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      16.03.2014 12:49
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      Brilliant portable alternative to a laptop

      I was looking into the idea of getting a new laptop when somebody suggested to me that I check out tablets. At first I was a little wary since I wasn't sure that it would be able to do everything that I required. Believe me - I was far from wrong. Design The black iPad 2 has a beautiful design that looks stylish and neat. The volume buttons are easy access, located on the side. The speaker is quite powerful and is located on the bottom right corner of the iPad. However, it doesn't really matter which corner since you can use the iPad whichever way up! Built-in Features The iPad comes with several built in features which I have found really useful, particularly the safari browser which is really easy to use. The mail feature is clearly laid out, as is the contacts list. The camera is of ample quality and the screen is beautifully crisp. Other features When confiding a tablet I wanted something that I would be able to type word documents on, and the iPad is perfect for that. Apple offer an app called 'Pages' for the reasonable price of £6.99 which can be used to create such documents. You can add in pictures, tables, graphs, shapes and much more; just like you would on Microsoft word but with the advantage of touch screen. The keyboard is great to type on, you soon get used to it being flat. The best thing is that you can email files as a pages document, but also as a word document or PDF file so that they can be printed out. Storage 16GB of storage is ample as long as you use it wisely. Don't clog your device up with thousands of photos - upload them onto the 5GB of free iCloud storage you are given! If you use this feature properly I think that 16GB is plenty of storage fork apps, games and documents. However, compared to a laptop it is considerably less. Overall, I think that the iPad 2 is an excellent product with loads of useful features and apps. Perfect replacement for a laptop? I certainly think so.

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      11.03.2014 14:01

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      So much more convenient to use that a laptop when you're curled up on the sofa!

      In September 2013 I convinced myself that I needed one of these for uni - I told myself that because of it's size it would fit in my bag and would be lighter too and I would be able to do all my work on it, plus keep an eye on my Ebay business too. PRICE - I bought mine for £400 from John Lewis in September 2013, it's gone down a little in price now as there's more advanced models which have iris recognition and other fancy things which I don't think are necessary. FUNCTIONS - I'm going to divide this up into it's functions for uni, Ebay and fun - as these are the three main things I use it for. Uni - I'd hoped to be able to do lots of uni work on this iPad and whilst it is true that it neatly fits in my handbag, it's also true that it's not suitable for typing lots on it unless you buy a separate kepboard as your fingers will begin to ache and you just wont get anywhere quick. The keyboard for the iPad is on the screen itself and if you have fat fingers you might even end up typing the wrong thing (I have been guilty of this a few times). I do like that there are two apps that you can download for free called "Cloud on" and "Google Drive" which enable you to work on powerpoint, excel and word docs on your iPad - and with the google drive one they are automatically stored and available for you to view on a computer at a later date. Ebay - You can download an app that makes selling on Ebay so much easier - you have no idea how satisfying it is when you here your iPad go "kerching!" - which is a feature of the app that makes this noise everytime you sell something. It's a really user friendly interface and lets you easily view what you have sold, who you have sold it to, as well as making it easy to mark what has been posted. Fun - oh my I could be here all day talking about how many fun things you can do with this iPad! if you like to watch programs on repeat you can download Channel 4OD or BBC iplayer to do this and the screen quality is quite good. Or if like me you are partial to an addictive game or two (I thought those candy crush addictees were crazy folk until I downloaded it myself and I too became addicted!) you will have endless amounts fo games that you can download, most of them free. Lastly if you like to be arty there's lots of apps you can download like the drawing one I have where I can draw pictures and send them to people - I like to draw pictures of cups of tea whilst I'm sat on the sofa and send them to my other half who is also on the sofa in the hope he'll get the hint ;-) To sum up this iPad is a very cool and worthy gadget, I know it's pricy for a tablet but it's the original tablet as far as I'm concerned. As it is the apple brand there is a vast array of apps that you can download and the aftercare is second to none - I had a slight accident with my screen at Christmas and I went into the apple store and they replaced it for free! Further more the apple store are great at explaining how to use your iPad if you're not that sure, I saw a beginners class being run whilst I was there and there were six people sat at it so if you're worried you're the only one who doesn't know how to work it you really really aren't!

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      12.02.2014 17:04
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      The basic model, but still brilliant

      As a mature student, I've been lugging a huge laptop to and from uni for two years and debating whether to shell out for an iPad to save me from shoulder pain and serious lack of 'cool'. Finally, in my third year, I've been given one as a Christmas present! The iPad 2 is now the 'basic' iPad model available from apple. The later versions have been replaced with the new, lovely looking iPad Air, however this '2' is absolutely fine for a first model, and still feels novel and exciting. Its a good size, compared to the mini version its much better for watching films, playing games, and the bigger screen means that you can actually use it for some more 'computer' type tasks such as word processing ( I have a free version of Pages on there, the keypad takes some getting used to but once you've got the knack it feels strange going back to a real one!) Its obviously heavier than the mini or the air, but if you're used to lugging a 15" macbook around it feels like a dream! The OS operating system is, of course, a joy to use. Its simple, streamlined, and user friendly, as well as tying in nicely with other Apple product such as the iPhone or the macs. Apple really are very good at getting your loyalty, once you've gone Mac you never go back it seems! The thought of some other OS or device contaminating your beautiful array of synchronised and matching shiny things is horrific! The battery life is really good, the most pleasant surprise of the iPad, after being disappointed by this feature in the iPhone which needs to be charged roughly every 20 minutes. I consider myself an 'average to heavy' user of the iPad, in that its in active use for at least a few hours each day, on and off, and the battery takes days and days to run down to 20% or less. It charges quickly too, so it really is truly portable and great for on the go, you don't have to stress about finding your next plug! The camera is only ok, but I expect most people only use it for things such as Facetime and for quick snaps rather than as their main camera. Its not the most practical way to take pictures, as big as it is. The sound quality is a pleasant surprise, its easily loud and clear enough without the need for extra headphones and speakers to enjoy film or TV. Some of the best value apps I've downloaded are the on demand TV ones, such as iplayer. Netflix is a joy on this thing, beautiful clear pictures filling the screen, better than my actual TV, and way better than any laptop I've ever owned. It doesn't matter that the screen is smaller, the quality is so good that you completely forget that after a few minutes. Of course, its much better as a personal media player, it is possible to watch things with someone else, but its not as easy or as effective. An iPad is not really a social tool at all! 16GB of storage isn't amazing, but I think we're moving away from having a lot of data on portable devices now. With streaming, and cloud services, who actually needs a load of music and video actually saved on there? As long as you've got a computer with access to a good amount of storage at home, you don't need to carry it around anymore. I would recommend getting a case for your iPad, as soon as you can, preferably in the same purchase. The back seems prone to getting nasty scratches much as the old iPods were, so I'm not taking any chances and mine is never out of its case. The screen does get a bit smeary from fingerprints, but you can only really see them when the screen is off and black, I think this is just a necessary evil with touchscreen devices, sadly. I can heartily recommend the iPad 2 to anybody who wants a great tablet but isn't up for paying the price of an iPad Air. I would particularly recommend it to students, or parents of students who are looking to get their offspring a useful gift. Most universities these days use a lot of online tools and applications, and the iPad is well suited to making the most of lectures and seminars.

