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Apple iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular 32 GB Spacegrau (MD792FD/A)
Apple iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular 32 GB Spacegrau (MD792FD/A)
Offered by ATELCO Computer AG
Price: £561.12

5.0 out of 5 stars Not Sure which iPad to buy? This might help, 28 Feb. 2015
It’s hard to believe that Apple could improve upon the iPad Air, but they managed it with this device, the "iPad Air 2" launched in October 2014. It’s even thinner and lighter than the astonishingly slim predecessor. It has the same remarkable all day battery life, but an even faster processor, anti-glare screen, and (my personal favourite), the “Touch ID” fingerprint reader which means I can avoid using passwords and pin numbers.

I’ve owned several iPads (starting in 2010), and they are “a thing of beauty”.

A word of warning, this is a very long review and describes the entire iPad range to help you decide the best model for you. It’s broken up into sections to make it manageable, so make a cup of tea, sit down and read on.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: Is this the latest iPad Air?
A: Yes. (Provided you’re reading this before October 2015). Launched 16th October 2014. Likely to be superseded October 2015. Be aware, there’s several “generations” available (roughly one per year) on Amazon. Skip down to “Should I upgrade” for a description of each.

Q: Is this covered by Warranty ?
A: Yes. Full 12 month Apple warranty, and 90 days free technical support. You can also extend the warranty with "AppleCare+" for £79 a year provided to take out the cover within 60 days of buying your iPad. This includes accidental damage insurance (up to two incidents per year subject to a £39 excess).

Q: Why are these cheaper on Amazon than at the Apple store? What's the catch?
A: No catch. You can buy in person from the Apple store (including free engraving), or from John Lewis, and get a free 2 year John Lewis warranty. Alternatively buy from Amazon with a 30 day NO QUESTIONS ASKED return policy. If you find this item is NOT as described, (eg. does not have a UK plug), return it immediately, report the issue to Amazon, and write a critical review.

Q: Is this a UK or USA model of the iPad?
A: UK model. It is illegal to sell an electrical device in the UK without a UK plug or a foreign plug and adapter. If it doesn't have a UK plug you're entitled to a refund. Otherwise there's absolutely no difference.

Q: Help! There seems to be loads of “Generations” and iPad model numbers - how can I tell which one I’m looking at?
A: Yes, it’s confusing, and I’ve provided full details below, but there’s a relatively simple way to check - just see which version of iOS (the operating system) it’s running.
Full Size iPads: I wouldn’t really recommend anything but the “iPad Air” (iOS 7) or “iPad Air 2” (iOS 8).
Mini iPads: There’s 3 generations: iPad mini 1 (iOS 6), iPad Mini 2 - “Retina Display” (iOS7) or iPad mini 3 (iOS8).
Note: You can upgrade your iPad for free to the latest version, but you may find it runs slightly slower than before.

Q: Should I buy the Cellular option?
A: Read “Which model should I buy” below. You almost certainly don't “need” to - as ever it always depends. Many iPads never leave home, and even when they do you can store your videos/music on the device or connect to a coffee bar hotspot to get online. If you have a smartphone (eg. Android or iPhone) you can set up a "personal hot spot" or "tethering" and use your data plan on your phone. This effectively allows you to connect a WIFI only iPad to the internet via your mobile phone while you’re out and about. On an Android phone go to Setup --> Tethering & portable hotspot. On on iPhone go to Settings --> Personal Hotspot, and set up a personal WIFI network from your phone. Try it now, but be aware it may be an optional extra dependent upon your mobile phone plan.

Q: How much storage or "disk space" do I need?
A: It depends. If intend to buy lots of Apps or store lots of videos and photos then go for the 64Gb or 128Gb is you need. If it’s your first iPad, and you'll mainly be using it for accessing web pages and reading the odd book, then 16Gb will be fine. Be aware, you cannot increase the storage - you can't add an SD card. .

Q: Is it easy to set up?
A: Yes - very easy. Be sure to be near a WIFI connection, and the iPad will carefully take you through the steps needed to set it up. No, there’s very little in the way of an instruction manual - which is a testament to the simplicity of this device. It’s so easy to use most people find they don’t need one. However, there are lots of books available on Amazon. Just search for “iPad” under books if you’re concerned.

Q: Does it have a USB connection?
A: No. This means you can’t connect just any old device, but also means you can’t accidentally get a virus. To help support this, all Apps (programs) are available “over the air” (downloaded from the Apple App Store) and vetted by Apple. You can buy a cable which means you can plug in an SD Card to download photos. Search Amazon for "lightning to sd card reader” to find these. Apple provide a free back-up service for upto 5Gb of data (or 20Gb for 79p per month). Just plug in your iPad to re-charge, and it will automatically be backed up to the Apple servers (the “cloud”).

Q: Do I need a computer?
A: No. All you really need is a WIFI connection. Whether an iPad could replace your laptop is another question. You can type (and print) letters, read eMails, view web pages, view photos or watch videos and listen to music on an iPad. You can even attach an external keyboard and type entire documents (this review was partly written on an iPad Air on a train). You can run MS Office or use the free Apple versions (Pages and Numbers). Personally, I find I use my iPad 90% of the time, only using a laptop to connect to the office. Whether you can get by with only an iPad is your decision based upon your needs.

Q: Does it run Microsoft Office?
A: Yes. And guess what? It’s now absolutely FREE on the iPad. Word, Excel and Powerpoint. You now only need pay for the PC/Mac version.

Q: Can I print from the iPad?
A: Yes. Provided you are running a relatively modern printer with a WIFI connection you can.

Q: Can I read books, watch films and listen to music on an iPad?
A: Yes. That’s what I use it for most of the time. Kindle or Apple books work beautifully. You can rent/buy films from Apple, Amazon and lots of others. You can watch catch up services (BBC iPlayer, ITV and Channel 4). You can load your music (MP3 files) on an existing computer to iTunes
and sync them with the iPad or stream unlimited music from music sites including Spotify. Finally, you can stream video to your TV using a set-top box from Apple (TV), Amazon (Fire) or Google (Chromecast)

Q: Do you work for Apple or Amazon?
A: A fair question that nobody has yet been brave enough to ask. No. Neither. I love the iPad, and I'm a great fan of Amazon’s customer service. Fantastic technology and great service at a terrific price. What's not to get excited about? ;-)

Which model should I buy?
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Skip this section if you are familiar with the range, otherwise read on.

Firstly, there’s a confusing number of options available including the iPad 3rd or 4th generation, iPad Air, Air 2, Mini, Mini 2 and 3. We then have WIFI and Cellular options, all with different size storage. Bare with me, and I’ll take you through them.

Which model - Full size iPad or Mini?
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The “full size” iPad is slightly smaller than an A4 pad of paper whereas the mini is more the size of an incredibly thin paperback book (comparable in fact to the Amazon Kindle). Both iPads have a colour touch sensitive screen, and largely the same functionality, although the iPad Air 2 is now faster than it’s smaller “mini” equivalent.

In short, the main difference is physical screen size. If you plan to read books or watch video standing on train or bus, the mini is your best option. If you want the bigger screen (or perhaps faster iPad Air 2 procesor), then the full size iPad is the best option.

What’s the storage options?
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Storage (for Apps, photos or videos) start at 16g which is fine if you plan to surf the web, read books or stream video. Personally I used a 16g iPad every day for four years - it’s a lot more space than many people will need. If however you intend to save lots of films or photos, then you’re better off with the larger storage options. Be aware once bought, you can’t add storage, so choose carefully.

Storage options are 16, 32, 64 or 128g, however, the iPad Air 2 no longer has the 32g option.

Personally, I’d take a cue from Apple sizing:-

* 16g if you’re a first time iPad user or are unlikely to store lots of top-end games or video.
* 64g if it’s for a teenager or you plan to store lots.
* 128g if you’ve got really deep pockets.

The 32g option is available on the range up to the iPad Air, and is a good compromise.

WIFI or Cellular?
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Firstly all iPads include a WIFI connection. You can pay extra for a “cellular” option which means you can (for an additional monthly fee) buy a data subscription from a mobile phone network, and use your iPad to surf the web when you’re out an about. If however like me you have a smartphone (Android or iPhone it doesn’t matter) then navigate to Settings —> Personal Hotspot and set up a password.

This means you can create a “Personal Hotspot” using your smartphone data subscription. Also known as “tethering”, you can then connect your WIFI only iPad to the web, and off you go.

Personally, I use this every day on the train and it’s just brilliant. Just as fast as a cellular iPad, but more flexible (two people can share the connection), and cheaper too. Just check your mobile contract supports tethering, and includes enough of a data allowance. Otherwise you’ll run up a huge bill as you’ll find your iPad uses data faster than than your smartphone.

Accessories - What else will I need ?
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All you “need” is a WIFI connection - you don’t even need a computer. However, there’s a number of additional accessories/devices you could buy with your iPad, and it's worth doing a search on Amazon. These include:-

* An iPad cover or case - to prevent it getting scratched (definitely worth buying). You can even get “Child Proof” cases - a must have for parents with toddlers.
* A wireless bluetooth speaker A MUST HAVE for anyone who loves music. Sound quality incredible, and will also work with your smartphone or laptop.
* A "power bank" - as an emergency battery back-up. Also great for your smartphone - never run out of battery again.
* A separate keyboard - to turn your iPad into a virtual laptop. (I use mine every day on the train instead of a bulky laptop).
* An Apple TV, Google Chrome or Amazon Fire TV. Means you can stream photos/video from your iPad to your TV.

Most people (me included) buy a cover (or case) to avoid scratches and bumps.
Effectively you have two options:-

* Attached to the iPad by magnets, the “cover” protects only the screen from dirt or scratches
* A “case” encloses the entire device protecting back and screen. You can also buy “child proof” cases.

Both types automatically shut down the iPad when you close the lid (a lovely touch). You can pay £35-£65 for an admittedly top quality cover from Apple, alternatively buy one on Amazon for about £10-£30. The highest rated covers (by customer rating) seem to be produced by “Swees”, “Mofred” and “EasyAcc”. Just be careful to buy one that fits your device. You’ll find your existing “cover” (screen only) will fit almost any iPad (2nd generation to Air 2), but you’ll need to be careful to buy the correct “case” as the iPad Air and Air 2 are each thinner than previous models.

A "Bluetooth Speaker" is a fantastic way to listen to music or the radio streamed from your iPad or Smartphone, and sound quality is astonishingly good.
The best devices I've tested and reviewed at every price point are:-

* £25 - Lepow Modre - Really cute design, bright colours and impressive sound for the money.
* £40 - ADX Fusion - Stylish aluminium design and excellent sound quality. Great value for the money from a small UK based company
* £60 - Audio Dynamix Atom V2 - Solid build in a beautiful brushed aluminium design with an impressive sound stage. Incredible value.
* £90 - Audio Dynamix Pulse V2 - Quirky design, but packs a punch way above its weight. Incredible sound quality, amazing value.
* £129 - Soundblaster Roar - Fantastic design with tons of features and a great sound
* £160 - Bose Soundlink Mini - Beautifully stylish with a warm and full room filling sound
* £250 - Bose Soundlink V3 - Simple but stylish design with an incredible sound stage
* £400 - Bowers & Wilkins A5 - Mercedes top end HI FI in a bluetooth speaker. Unlike the others, this is mains only, not rechargeable
* £700 - Bowers & Wilkins A7 - Mercedes S Class. Absolute top end HI FI quality at a price to match

All of these are available on Amazon. Just “mouse over” the stars for these speakers. You’ll find in each case 90% of customers rated them at FIVE STARS. An incredible achievement. These really are the best speakers in their class as of October 2014.

You can also buy a separate keyboard which turns your iPad into a virtual laptop computer.
Again there's lots of options - the best I've tried, tested and reviewed are:-

* Zagg - a top quality "full” keyboard. Some models even have “back-lit” keys - great for sitting in bed late at night
* Logitec Ultrathin - a top quality "half depth” keyboard, but a pleasure to use
* Hoo Too - a budget version of the "Logitec Ultrathin”. Great functional keyboard

Again, take care to buy the keyboard which fits your particular iPad model.

Many people buy a "Power Bank" - effectively an external battery to charge your iPad or smartphone. Great for emergency power, there's hundreds available, with the better designed models from a company called "Lepow". Just search Amazon, and read the reviews.

