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This review is from: Apple iPad 2 16GB (Black, Wi-Fi Only) - Genuine UK Stock (Personal Computers)I bought this for a relation because that is what they wanted. But I have to say while it is an impressive looking bit of Tech it is WAY OVERPRICED for what it really is. There is no real reason anybody should want to buy this other than for prestige or blinded by the shiny-shiny nature of a new piece of consumerism.
Firstly I have to presume if you're thinking about this you already have an MP3 player of some sort. While there is an inbuilt speaker it isn't very good. And because of the size of memory you'll need to juggle your music if you have a large music collection. Film-wise the types of Codecs seems limited and I'm not sure about being able to update. So if you have family films that are in an unsupported format you might be unable to play them.
A new Netbook will cost less than half the price of an iPad and it'll be able to do WAAAAYYYY more things. It'll have FAR more ports and a keyboard that'd be comfortable to type on for any length of time.
A previous review correctly commentated on the speed in which an iPad enables you to turn on and connect to the internet. However he compares it to the length of minutes for 'his' old computer to connect. Brand new Netbooks are VERY quick, almost as quick as iPads and the difference certainly doesn't justify the pricing gap.
If you want something for an easy pick up and surf the Net and the price tag is nothing to you then the iPad 2 is very good. It has Apple's usual great styling and the OS works very well and smoothly. But I think if you want to efficently do anything else then I'd look elsewhere.
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Initial post: 5 Oct 2011 13:30:46 BDT
couldn't have said it better.
Posted on 11 Oct 2011 12:48:37 BDT
M. JAMES says:
I don't think too many IPad users will agree with you - from the bin men in Warrington to the Lear Jet captain next door they all use IPads in the course of their daily work. No Netbook I've see comes anywhere close. Pricey? well that's apple for you but they are a bit cheaper at Amazon US. I bought the original model almost 2 years ago and find it hard to put down. Haven't read a paper book in ages and netbooks aint any good for reading.
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I would agree that because of the touchpad and the dragging of text an ipad would be superior for reading.
But for surfing, chatting, emailing and little office work for inbetween, i'd prefere netbooks.
Posted on 28 Oct 2011 11:12:36 BDT
John Archibald says:
Posted on 8 Dec 2011 17:42:11 GMT
Mr. B. Keough says:
A very fair review, with which I totally agree. I asked my wife for an iPad this Christmas, but then remembered my netbook lying in one of my drawers, basically untouched since purchase some time ago. Added to that there's my trusty old iPhone which, in essence, is just a miniature iPad. That large sum of money that would've been spent on an iPad can now be used to buy something I will use and enjoy every day (an electronic drumkit hopefully).
Posted on 5 Jan 2012 10:20:54 GMT
A very interesting and useful review. I have been dithering about buying one of these although I already have a laptop and a netbook. Therefore, indulging myself with an Apple IPad2 seems to be a bit extravagant and unnecessary. Probably cheaper to buy an E-Reader if you want to be able to read books that way. Have decided to wait and see. £400 is a lot of money to spend on something you may not like.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jan 2012 10:40:45 GMT
If you haven't bought an electronic drum kit already reconsider the iPad2 or just wait for 3 it'll be out in march/ April. I got my iPad as a 30th birthday gift and was VERY hesitant in my decision to get one as I have no other apple products and felt that a net book was the better value for money option. I'm so happy I got it, yes it's expensive(and I don't have money to throw at gadgets just for the sake of it!) but if my iPad broke beyond repair today I'd be right down the apple store for a new one, that's how much I now use it in my every day life. Normal week day: wake up check emails while still laying on my side in bed, get up use a free pilates app for 5 mins of morning excersise (while playing my music library in backround), read metro paper app with breakfast then off to work. Lunchtime- read a book using kindle app (better than iBooks), or do my online grocery shop. Evening: take iPad in kitchen and use web or any one of hundreds of recipe apps to inspire dinner time then face time (free video call) with my nephew and niece in Ireland. man city and man utd both were in champs league and I live with a blue partner so we'd flip a coin and one watches on tv while other watches on sky go app or if its not tues or weds I might play with my music apps which brings me to your electronic drum kit- go to an apple store and ask them to let you play with the following apps: garage band, drums!, dm1 and moog, I'll be surprised if you don't leave with one. The iPad has rejuvenated the musician in me (I was a keen guitarist in my teens and early twenties) and its got me into photography too, the various free and paid photo shop apps are just amazing, try snapseed app, it makes my amateur attempts look so good I actually framed and gifted a photo of a friends newborn as a christening gift to her, and she cried! Hopefully because it was a beautiful photo and not in disappointment. Anyway I could ramble on forever about how much I rate the iPad I haven't even mentioned watching films on it, playing the brilliant monopoly, scrabble and various card game apps, being able to plug my electric guitar in and use free amp app to get effects you wouldn't believe etc etc oh and if you have kids the apps are amazing for them too but you'll then have to fight the iPad from them. If you do get one it definitely won't live in a drawer forgotten like your poor net book!
Posted on 31 Jan 2012 03:04:37 GMT
I already have MacBook Pro and iPhone, using both, I couldn't find a single reason to justify the purchase of an iPad.
Posted on 11 Feb 2012 21:01:29 GMT
Mr. R. Cornwell says:
I have a Mac as my computer system and an iphone. (any computer or smart phone will do). If you have these then an Ipad is simply just for a gadget keek (Or you have a proffesional use for one i.e Pilot) or you have fallen for a beutiful piece of engineering. I wanted to buy one until until i heard a quote that goes something like this "people work too hard to earn what they dont need, to buy things they dont want or need to impress those they don't like." However having said that if you have enough money that 400 pounds won't affect your ballance then go for it. but if you have been saving up for one then just think twice if you REALLY need it.
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Feb 2012 20:11:01 GMT
pat gleeson says:
if you want something thats good and easy to read, try a kindle - at 20% of the price!!
I have a Dell netbook that is far more connectable and is 50% of the price, spares and accessories are a fraction of the cost too..