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        14.01.2014 11:22

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        Good for use as an addition to a laptop or if you don't run a business solely from it

        The ipad is light, has a good running system, is quick to load, rarely freezes and is great in clarity (as long as the room is well lit or you are outside otherwise very pixilated) The ipad system once started up is great, the Apps load quickly, I have so far had no viruses on it or similar (unlike my laptop) and have very few problems with it freezing (this has only happened on the odd occasion when I have done everything a bit too fast) I chiose an ipad when I started my childminding business with the idea of using it for everything business Related instead of replacing my laptop. I loved the idea of linking my iPhone pictures to the ipad as a childminder I take pictures on my phone and download them to the iCloud then do my paperwork with an app on the ipad which saves sooo much time (I used to have to physically download pics to laptop, email them to myself then open on ipad) so if you work in a similar way the ipad is a godsend!! The apps can be a bit expensive, however some can be really cheap so it's a bit hit and miss with the App Store and I feel android had more choice for free, where as apple try to charge for most things The camera is good quality if in a well lit room or outside, however can be a little blurry or pixilated if in a darker room, however once you know this you have no more issues, there are some great features on the camera mode and it can be turned to face you st the touch if a button. As a childminder I wanted the children to not be able to access my ipad and so I chose to have a pass lock but be warned as there is a feature which means 10 incorrect attempts can wipe all the dAta on it- this can be disabled easily though There is a feature to prevent children touching in app adverts which is great for when you are happy for the little ones to have a turn The battery lasts a fair amount of time and is much better than a phone battery for example I use this most oft the time and it will last 3 days from fully charged There is a fair amount of storage on the device and more can be purchased on the iCloud for a reasonable amount (an additional 10gb for £15 per year) The only real issue for me has come when my printer/ipad couldn't detect each other wirelessly and then it was a NIGHTMARE! I realised the ipad has no USB ports so I couldn't even attach it with wires to the printer making the ipad useless (thank god I had a computer as well as a tablet) Originally this was great and there were not many similar things on the market however I feel that All in all a great tablet but for the money I feel there are now better tablets on the market in a much more reasonable price range with better features, however apple have updated from this version of the ipad and maybe the new ones have addresses some of this?

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        09.10.2013 11:56
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        Close to perfect... assuming you're an Apple fan

