Apple iPad Wi-Fi Review

Apple iPad MB292LL/A Tablet (16GB, Wifi)

There is something that captures your imagination when you open an Apple box and first see your new gadget. Which is definitely the situation with the Apple iPad. The first factor you see is the unit itself with its huge screen. Also incorporated in the box is a cable, energy adapter and also the famous apple stickers. But was the box well worth opening in the first place? Is the iPad truly well worth getting?

The first factor you have to know is what the iPad is for. Right after all you can't evaluation a item with out knowing what it is for, appropriate? Nicely Steve Jobs from Apple said that the iPad sits in-between the iPhone and also the Macbook. It is not the very best communications unit and it is not for severe operate. The iPad is the best unit for consuming media. Check out films, indicate pictures, surf the web, answer e-mails and read books. That's what the iPad is for. It's a unit for across the home. I've place that statement to the test.


But before I get in to the media things let's look at the design first. It's wonderful. The back again is all aluminum which helps make it feel truly classy and good versus scratching. The apple logo sits in the middle.

The front is the same as the iPhone. It's glass from edge to edge with the only buttons becoming the residence button, volume, rest and screen orientation key. The edges from the screen are now wider that is helpful because it allows you to maintain the unit with 1 hand with out touching the screen. The black and gray contrast in between the buttons and also the physique looks wonderful. The unit is quite thin and also the aluminum border (metal 1 is gone) helps make it 1 of the very best searching devices actually produced.

The internet & Keyboard

Web is truly important in a tablet, laptop, smartphone well in fact in pretty much everything. Luckily Apple knew this and they've worked hard on getting safari just appropriate on the iPad, and they have. The iPad is simply the very best net surfing experience. It's wonderful to see a whole webpage in front of you that you can manipulate with out utilizing a mouse or other pointing unit. In truth the only downside is the chunkiness in utilizing tabs. It's not fast and it requires you to first press a button and then the page of your choice. I wish it was more like the PC/Mac way with all of your tabs just a single click away.

How does the iPad type? A lot of people asked this question prior to the launch and I can say that I've no problem typing. Portrait mode types fine but can get awkward when you're both holding the unit and typing at the same time. But in landscape mode with the iPad on your lap things truly come alive. It types just like a normal notebook. And if you mistype, the iPad quickly corrects you and predicts the word you wanted to spell. It works just like the iPhone which was a fine system. You might have to get used to the lack of feedback though. Your only guide is the screen and for some people it may get some time getting used to.


Now let's talk media. First of all watching films is wonderful and a way better experience than a laptop or smartphone can offer. The laptop is simply too heavy for the job and also the iPhone's screen is just too small.

Apple incorporated the video app to further enhance the video watching experience and it works wonderful. The app properly shows a cover art from the movie and it is quite easy to go to a curtain chapter or read a description from the movie. I think a lot of people will truly fall in love with this feature.

Another big selling point is the ability to indicate photo's to friends and family. The unit can function as a digital photo stand during parties, or you can use the built in app for a wonderful photo viewing experience. The unit will tell you where the pictures were taken (if geo-tagged) and it will tell faces. Zooming in and out on pictures or sweeping across your collection feel wonderful. It's much better than on the iPhone because the larger screen truly lends itself for smoother gestures and also the wonderful IPS screen shows every detail.

Books are hot again. Apple produced an app specifically for reading and buying, it is called iBooks. The app will display all your books on a bookshelf. Tab the library button and also the bookshelf will flip to reveal a store. But it is not all wonderful because the store lacks suitable navigation. For example you can't navigate by category or publication date. It truly doesn't make sense that it lacks this feature, so the store is in fact only helpful if you already know what you want. But the reading itself is wonderful. It even works in the dark! Take that physical books.

The iPod app is also present. It looks a lot like you're used to in itunes. You can display your music in lists or album covers and see what's playing. Cover flow is mysteriously missing though, but probably won't be missed.

Tab a song and it will display the album cover. Tab again and you get access to the music playing keys. The app is truly wonderful to use because the 9.7" display allows you to see all of your songs.

Other provided apps are: calendar, contacts, notes, app store, iTunes, maps, and YouTube. They all operate wonderful as expected from Apple. calendar does exactly what you expect it to do. You can watch a whole month with out scrolling or tapping, which helps make it particularly helpful.

Contacts divides the screen in two, 1 side it shows all the details and on the other the names of your contacts.

Maps is greatly improved on the iPad. Apple did it by only adding 1 new feature: streetview. And it works easy. Just drop a pin somewhere and press the street button. In truth the streetview works way more intuitive on the iPad than it does on the actual Google site.

Last but not least is YouTube. It's truly nice that you can see both the comments and also the videos on 1 screen in portrait. Since let's face it, we all read the comments. In landscape the video fills the whole screen, which helps make it a pleasure to watch.


The app store allows you to download any iPhone app on your iPad. But you can also download apps produced specifically for the unit.

iPhone apps look awful on the iPad. The screen in 1:1 mode is too small to use and looks silly with all that unused space around it. Displaying the app in 2x modes is not recommended either because it just looks plain ugly. I can see every pixel in this mode.

iPad apps are wonderful though. The larger screen allows for some exciting things. Zombies vs Aliens for example is simply amazing to play. It looks quite crisp and also the controls are as intuitive as might be.

The iWork package from Apple is another example of screen space used well. Making documents and presentations is easy. In pages I was surprised to see the task bar disappear in landscape mode though.

The future will tell if the bigger screen will allow for some wonderful new apps. I'm a little worried though because from the speed from the unit.


So media is wonderful on the iPad but unfortunately not everything is. Communicating for example is not truly possible because the iPad doesn't have a front facing camera. So grandma won't be able to video chat with her grandchildren in the garden. And the iPad is not fast. It feels zippy but the apps aren't what they could be and at times the unit slowed down a bit. Another problem is the build quality. I could slightly wiggle the volume button and rest button by holding my fingers on it. On the iPhone for example the buttons are way more stiff. Another factor about the build quality is the vibration that you get when the speakers are playing. It's probably the fair amount of bass that the unit can produce but it helps make the unit feel more fragile in a way.


The iPad is amazing in its own little way. It's not going to replace the phone. It's not going to replace the notebook. No, it can't do any of those things. Instead it becomes the very best way to interact with your media. Movies, music, books, pictures and also the net. And sure you can operate on it via the iWork packages from apple. it works fine but not excellent enough to produce 10.000+ word documents.

The iPad is an amazing tablet and I hope Apple fixes the shortcomings in the next version. To see more new products 2011, just click HERE!


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