How about Apps?
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Firstly, an App, is a small "application" (a program) that runs on your iPad, and there's literally thousands available from the "App Store", with the most important ones (web browser, mail, music player, word processor, spreadsheet etc) are pre-installed or free to download.
Many apps cost 69p, and loads are free (frequently advertising funded with the option to "add on" stuff - but beware you can run up a huge bill).

Here's my favourites:-

* Mailbox. Incredibly slick mail app (or use the built in Apple App) (Free)
* Photo & iPhoto. Built in apps to take/view/edit photos (Free)
* Skype or Apple Face Time. Chat to the family for free using a video call (Free)
* BBC iPlayer. Great way to catch up on BBC TV. Also ITV and Channel 4 and 5 have players. (Free).
* TVCatchup. Watch real time TV (the Freeview stations anyway). (Free)
* Netflix. For £6 a month watch a huge collection of films online. (Free)
* Evernote. Write and organise notes. Edit them on your Android, iPhone, iPad, PC or Mac (Free)
* DropBox. Access your files, documents and photos on Android, iPhone, iPad, PC or Mac. (Free)
* Tune In Radio. Listen to 1,000s of radio stations world-wide - or listen to Radio 4 like I do (£2.40)
* Spotify. Stream music for £5 a month (or free with ads). Brilliant! (Free)
* eBay. Buy and sell your stuff online. (Free)
* Garage Sale. Fantastic way to produce professional looking sales on eBay. (£2.99)
* Rightmove. Search for your next Flat or House or just gape at daft prices (Free)
* Zite. Online web magazine that learns what you like. Terrific! (Free)
* Movies by Flixter. Read reviews of films on cinema and DVD. (Free)
* Kindle. Read your books from Amazon Kindle bookstore. (Free)
* QuickOffice. Edit Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents (Free)
* Pages, Numbers and Keynote. Apple's version of MS Office. Edit/save documents in Word, Excel andPowerpoint format. (Free)
* MS Office. £80 a year subscription for 5 PCs, Macs or an iPad or "read only" for free. (Free)

Of course you could also use it to read web pages (my wife is addicted to the Daily Mail Online), or playing amazing games like “Real Racing” (Free) or "Cut the Rope" (69p). It's a wonderful surprise having come from a PC background to find the most expensive game in the top 100 cost £6.99 and most cost £2.99 or less.

Personally, I tend to use it for Mail, watching TV (BBC iPlayer, Netflix or Amazon Instant), or shopping using the built in browser - Safari. Having said that, I'm writing this review (using an external keyboard) on the free Apple word processing App, Pages - so it can (with a stretch) do "most" of what you can do on a PC or Mac.

Should I upgrade my existing iPad?
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Each iPad is slightly better, although each upgrade can appear a relatively small change, and you need to compare the “full size” and “mini” iPads separately.

* Full size: I’d upgrade anything up to the iPad 4th generation without question. The Air and Air 2 are now up to twice as fast, 33% lighter and 1/3rd thinner than the 2nd, 3rd or 4th generation device. If you already have an iPad Air it’s less clear cut, and probably not worth upgrading.
* iPad Mini: The upgrade from iPad Mini 1 to 2 was to an incredible screen and faster processor. The upgrade to Mini 3 adds only the “Touch ID” fingerprint reader, and it’s questionable whether it’s worth paying for.

In my opinion, if you’ve got an iPad 4 or below, then upgrade without question - this is a much better device.

Word or warning - this section is fully of the techie statistics. Skip past if you’re not that interested.

The “full size” iPad range:-

iPad (1st Generation - Launched April 2010)
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* 1Ghz A4 processor with 256Mb memory and storage at 16 to 64Gb. Weighs 680g. 13.4mm thin.
* 1024×768 screen, but no front or rear facing camera.
* The “Classic” iPad. Now a collectors piece - but still great to surf the web

iPad 2 (2nd Generation - Launched March 2011)
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* Faster, lighter and 33% thinner than the first generation. A huge leap in performance and size.
* Upgraded dual core (2 processor) A5 CPU and 512Mb memory - a faster device. Weighs 601g. Just 9mm thin.
* Now includes a front and rear facing camera.
* Great device, but you’ll see a massive difference if you upgrade

iPad 3 (3rd Generation - Launched March 2012)
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* A significant upgrade. Faster with the incredible “retina” (2048×1536) sharp screen.
* Uprated A5X CPU and quad core graphics and 1Gb memory - faster again. Weighs 650g. Still 9mm thin
* Huge screen improvement to 2048×1536 pixels at 264 ppi. Incredibly sharp and clear
* Upgraded cameras. 1080P (front) and 5MP (rear facing)
* The last iPad to use the wide (30 Pin) connector. My wife still uses hers daily for web surfing (Oct 2014)

iPad 4 (4th Generation - Launched October 2012 - just 7 months later)
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* Quite a small upgrade from the previous generation. Again you’d see a huge difference upgrading to the latest device
* Guess what? Upgraded dual core A6X processor. A faster device, with the launch date moved to catch the Christmas buying period. Weighs 650g. 9mm thin.
* Upgraded front facing camera (1.2MP still and 720P video)
* First iPad to use the smaller narrow (Lightning) connector.

iPad Air (Launched Oct 2013)
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* Amazing upgrade. Twice as fast, nearly 17% thinner and shedding almost a 1/3 of the weight of the predecessor. It’s an incredible device.
* Blisteringly fast 64 bit A7 processor with faster memory, and a motion co-processor. Weighs 469g. (28% Lighter) and now only 7.5 mm thin.
* New iPads now come with a free licence for Pages, Numbers, Keynote (Apple’s version of Word, Excel and Powerpoint). Plus Garage Band, iPhoto and iMovie.

iPad Air 2 (aka iPad 6 - Launched October 2014)
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* Another incredible upgrade. Now 1/3rd lighter and thinner than the iPad 4 launched just 2 years ago.
* A8X Processor (faster variation on the A8 fitted to the iPhone 6) with M8 motion co-processor. Weighs 437g and only 6.1mm (18% thinner).
* Touch ID fingerprint sensor (the first iPad Air to have this). Means you can effectively avoid using passwords
* Improved screen now includes an “antireflective” coating.
* Improved 8MP rear facing camera (3264×2448) with 10 frames per second “burst” mode and slow motion. Front facing camera has improved f/2.2 aperture.
* Lock/silent switch has been removed (to save space), but you can mute your iPad by swiping up the “Control Centre”
* Battery is slightly smaller (7,340mAh) compared to the previous model, but the same 10 hour battery life
* WIFI now supports new “ac” standard and is dual channel 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz. Also built in barometer.
* Storage options are now Small, Medium and Large. 16g, 64g or 128g.
* Available in Space Grey, Silver/White and Gold.

Now the iPad Mini Range:-

iPad Mini 1 (Launched November 2012)
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* Very first iPad mini is like an incredibly thin paperback book. Beautiful colour screen, but now a bit slow and now dated.
* 1Ghz A5 processor - same as the iPad 2nd generation launched in March 2011. Weight 310g. 7mm thin.
* 1024x768 (Non-retina) screen at 163ppi (pixels per inch). Good but not brilliant
* 1.2MP front facing camera (720p video) and 5MP still and HD Video camera.

iPad Mini 2 (Launched October 2013)
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* Incredible screen improvement at double the pixels per inch (ppi). Faster processor and quad core graphics. Stunning!
* Improved A7 processor and motion co-processor with double the memory. Much faster than the previous device
* Retina display (2048×1536) is just amazing. Absolutely pin sharp screen at 326ppi it’s even better than the iPad Air at 264ppi
* Storage options include 16, 32, 64 and 128g. Weight 330g. 7mm thin.

iPad Mini 3 (Launched October 2014)
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* Almost no improvement. Same processor, screen and camera. Only the Touch ID fingerprint sensor added.
* Nothing more to say here, and certainly not worth the upgrade from iPad Mini 2. Available in silver, grey and gold.

Overall Opinion
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It's hard to believe the first iPad was launched in 2010, and there's a huge raft of cheaper tablet computers to choose from, but the Apple iPad is still the one to beat. I can’t put it better than Wired Magazine who said: "Want the best tablet on the market? Then get the iPad Air 2. It's as near to tablet perfection as you're going to get"

Yes, there are cheaper Android based alternatives, but the quality, design and beauty of this tablet just sets it apart. If it were a car it'd be a top of the range Mercedes, BMW or Porsche.

I do hope this review was useful.


Tablet Apple Ipad Air 2 16GB WiFi Silver 9.7
Tablet Apple Ipad Air 2 16GB WiFi Silver 9.7
Offered by The IT Box
Price: £424.13

5.0 out of 5 stars Not Sure which iPad to buy? This might help, 28 Feb. 2015
It’s hard to believe that Apple could improve upon the iPad Air, but they managed it with this device, the "iPad Air 2" launched in October 2014. It’s even thinner and lighter than the astonishingly slim predecessor. It has the same remarkable all day battery life, but an even faster processor, anti-glare screen, and (my personal favourite), the “Touch ID” fingerprint reader which means I can avoid using passwords and pin numbers.

I’ve owned several iPads (starting in 2010), and they are “a thing of beauty”.

A word of warning, this is a very long review and describes the entire iPad range to help you decide the best model for you. It’s broken up into sections to make it manageable, so make a cup of tea, sit down and read on.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
==========================
Q: Is this the latest iPad Air?
A: Yes. (Provided you’re reading this before October 2015). Launched 16th October 2014. Likely to be superseded October 2015. Be aware, there’s several “generations” available (roughly one per year) on Amazon. Skip down to “Should I upgrade” for a description of each.

Q: Is this covered by Warranty ?
A: Yes. Full 12 month Apple warranty, and 90 days free technical support. You can also extend the warranty with "AppleCare+" for £79 a year provided to take out the cover within 60 days of buying your iPad. This includes accidental damage insurance (up to two incidents per year subject to a £39 excess).

Q: Why are these cheaper on Amazon than at the Apple store? What's the catch?
A: No catch. You can buy in person from the Apple store (including free engraving), or from John Lewis, and get a free 2 year John Lewis warranty. Alternatively buy from Amazon with a 30 day NO QUESTIONS ASKED return policy. If you find this item is NOT as described, (eg. does not have a UK plug), return it immediately, report the issue to Amazon, and write a critical review.

Q: Is this a UK or USA model of the iPad?
A: UK model. It is illegal to sell an electrical device in the UK without a UK plug or a foreign plug and adapter. If it doesn't have a UK plug you're entitled to a refund. Otherwise there's absolutely no difference.

Q: Help! There seems to be loads of “Generations” and iPad model numbers - how can I tell which one I’m looking at?
A: Yes, it’s confusing, and I’ve provided full details below, but there’s a relatively simple way to check - just see which version of iOS (the operating system) it’s running.
Full Size iPads: I wouldn’t really recommend anything but the “iPad Air” (iOS 7) or “iPad Air 2” (iOS 8).
Mini iPads: There’s 3 generations: iPad mini 1 (iOS 6), iPad Mini 2 - “Retina Display” (iOS7) or iPad mini 3 (iOS8).
Note: You can upgrade your iPad for free to the latest version, but you may find it runs slightly slower than before.

Q: Should I buy the Cellular option?
A: Read “Which model should I buy” below. You almost certainly don't “need” to - as ever it always depends. Many iPads never leave home, and even when they do you can store your videos/music on the device or connect to a coffee bar hotspot to get online. If you have a smartphone (eg. Android or iPhone) you can set up a "personal hot spot" or "tethering" and use your data plan on your phone. This effectively allows you to connect a WIFI only iPad to the internet via your mobile phone while you’re out and about. On an Android phone go to Setup --> Tethering & portable hotspot. On on iPhone go to Settings --> Personal Hotspot, and set up a personal WIFI network from your phone. Try it now, but be aware it may be an optional extra dependent upon your mobile phone plan.

Q: How much storage or "disk space" do I need?
A: It depends. If intend to buy lots of Apps or store lots of videos and photos then go for the 64Gb or 128Gb is you need. If it’s your first iPad, and you'll mainly be using it for accessing web pages and reading the odd book, then 16Gb will be fine. Be aware, you cannot increase the storage - you can't add an SD card. .

Q: Is it easy to set up?
A: Yes - very easy. Be sure to be near a WIFI connection, and the iPad will carefully take you through the steps needed to set it up. No, there’s very little in the way of an instruction manual - which is a testament to the simplicity of this device. It’s so easy to use most people find they don’t need one. However, there are lots of books available on Amazon. Just search for “iPad” under books if you’re concerned.