        Before I received my iPad 2 as a present the Christmas before last, I really, really wanted an iPad. I was attracted by the very portable nature of the device , the fact that I could connect to the Wi-Fi and access the internet from wherever I was in the house (on the sofa, in the kitchen, even in bed) and, of course, the fact that it was a shiny new gadget that I didn't actually own. We had (and still have) a desktop PC which has appeared to be on its last legs for the last couple of years and takes an age to go from being switched on to actually allowing you to surf the net, so the instant connectivity offered by the iPad was a big selling point for me. After all, who wants to wait half an hour from deciding that they need to look something up online to actually being able to do it, in this technology driven age? So, the question is, has my iPad lived up to my expectations? * The Technical Bit * When I got my iPad 2, it was still the current, top of the range, model. Of course, technology moves on so fast that new models have been introduced since then, but the iPad 2 is still widely available and is the cheapest of the iPads on the market. The iPad 2 is available with just a WiFi connection or with 3G connectivity (which you need a mobile phone contract for) and has a 16, 32 or 64GB memory. Mine is a 16GB, Wi-Fi only version. They are available in black or white. On receiving / purchasing the iPad, it is simply packaged in a typical 'Apple' white box which contains the iPad itself, a connector cable and a USB power adapter. The iPad 2 has the same cable connector as the iPhones up to, and including, the iPhone 4S. For those who are interested in the size of the iPad 2, here goes... it is 9.5 inches high by 7.31 inches wide, has a depth of 8.8mm and weighs 601g. This is a good size in my opinion - it is small enough and light enough to slip into a large handbag, or hand luggage while travelling, but large enough to provide an excellent visual experience. The screen itself is a "9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology" (to quote the Apple website). It has "1024x768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)" and apparently has a fingerprint resistant coating, although you would not believe this looking at mine after my children have been using it. It also has a camera and HD video recording capabilities, although I tend to use my iPhone 4S rather than the iPad for photos as the camera on that is much better. Battery life is relatively good - up to 10 hours of surfing the web, watching video or listening to music - although I've noticed a slight deterioration in the battery life of mine over time. *Setting Up * The iPad 2 is extremely user-friendly, particularly if you are already familiar with the Apple operating system. It works in the same way as the iPhones do - a simple set up process involving the creation of your Apple ID (if you don't have one already), a few screens to navigate and then a screen full of little squares denoting which Apps have been installed. The Apps which come with the iPad 2, like the iPhone, are very basic and include Messaging, FaceTime, Maps, Clock and links to iTunes and the App Store. Adding additional Apps is a very simple process - you simply click on the App Store button and choose the Apps that you want to add. These will then be installed and their own little buttons will pop up on your screen. * The Best Bits * For me, the best things about the iPad 2 are the portability, the instant connection to the internet and the wide variety of apps that are available for it. I have a lot of apps on my iPad - some are ones that came up because it is synced to my iPhone 4S and I don't really use them on the iPad (things like Bus Times which are far more use when I'm actually waiting AT the bus stop), but most of them are used periodically. On a daily basis, I probably use Facebook, Pinterest and Safari (internet browser), plus whichever games I am currently addicted to (Candy Crush mostly, but also Castleville Legends for the last couple of weeks). I also use the eBay app a lot when I am in a selling phase, which I am at the moment - this is synched with the iPhone app which I use for creating listings. I also track my diet progress with My Fitness Pal and check (usually in vain) for cheap flights using Skyscanner. I used it as a Kindle (via the Kindle app) for a while, but then I got a real Kindle - it is still good for reading in a dark hotel room when you're trying to get the kids to sleep though! The kids also use the iPad on a regular basis. We tend to use it as a second TV when they are squabbling over the remote for the main TV - this allows them to watch their favourite shows through iPlayer or Sky Go, something that I feel is a real strength of the iPad as the streaming is very consistent and we rarely have any issues with it (unlike LoveFilm Instant on the main TV which keeps freezing). There are also a wide range of games / educational apps available for younger users - my three year old loves the Peppa Pig games and my six year old is addicted to Minecraft. Both are very confident in how to use the iPad and can find what they want easily. * The Not So Good Bits * To be fair, I love my iPad and I find it hard to say too much negative about it. For me, the big issue is the fact that it doesn't support Flash so some websites just don't work on it - things like filling out most online surveys for example. Also, there are other websites that are much more fiddly to circumnavigate using touchscreen technology generally - especially ones where you need to search through calendars for dates (hotel bookings, flight searches etc.). Mostly, this is a small price to pay for the convenience of the iPad, but it can be frustrating at times. A week or two ago, I'd have added the IOS 7 update to my list of negatives, but I've got used to it now and, to be honest, I hardly notice that anything has changed. From a social interaction point of view, the iPads are maybe a bit too addictive - it's not great for a relationship when we're both sitting there messing around on our iPads and not communicating - but we have made the effort to have iPad-free nights which helps. The problem is that they are just too tempting... it is so easy to pick them up for a quick browse / play and then an hour later you're still on it. * Cost * The 16GB, Wi-Fi enabled iPad 2 costs £329 from the Apple Store. I use mine so much that I'd say this was decent value for money, although if you're buying one, you might want to buy one of the newer versions instead. * Final Thoughts * I would wholeheartedly recommend my iPad 2 to anyone looking for a simple to use tablet. Even my Mum, a bit of a technology-phone at the best of times, has a iPad now and she loves it... However, I know that the Apple products can be a bit like marmite - either you love them or you don't. I am a self-confessed Apple addict - I love the simplicity of the operating system, the range of apps available, the syncing with my iPhone etc. - and I think that I will probably replace it with another iPad in the future. For me, this is one of the best, and most used, gadgets that I've ever had - and I've had a lot of gadgets - and I would honestly feel lost without it.

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          08.09.2013 19:22

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          A superb buy, an item you won't know you are missing until you have it!

          i pad 2 wifi 16 GB As one of the more affordable i pad this one is highly recommended. Smooth and sleek, easy to handle, it just looks and feels good to use. Great battery life, although it does take a while to charge. I was sceptical about i pads, I mean who needs one when you have a computer and a Smartphone right? Wrong. Not only are they fun, with apps running really well on such a nice screen size, but they are so handy for browsing the web, using money managing apps, to do lists, to watch catch up TV, the list is endless. An i pad has all the convenience of a phone with the basic features of a computer; you can read and download documents, even type your own. I adore the screen size, bigger than most tablets it is large enough to comfortably use, for apps, reading, browsing. While comparatively this i pad has a small memory it can run many apps without affecting performance, and 16GB are a more than adequate for this. The i pad 2 is really easy to handle and use, it soon becomes clear how to navigate round the i pad and it really is sensitive to every gesture, particularly useful when using apps. The wifi picks up and connects to networks easily making it ideal for using in the home and at wireless hotspots. I have had minor issues with my i pad freezing until it is locked and unlocked, though that may not be a general issue. Considering it is a product you expect to use catch up services on the volume can seem quite low even at full volume at times, and the low memory doesn't allow much space for storing music or videos, although as it is a more affordable i pad this is to be expected. Generally this is a great product for someone sceptical about tablets or who is on a more limited budget (students maybe) as it has all the features that distinguish i pads, although none of the luxuries that add to the cost!

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          04.08.2013 13:43

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          The future and still the daddy of tablets.

          I have owned this product for a few years now. I won't bore you with details about the item as I am sure your be well aware of what is in inside. The ipad started the tablet craze and in my eyes, it still holds the crown. Granted, the iphone has lost the mobile phone crown, but at this time...ipad is the best tablet. It has pretty much replaced my laptop. Everything can be done on the ipad now. Most websites and ipad friendly so nice big txt and pictures. However if you wish to dump your laptop totally then its worth investing in a keyboard as typing a lot (like these reviews) will require you to have a keyboard. Of course what people do worry about is that lack of support for Flash. Over the years, the amount of websites that actually have flash have reduced and with the ever increasing market for ipads, companies are starting to move away from flash. I have never really found it a problem. Battery: No issues, quite easily surf the net for maybe about 5 hours constantly without the need to charge. Maybe 7 actually come to think of it. You don't have to worry in my eyes. Durability on the ipad is good. It has not failed me once since purchase. In the very hot weather we have had, and when outside, the ipad has told me to take it out of the sun as it was getting too hot. I dropped it the other month onto a tiled floor and it still worked find and did not crack. I have not felt the need to upgrade to newer ipads. Yes they are faster but, why need something quicker when all your doing is really surfing the web and looking at facebook? So any bad points? Erm, I am struggling to think to be honest. Obviously the price is fairly high but then that is Apple for you. You get a lot more for your money with a laptop. My mum has enquired about getting one and started to ask me about it. But as soon as I told her the price, she just shut up shop and was not interested anymore.

