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This review is from: Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G - Tablet - 64 GB - 9.7" IPS ( 1024 x 768 ) - rear cam... (Personal Computers)I have had an iPad 2 since UK launch day and must say that it has completely transformed my computing experience. Coming from a PC background (desktops and laptops) but with iPhones and IPods ,I was originally sceptical about the iPad. Glorified iPod etc!
How wrong could I be! Bespoke Apps and a lightning fast browsing experience together with a very user friendly os have made the iPad our computing device of choice, replacing the majority of PC use. Magazine and newspapers have been ditched in favour of the dedicated apps, portable DVD player ditched in favour of using iPad and so, so portable.Do note that you cannot using iTunes transfer DVDs straight to your iPad and the authorised method is to buy/rent films online.
A great gaming machine (Apps are so much cheaper than traditional computer games and the quality of games is excellent) and iPlayer wherever you want it using wifi. The uses are enormous and 5 months on, we are still finding more. Combine it with an Apple TV or a digital AV cable, you can stream to your TV.
And FaceTime is excellent...I have used it several times when away from home and this is one of the iPad 2's most worthwhile new features.
The imminent arrival of IoS5 (will be vailable as an update in Autumn 2011) will also add expanded functionality and the means to operate updates independant of your PC/Mac for the first time.
Excellent battery life and with 3G , the means to access the internet when wifi not available (invaluable on a recent holiday using a pay as you go package) which was worth the extra £100 over a wifi only version. Whether you need 3G is however very much a personal decision.
I would also suggest getting as much storage capacity as you can. Whilst you can decide using iTunes what is synced to your iPad, it is quite easy to rapidly fill it if you have several films, lots of videos etc and a large capacity gives you that extra flexibility.
Now the iPad is not perfect. A little spat between Apple and Adobe as to which technology to adopt for video playing maens that Apple will not let 'Flash' run on the iPad which is at times irritating, especially when watching the likes of the conventional BBC website but video for key stories is usually available on the iPad BBC News App. Android devices run Flash but the overall iPad user experience is so good, you can , if you are like me, overlook the Flash issue. an oft quoted phrase is 'it simply works'... a boon to someone like me previously used to numerous PC software/hardware conflicts.
I am not a blinkered Apple diehard, far from it (see Adobe comment above!), but this latest iPad has shown that the tablet will truly change the computing landscape. The iPad is not the cheapest but in my opinion,is currently the best that others currently struggle to match.
Only choice left.....white or black? Let the domestic arguments commence!
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Initial post: 26 Feb 2012 14:15:25 GMT
You say you have used the Facetime function - but surely the recipient of your call also has to have this app available? This would not work for calling up my folks, for example - as opposed to Skype.
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