Q: Does it have a USB connection?
A: No. This means you can’t connect just any old device, but also means you can’t accidentally get a virus. To help support this, all Apps (programs) are available “over the air” (downloaded from the Apple App Store) and vetted by Apple. You can buy a cable which means you can plug in an SD Card to download photos. Search Amazon for "lightning to sd card reader” to find these. Apple provide a free back-up service for upto 5Gb of data (or 20Gb for 79p per month). Just plug in your iPad to re-charge, and it will automatically be backed up to the Apple servers (the “cloud”).

Q: Do I need a computer?
A: No. All you really need is a WIFI connection. Whether an iPad could replace your laptop is another question. You can type (and print) letters, read eMails, view web pages, view photos or watch videos and listen to music on an iPad. You can even attach an external keyboard and type entire documents (this review was partly written on an iPad Air on a train). You can run MS Office or use the free Apple versions (Pages and Numbers). Personally, I find I use my iPad 90% of the time, only using a laptop to connect to the office. Whether you can get by with only an iPad is your decision based upon your needs.

Q: Does it run Microsoft Office?
A: Yes. And guess what? It’s now absolutely FREE on the iPad. Word, Excel and Powerpoint. You now only need pay for the PC/Mac version.

Q: Can I print from the iPad?
A: Yes. Provided you are running a relatively modern printer with a WIFI connection you can.

Q: Can I read books, watch films and listen to music on an iPad?
A: Yes. That’s what I use it for most of the time. Kindle or Apple books work beautifully. You can rent/buy films from Apple, Amazon and lots of others. You can watch catch up services (BBC iPlayer, ITV and Channel 4). You can load your music (MP3 files) on an existing computer to iTunes
and sync them with the iPad or stream unlimited music from music sites including Spotify. Finally, you can stream video to your TV using a set-top box from Apple (TV), Amazon (Fire) or Google (Chromecast)

Q: Do you work for Apple or Amazon?
A: A fair question that nobody has yet been brave enough to ask. No. Neither. I love the iPad, and I'm a great fan of Amazon’s customer service. Fantastic technology and great service at a terrific price. What's not to get excited about? ;-)

Which model should I buy?
====================
Skip this section if you are familiar with the range, otherwise read on.

Firstly, there’s a confusing number of options available including the iPad 3rd or 4th generation, iPad Air, Air 2, Mini, Mini 2 and 3. We then have WIFI and Cellular options, all with different size storage. Bare with me, and I’ll take you through them.

Which model - Full size iPad or Mini?
------------------------------------------------
The “full size” iPad is slightly smaller than an A4 pad of paper whereas the mini is more the size of an incredibly thin paperback book (comparable in fact to the Amazon Kindle). Both iPads have a colour touch sensitive screen, and largely the same functionality, although the iPad Air 2 is now faster than it’s smaller “mini” equivalent.

In short, the main difference is physical screen size. If you plan to read books or watch video standing on train or bus, the mini is your best option. If you want the bigger screen (or perhaps faster iPad Air 2 procesor), then the full size iPad is the best option.

What’s the storage options?
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Storage (for Apps, photos or videos) start at 16g which is fine if you plan to surf the web, read books or stream video. Personally I used a 16g iPad every day for four years - it’s a lot more space than many people will need. If however you intend to save lots of films or photos, then you’re better off with the larger storage options. Be aware once bought, you can’t add storage, so choose carefully.

Storage options are 16, 32, 64 or 128g, however, the iPad Air 2 no longer has the 32g option.

Personally, I’d take a cue from Apple sizing:-

* 16g if you’re a first time iPad user or are unlikely to store lots of top-end games or video.
* 64g if it’s for a teenager or you plan to store lots.
* 128g if you’ve got really deep pockets.

The 32g option is available on the range up to the iPad Air, and is a good compromise.

WIFI or Cellular?
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Firstly all iPads include a WIFI connection. You can pay extra for a “cellular” option which means you can (for an additional monthly fee) buy a data subscription from a mobile phone network, and use your iPad to surf the web when you’re out an about. If however like me you have a smartphone (Android or iPhone it doesn’t matter) then navigate to Settings —> Personal Hotspot and set up a password.

This means you can create a “Personal Hotspot” using your smartphone data subscription. Also known as “tethering”, you can then connect your WIFI only iPad to the web, and off you go.

Personally, I use this every day on the train and it’s just brilliant. Just as fast as a cellular iPad, but more flexible (two people can share the connection), and cheaper too. Just check your mobile contract supports tethering, and includes enough of a data allowance. Otherwise you’ll run up a huge bill as you’ll find your iPad uses data faster than than your smartphone.

Accessories - What else will I need ?
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All you “need” is a WIFI connection - you don’t even need a computer. However, there’s a number of additional accessories/devices you could buy with your iPad, and it's worth doing a search on Amazon. These include:-

* An iPad cover or case - to prevent it getting scratched (definitely worth buying). You can even get “Child Proof” cases - a must have for parents with toddlers.
* A wireless bluetooth speaker A MUST HAVE for anyone who loves music. Sound quality incredible, and will also work with your smartphone or laptop.
* A "power bank" - as an emergency battery back-up. Also great for your smartphone - never run out of battery again.
* A separate keyboard - to turn your iPad into a virtual laptop. (I use mine every day on the train instead of a bulky laptop).
* An Apple TV, Google Chrome or Amazon Fire TV. Means you can stream photos/video from your iPad to your TV.

Most people (me included) buy a cover (or case) to avoid scratches and bumps.
Effectively you have two options:-

* Attached to the iPad by magnets, the “cover” protects only the screen from dirt or scratches
* A “case” encloses the entire device protecting back and screen. You can also buy “child proof” cases.

Both types automatically shut down the iPad when you close the lid (a lovely touch). You can pay £35-£65 for an admittedly top quality cover from Apple, alternatively buy one on Amazon for about £10-£30. The highest rated covers (by customer rating) seem to be produced by “Swees”, “Mofred” and “EasyAcc”. Just be careful to buy one that fits your device. You’ll find your existing “cover” (screen only) will fit almost any iPad (2nd generation to Air 2), but you’ll need to be careful to buy the correct “case” as the iPad Air and Air 2 are each thinner than previous models.

A "Bluetooth Speaker" is a fantastic way to listen to music or the radio streamed from your iPad or Smartphone, and sound quality is astonishingly good.
The best devices I've tested and reviewed at every price point are:-

* £25 - Lepow Modre - Really cute design, bright colours and impressive sound for the money.
* £40 - ADX Fusion - Stylish aluminium design and excellent sound quality. Great value for the money from a small UK based company
* £60 - Audio Dynamix Atom V2 - Solid build in a beautiful brushed aluminium design with an impressive sound stage. Incredible value.
* £90 - Audio Dynamix Pulse V2 - Quirky design, but packs a punch way above its weight. Incredible sound quality, amazing value.
* £129 - Soundblaster Roar - Fantastic design with tons of features and a great sound
* £160 - Bose Soundlink Mini - Beautifully stylish with a warm and full room filling sound
* £250 - Bose Soundlink V3 - Simple but stylish design with an incredible sound stage
* £400 - Bowers & Wilkins A5 - Mercedes top end HI FI in a bluetooth speaker. Unlike the others, this is mains only, not rechargeable
* £700 - Bowers & Wilkins A7 - Mercedes S Class. Absolute top end HI FI quality at a price to match

All of these are available on Amazon. Just “mouse over” the stars for these speakers. You’ll find in each case 90% of customers rated them at FIVE STARS. An incredible achievement. These really are the best speakers in their class as of October 2014.

You can also buy a separate keyboard which turns your iPad into a virtual laptop computer.
Again there's lots of options - the best I've tried, tested and reviewed are:-

* Zagg - a top quality "full” keyboard. Some models even have “back-lit” keys - great for sitting in bed late at night
* Logitec Ultrathin - a top quality "half depth” keyboard, but a pleasure to use
* Hoo Too - a budget version of the "Logitec Ultrathin”. Great functional keyboard

Again, take care to buy the keyboard which fits your particular iPad model.

Many people buy a "Power Bank" - effectively an external battery to charge your iPad or smartphone. Great for emergency power, there's hundreds available, with the better designed models from a company called "Lepow". Just search Amazon, and read the reviews.

How about Apps?
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Firstly, an App, is a small "application" (a program) that runs on your iPad, and there's literally thousands available from the "App Store", with the most important ones (web browser, mail, music player, word processor, spreadsheet etc) are pre-installed or free to download.
Many apps cost 69p, and loads are free (frequently advertising funded with the option to "add on" stuff - but beware you can run up a huge bill).

Here's my favourites:-

* Mailbox. Incredibly slick mail app (or use the built in Apple App) (Free)
* Photo & iPhoto. Built in apps to take/view/edit photos (Free)
* Skype or Apple Face Time. Chat to the family for free using a video call (Free)
* BBC iPlayer. Great way to catch up on BBC TV. Also ITV and Channel 4 and 5 have players. (Free).
* TVCatchup. Watch real time TV (the Freeview stations anyway). (Free)
* Netflix. For £6 a month watch a huge collection of films online. (Free)
* Evernote. Write and organise notes. Edit them on your Android, iPhone, iPad, PC or Mac (Free)
* DropBox. Access your files, documents and photos on Android, iPhone, iPad, PC or Mac. (Free)
* Tune In Radio. Listen to 1,000s of radio stations world-wide - or listen to Radio 4 like I do (£2.40)
* Spotify. Stream music for £5 a month (or free with ads). Brilliant! (Free)
* eBay. Buy and sell your stuff online. (Free)
* Garage Sale. Fantastic way to produce professional looking sales on eBay. (£2.99)
* Rightmove. Search for your next Flat or House or just gape at daft prices (Free)
* Zite. Online web magazine that learns what you like. Terrific! (Free)
* Movies by Flixter. Read reviews of films on cinema and DVD. (Free)
* Kindle. Read your books from Amazon Kindle bookstore. (Free)
* QuickOffice. Edit Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents (Free)
* Pages, Numbers and Keynote. Apple's version of MS Office. Edit/save documents in Word, Excel andPowerpoint format. (Free)
* MS Office. £80 a year subscription for 5 PCs, Macs or an iPad or "read only" for free. (Free)

Of course you could also use it to read web pages (my wife is addicted to the Daily Mail Online), or playing amazing games like “Real Racing” (Free) or "Cut the Rope" (69p). It's a wonderful surprise having come from a PC background to find the most expensive game in the top 100 cost £6.99 and most cost £2.99 or less.

Personally, I tend to use it for Mail, watching TV (BBC iPlayer, Netflix or Amazon Instant), or shopping using the built in browser - Safari. Having said that, I'm writing this review (using an external keyboard) on the free Apple word processing App, Pages - so it can (with a stretch) do "most" of what you can do on a PC or Mac.

Should I upgrade my existing iPad?
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Each iPad is slightly better, although each upgrade can appear a relatively small change, and you need to compare the “full size” and “mini” iPads separately.

* Full size: I’d upgrade anything up to the iPad 4th generation without question. The Air and Air 2 are now up to twice as fast, 33% lighter and 1/3rd thinner than the 2nd, 3rd or 4th generation device. If you already have an iPad Air it’s less clear cut, and probably not worth upgrading.
* iPad Mini: The upgrade from iPad Mini 1 to 2 was to an incredible screen and faster processor. The upgrade to Mini 3 adds only the “Touch ID” fingerprint reader, and it’s questionable whether it’s worth paying for.

In my opinion, if you’ve got an iPad 4 or below, then upgrade without question - this is a much better device.

Word or warning - this section is fully of the techie statistics. Skip past if you’re not that interested.