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          01.08.2013 16:47
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          might be worth buying the newer iPad

          I bought this iPad when it was first released from HMV for £399, but it has since gone down in price. I bought it as an upgrade from the original iPad 1. I saw there was a lot of hype about it so I wanted to see if it would be any better than the first iPad. And it was! The 9.7" screen is brilliant and the resolution of it is really brilliant, viewing photos and videos is amazing. The iPad has been dropped a few times but it has proven to be hard wearing, although it is quite easy to scratch the back. The screen has gained a small crack but that was from leaving it on the floor and someone stepped on it... oops... The battery life is very good, but it never lasts the full 10 hours like it is supposed to. I usually get about 8 hours out of it on full charge. It is lightweight and easy to carry around which is a plus. The app store has a wide range of apps, a lot of which are free or very cheap, and if you choose the right ones they are great! They are very easy to install, straight from the iPad, however, you are forced to choose a very complicated password, which can be hard to remember sometimes and typing it out can be tedious because you have to change it into capitals and number which seems to be a very annoying task for the iPad, as you have to change the keyboard and it is hard to tell if the capital letters are still on. It is a pleasure to browse the internet on, and the swift movements and shortcuts are easy to use. Unfortunately, it has no flashplayer which means the only games you can play are the ones you download on the app store. There is also a limit to which websites you can use. You are forced to use a youtube app, which doesn't seem to have as many videos and not always the specific ones you are searching for. The charger for the iPad is quite flimsy, and would break in a family household with more than one person using it. It is expensive to replace the chargers, along with any other apple accessories. Because of the release of the new iPad it is very difficult to update the iPad 2. I can't do it myself using itunes and am forced to take it into the apple store and have one of the "genius'" take about half an hour to update it. This is very inconvenient. DO NOT buy the original apple iPad cover. It gets dirty really quickly and the magnet weakens over time making it easier to drop the iPad. It is also ridiculously expensive for what it is, and you would be a lot better off buying a more protective iPad case which will actually protect your iPad from being scratched on the back. Apart from that, it was a great purchase, but do follow my advice!

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          28.07.2013 01:09

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          Doesn't replace your laptop.

          I bought my iPad six months ago. My general point of view is that I don't see much use of it eventually. For me, it does not replace a laptop. It is sure that when you love to play all those little applications on your iPhone, you will love it on the iPad because of the size of the screen! Now, I will not be negative about this product. After all, it's not bad. Positive sides: It has a good screen quality, good handling, good sound quality. You will enjoy watching videos on YouTube because the picture is pretty good. Level of autonomy, it is not bad. I use it like 2 or 3 days without recharging. Of course, I don't spend all my day on it ... For me, the hard disk capacity is more than sufficient. Now, for those who want to put a lot of movies, music, photos, etc. ... I recommend getting the higher version. It may be a fair bit with 16 GB For those who love to cook with recipes found on the internet, there is little protection for iPad. It protects the screen also when you do not use it, but it can also serve as a base to be able to install and use it while cooking. Or something else ... The good thing about this product is that you can carry it around easily. It is lighter than a computer, is thinner and smaller. Fits easily into a handbag. Downsides: In terms of the quality of the pictures you take with the iPad, I don't find it so terrible. The pictures are not clear. The quality is far better with my iPhone 4S. It doesn't replace a computer. I continue to prefer my computer while doing some text processing. Actually, I haven't tried it on the iPad but there must be some downloadable applications to do the same thing. I'm not sure it's as well. In conclusion it is not a bad product, I might advise it for those who want to have fun with apps on a larger screen, but not for those looking to replace their computer.

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          16.07.2013 00:28
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          An amazing device that everyone should own!

          The iPad 2, an amazing continuation from the fantastic iPad 1, but a step behind the iPad 3. But for the average person they all do basically the same thing, it's just performance may differ from one model to the next. Anyway for anyone that doesn't know what an iPad is, it's a tablet computer. You can store/listen to music and watch videos, browse the Internet and download and use a unreal amount of applications for all uses that can be downloaded from the App Store. As with a lot of Apple products they can seem a little pricey compared to other similar products on the market. But let me assure you they're not very similar, what may appear to look like an iPad type tablet, inside is struggling to even match half of the iPad specifications. The iPad 2 is a reliable and durable machine, that couldn't be anymore easier to use due to its large, clear touch screen. It has a powerful processor that means apps run smoothly and hardly ever crash, the iPad runs at speed! I mostly use my iPad for browsing the Internet, I do a lot of online shopping on it, the large screen allows for easy viewing. Rather importantly as well is the fact the browsing software is completely safe from Internet viruses and malware, making it trouble free. The battery life is surprisingly long, a full battery lasts for approximately 8-9 hours. Allowing you to watch and play for a substantial amount of time! One issue I have noticed is that it does seem to take longer to charge than other apple products for example my iPhone 5, but that could just be me. Videos can be watched in basically HD quality and take barely any time to load. Sound playback is superb and the volume does reach a high level. Overall I would recommend everyone to get an iPad if they can, it's makes jobs so much easier and quicker and will save you time in numerous ways!

