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A (very) flawed masterpiece,
This review is from: Apple iPad Tablet 1st Generation (WiFi, 16 GB) (Electronics)
I love the 'concept' but the implementation is so locked down that it became very frustrating to use.
I did like:
* build quality
* colour screen is very high quality (indoors!)
* using Safari with it's multiple screens but though this was great for simple browsing, it was not flexible enough for more serious work.
* inability to transfer files between iPad and a PC 'directly'. Using iTunes is very intrusive.
* non-standard port (ie not a USB port) and supplied cable was very short (~1m).
* I had hoped to be able to use this primarily as a pdf reader but after playing with it over a number of days I found that it is so hard to get pdf's on to the thing (see above) it became infuriating.
* It also proved hard to read out-of-doors, though was fine indoors.
* Finally a serious concern, to me, is having to enter all my passwords 'permanently' into the system and not being able to type them in only when you log on to eg your email a/c, wireless network etc. This leaves the accounts very vulnerable in such a portable, and hence 'nick-able' device.
I've not had the time (on loan) to really use it for typing documents, emails etc. So I can't fairly comment on how usable that aspect is.
Conclusion: I will not buy this but can't wait for an Android equivalent.
PS My kids loved it!
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Initial post: 13 Aug 2010 12:22:05 BDT
Interesting review, thanks. The password thing is a concern. I was considering getting one primarily as a pdf reader too, would you recommend against it? I've seen the rigmarole you have to go through to transfer pdfs to it...
Posted on 19 Aug 2010 15:44:45 BDT
IF YOU GOT IBOOKS installed on the Ipad, then the Ibook will open PDF format files.
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Aug 2010 20:25:46 BDT
@siva, thanks; but my question is more about using the iPad as a pdf reader in general. I know that you can open pdfs on it; but I want to know what it's like transferring them, storing them, reading them over long periods, switching between them, etc.... I.e. the whole experience.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Sep 2010 16:14:14 BDT
Giordano Bruno says:
I'd suggest looking into an app called 'Dropbox'. It basically allows you to drag and drop files (pdf included) and access it on your particular iDevice. It also allows you to transfer the PDFs into iBooks. Takes seconds. As far as being able to read over long periods, I've personally found the Retina Display update to vastly improve the reading experience - I'm actually considering selling my e-Reader now that I've realised how enjoyable and accessible it is.
Posted on 27 Sep 2010 16:15:38 BDT
Giordano Bruno says:
Oh, and I'm pretty sure if you take the seconds required to enter Settings, you can disable the saving of passwords.
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Oct 2010 15:20:43 BDT
@Giordano, thanks for the replies. Dropbox sounds useful.
But what's this about the Retina Display update? I thought that was a type of screen hardware?
Posted on 29 Oct 2010 10:54:41 BDT
N. Gilbert says:
Does the iPad not lock with a password screen like an iPhone with a code? If you enter the code incorrectly it will erase the entire device. I don't really see therefore, how stored passwords should be a concern.
Posted on 25 Nov 2010 11:56:20 GMT
You can transfer between pc and ipad using add on apps such as 'file browser'. Moving and opening pdf's would then be a breeze. You could also leave them on the pc, or a NAS, and still open them on the ipad.
You need to spend some more time with the ipad, it's a beauty! So fast for email or web browsing. No more waiting for the PC. So good that I can't get the wife off it, so am seriously considering getting either another one or the ipod touch(same os).
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