The “full size” iPad range:-

iPad (1st Generation - Launched April 2010)
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* 1Ghz A4 processor with 256Mb memory and storage at 16 to 64Gb. Weighs 680g. 13.4mm thin.
* 1024×768 screen, but no front or rear facing camera.
* The “Classic” iPad. Now a collectors piece - but still great to surf the web

iPad 2 (2nd Generation - Launched March 2011)
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* Faster, lighter and 33% thinner than the first generation. A huge leap in performance and size.
* Upgraded dual core (2 processor) A5 CPU and 512Mb memory - a faster device. Weighs 601g. Just 9mm thin.
* Now includes a front and rear facing camera.
* Great device, but you’ll see a massive difference if you upgrade

iPad 3 (3rd Generation - Launched March 2012)
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* A significant upgrade. Faster with the incredible “retina” (2048×1536) sharp screen.
* Uprated A5X CPU and quad core graphics and 1Gb memory - faster again. Weighs 650g. Still 9mm thin
* Huge screen improvement to 2048×1536 pixels at 264 ppi. Incredibly sharp and clear
* Upgraded cameras. 1080P (front) and 5MP (rear facing)
* The last iPad to use the wide (30 Pin) connector. My wife still uses hers daily for web surfing (Oct 2014)

iPad 4 (4th Generation - Launched October 2012 - just 7 months later)
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* Quite a small upgrade from the previous generation. Again you’d see a huge difference upgrading to the latest device
* Guess what? Upgraded dual core A6X processor. A faster device, with the launch date moved to catch the Christmas buying period. Weighs 650g. 9mm thin.
* Upgraded front facing camera (1.2MP still and 720P video)
* First iPad to use the smaller narrow (Lightning) connector.

iPad Air (Launched Oct 2013)
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* Amazing upgrade. Twice as fast, nearly 17% thinner and shedding almost a 1/3 of the weight of the predecessor. It’s an incredible device.
* Blisteringly fast 64 bit A7 processor with faster memory, and a motion co-processor. Weighs 469g. (28% Lighter) and now only 7.5 mm thin.
* New iPads now come with a free licence for Pages, Numbers, Keynote (Apple’s version of Word, Excel and Powerpoint). Plus Garage Band, iPhoto and iMovie.

iPad Air 2 (aka iPad 6 - Launched October 2014)
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* Another incredible upgrade. Now 1/3rd lighter and thinner than the iPad 4 launched just 2 years ago.
* A8X Processor (faster variation on the A8 fitted to the iPhone 6) with M8 motion co-processor. Weighs 437g and only 6.1mm (18% thinner).
* Touch ID fingerprint sensor (the first iPad Air to have this). Means you can effectively avoid using passwords
* Improved screen now includes an “antireflective” coating.
* Improved 8MP rear facing camera (3264×2448) with 10 frames per second “burst” mode and slow motion. Front facing camera has improved f/2.2 aperture.
* Lock/silent switch has been removed (to save space), but you can mute your iPad by swiping up the “Control Centre”
* Battery is slightly smaller (7,340mAh) compared to the previous model, but the same 10 hour battery life
* WIFI now supports new “ac” standard and is dual channel 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz. Also built in barometer.
* Storage options are now Small, Medium and Large. 16g, 64g or 128g.
* Available in Space Grey, Silver/White and Gold.

Now the iPad Mini Range:-

iPad Mini 1 (Launched November 2012)
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* Very first iPad mini is like an incredibly thin paperback book. Beautiful colour screen, but now a bit slow and now dated.
* 1Ghz A5 processor - same as the iPad 2nd generation launched in March 2011. Weight 310g. 7mm thin.
* 1024x768 (Non-retina) screen at 163ppi (pixels per inch). Good but not brilliant
* 1.2MP front facing camera (720p video) and 5MP still and HD Video camera.

iPad Mini 2 (Launched October 2013)
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* Incredible screen improvement at double the pixels per inch (ppi). Faster processor and quad core graphics. Stunning!
* Improved A7 processor and motion co-processor with double the memory. Much faster than the previous device
* Retina display (2048×1536) is just amazing. Absolutely pin sharp screen at 326ppi it’s even better than the iPad Air at 264ppi
* Storage options include 16, 32, 64 and 128g. Weight 330g. 7mm thin.

iPad Mini 3 (Launched October 2014)
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* Almost no improvement. Same processor, screen and camera. Only the Touch ID fingerprint sensor added.
* Nothing more to say here, and certainly not worth the upgrade from iPad Mini 2. Available in silver, grey and gold.

Overall Opinion
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It's hard to believe the first iPad was launched in 2010, and there's a huge raft of cheaper tablet computers to choose from, but the Apple iPad is still the one to beat. I can’t put it better than Wired Magazine who said: "Want the best tablet on the market? Then get the iPad Air 2. It's as near to tablet perfection as you're going to get"

Yes, there are cheaper Android based alternatives, but the quality, design and beauty of this tablet just sets it apart. If it were a car it'd be a top of the range Mercedes, BMW or Porsche.

I do hope this review was useful.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Sure which iPad to buy? This might help, 28 Feb. 2015
It’s hard to believe that Apple could improve upon the iPad Air, but they managed it with this device, the "iPad Air 2" launched in October 2014. It’s even thinner and lighter than the astonishingly slim predecessor. It has the same remarkable all day battery life, but an even faster processor, anti-glare screen, and (my personal favourite), the “Touch ID” fingerprint reader which means I can avoid using passwords and pin numbers.

I’ve owned several iPads (starting in 2010), and they are “a thing of beauty”.

A word of warning, this is a very long review and describes the entire iPad range to help you decide the best model for you. It’s broken up into sections to make it manageable, so make a cup of tea, sit down and read on.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: Is this the latest iPad Air?
A: Yes. (Provided you’re reading this before October 2015). Launched 16th October 2014. Likely to be superseded October 2015. Be aware, there’s several “generations” available (roughly one per year) on Amazon. Skip down to “Should I upgrade” for a description of each.

Q: Is this covered by Warranty ?
A: Yes. Full 12 month Apple warranty, and 90 days free technical support. You can also extend the warranty with "AppleCare+" for £79 a year provided to take out the cover within 60 days of buying your iPad. This includes accidental damage insurance (up to two incidents per year subject to a £39 excess).

Q: Why are these cheaper on Amazon than at the Apple store? What's the catch?
A: No catch. You can buy in person from the Apple store (including free engraving), or from John Lewis, and get a free 2 year John Lewis warranty. Alternatively buy from Amazon with a 30 day NO QUESTIONS ASKED return policy. If you find this item is NOT as described, (eg. does not have a UK plug), return it immediately, report the issue to Amazon, and write a critical review.

Q: Is this a UK or USA model of the iPad?
A: UK model. It is illegal to sell an electrical device in the UK without a UK plug or a foreign plug and adapter. If it doesn't have a UK plug you're entitled to a refund. Otherwise there's absolutely no difference.

Q: Help! There seems to be loads of “Generations” and iPad model numbers - how can I tell which one I’m looking at?
A: Yes, it’s confusing, and I’ve provided full details below, but there’s a relatively simple way to check - just see which version of iOS (the operating system) it’s running.
Full Size iPads: I wouldn’t really recommend anything but the “iPad Air” (iOS 7) or “iPad Air 2” (iOS 8).
Mini iPads: There’s 3 generations: iPad mini 1 (iOS 6), iPad Mini 2 - “Retina Display” (iOS7) or iPad mini 3 (iOS8).
Note: You can upgrade your iPad for free to the latest version, but you may find it runs slightly slower than before.

Q: Should I buy the Cellular option?
A: Read “Which model should I buy” below. You almost certainly don't “need” to - as ever it always depends. Many iPads never leave home, and even when they do you can store your videos/music on the device or connect to a coffee bar hotspot to get online. If you have a smartphone (eg. Android or iPhone) you can set up a "personal hot spot" or "tethering" and use your data plan on your phone. This effectively allows you to connect a WIFI only iPad to the internet via your mobile phone while you’re out and about. On an Android phone go to Setup --> Tethering & portable hotspot. On on iPhone go to Settings --> Personal Hotspot, and set up a personal WIFI network from your phone. Try it now, but be aware it may be an optional extra dependent upon your mobile phone plan.

Q: How much storage or "disk space" do I need?
A: It depends. If intend to buy lots of Apps or store lots of videos and photos then go for the 64Gb or 128Gb is you need. If it’s your first iPad, and you'll mainly be using it for accessing web pages and reading the odd book, then 16Gb will be fine. Be aware, you cannot increase the storage - you can't add an SD card. .

Q: Is it easy to set up?
A: Yes - very easy. Be sure to be near a WIFI connection, and the iPad will carefully take you through the steps needed to set it up. No, there’s very little in the way of an instruction manual - which is a testament to the simplicity of this device. It’s so easy to use most people find they don’t need one. However, there are lots of books available on Amazon. Just search for “iPad” under books if you’re concerned.

Q: Does it have a USB connection?
A: No. This means you can’t connect just any old device, but also means you can’t accidentally get a virus. To help support this, all Apps (programs) are available “over the air” (downloaded from the Apple App Store) and vetted by Apple. You can buy a cable which means you can plug in an SD Card to download photos. Search Amazon for "lightning to sd card reader” to find these. Apple provide a free back-up service for upto 5Gb of data (or 20Gb for 79p per month). Just plug in your iPad to re-charge, and it will automatically be backed up to the Apple servers (the “cloud”).

Q: Do I need a computer?
A: No. All you really need is a WIFI connection. Whether an iPad could replace your laptop is another question. You can type (and print) letters, read eMails, view web pages, view photos or watch videos and listen to music on an iPad. You can even attach an external keyboard and type entire documents (this review was partly written on an iPad Air on a train). You can run MS Office or use the free Apple versions (Pages and Numbers). Personally, I find I use my iPad 90% of the time, only using a laptop to connect to the office. Whether you can get by with only an iPad is your decision based upon your needs.

Q: Does it run Microsoft Office?
A: Yes. And guess what? It’s now absolutely FREE on the iPad. Word, Excel and Powerpoint. You now only need pay for the PC/Mac version.

Q: Can I print from the iPad?
A: Yes. Provided you are running a relatively modern printer with a WIFI connection you can.

Q: Can I read books, watch films and listen to music on an iPad?
A: Yes. That’s what I use it for most of the time. Kindle or Apple books work beautifully. You can rent/buy films from Apple, Amazon and lots of others. You can watch catch up services (BBC iPlayer, ITV and Channel 4). You can load your music (MP3 files) on an existing computer to iTunes
and sync them with the iPad or stream unlimited music from music sites including Spotify. Finally, you can stream video to your TV using a set-top box from Apple (TV), Amazon (Fire) or Google (Chromecast)

Q: Do you work for Apple or Amazon?
A: A fair question that nobody has yet been brave enough to ask. No. Neither. I love the iPad, and I'm a great fan of Amazon’s customer service. Fantastic technology and great service at a terrific price. What's not to get excited about? ;-)

Which model should I buy?
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Skip this section if you are familiar with the range, otherwise read on.

Firstly, there’s a confusing number of options available including the iPad 3rd or 4th generation, iPad Air, Air 2, Mini, Mini 2 and 3. We then have WIFI and Cellular options, all with different size storage. Bare with me, and I’ll take you through them.

Which model - Full size iPad or Mini?
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The “full size” iPad is slightly smaller than an A4 pad of paper whereas the mini is more the size of an incredibly thin paperback book (comparable in fact to the Amazon Kindle). Both iPads have a colour touch sensitive screen, and largely the same functionality, although the iPad Air 2 is now faster than it’s smaller “mini” equivalent.

In short, the main difference is physical screen size. If you plan to read books or watch video standing on train or bus, the mini is your best option. If you want the bigger screen (or perhaps faster iPad Air 2 procesor), then the full size iPad is the best option.

What’s the storage options?
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Storage (for Apps, photos or videos) start at 16g which is fine if you plan to surf the web, read books or stream video. Personally I used a 16g iPad every day for four years - it’s a lot more space than many people will need. If however you intend to save lots of films or photos, then you’re better off with the larger storage options. Be aware once bought, you can’t add storage, so choose carefully.

Storage options are 16, 32, 64 or 128g, however, the iPad Air 2 no longer has the 32g option.

Personally, I’d take a cue from Apple sizing:-

* 16g if you’re a first time iPad user or are unlikely to store lots of top-end games or video.
* 64g if it’s for a teenager or you plan to store lots.
* 128g if you’ve got really deep pockets.

The 32g option is available on the range up to the iPad Air, and is a good compromise.

WIFI or Cellular?
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Firstly all iPads include a WIFI connection. You can pay extra for a “cellular” option which means you can (for an additional monthly fee) buy a data subscription from a mobile phone network, and use your iPad to surf the web when you’re out an about. If however like me you have a smartphone (Android or iPhone it doesn’t matter) then navigate to Settings —> Personal Hotspot and set up a password.