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          My beloved iPad was a present from my fiancé last Christmas. I have used it everyday since then and while I was unsure at first and easily became frustrated with it (due to the lack of keyboard), I have to say that I think I'd be lost without it now. I had actually asked my fiancé for a kindle, and not an iPad, but he decided to buy me an iPad because he apparently thought that I would prefer it as according to him 'it does more'. In actual fact, I know full well that he didn't want a kindle, and knew that if he bought me an iPad he'd be able to share it with me! I'll be truthful (and hope he doesn't read this) and admit that because I was convinced that I would be getting just what I wanted (a kindle), I was extremely disappointed and pretty annoyed. Mainly because I enjoy saving money so to know that my fiancé had forked out his hard earned money (i believe it cost him over £300) for something that a laptop already does when I already have a laptop was very, very annoying. I didn't think that I'd get much use out of it, which is why I initially deemed it as a waste of money, but in actual fact I now use it everyday - nowadays I use it much more than my laptop. I very rarely even use my laptop anymore unless I want to upload pictures onto it. When I do use my laptop, I don't really enjoy it as much as when I use my iPad if that makes sense. My laptop over heats, is loud, takes up more space on my lap/desk and is heavier. My iPad however isn't much bigger than a book and fits neatly on my lap, weighs almost nothing and makes absolutely no loud humming noises and never overheats! It did take time to get used to a smaller screen, but it is big enough for me. Though I do definitely think that I could manage with just my iPad if I got rid of my laptop, I have decided to keep it for now. The first reason being that I often need to reinstall my wireless network driver as it plays up a lot and my iPad has no cd drive, so if I didn't have my laptop I would have no way of fixing my Internet. The second reason is that I am currently doing a course which requires a lot of paper work to be typed up and printed off, which with an iPad would require me to buy all sorts of additional gadgets to attach to it, and even then I'm not quite sure if its actually possible to print from an iPad. The third reason is that I don't find the iPad's camera to be much good, so I still use my digital camera and iPhone, and then use my USB leads to upload them onto my laptop. There are reasonably cheap attachments that you can buy to attach the camera or phone lead to the iPad, but while I still have a laptop I don't feel the need to buy one. Anyway, onto the actual iPad (I ramble a lot, sorry). I have an iPad 2. Mine came with 16gb of memory, but you can also get ones which come with 32gb of memory and these cost a substantial amount more than the 16gb. I find 16gb to be more than enough for my personal needs. I mainly store my collection of music on it (which is around 6gb) and I have 1gb of pictures currently. I also have several apps which amount to 2gb or so, and the rest is free space. If I didn't have my laptop, I think the iPad would be jam packed with all of the pictures from my digital camera, but it currently holds everything I need it to. My iPad although it holds a good amount of my data still runs as set as it did the day that I got it. It very, very rarely lags or freezes and when it does it is usually due to me trying to open too many websites at once, rather than how much data is stored on it. As for the design of the ipad, it is very simple, The design is just like an iPhone really but larger! It is basically just a screen, with the equivalent of a computer hard drive and sound card and motherboard inside.iPads come in two different colours, black and white. Had I had the choice I would have definitely bought the black one, as it just looks more sleek in my opinion. Unluckily for me my fiancé chose the white one, which I think looks a little bit cheaper and 'plastic' but it does still look nice. The colour doesn't really matter anyway as I have a plastic case which covers the whole iPad apart from the screen and the home button. I would definitely reccomend buying a case to protect your iPad from any accidental drops. I've also banged my iPad by mistake against walls and shelves while carrying it, which I would obviously reccomned you avoid doing! and my case has protected it. My case is just a hard plastic case which is bright pink but there are lots to choose from. My iPad without the case feels a bit *too* light and worryingly fragile, which is why I bought it. Even with the case it is still extremely light, but the case protects it. The iPad comes with safari already installed. This is basically the equivellent of Firefox and Internet explorer. It's a good browser, and I used it for the first few months before I came across google chrome on the App Store. I've come cross lots of great stuff on the App Store, including heaps of free apps. I've also paid for some apps. The apps download really quickly and there is all sorts. At the minute I have about five games, several television catch up apps and a calculator and weather app as well as of course a book reading app - I buy eBooks from iTunes and read them in the book reading app. When you first get your iPad it will not have any fun apps, just the basics. It will just have the chat app, maps app, reminders app and all the other boring basics. It also has photos, videos and music 'folders' which come on the ipad and can not be deleted. The settings app is the most most important one and this is where you control everything from the screen brightness to the clock and volume. When I first got my iPad it actually came with a YouTube app, but after my first update which was automatic, the YouTube app mysteriously disappeared so I had to download it from App Store. Annoying! The ipad screen is really smooth. It feels weird typing on an iPad and at first i kept pressing the wrong letters on the on-screen keyboard. Now though i can type really quickly, it doesn't take long to adjust to at all. The colours are all vivid and the screen is clear and bright. The brightness can be adjusted to suit your preference. Connecting to the Internet with an iPad is really easy, you will need a wireless network in your range and the iPad will detect it and join to it automatically. If you can not find your network then you can manually type in the details and it should connect. My iPad has had a few network issues where it hasn't detected my wireless signal. I found that by turning my router off and then on again this would sort the problem. The Internet is always speedy fast and hardly ever lags or freezes. I really like that the Internet has space where you can store bookmarks and a reading list, too. The main thing that I think is a big let down is the camera quality. It is fuzzy and blurry, it doesn't pick up colours very well and I don't feel very attractive when I am in a video call on my iPad because of the awful resolution. I don't use the camera to take pictures very often because of the quality, and also because I feel awkward holding my iPad up and taking a picture with it as its a lot larger than a digital camera or my iPhone. All in all, I do highly recommend the iPad 2. It does almost everything I need it to do and is much lighter, quieter and 'up to date' than my Sony vaio laptop.

