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A 'Magic' device,
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I recently bought an iPad 2 as a retirement present for my wife. She was a teacher and would not mind me saying that she was not always comfortable with the increasing requirement to use I.T. within that profession. In fact she could have been described as technophobic as far as I.T. was concerned. The reason that I describe the iPad as a magic product is that in a very short time it has changed all that completely. To illustrate I will point out that a key criterion for the suitability of a handbag is now whether or not it can accommodate the iPad! My wife and this little device have become inseparable.
I can readily understand why. The speed, ease of use and compactness of this little unit is simply awe inspiring. I had no previous experience of Apple but I must admit that I can now begin to understand what its legion of devotees see in it. One is not going to sit down with an iPad to write a thesis or prepare business accounts but for 'surfing' to access information quickly and for keeping personal material, such as a diary and photographs, for quick and easy access it is superb. The touch screen technology and the clarity of the on-screen image is brilliant. There is simply no loss of quality of either sound or picture when using it to view programmes on sites such as BBC iPlayer. Film buffs could certainly get tremendous enjoyment from downloading and viewing movies on an iPad, although of course they would need to invest in more than the 16gb version to do this.
If you can accept the slightly higher price compared to other copy-cat products and the occasional inconvenience of not being able to use certain devices, such as flash player, that are not part of the 'World of Apple' then this device is well worth considering. It is indeed truly 'magic'.
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Initial post: 16 Aug 2011 15:32:56 BDT
Reading this review which is most concise and helpful, I would make the point to the good Doctor, that,having other bits of kit (which on his own admission his wife doesnot have) the amount of inconvenience and agro caused to users of other kit cannot be underestimated! Throughout my time in business I avoided Mac's due to the constant 'theme' you need to get an interface either hardware or software to be compatible withe Apple products. That said, the technical excellence is very good, but then again why would it not be when designed/invented by a good northern boy in Jonathon Ives!! ( graduate of Newcastle Univerity)
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Aug 2011 18:40:44 BDT
M. Scott says:
Icarus, what Apple have always done is package their products well and make sure they do what they are designed to do very well and very easily (or at least very user friendly). They have never been as flexible as a PC in this matter, and if you do need to run lots of software options or peripherals and have the flexibility to upgrade hardware and software options yourself then Apple has never been the right choice. Likewise, for tablets there are more flexible options out there than the iPad but none that make the jobs they do so smooth and well presented. Apple sacrifice flexibility to make sure everything is compatible and run perfectly together, so for less IT aware users such as the original posters wife this makes them perfect. If you need flash, want expansion slots, importing other software, etc etc then other platforms are arguably better, BUT none of them at present run as smooth as an iPad and at the end of the day this is a PORTABLE option....if you need all that stuff then chances are you have a proper laptop or PC that can do it....people just need to realise the iPads limitations but also aknowledge it's amazingly smooth use for what it is intended to be used for.
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jan 2012 08:29:39 GMT
Jonathan Ives is a graduate of NORTHUMBRIA UNIVERSITY not Newcastle.
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