This means you can create a “Personal Hotspot” using your smartphone data subscription. Also known as “tethering”, you can then connect your WIFI only iPad to the web, and off you go.

Personally, I use this every day on the train and it’s just brilliant. Just as fast as a cellular iPad, but more flexible (two people can share the connection), and cheaper too. Just check your mobile contract supports tethering, and includes enough of a data allowance. Otherwise you’ll run up a huge bill as you’ll find your iPad uses data faster than than your smartphone.

Accessories - What else will I need ?
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All you “need” is a WIFI connection - you don’t even need a computer. However, there’s a number of additional accessories/devices you could buy with your iPad, and it's worth doing a search on Amazon. These include:-

* An iPad cover or case - to prevent it getting scratched (definitely worth buying). You can even get “Child Proof” cases - a must have for parents with toddlers.
* A wireless bluetooth speaker A MUST HAVE for anyone who loves music. Sound quality incredible, and will also work with your smartphone or laptop.
* A "power bank" - as an emergency battery back-up. Also great for your smartphone - never run out of battery again.
* A separate keyboard - to turn your iPad into a virtual laptop. (I use mine every day on the train instead of a bulky laptop).
* An Apple TV, Google Chrome or Amazon Fire TV. Means you can stream photos/video from your iPad to your TV.

Most people (me included) buy a cover (or case) to avoid scratches and bumps.
Effectively you have two options:-

* Attached to the iPad by magnets, the “cover” protects only the screen from dirt or scratches
* A “case” encloses the entire device protecting back and screen. You can also buy “child proof” cases.

Both types automatically shut down the iPad when you close the lid (a lovely touch). You can pay £35-£65 for an admittedly top quality cover from Apple, alternatively buy one on Amazon for about £10-£30. The highest rated covers (by customer rating) seem to be produced by “Swees”, “Mofred” and “EasyAcc”. Just be careful to buy one that fits your device. You’ll find your existing “cover” (screen only) will fit almost any iPad (2nd generation to Air 2), but you’ll need to be careful to buy the correct “case” as the iPad Air and Air 2 are each thinner than previous models.

A "Bluetooth Speaker" is a fantastic way to listen to music or the radio streamed from your iPad or Smartphone, and sound quality is astonishingly good.
The best devices I've tested and reviewed at every price point are:-

* £25 - Lepow Modre - Really cute design, bright colours and impressive sound for the money.
* £40 - ADX Fusion - Stylish aluminium design and excellent sound quality. Great value for the money from a small UK based company
* £60 - Audio Dynamix Atom V2 - Solid build in a beautiful brushed aluminium design with an impressive sound stage. Incredible value.
* £90 - Audio Dynamix Pulse V2 - Quirky design, but packs a punch way above its weight. Incredible sound quality, amazing value.
* £129 - Soundblaster Roar - Fantastic design with tons of features and a great sound
* £160 - Bose Soundlink Mini - Beautifully stylish with a warm and full room filling sound
* £250 - Bose Soundlink V3 - Simple but stylish design with an incredible sound stage
* £400 - Bowers & Wilkins A5 - Mercedes top end HI FI in a bluetooth speaker. Unlike the others, this is mains only, not rechargeable
* £700 - Bowers & Wilkins A7 - Mercedes S Class. Absolute top end HI FI quality at a price to match

All of these are available on Amazon. Just “mouse over” the stars for these speakers. You’ll find in each case 90% of customers rated them at FIVE STARS. An incredible achievement. These really are the best speakers in their class as of October 2014.

You can also buy a separate keyboard which turns your iPad into a virtual laptop computer.
Again there's lots of options - the best I've tried, tested and reviewed are:-

* Zagg - a top quality "full” keyboard. Some models even have “back-lit” keys - great for sitting in bed late at night
* Logitec Ultrathin - a top quality "half depth” keyboard, but a pleasure to use
* Hoo Too - a budget version of the "Logitec Ultrathin”. Great functional keyboard

Again, take care to buy the keyboard which fits your particular iPad model.

Many people buy a "Power Bank" - effectively an external battery to charge your iPad or smartphone. Great for emergency power, there's hundreds available, with the better designed models from a company called "Lepow". Just search Amazon, and read the reviews.

How about Apps?
=============
Firstly, an App, is a small "application" (a program) that runs on your iPad, and there's literally thousands available from the "App Store", with the most important ones (web browser, mail, music player, word processor, spreadsheet etc) are pre-installed or free to download.
Many apps cost 69p, and loads are free (frequently advertising funded with the option to "add on" stuff - but beware you can run up a huge bill).

Here's my favourites:-

* Mailbox. Incredibly slick mail app (or use the built in Apple App) (Free)
* Photo & iPhoto. Built in apps to take/view/edit photos (Free)
* Skype or Apple Face Time. Chat to the family for free using a video call (Free)
* BBC iPlayer. Great way to catch up on BBC TV. Also ITV and Channel 4 and 5 have players. (Free).
* TVCatchup. Watch real time TV (the Freeview stations anyway). (Free)
* Netflix. For £6 a month watch a huge collection of films online. (Free)
* Evernote. Write and organise notes. Edit them on your Android, iPhone, iPad, PC or Mac (Free)
* DropBox. Access your files, documents and photos on Android, iPhone, iPad, PC or Mac. (Free)
* Tune In Radio. Listen to 1,000s of radio stations world-wide - or listen to Radio 4 like I do (£2.40)
* Spotify. Stream music for £5 a month (or free with ads). Brilliant! (Free)
* eBay. Buy and sell your stuff online. (Free)
* Garage Sale. Fantastic way to produce professional looking sales on eBay. (£2.99)
* Rightmove. Search for your next Flat or House or just gape at daft prices (Free)
* Zite. Online web magazine that learns what you like. Terrific! (Free)
* Movies by Flixter. Read reviews of films on cinema and DVD. (Free)
* Kindle. Read your books from Amazon Kindle bookstore. (Free)
* QuickOffice. Edit Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents (Free)
* Pages, Numbers and Keynote. Apple's version of MS Office. Edit/save documents in Word, Excel andPowerpoint format. (Free)
* MS Office. £80 a year subscription for 5 PCs, Macs or an iPad or "read only" for free. (Free)

Of course you could also use it to read web pages (my wife is addicted to the Daily Mail Online), or playing amazing games like “Real Racing” (Free) or "Cut the Rope" (69p). It's a wonderful surprise having come from a PC background to find the most expensive game in the top 100 cost £6.99 and most cost £2.99 or less.

Personally, I tend to use it for Mail, watching TV (BBC iPlayer, Netflix or Amazon Instant), or shopping using the built in browser - Safari. Having said that, I'm writing this review (using an external keyboard) on the free Apple word processing App, Pages - so it can (with a stretch) do "most" of what you can do on a PC or Mac.

Should I upgrade my existing iPad?
==========================
Each iPad is slightly better, although each upgrade can appear a relatively small change, and you need to compare the “full size” and “mini” iPads separately.

* Full size: I’d upgrade anything up to the iPad 4th generation without question. The Air and Air 2 are now up to twice as fast, 33% lighter and 1/3rd thinner than the 2nd, 3rd or 4th generation device. If you already have an iPad Air it’s less clear cut, and probably not worth upgrading.
* iPad Mini: The upgrade from iPad Mini 1 to 2 was to an incredible screen and faster processor. The upgrade to Mini 3 adds only the “Touch ID” fingerprint reader, and it’s questionable whether it’s worth paying for.

In my opinion, if you’ve got an iPad 4 or below, then upgrade without question - this is a much better device.

Word or warning - this section is fully of the techie statistics. Skip past if you’re not that interested.

The “full size” iPad range:-

iPad (1st Generation - Launched April 2010)
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* 1Ghz A4 processor with 256Mb memory and storage at 16 to 64Gb. Weighs 680g. 13.4mm thin.
* 1024×768 screen, but no front or rear facing camera.
* The “Classic” iPad. Now a collectors piece - but still great to surf the web

iPad 2 (2nd Generation - Launched March 2011)
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* Faster, lighter and 33% thinner than the first generation. A huge leap in performance and size.
* Upgraded dual core (2 processor) A5 CPU and 512Mb memory - a faster device. Weighs 601g. Just 9mm thin.
* Now includes a front and rear facing camera.
* Great device, but you’ll see a massive difference if you upgrade

iPad 3 (3rd Generation - Launched March 2012)
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* A significant upgrade. Faster with the incredible “retina” (2048×1536) sharp screen.
* Uprated A5X CPU and quad core graphics and 1Gb memory - faster again. Weighs 650g. Still 9mm thin
* Huge screen improvement to 2048×1536 pixels at 264 ppi. Incredibly sharp and clear
* Upgraded cameras. 1080P (front) and 5MP (rear facing)
* The last iPad to use the wide (30 Pin) connector. My wife still uses hers daily for web surfing (Oct 2014)

iPad 4 (4th Generation - Launched October 2012 - just 7 months later)
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* Quite a small upgrade from the previous generation. Again you’d see a huge difference upgrading to the latest device
* Guess what? Upgraded dual core A6X processor. A faster device, with the launch date moved to catch the Christmas buying period. Weighs 650g. 9mm thin.
* Upgraded front facing camera (1.2MP still and 720P video)
* First iPad to use the smaller narrow (Lightning) connector.

iPad Air (Launched Oct 2013)
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* Amazing upgrade. Twice as fast, nearly 17% thinner and shedding almost a 1/3 of the weight of the predecessor. It’s an incredible device.
* Blisteringly fast 64 bit A7 processor with faster memory, and a motion co-processor. Weighs 469g. (28% Lighter) and now only 7.5 mm thin.
* New iPads now come with a free licence for Pages, Numbers, Keynote (Apple’s version of Word, Excel and Powerpoint). Plus Garage Band, iPhoto and iMovie.

iPad Air 2 (aka iPad 6 - Launched October 2014)
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* Another incredible upgrade. Now 1/3rd lighter and thinner than the iPad 4 launched just 2 years ago.
* A8X Processor (faster variation on the A8 fitted to the iPhone 6) with M8 motion co-processor. Weighs 437g and only 6.1mm (18% thinner).
* Touch ID fingerprint sensor (the first iPad Air to have this). Means you can effectively avoid using passwords
* Improved screen now includes an “antireflective” coating.
* Improved 8MP rear facing camera (3264×2448) with 10 frames per second “burst” mode and slow motion. Front facing camera has improved f/2.2 aperture.
* Lock/silent switch has been removed (to save space), but you can mute your iPad by swiping up the “Control Centre”
* Battery is slightly smaller (7,340mAh) compared to the previous model, but the same 10 hour battery life
* WIFI now supports new “ac” standard and is dual channel 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz. Also built in barometer.
* Storage options are now Small, Medium and Large. 16g, 64g or 128g.
* Available in Space Grey, Silver/White and Gold.

Now the iPad Mini Range:-

iPad Mini 1 (Launched November 2012)
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* Very first iPad mini is like an incredibly thin paperback book. Beautiful colour screen, but now a bit slow and now dated.
* 1Ghz A5 processor - same as the iPad 2nd generation launched in March 2011. Weight 310g. 7mm thin.
* 1024x768 (Non-retina) screen at 163ppi (pixels per inch). Good but not brilliant
* 1.2MP front facing camera (720p video) and 5MP still and HD Video camera.

iPad Mini 2 (Launched October 2013)
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* Incredible screen improvement at double the pixels per inch (ppi). Faster processor and quad core graphics. Stunning!
* Improved A7 processor and motion co-processor with double the memory. Much faster than the previous device
* Retina display (2048×1536) is just amazing. Absolutely pin sharp screen at 326ppi it’s even better than the iPad Air at 264ppi
* Storage options include 16, 32, 64 and 128g. Weight 330g. 7mm thin.

iPad Mini 3 (Launched October 2014)
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* Almost no improvement. Same processor, screen and camera. Only the Touch ID fingerprint sensor added.
* Nothing more to say here, and certainly not worth the upgrade from iPad Mini 2. Available in silver, grey and gold.

Overall Opinion
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It's hard to believe the first iPad was launched in 2010, and there's a huge raft of cheaper tablet computers to choose from, but the Apple iPad is still the one to beat. I can’t put it better than Wired Magazine who said: "Want the best tablet on the market? Then get the iPad Air 2. It's as near to tablet perfection as you're going to get"

Yes, there are cheaper Android based alternatives, but the quality, design and beauty of this tablet just sets it apart. If it were a car it'd be a top of the range Mercedes, BMW or Porsche.