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            It is a bit of a luxury purchase, but I love it

            We have had the Aple ipad for about six months, since our last laptop broke down. at the time we considered buying a laptop with a high spec, but decided to buy an ipad and lower spec laptop instead (I'll explain in a minute) For starters the iPad looks great, as with most apple products, and is very easy to use especially if you are already familiar with an iPhone etc. Apps are downloaded in the same way etc. In fact it is very much like using a big iPhone, just without the facility to call or text. Not all the same Apps are available for the ipad, but you can download iphone apps for the ipad and use them in the same way, they just look a little different on the screen. The biggest advantage of the ipad is how instantly you are able to use it. I bought a smartcase, which essentially turns the ipad on and off as you 'open it'. In my opinion you really need this to make the best use of the ipad. Previously, with a laptop, If I wanted to look something up on the internet it would take a few minutes for the laptop to get going. with the ipad I open the smart cover, enter my password and go straight to my internet browser in seconds. The other advantage is how portable it is, which also makes using Skype much easier, as you can be sitting on the sofa with the ipad chatting to your friends and family. Ok, so now the downsides, and why at the moment it cant replace a laptop. 1) You cannot connect things like a memory stick to an ipad. As we have a digital camera, the only way to upload our pictures from this is onto the laptop. 2) You cannot (easily) print from an ipad. I do believe there are Apps out there to allow you to do so but from my research they are very expensive 3) It does not have storage in the same way as a laptop, therefore you can't keep lots of files 'saved' on your ipad. it also doesn't support things like JAVA. you can keep lots of song and pictures on it if you want, but I don't really see the point. I have a Flikr account which means I can access all my pictures if I want to without storing them on the ipad. I decided to go for the wifi version only over the 3G option as I only wanted to use the ipad at home, and so this is a much cheaper option, and I didn't want to be tied to another mobile phone type contract of paying out monthly. If you do take the ipad out of the house then you can still use it anywhere you can get wifi etc for example in hotels or cafes. So there you have it. It wont replace a laptop in my opinion but it is a great little piece of kit

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            Superb bit of kit, more uses than you'd think

            I doubt i was alone, when the iPad was released, in wondering what the point was. It was the price of a reasonable laptop, which a fraction of the functionality, and unable to use the software you already own. Then in a mad moment i bought one and it was a revelation. I already had an iPhone 4, so was used to the controls, which are as intuitive as ever, but clearly the screen size is a huge advantage. It's as nicely designed and put together at most Apple products. You really can't knock it in terms of aesthetics or ergonomics. The biggest advantage over a laptop in my view, is the available aps. They are generally pretty cheap, so you can experiment with things without loosing too much. You also know they're going to work, unlike downloaded PC software, which can conflict with hardware and software configurations. Also, if you're just browsing the 'net, it's very quick to come on, very light, and doesn't use much juice, so it's generally a better option than firing up the laptop. However if I plan to do a fair but of typing, I'd still use the laptop. The flaws? lack of USB port, the stupendous charge for extra RAM (no doubt connected to my first point!), and, like other Apple devices, doesn't support FLASH. This may not be a problem in a few years, but many sites still use Flash - regardless of Apple's thoughts. This will always limit their usefulness. All in all though a great device. I'd like an iPad 3, as the screen is much better, which is useful as a pro photographer, but I wouldn't pay much to upgrade.

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            Apples I-pad 2, you'll either love it or you'll buy something cheaper that's not Apple.

