATION (Personal Computers)I brought a iPad1 soon after release and could not justify a purchase of a 2 with such a short period between the release dates. Fast forward a year and a half and the 3 (or new ipad as Apple want to call it) arrives. I had been thinking of getting a video camera and the iPad 3 came out at the right time to save on this. The front face camera is OK in quality but the rear one is super quality and playback on the retina screen shows vivid colours that have to be seen to be belived. The only negative is no zoom (you can download a free zoom app) and in bright sunlight the screen is hard to see, also low lit indoor areas are grainy, these are not design faults so no points deducted. The iMovie app is great with easy video editing, thou it should be free as with Apples policy on its other hardware. IOS 5.5 is functional and the keyboard has a voice typing ability and a bind key funtion that is brilliant. IE you can bind your email address to a combination of leters, mine begins with 'M' so if i type 'mm' it will give me the option to select my full email address. The hardware is quality but the Apps make it the only choice for a tablet for me. With super fast processing power and long battery life i cant see what Apple wil do next.
154 of 168 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing iPad 3.,
This review is from: The New Apple iPad (32GB, Wi-Fi, Black) 3RD GENERATION (Personal Computers)Really looked forward to receiving this (expensive) toy which was touted as having super-duper improved wi-fi capabilities and a Bluetooth facility. It arrived at my holiday address in Wales where I had a great BTFon nearby wi-fi connection with our relatively old Toshiba laptop PC.
On firing up the iPad and after going through the set-up procedure I found that it could not pull in any wi-fi connection suitable for internet use, this whilst the device was on the same tabletop adjacent to my PC which was still surfing beautifully (3 of the 5 connectivity bars illuminated)!
Decided to try to put some pictures from my Blackberry onto the iPad and after going through the 'pairing' procedure things seemed to be working okay; when I selected a pic and pressed the 'send' button the iPad told me that my device was not supported!! Tried the same with my wifey's Nokia with the same result.....very disappointing!
I decided to contact Apple support and spoke to a lady operative with an unfortunate manner who stated repeatedly that the fact that the iPad does not support any other Bluetooth mobile devices was a "FEATURE" and not an 'issue' as I had been describing it to her; she could not elaborate on the lack of public information regarding the limitation of the Bluetooth facility. Decided to give up on this aspect of the 'Support'....making no progress!
Re the inefficiency (to my mind) of the wi-fi capability, she took me through a 'reset' procedure which did not improve things; after trying something similar again and waiting for the iPad to re-boot the phone connection to her was somehow disconnected, how did that happen? am I being paranoid??
Later the same day I spoke to another advisor at Apple Support, a nice guy speaking from Portugal. Whilst his manner was a great improvement, nevertheless neither of my issues were addressed satisfactorily.
I had read a lot about the iPad3 before buying it and had been impressed by the 'wi-fi' blurb; I can't remember seeing any information regarding the limitation of the Bluetooth facility. I have a Mac computer at home and the Bluetooth works as it should; be aware of my experiences with the iPad3!!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great...but not 3G... or is it...??,
This review is from: The New Apple iPad (32GB, Wi-Fi, Black) 3RD GENERATION (Personal Computers)So i fnally caved and bought one.
Its great, it does so many things that i dont need to repeat them, i can give you the spec..but Yaawn.
This is a great buy, great cost, well worth paying for, it will be how i watch films when travelling going forward.
Its not 3G and i wish i had gone the extra for 3G.
Fear not though if you have an Iphone 4s you can turn your phone into a mobile hot spot for wifi and BAMM your ipad is as good as 3G.
So save a couple of hundred ££'s and get this and use your phone (especially if you have unlimited data on your phone)
LOVE MY IPAD!!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab,
This review is from: The New Apple iPad (32GB, Wi-Fi, Black) 3RD GENERATION (Personal Computers)In the world of Pc and Tablet the 3rd generation iPad is king. Having had Microsoft based Pc's for over 20 years I got used to waiting 5 minutes while all the software loaded in . With the IPad every thing is almost instantly there - what every user wants ! Plus the App store offers an immense variety of games and applications that you can get for free. With Safari and now Google Chrome you can access the Web with ease, although the lack of flash player limits it slightly. Great display, fabulously clear screen presentation.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars iPad 3,
This review is from: The New Apple iPad (32GB, Wi-Fi, Black) 3RD GENERATION (Personal Computers)I love this thing!!! Don't know how I lived without it. Easy to set up and use. Great value. I got the 32gb. More than enough storage space.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I prefer the iPad 2,
This review is from: The New Apple iPad (32GB, Wi-Fi, Black) 3RD GENERATION (Personal Computers)After a recent break in in which my iPad 2 was stolen I got a cheque to replace it - unfortunately I couldn't as the iPad 2 is now only available in 16GB. I was forced to by the iPad 3, which I didn't want, as My friend had one and using his, I didn't like it and much preferred my iPad 2.
The iPad 3 is noticeably thicker than the iPad 2 and feels uncomfortable to hold - it is also a huge amount heavier. Much has been made about the 'retina dispaly' which is better, but isn't of much use to me. I was happy with the display before and it's the retina display which has added the need for the huge battery.
The retina display also means that some of the Apps take up a lot more memory and takes much longer to charge up, and I also think the unit is a tad slower to respond - both when I type and use it othe Internet. In my mind the iPad 3 is a step backwards from the iPad 2 - but nevertheless it is still a great bit of kit. Not having mine around after the break in was like having my right arm cut off and I had to replace it right away - even if it was with an iPad 3 and not the iPad 2.
My advice. If storage isn't an issue, get an iPad 2. You can also get them refurbished on the apple site so that might be worth looking into too - but I couldn't wait to replace my ipad, and will probably just sell my ipad3 when the 4 comes out, so I wasn't that bothered and just went ahead with the purchase... I'm a little bit sorry I did.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!,
This review is from: The New Apple iPad (32GB, Wi-Fi, Black) 3RD GENERATION (Personal Computers)I am over the moon with my iPad and never knew exactly what it was before
I saw a friend with her one!
I looked through Amazon and compared the different types on offer and decided to go for the latest iPad 3 with 32gb. I have been very happy with it and everyone that has seen it and what it does, wants one too!
It has a big, clear screen and to me, it seems just like a mini computer! I've even got into some games, something I never bothered with on my computer! I just love everything about it and wished I'd got one sooner!
It has helped me a lot in my study of The Watchtower, where I can underline things just like with a marker pen. I can tap a button and be taken straight to the cited scripture, it just makes it so easy and convenient for me now.
I'd recommend this to anyone.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not all the same.,
This review is from: The New Apple iPad (32GB, Wi-Fi, Black) 3RD GENERATION (Personal Computers)Bought this as a present for my granddaughter she is used to an iPad 3 but this iPad 3 seems to have different actions on it and she is not amused. I really don't know what to do as she refuses to use it so looks like I wasted my money.
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