I do hope this review was useful.


Apple iPad Air 2 (9.7 inch Multi-Touch) Tablet PC 16GB WiFi + Cellular Bluetooth Camera Retina Display iOS 8.0 (Silver)
Apple iPad Air 2 (9.7 inch Multi-Touch) Tablet PC 16GB WiFi + Cellular Bluetooth Camera Retina Display iOS 8.0 (Silver)
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Price: £529.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Not sure which iPad to buy? This might help, 28 Feb. 2015
It’s hard to believe that Apple could improve upon the iPad Air, but they managed it with this device, the "iPad Air 2" launched in October 2014. It’s even thinner and lighter than the astonishingly slim predecessor. It has the same remarkable all day battery life, but an even faster processor, anti-glare screen, and (my personal favourite), the “Touch ID” fingerprint reader which means I can avoid using passwords and pin numbers.

I’ve owned several iPads (starting in 2010), and they are “a thing of beauty”.

A word of warning, this is a very long review and describes the entire iPad range to help you decide the best model for you. It’s broken up into sections to make it manageable, so make a cup of tea, sit down and read on.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: Is this the latest iPad Air?
A: Yes. (Provided you’re reading this before October 2015). Launched 16th October 2014. Likely to be superseded October 2015. Be aware, there’s several “generations” available (roughly one per year) on Amazon. Skip down to “Should I upgrade” for a description of each.

Q: Is this covered by Warranty ?
A: Yes. Full 12 month Apple warranty, and 90 days free technical support. You can also extend the warranty with "AppleCare+" for £79 a year provided to take out the cover within 60 days of buying your iPad. This includes accidental damage insurance (up to two incidents per year subject to a £39 excess).

Q: Why are these cheaper on Amazon than at the Apple store? What's the catch?
A: No catch. You can buy in person from the Apple store (including free engraving), or from John Lewis, and get a free 2 year John Lewis warranty. Alternatively buy from Amazon with a 30 day NO QUESTIONS ASKED return policy. If you find this item is NOT as described, (eg. does not have a UK plug), return it immediately, report the issue to Amazon, and write a critical review.

Q: Is this a UK or USA model of the iPad?
A: UK model. It is illegal to sell an electrical device in the UK without a UK plug or a foreign plug and adapter. If it doesn't have a UK plug you're entitled to a refund. Otherwise there's absolutely no difference.

Q: Help! There seems to be loads of “Generations” and iPad model numbers - how can I tell which one I’m looking at?
A: Yes, it’s confusing, and I’ve provided full details below, but there’s a relatively simple way to check - just see which version of iOS (the operating system) it’s running.
Full Size iPads: I wouldn’t really recommend anything but the “iPad Air” (iOS 7) or “iPad Air 2” (iOS 8).
Mini iPads: There’s 3 generations: iPad mini 1 (iOS 6), iPad Mini 2 - “Retina Display” (iOS7) or iPad mini 3 (iOS8).
Note: You can upgrade your iPad for free to the latest version, but you may find it runs slightly slower than before.

Q: Should I buy the Cellular option?
A: Read “Which model should I buy” below. You almost certainly don't “need” to - as ever it always depends. Many iPads never leave home, and even when they do you can store your videos/music on the device or connect to a coffee bar hotspot to get online. If you have a smartphone (eg. Android or iPhone) you can set up a "personal hot spot" or "tethering" and use your data plan on your phone. This effectively allows you to connect a WIFI only iPad to the internet via your mobile phone while you’re out and about. On an Android phone go to Setup --> Tethering & portable hotspot. On on iPhone go to Settings --> Personal Hotspot, and set up a personal WIFI network from your phone. Try it now, but be aware it may be an optional extra dependent upon your mobile phone plan.

Q: How much storage or "disk space" do I need?
A: It depends. If intend to buy lots of Apps or store lots of videos and photos then go for the 64Gb or 128Gb is you need. If it’s your first iPad, and you'll mainly be using it for accessing web pages and reading the odd book, then 16Gb will be fine. Be aware, you cannot increase the storage - you can't add an SD card. .

Q: Is it easy to set up?
A: Yes - very easy. Be sure to be near a WIFI connection, and the iPad will carefully take you through the steps needed to set it up. No, there’s very little in the way of an instruction manual - which is a testament to the simplicity of this device. It’s so easy to use most people find they don’t need one. However, there are lots of books available on Amazon. Just search for “iPad” under books if you’re concerned.

Q: Does it have a USB connection?
A: No. This means you can’t connect just any old device, but also means you can’t accidentally get a virus. To help support this, all Apps (programs) are available “over the air” (downloaded from the Apple App Store) and vetted by Apple. You can buy a cable which means you can plug in an SD Card to download photos. Search Amazon for "lightning to sd card reader” to find these. Apple provide a free back-up service for upto 5Gb of data (or 20Gb for 79p per month). Just plug in your iPad to re-charge, and it will automatically be backed up to the Apple servers (the “cloud”).

Q: Do I need a computer?
A: No. All you really need is a WIFI connection. Whether an iPad could replace your laptop is another question. You can type (and print) letters, read eMails, view web pages, view photos or watch videos and listen to music on an iPad. You can even attach an external keyboard and type entire documents (this review was partly written on an iPad Air on a train). You can run MS Office or use the free Apple versions (Pages and Numbers). Personally, I find I use my iPad 90% of the time, only using a laptop to connect to the office. Whether you can get by with only an iPad is your decision based upon your needs.

Q: Does it run Microsoft Office?
A: Yes. And guess what? It’s now absolutely FREE on the iPad. Word, Excel and Powerpoint. You now only need pay for the PC/Mac version.

Q: Can I print from the iPad?
A: Yes. Provided you are running a relatively modern printer with a WIFI connection you can.

Q: Can I read books, watch films and listen to music on an iPad?
A: Yes. That’s what I use it for most of the time. Kindle or Apple books work beautifully. You can rent/buy films from Apple, Amazon and lots of others. You can watch catch up services (BBC iPlayer, ITV and Channel 4). You can load your music (MP3 files) on an existing computer to iTunes
and sync them with the iPad or stream unlimited music from music sites including Spotify. Finally, you can stream video to your TV using a set-top box from Apple (TV), Amazon (Fire) or Google (Chromecast)

Q: Do you work for Apple or Amazon?
A: A fair question that nobody has yet been brave enough to ask. No. Neither. I love the iPad, and I'm a great fan of Amazon’s customer service. Fantastic technology and great service at a terrific price. What's not to get excited about? ;-)

Which model should I buy?
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Skip this section if you are familiar with the range, otherwise read on.

Firstly, there’s a confusing number of options available including the iPad 3rd or 4th generation, iPad Air, Air 2, Mini, Mini 2 and 3. We then have WIFI and Cellular options, all with different size storage. Bare with me, and I’ll take you through them.

Which model - Full size iPad or Mini?
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The “full size” iPad is slightly smaller than an A4 pad of paper whereas the mini is more the size of an incredibly thin paperback book (comparable in fact to the Amazon Kindle). Both iPads have a colour touch sensitive screen, and largely the same functionality, although the iPad Air 2 is now faster than it’s smaller “mini” equivalent.

In short, the main difference is physical screen size. If you plan to read books or watch video standing on train or bus, the mini is your best option. If you want the bigger screen (or perhaps faster iPad Air 2 procesor), then the full size iPad is the best option.

What’s the storage options?
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Storage (for Apps, photos or videos) start at 16g which is fine if you plan to surf the web, read books or stream video. Personally I used a 16g iPad every day for four years - it’s a lot more space than many people will need. If however you intend to save lots of films or photos, then you’re better off with the larger storage options. Be aware once bought, you can’t add storage, so choose carefully.

Storage options are 16, 32, 64 or 128g, however, the iPad Air 2 no longer has the 32g option.

Personally, I’d take a cue from Apple sizing:-

* 16g if you’re a first time iPad user or are unlikely to store lots of top-end games or video.
* 64g if it’s for a teenager or you plan to store lots.
* 128g if you’ve got really deep pockets.

The 32g option is available on the range up to the iPad Air, and is a good compromise.

WIFI or Cellular?
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Firstly all iPads include a WIFI connection. You can pay extra for a “cellular” option which means you can (for an additional monthly fee) buy a data subscription from a mobile phone network, and use your iPad to surf the web when you’re out an about. If however like me you have a smartphone (Android or iPhone it doesn’t matter) then navigate to Settings —> Personal Hotspot and set up a password.

This means you can create a “Personal Hotspot” using your smartphone data subscription. Also known as “tethering”, you can then connect your WIFI only iPad to the web, and off you go.

Personally, I use this every day on the train and it’s just brilliant. Just as fast as a cellular iPad, but more flexible (two people can share the connection), and cheaper too. Just check your mobile contract supports tethering, and includes enough of a data allowance. Otherwise you’ll run up a huge bill as you’ll find your iPad uses data faster than than your smartphone.

Accessories - What else will I need ?
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All you “need” is a WIFI connection - you don’t even need a computer. However, there’s a number of additional accessories/devices you could buy with your iPad, and it's worth doing a search on Amazon. These include:-

* An iPad cover or case - to prevent it getting scratched (definitely worth buying). You can even get “Child Proof” cases - a must have for parents with toddlers.
* A wireless bluetooth speaker A MUST HAVE for anyone who loves music. Sound quality incredible, and will also work with your smartphone or laptop.
* A "power bank" - as an emergency battery back-up. Also great for your smartphone - never run out of battery again.
* A separate keyboard - to turn your iPad into a virtual laptop. (I use mine every day on the train instead of a bulky laptop).
* An Apple TV, Google Chrome or Amazon Fire TV. Means you can stream photos/video from your iPad to your TV.

Most people (me included) buy a cover (or case) to avoid scratches and bumps.
Effectively you have two options:-

* Attached to the iPad by magnets, the “cover” protects only the screen from dirt or scratches
* A “case” encloses the entire device protecting back and screen. You can also buy “child proof” cases.

Both types automatically shut down the iPad when you close the lid (a lovely touch). You can pay £35-£65 for an admittedly top quality cover from Apple, alternatively buy one on Amazon for about £10-£30. The highest rated covers (by customer rating) seem to be produced by “Swees”, “Mofred” and “EasyAcc”. Just be careful to buy one that fits your device. You’ll find your existing “cover” (screen only) will fit almost any iPad (2nd generation to Air 2), but you’ll need to be careful to buy the correct “case” as the iPad Air and Air 2 are each thinner than previous models.

A "Bluetooth Speaker" is a fantastic way to listen to music or the radio streamed from your iPad or Smartphone, and sound quality is astonishingly good.
The best devices I've tested and reviewed at every price point are:-

* £25 - Lepow Modre - Really cute design, bright colours and impressive sound for the money.
* £40 - ADX Fusion - Stylish aluminium design and excellent sound quality. Great value for the money from a small UK based company
* £60 - Audio Dynamix Atom V2 - Solid build in a beautiful brushed aluminium design with an impressive sound stage. Incredible value.
* £90 - Audio Dynamix Pulse V2 - Quirky design, but packs a punch way above its weight. Incredible sound quality, amazing value.
* £129 - Soundblaster Roar - Fantastic design with tons of features and a great sound
* £160 - Bose Soundlink Mini - Beautifully stylish with a warm and full room filling sound
* £250 - Bose Soundlink V3 - Simple but stylish design with an incredible sound stage
* £400 - Bowers & Wilkins A5 - Mercedes top end HI FI in a bluetooth speaker. Unlike the others, this is mains only, not rechargeable
* £700 - Bowers & Wilkins A7 - Mercedes S Class. Absolute top end HI FI quality at a price to match

All of these are available on Amazon. Just “mouse over” the stars for these speakers. You’ll find in each case 90% of customers rated them at FIVE STARS. An incredible achievement. These really are the best speakers in their class as of October 2014.

You can also buy a separate keyboard which turns your iPad into a virtual laptop computer.
Again there's lots of options - the best I've tried, tested and reviewed are:-

* Zagg - a top quality "full” keyboard. Some models even have “back-lit” keys - great for sitting in bed late at night
* Logitec Ultrathin - a top quality "half depth” keyboard, but a pleasure to use
* Hoo Too - a budget version of the "Logitec Ultrathin”. Great functional keyboard

Again, take care to buy the keyboard which fits your particular iPad model.