            ---Winner Winner Chicken Dinner--- Competitions. We all love them. No-one actually wins them. And when they do, it's an all-expenses paid trip to your local pub that doesn't actually include travel and only one type of beer. Imagine my surprise when I won an Ipad 2 in a contest at work! I wasn't immediately ecstatic, not because I wasn't happy - I was... honest! It's just that I have always been a little bit Anti-Apple. No, not because their leader wore horrid turtle neck sweaters (that's another story) it was purely due to the cost of their products. So this review covers the workings of an Apple IPAD 2 and possibly a grumble or two about the pricing structure of Apple products. ---The minute you walked in the joint--- The box arrived at work and once I had got the ugly cardboard royal mail packaging off (brown? Not fabulous!), it revealed a lovely sleek white apple box with lovely packaging inside which was clinging like a well fitted dress onto each part of the device to prevent damage - I was impressed at their packaging (keep reading, I will talk about the device soon, I promise!) Within said packaging there was an operating manual, a plug (in 2 parts as one part is the USB cable) and the IPAD 2 itself. As I took the IPAD2 out of the box I tried to down play my happiness to the jealous people around me - I was smiling pretty hard on the inside. And possibly the outside. Hell, I'd just won an effing IPAD! ---Instant Pleasure--- Much to my delight the IPAD didn't need charged immediately; it came with about 70% charge on the battery which meant I was able to play with it straight away. It's almost like they thought of these things in advance! The setup was also quick and easy: Once turned on for the first time, the screen comes to life and provides an simple to understand "setup guide" which you tap, click or otherwise fondle (whatever you want to call it) through to setup the various features. ---Let's do the time warp again--- The date and time set up is easy as hell as long as you have a clock and know the date. Unlike my mobile, you DO have to set it manually to start with, but really, that's hardly an issue. Check one of your other devices and I'm sure that won't be a problem for very long. ---You got Wires going in--- The wireless setup is quick and painless and the range is more than adequate making it easy to stay connected throughout the house (though I suppose that's an issue of a bygone era!). If you really want, you can pay someone like Vodafone or O2 extortionate amounts of money and get one with 3G mobile internet, however my model didn't come with that so I can't really comment on it. Despite having no 3G it DOES come with some form of GPS which comes in really handy if you want to use your IPAD as a giant sat nav. You can also set up the location function (if you don't mind apple knowing where you are at all times) which could help tailor search results online to your local area. It also comes with Wi-fi which comes in very handy if you are near a wi-fi connection. If you aren't, boo. You can use your Wi-Fi for downloading any apps you so wish to litter your I-Pad 2 with. ---Letters to you--- The Keyboard will appear automatically when you fondle a text bearing box. It is a QWERTY keyboard (because that's just the way life works now!) You do need to click another button on the keyboard to make the numbers and symbols appear which, frankly, is daft. The screen is big enough to fit it all in when you are using it sideways and longways (because, like most things now-a-days, you can use it in whichever direction you want, including upside down if you really want to stand apart from the crowd.) You can also purchase a keyboard to plug into your IPAD2 if you can't stand to use the one on-screen, but I think that kind of defeats the point in owning an IPAD. If apple are hoping the IPAD2 is going to become a replacement for desktop computers...well... I'd say no chance of that happening just yet. ---Head in the Clouds--- The Cloud, rather than being a ridiculously exclusive gay bar, is a fun little function which allows all of your information, pictures and / or / other to upload to a central server. If you are ... "lucky" ... enough to own more than one apple product or cloud enabled device, you will instantly be able to access everything about you on every other device you own. Apparently, (said a turtle-necker) "it just works". Hmm. It does work. It also takes either a heap tonne of bravery, or a large amount of stupidity to allow that much access to your personal information. I mean, come on, apple will clearly be on the Terminators side when they come. ---I wanna touch ya and take your picture--- There are two cameras on the device, one on the front, one on the back. They are both really good quality as they record in HD at 720 pixels. It also has a 5x digital zoom, not that I've needed to take any far away ninja type shots. Personally I've been using them to recording videos and take pictures a bit closer up. It's also good for video chatting to my family in Portugal through the app facetime but you can download "Skype" if you are that way inclined. I would say that the camera function is a bit awkward to use for pictures since the IPad is quite big, so you really need two hands to hold it and another to push the button. All good if you are blessed with three hands, but most of us aren't. As for the actual internals of this little machine, they are also great; you will struggle to lag the device down because there is enough memory/processing power contained inside to launch a rocket to the moon. I'm not sure if you'll get back again since the battery life is ten hours if you are being a bit over zealous in your use, but I'm sure the free-fall will be fun. ---The Good--- So far it seems the IPAD2 is actually worth the hype that the apple fan-bois spew constantly at people, which hurts me to admit. The screen is very responsive; you barely need to touch it for it to jump to life - it's totally effortless. It comes pre-loaded with all the basic software or apps (as apple like to call them) you will need to begin with i.e. Internet Browser, Email Client, Memo Function, Music Player, Gallery... the list goes on. You can purchase or download an absolute tonne of apps for free from the App Store - It contains thousands of games, business apps, Google earth/docs etc. which can all help your experience become something awesome. If you really want to spend more money there are also other apps that you can pay for. Personally I think free is best! The thing that stands out most for me is the battery - One full charge can last for days and the only thing I have found so far that drains the battery, understandably is Netflix, an internet movie streaming app. Throw in the brilliant sound quality that the speakers give off (seriously, it's better than my boyfriend's laptop) and you have a fantastic little device in your hands. ---The Bad--- Now that we've covered all the good points, time for me to grumble! The main bad point for me, as always when talking about Apple products is simply the cost - I will never understand why people are willing to fork out so much money when there are other devices out there that can do the same things for half the price. Enthusiasts will simply answer this question with "It's Apple and I like it". Keeping in mind that I *won* my Ipad, I didn't and would never pay what apple are wanting for them - My unit costs £399.00 which gives a 16GB model (the space you can store your stuff on in the unit - this is quite a low amount of storage space) this rises to £479.00 for a 32GB and a whopping £559.00 for a 64GB version. Anyone that knows about technology knows that storage space does not cost that much so there is no justification for the high prices. Just as an example you can get another tablet with 32GB of storage for just £317, which is a whole £82 cheaper and a whole 16GB of storage more than the model I have. ---The Bad. Again.--- Another bizarre moment for apple: IPAD2 doesn't support adobe flash player. This is used for things like YouTube videos, which apple gets around by providing a YouTube app which will stream to your Ipad. This work around is good for YouTube but not for other simple everyday things like playing an online game in your browser (i.e. Facebook's Farmville or National Lottery's online scratch cards - these games will not play on the IPAD and there is no intention to change this any time soon). Further oddities occur around Torrents (which are a popular way for people to download content from the internet). Apple has not allowed any programs that contain support for downloading content onto its App Store, so if you wanted to use torrents, it's not possible. This mean that you are stuck with the apps that Apple have approved, which can mean missing out on some brilliant Android apps/ features that other devices have no issues with. On a technicality, however, this does mean that Apples app store is more secure in the products it presents. ---Do you love me?--- Despite the cost and the lack of torrent and flash support, I do actually like my Ipad and wouldn't trade it in for anything else. It's sleek, sexy and does most of what I need it to. I do still need to use my windows laptop for some things though. If you have the money, I would (grudgingly) recommend getting an IPAD2, however if flash is important to your daily activities, stay clear and get a windows tablet instead. It will save you some money and give you more freedom with your apps if you desire it. Overall, a really good product from a really annoying company.

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              Four out of five stars.