Many people buy a "Power Bank" - effectively an external battery to charge your iPad or smartphone. Great for emergency power, there's hundreds available, with the better designed models from a company called "Lepow". Just search Amazon, and read the reviews.

How about Apps?
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Firstly, an App, is a small "application" (a program) that runs on your iPad, and there's literally thousands available from the "App Store", with the most important ones (web browser, mail, music player, word processor, spreadsheet etc) are pre-installed or free to download.
Many apps cost 69p, and loads are free (frequently advertising funded with the option to "add on" stuff - but beware you can run up a huge bill).

Here's my favourites:-

* Mailbox. Incredibly slick mail app (or use the built in Apple App) (Free)
* Photo & iPhoto. Built in apps to take/view/edit photos (Free)
* Skype or Apple Face Time. Chat to the family for free using a video call (Free)
* BBC iPlayer. Great way to catch up on BBC TV. Also ITV and Channel 4 and 5 have players. (Free).
* TVCatchup. Watch real time TV (the Freeview stations anyway). (Free)
* Netflix. For £6 a month watch a huge collection of films online. (Free)
* Evernote. Write and organise notes. Edit them on your Android, iPhone, iPad, PC or Mac (Free)
* DropBox. Access your files, documents and photos on Android, iPhone, iPad, PC or Mac. (Free)
* Tune In Radio. Listen to 1,000s of radio stations world-wide - or listen to Radio 4 like I do (£2.40)
* Spotify. Stream music for £5 a month (or free with ads). Brilliant! (Free)
* eBay. Buy and sell your stuff online. (Free)
* Garage Sale. Fantastic way to produce professional looking sales on eBay. (£2.99)
* Rightmove. Search for your next Flat or House or just gape at daft prices (Free)
* Zite. Online web magazine that learns what you like. Terrific! (Free)
* Movies by Flixter. Read reviews of films on cinema and DVD. (Free)
* Kindle. Read your books from Amazon Kindle bookstore. (Free)
* QuickOffice. Edit Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents (Free)
* Pages, Numbers and Keynote. Apple's version of MS Office. Edit/save documents in Word, Excel andPowerpoint format. (Free)
* MS Office. £80 a year subscription for 5 PCs, Macs or an iPad or "read only" for free. (Free)

Of course you could also use it to read web pages (my wife is addicted to the Daily Mail Online), or playing amazing games like “Real Racing” (Free) or "Cut the Rope" (69p). It's a wonderful surprise having come from a PC background to find the most expensive game in the top 100 cost £6.99 and most cost £2.99 or less.

Personally, I tend to use it for Mail, watching TV (BBC iPlayer, Netflix or Amazon Instant), or shopping using the built in browser - Safari. Having said that, I'm writing this review (using an external keyboard) on the free Apple word processing App, Pages - so it can (with a stretch) do "most" of what you can do on a PC or Mac.

Should I upgrade my existing iPad?
==========================
Each iPad is slightly better, although each upgrade can appear a relatively small change, and you need to compare the “full size” and “mini” iPads separately.

* Full size: I’d upgrade anything up to the iPad 4th generation without question. The Air and Air 2 are now up to twice as fast, 33% lighter and 1/3rd thinner than the 2nd, 3rd or 4th generation device. If you already have an iPad Air it’s less clear cut, and probably not worth upgrading.
* iPad Mini: The upgrade from iPad Mini 1 to 2 was to an incredible screen and faster processor. The upgrade to Mini 3 adds only the “Touch ID” fingerprint reader, and it’s questionable whether it’s worth paying for.

In my opinion, if you’ve got an iPad 4 or below, then upgrade without question - this is a much better device.

Word or warning - this section is fully of the techie statistics. Skip past if you’re not that interested.

The “full size” iPad range:-

iPad (1st Generation - Launched April 2010)
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* 1Ghz A4 processor with 256Mb memory and storage at 16 to 64Gb. Weighs 680g. 13.4mm thin.
* 1024×768 screen, but no front or rear facing camera.
* The “Classic” iPad. Now a collectors piece - but still great to surf the web

iPad 2 (2nd Generation - Launched March 2011)
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* Faster, lighter and 33% thinner than the first generation. A huge leap in performance and size.
* Upgraded dual core (2 processor) A5 CPU and 512Mb memory - a faster device. Weighs 601g. Just 9mm thin.
* Now includes a front and rear facing camera.
* Great device, but you’ll see a massive difference if you upgrade

iPad 3 (3rd Generation - Launched March 2012)
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* A significant upgrade. Faster with the incredible “retina” (2048×1536) sharp screen.
* Uprated A5X CPU and quad core graphics and 1Gb memory - faster again. Weighs 650g. Still 9mm thin
* Huge screen improvement to 2048×1536 pixels at 264 ppi. Incredibly sharp and clear
* Upgraded cameras. 1080P (front) and 5MP (rear facing)
* The last iPad to use the wide (30 Pin) connector. My wife still uses hers daily for web surfing (Oct 2014)

iPad 4 (4th Generation - Launched October 2012 - just 7 months later)
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* Quite a small upgrade from the previous generation. Again you’d see a huge difference upgrading to the latest device
* Guess what? Upgraded dual core A6X processor. A faster device, with the launch date moved to catch the Christmas buying period. Weighs 650g. 9mm thin.
* Upgraded front facing camera (1.2MP still and 720P video)
* First iPad to use the smaller narrow (Lightning) connector.

iPad Air (Launched Oct 2013)
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* Amazing upgrade. Twice as fast, nearly 17% thinner and shedding almost a 1/3 of the weight of the predecessor. It’s an incredible device.
* Blisteringly fast 64 bit A7 processor with faster memory, and a motion co-processor. Weighs 469g. (28% Lighter) and now only 7.5 mm thin.
* New iPads now come with a free licence for Pages, Numbers, Keynote (Apple’s version of Word, Excel and Powerpoint). Plus Garage Band, iPhoto and iMovie.

iPad Air 2 (aka iPad 6 - Launched October 2014)
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* Another incredible upgrade. Now 1/3rd lighter and thinner than the iPad 4 launched just 2 years ago.
* A8X Processor (faster variation on the A8 fitted to the iPhone 6) with M8 motion co-processor. Weighs 437g and only 6.1mm (18% thinner).
* Touch ID fingerprint sensor (the first iPad Air to have this). Means you can effectively avoid using passwords
* Improved screen now includes an “antireflective” coating.
* Improved 8MP rear facing camera (3264×2448) with 10 frames per second “burst” mode and slow motion. Front facing camera has improved f/2.2 aperture.
* Lock/silent switch has been removed (to save space), but you can mute your iPad by swiping up the “Control Centre”
* Battery is slightly smaller (7,340mAh) compared to the previous model, but the same 10 hour battery life
* WIFI now supports new “ac” standard and is dual channel 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz. Also built in barometer.
* Storage options are now Small, Medium and Large. 16g, 64g or 128g.
* Available in Space Grey, Silver/White and Gold.

Now the iPad Mini Range:-

iPad Mini 1 (Launched November 2012)
-----------------------------------------------------
* Very first iPad mini is like an incredibly thin paperback book. Beautiful colour screen, but now a bit slow and now dated.
* 1Ghz A5 processor - same as the iPad 2nd generation launched in March 2011. Weight 310g. 7mm thin.
* 1024x768 (Non-retina) screen at 163ppi (pixels per inch). Good but not brilliant
* 1.2MP front facing camera (720p video) and 5MP still and HD Video camera.

iPad Mini 2 (Launched October 2013)
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* Incredible screen improvement at double the pixels per inch (ppi). Faster processor and quad core graphics. Stunning!
* Improved A7 processor and motion co-processor with double the memory. Much faster than the previous device
* Retina display (2048×1536) is just amazing. Absolutely pin sharp screen at 326ppi it’s even better than the iPad Air at 264ppi
* Storage options include 16, 32, 64 and 128g. Weight 330g. 7mm thin.

iPad Mini 3 (Launched October 2014)
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* Almost no improvement. Same processor, screen and camera. Only the Touch ID fingerprint sensor added.
* Nothing more to say here, and certainly not worth the upgrade from iPad Mini 2. Available in silver, grey and gold.

Overall Opinion
============
It's hard to believe the first iPad was launched in 2010, and there's a huge raft of cheaper tablet computers to choose from, but the Apple iPad is still the one to beat. I can’t put it better than Wired Magazine who said: "Want the best tablet on the market? Then get the iPad Air 2. It's as near to tablet perfection as you're going to get"

Yes, there are cheaper Android based alternatives, but the quality, design and beauty of this tablet just sets it apart. If it were a car it'd be a top of the range Mercedes, BMW or Porsche.

I do hope this review was useful.


DarlingLove Women's Valentine Lingeries Gown Sexy Black Long Lace Courtesan Night Dress Babydoll Chemise
DarlingLove Women's Valentine Lingeries Gown Sexy Black Long Lace Courtesan Night Dress Babydoll Chemise

5.0 out of 5 stars "Goodness had nothing to do with it!!", 28 Feb. 2015
A shocked journalist once said to the classic screen icon Mae West "Goodness....what big diamonds" to which she immediately replied in her deep sexy husky voice...."Goodness had nothing to do with it!"

Goodness - certainly has nothing to do with this!

My wife chose this from a selection of items I was lucky enough to be asked to review as it really is lovely. We both thought it was clearly an item to set the pulse racing while also looking elegant. Obviously there's no point in me describing what it looks like as the stunning model does a lovely job of that, but it's worth pointing out the things you can't tell from the photo:-

* The cloth is really quite impressive - quite beautifully made, but with a huge amount of stretch, and the entire garment as a nice weight to it.
* Although it includes quite a bit of "give" (stretchy), it's quite a slim design, and I'd say (in UK sizes) it would be suitable for someone sized 8-16. Figure hugging without being silly
* It's quite a sexy piece of "bedtime wear" - both my wife and myself agreed, and (not really obvious from the photos), it has a slit to the upper thigh on both sides
* The seams are well finished, and overall it's a great quality garment.

Personally I thought the packaging (a rather tacky gold box in my case) just didn't do this justice. Nip out to a store and buy a beautiful presentation box, and your wife, girlfriend or partner will love you for this. Equally, girls, if you want to set your partners pulse racing, surprise them with this.

I love it.

Disclosure: I was kindly sent this by the manufacturer to give an independent unbiased review. Delighted to say it's lovely - very pleased.


DarlingLove Women's Sheer Mesh Sexy Valentine Illusion Lingerie Gowns Babydoll Long Dress Black LC6125
DarlingLove Women's Sheer Mesh Sexy Valentine Illusion Lingerie Gowns Babydoll Long Dress Black LC6125
Offered by Magic Fancy Dress
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant, Racy and beautifully made. I love it!, 28 Feb. 2015
A shocked journalist once said to the classic screen icon Mae West “Goodness….what big diamonds” to which she immediately replied in her deep sexy husky voice….”Goodness had nothing to do with it!"

Goodness - certainly has nothing to do with this! It’s wonderful.

My wife chose this from a selection of items I was lucky enough to be asked to review, and it’s definitely both hers and my favourite. Obviously there’s no point in me describing what it looks like as the stunning model does a lovely job of that, but it’s worth pointing out the things you can’t tell from the photo:-

* It’s beautifully elegant - of course you can tell that from the photo, but I had to pass on my wife’s view
* The cloth is really top quality, and beautifully made. As soon as you take it out of the gold presentation box, you’ll realise it has a lovely weight to it, and very stretchy - even the spaghetti straps.
* The dark stripes are a heavy velvet type material, and both the transparent mesh and opaque stripes clearly include lycra and have a great deal of stretch. This makes it quite figure hugging without tugging
* The dark mesh is a tiny micro-sized fine mesh - very subtle. Works beautifully well.
* It’s quite a beautiful sexy piece of “bedtime wear” without being really obvious and “cheap”.
* My wife particularly liked the lacy straps which could be tied in a number of ways including over the shoulder, or (my favourite), as a “halter neck”.
* In terms of size yes it truly is “one size fits all”. In UK sizes, it’d happily work with anyone from size 8 to 14 and 16 at a push.

A quick scan through the other reviews agree, it’s a beautifully well made, stunning design, and will set the heart racing of any man.

I’d also agree the packaging (a rather tacky gold box in my case) just didn’t do this justice. Nip out to a store and buy a beautiful presentation box, and your wife, girlfriend or partner will love you for this. Equally, girls, if you want to set your partners pulse racing, surprise them with this.

I love it.

Disclosure: I was kindly sent this by the manufacturer to give an independent unbiased review. Delighted to say it’s beautiful.


DarlingLove Women's Valentine Lace and Chiffon Babydoll Nightwear Long Gown Lingerie with Thong
DarlingLove Women's Valentine Lace and Chiffon Babydoll Nightwear Long Gown Lingerie with Thong

5.0 out of 5 stars Woof! Likely to set the pulse racing!, 28 Feb. 2015
A shocked journalist once said to the classic screen icon Mae West “Goodness….what big diamonds” to which she immediately replied in her deep sexy husky voice….”Goodness had nothing to do with it!"

Goodness - certainly has nothing to do with this!

My wife chose this from a selection of items I was lucky enough to be asked to review, and it’s lovely. We both thought it’d make a great “evening bridal wear” - one for the wedding night. Obviously there’s no point in me describing what it looks like as the stunning model does a lovely job of that, but it’s worth pointing out the things you can’t tell from the photo:-

* The cloth is a mainly a net material, but with a huge amount of stretch, and the entire garment as a nice weight to it.
* Although it includes quite a bit of “give” (stretchy), it’s quite a slim design, and I’d say (in UK sizes) it would be suitable for someone sized 8-14 but certainly not a 16.
* It’s quite a sexy piece of “bedtime wear” - both my wife and myself agreed
* The seams are well finished, and overall it’s a great quality garment

Personally I thought the packaging (a rather tacky gold box in my case) just didn’t do this justice. Nip out to a store and buy a beautiful presentation box, and your wife, girlfriend or partner will love you for this. Equally, girls, if you want to set your partners pulse racing, surprise them with this.

I love it.

Disclosure: I was kindly sent this by the manufacturer to give an independent unbiased review. Delighted to say it’s beautiful.


KINGLAKE® CO Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Sensor LCD Monitor Alarm Detector (1 pack) Each Piece with RETAIL PACKAGE
KINGLAKE® CO Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Sensor LCD Monitor Alarm Detector (1 pack) Each Piece with RETAIL PACKAGE
Offered by KLTMALL
Price: £8.92

5.0 out of 5 stars Review of both the ROUND and RECTANGLE detectors, 14 Feb. 2015
It's a sobering thought that every year (according to NHS figures) around 200 people go to hospital every year with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning, and there's about 40 deaths a year. The problem is, unlike fire, it's almost undetectable being odourless and colourless. These detectors work like a smoke alarm, but are specifically designed to identify CO emissions, and sound an alarm.

I was provided two for review by the manufacturer, and to keep it simple, they are the ROUND one and the RECTANGLE. I've tested and reviewed both of these below:-

THE ROUND ONE
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Measuring just 4 inches in diameter and and inch deep, it's very light weight at just 136g (about the weight of a modern smartphone), and has a single "test" button in the middle, with a small but functional blue LED readout indicating the level of carbon monoxide in the air.

Unscrew the back with a quick twist and install 3 AA batteries (not included), and it beeps loudly to indicate it's up and running, and pressing the "test" button causes it to beep 4 times in twice to reassure you it's still working OK.

When I say, "beep" I mean BEEP! At 85 Decibels it's incredibly loud, and certainly upsets the dog. Again to put this in context 95 Decibels is a jack hammer sound.

Although the instructions are in a relatively small font they do clearly explain how to set up, set and install the device. This includes not installing the detector within 15 feet of a fuel burning appliance (eg. cooker or boiler). It must not be installed in a bathroom or very close (4 inches) to the ceiling, and must be fitted to a wall or ceiling - preferably a ceiling.

The device comes with a pair of plastic plugs and short screws, and it's handy to see the back clips off easily and independent of the main unit. You can therefore fix the back to the ceiling, and then lock in the device and test.

Overall, this looks perfectly functional, and may well save your life. I'm not convinced the LED would be readable when the device is fitted to the ceiling, but it does give an additional level of reassurance. My study has displayed CO levels at zero so I'm happy.

THE RECTANGLE
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This one retails at a higher price and includes a few additional functions.

Again, it's white and relatively small measuring just 5 x 3 inches and 1.5 inches deep, and about the same weight - this time at 148g. Unlike the round one which has a single button and an LED with the current CO reading, this has two buttons and a bigger LED.

One button is the Test/Reset button, so you can test or reset the alarm, the other "peak level" shows you the last 7 peak readings it found.

Install the DC 9V battery (the little rectangular type), in the back, switch it on and you get (what I thought was a surprisingly quiet voice), saying "Welcome to use our phonetic carbon monoxide detector, please wait 2 minutes for preheating". Personally, I thought this a bit of a gimmick, but it at least gives reassurance that it's working.

As additional reassurance the green light flashes every 30 seconds to indicate it's working, and the LED shows both the correct time (24 hour clock), a battery power indicator, and the current Carbon Monoxide level reading. This compares well with the ROUND ONE which just has the CO reading visible - but I'll leave it to you to decide if it's worth the extra money.

I tested the sound on this one, and while I can't objectively measure the sound, I wasn't quite as impressed with this as I was the ROUND one. I'd say this was about half as noisy as the other device, and while it'd be loud enough to hear if you were in the room (it might also wake you up from sleep), it certainly wouldn't expect to hear it upstairs in the bedroom.

Having said that, the manufacturer does advise you install at least one CO alarm at every floor in your home which I'd say is good advice.

Where I'd say this device really scores however, is it's designed to sit on a book-shelf or side table. The ROUND detector is really designed to be fitted to the ceiling (and this might be a chore for some people - especially the elderly). This RECTANGLE device however works well at almost any height. It also has a small arm which extends out, so it sits at about 45 degrees.

Conclusion
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Both are excellent value carbon monoxide detectors. Personally, I'd buy the ROUND devices to fit on the ceiling in the lounge, hallway, stairs and bedrooms, and the RECTANGLE for the lounge or beside the bed.

Highly Recommended.

Disclosure: I was kindly sent this by the manufacturer to give an independent unbiased review.


HandAcc Flashlight Torch 500lm 3-in-1 Gree LED Bike Light, Headlamp Adjustable Focus Zoom Light Lamp and Bike Mount
HandAcc Flashlight Torch 500lm 3-in-1 Gree LED Bike Light, Headlamp Adjustable Focus Zoom Light Lamp and Bike Mount
Offered by HandAcc.U Store
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality super-bright torch - with optional bike attachment., 14 Feb. 2015
This is a really impressive hand-held torch with the added bonus that it can be attached to a bike. Really impressive, here’s why….

What’s it like?
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At just 5.5 inches long and half an inch in diameter it’s impressively small and tough but with a remarkably powerful beam. It weighs in at a tiny 151g (to put this in context just slightly heavier than an Apple 6 phone at 137g), and sits nicely in the hand and for additional safety includes a hand-strap to you can avoid dropping it.

Having said that, it’s a tough little device that’s clearly made of an aluminium alloy, and looks like the kind of thing Special Forces take out on operations. You could certainly bang this around and it’ll keep going. Judging by the rubber seal on the base switch, and well machined screw thread it’s also designed to be water resistant, and would be great for camping or outdoors.

There’s a subtle metallic green ring which when rotated zooms the lens from a wide angle to a narrow focussed beam. This is important as on a bike you want generally want to be seen (and wide angle is better), whereas if you’re searching for something, the narrow concentrated beam is more useful.

Click on the button on the base, and it switches on, and it’s VERY BRIGHT. The details above, to warn you NOT to look directly into the light and that’s sound advice. I couldn’t resist switching it on, and it’s blindingly bright. However, gently press it again and it cycles through a sequence of adjustments:-

1. Switch it on for full brightness
2. Gently press half way, for half brightness (battery saving mode)
3. Gently press half way again and it goes into rapid flashing sequence

But it doesn’t stop there. It also comes with a matching black bike attachment. Fix the attachment permanently to your bike, and you get a sturdy rubber holder to you gently push the torch into place. Then when you’re finished, you can just pull it off, and take the torch away. I love this feature, as it means you don’t risk having your lights stolen, and it’s easy to plug in or remove. Great design!

Finally, it also comes with a plastic sleeve so you can fit an 18650 rechargeable battery. These can be picked up for next to nothing on Amazon, meaning you don’t even need to rely upon batteries.

What's Good about it?
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* Terrific tough water resistent design - looks like it will take a few knocks
* Zoom out or focus in, and adjust to Full, half or flashing
* Great design bike mount, although equally great by itself.
* Compact light weight design - fits nicely in the hand or the pocket
* Cool black design

What's not so good?
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Sorry guys, I can’t find fault with this.

Conclusion
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Excellent quality super-bright torch - with optional bike attachment.

Highly Recommended.

Disclosure: I was kindly sent this by the manufacturer to give an independent unbiased review.


JANX USB 3.0 4-Port Compact Aluminum HUB with Built-in USB 3.0 Cable (Sliver)
JANX USB 3.0 4-Port Compact Aluminum HUB with Built-in USB 3.0 Cable (Sliver)
Offered by E-TRADING24 LTD
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tiny little USB hub and blistering fast too, 14 Feb. 2015
If like me, you’ve got a Mac Book Pro or PC with just two USB hubs or a Windows laptop - you’ll need this device. This one has the advantage of the blisteringly fast USB 3.0 speeds, and looks beautifully smart next to my Mac Book Pro . I absolutely love it. Here’s why….

Firstly, this is well designed and built. Clearly inspired by Apple Mac styling, it's a tiny little device with white cables to match the colour scheme on Apple Mac computers and accessories, and has a small blue light to indicate it’s plugged in and ready.

Of course, it will work beautifully with both Windows and Mac devices. Measuring just 2 inches square and half an inch deep it has 4 USB ports, nicely spaced out in three directions. Two at the front, and one either side. In fact, you'd be forgiven for thinking this was an Apple designed accessory.

It has a fixed 5.5 inch long USB 3.0 cable which you just plug into your PC or Mac, and off you go. What I liked about the design of this hub is each socket has lots of space around it. I find it a bit of a pain on my MacBook Pro that the sockets are so close - it means I sometimes can’t plug in to devices if their plugs are particularly large.

In terms of speed, I did a quick test using both my USB 2.0 and 3.0 hubs, and this one is BLISTERINGLY FAST. I did a test copy (you might get faster speed or a faster device) of an 1.88Gb file from my Mac to an external disk in 41.1 seconds. I then tried it with the cable plugged in directly (to see if the hub affects the speed), and yes it does. Direct copy saved a whole 1.3 seconds. Very impressive speeds.

Of course you’ll need a USB 3.0 device to get the most out of it - but it’s worth the investment.

It’s worth noting however, this device is entirely powered by the USB port on your computer is is both a good and bad thing. Good, because you don’t have (yet more) cables for power on your probably already messy desk. Bad because it means it won’t (for example) charge up your smartphone from the hub. You can of course always use the other USB ports you’ll have freed up on your laptop so it’s not the end of the world. Just be aware.

Same is true of self powered hard drives. While it works fine with USB sticks and (as I demonstrated with the speed test), external hard drives don’t expect to power four external disks - you’ll exceed the power provided by the hub.

It comes complete with:-

* Four port USB 3.0 device
* Fixed white USB 3.0 cable - very Apple
* Short instruction page

All packaged beautifully, and best of all - no drivers needed! Plug and play - as we’ve come to expect.

Everything I plugged into this worked wonderfully including a powered external hard drive, two tiny (self-powered) USB hard drives, a printer and a couple of USB sticks. Needless to say it worked equally well with older USB 2.0 devices, but MUCH faster with my USB 3.0 disks.

What’s good about it?
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* Great build quality.
* Four sockets to use so you’ll always have a free one
* Tiny little device - takes up very little space on the desk
* Light and small enough to carry around

What’s not so good?
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* The fixed USB cable is a good and bad thing. Good: You can’t forget it. Bad: It’s fixed to the device - you can’t replace it
* At 5.5 inches long I found the USB cable was a bit short. I’d have preferred a detachable cable I could replace or a longer cable. But that’s a minor gripe at this price.

Having said that - it’s overall terrific ! I love it!

Disclosure: I was kindly sent this by the manufacturer to give an independent unbiased review, but when they’re this good, it’s just a pleasure!


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