              '''Intro''' Despite already having both a laptop and a MacBook, when i saw that my local tesco had the iPad 2's reduced from £399 to just £329, I decided to buy one as at that price it was hard to resist! '''What is an iPad?''' An iPad is a tablet computer. It is a bit like a cross between a laptop and an iPhone and it is basically a large screen which you operate by simply touching it. No keyboard, mouse or any other bulky accessories - everything that you need is built into the device. The iPad wirelessly connects to the Internet so it can be used in any room around the house - really handy. It also has an inbuilt microphone and two cameras (front and rear facing) so it has everything that you could really want. '''Design''' The iPad is incredibly neat. It's very sleek and modern and it has that lovely glossy kind of look to both the screen and the surrounding plastic. It has basic controls on it such as the home button, the volume controls, the on and of button and of course a little slot at the bottom which you use to charge it. '''My opinion''' I bought my iPad last month due to it being reduced and I am Incredibly glad that I did - I love it!! I must admit that I was a tiny bit hesitant at first because I was aware of a few minor disadvantages such as no flash player and no USB port as well as obviously no Microsoft word . As I do already have a laptop though this was not a huge issue for me but for people buying this intending to use it as their main computer this may be a minor disadvantage. I bought the iPad mainly for listening to music and watching films as well as browsing the Internet and sending emails. I am not really that into apps but since buying this I've found myself browsing the apps on iTunes more and more frequently! The iPad came in a really basic white rectangular cardboard box which I was quite disappointed by as it has no information on it like boxes usually do such as what the box contained etc. In the box there's a wall charger and two instruction manuals (well, one of them is more like a very brief leaflet with a picture of the iPad and arrows pointing to the different parts of it eg the on and off button). Setting the iPad up was incredibly easy. I simply turned it on and then followed the on screen instructions. I needed to fill in information such as my language, country, birthdate and so on and I also needed to enter my email address and iTunes account information. My iPad was set up within a matter of 2-3 minutes and mine had 89 percent of charge of it meaning that I was able to use it straight away. Connecting to the Internet was incredibly quick and within 5 minutes of turning my iPad on I was browsing the Internet! I did need to change the time as it was incorrect and to do this I simply needed to click onto the iPad settings and browse through the options until I found the time section. The iPads camera is it's major letdown and I was initially incredibly dissapointed and I even considered returning it. The pictures it takes are quite grainy, especially pictures taken in artificial light. Pictures taken in daylight are okay, but I personally don't think that the pictures are good enough to upload to facebook. Despite the camera being pretty dire the videos it produces are actually alright and using the iPad to Skype is fun as i do look quite clear on the screen. The front facing camera is obviously a bit of a pain when skyping as when I'm holding it in my hand I look like its zoomed in on me lol so I usually stand my iPad on my shelf against the wall and then sit on my bed when skyping with someone as when I hold it it looks way too close to my face and it is unflattering! The screen has such a clear, glossy display and pictures and videos look very clear and high definition and the attention to details is definitely there. I am only able to watch videos via the YouTube app or via iTunes as there is no flash player meaning that I am not able to watch videos on say the ASOS website or facebook but this doesn't bother me personally. Downloading apps is quick and easy and iTunes is easily accessible. The mail app that comes readily installed on the iPad is brilliant as it makes a noise whenever you receive an email and displays the number of unread emails that you have. The iPad has got several other apps that come readily installed including games centre, reminders, newsstand and FaceTime. Since buying my iPad I've downloaded around thrity apps and my iPad is still running nice and quickly which is good - my iPad is only 16gb and I was worried that my iPad would slow down once it was full of music and apps etc but nope, not at all. The sound on this is nice and clear and earphones can be used with it. The battery life is brilliant and mine lasts for around a day of regular use (eg browsing the internet, making videos, Skype etc) before it needs charging which is a longer battery life than my laptop. The iPad does not have a USB port meaning that I am unable to transfer photos and music from my laptop onto my ipad however a programme is available for around thirty pounds which does this. '''Overall''' I recommend the iPad as it is so quick, easy and fun to use. The lack of a USB port and the rather rubbish camera let it down but the screen display is impressive as is the ease of use and overall design and quality. Four out of five stars.

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              Two cameras for FaceTime and HD video recording. The dual-core A5 chip. The same battery life. All in a thinner, lighter design. Now iPad is even more amazing. And even less like anything else!

              Once you pick up iPad 2, it'll be hard to put down. That's the idea behind the all-new design. It's 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter, so it feels even more comfortable in your hands. And it makes surfing the web, checking email, watching movies, and reading books so natural, you might forget there's incredible technology under your fingers.

              With up to nine times the graphics performance, gameplay on iPad 2 is even smoother and more realistic. And faster graphics help apps perform better - especially those with video. You'll see it when you're scrolling through your photo library, editing video with iMovie, and viewing animations in Keynote.

              iPad is one big, beautiful display - 9.7 inches of high-resolution photos, movies, web pages, books, and more. LED backlighting makes everything you see remarkably crisp, vivid, and bright. Even in places with low light, like an airplane. And there's no wrong way to hold iPad. It's designed to show off everything in portrait and landscape, so with every turn (even upside down), the display adjusts to fit. Because it uses a display technology called IPS (in-plane switching), it has a wide, 178° viewing angle. Hold it up to someone across the room, or share it with someone sitting next to you, and everyone gets a brilliant view.

              Technology is at its best when it feels completely natural, almost like there's no technology at all. That's Multi-Touch on iPad. You use your fingers to do everything, so everything you do - surfing the web, typing email, reading books, and swiping through photos - is easier and a lot more fun. How does it work? When your fingers touch the display, it senses them using electrical fields. Then it instantly transforms your taps, swipes, pinches, and flicks into lifelike actions. Just like that.

              With the built-in accelerometer, you can rotate iPad to portrait or landscape, or even upside down, and whatever you're watching, reading, or seeing adjusts to fit the display. And now the accelerometer, three-axis gyroscope, and compass all work together. They sense which direction iPad is heading and how it's moving. So games, maps, and other apps know your every twist, turn, tilt, and 360. It's an epic win for gaming. And it's just the beginning of better-than-ever iPad apps.

              iPad is built with advanced 802.11n wireless technology. It automatically finds Wi-Fi networks, which you can join with a few taps. iPad with Wi-Fi is ideal if you have a wireless high- speed Internet router in your home, or if you'll be using your iPad near a wireless hotspot - in a café or a school library, for example.

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              Product Description: Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi - tablet - 16 GB - 9.7"
              Product Type: Tablet
              Display: 9.7" IPS TFT - LED backlight - 1024 x 768 ( 132 ppi ) - Multi-Touch
              Processor: Apple A5 ( Dual-Core )
              Processor Clock Speed: 1 GHz
              Storage: 16 GB
              Wireless Connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
              Camera: Rear + VGA front
              HD Video Recording: 720p
              Battery Run Time: Up to 10 hours
              Dimensions (WxDxH): 18.6 cm x 0.9 cm x 24.1 cm
              Weight: 601 g
              Colour: Black
              Localisation: English / United Kingdom
              Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty
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