Apple® - iPad™ with Wi-Fi + 3G - 64GB
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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 84 reviews(84 Reviews)
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Useful if it fits your needsPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I am going to give a no BS review of the iPad after having mine for the last 4 weeks. My hope is that it may help someone that was in my situation before forking out 829.00 I bought the 64GB 3G version because you cannot add memory later 100.00 is cheap for twice the memory of the 32GB. I say cheap relatively because you have already paid the premium the moment you buy an entry level iPad. This is a device that you should buy the best you can up front because there is not a upgrade option later. I was on the fence before buying the iPad. I did not really need it, but I was very intrigued but it. I am in the IT industry and solely from that aspect this device is very expensive for what it does. I will touch more on that later. I have tried 2 netbooks and really wanted to love them but they ended up collecting dust with in a 2 weeks of me getting them. They were great for carrying around, but slow to boot and just not very usable for my needs. I ended up going with 13" MBP a few months ago with the plan not to buy an iPad. The MBP fit my needs nicely with its boot up speeds. It still did not give my the portability I wanted, but it can do anything I need it to. I could have still done anything with it that the iPad would do tethering it to my phone. I kept going back and looking at the iPad and decided to take the plunge and bought the 64GB 3G model from Best Buy. The first week was not love at first sight. I really liked the device, but the cost was an issue for me. I had no problems affording the device it was not that kind of concern I paid cash (debt card) for it. It was more a value issue. This device is expensive for what it does period. If the price was reduced on all models $150-200 then I would give it 5 stars. However, at the current price of Netbooks the iPad is well worth the difference in cost. That is my professional opinion at no charge to you. However, other than the cost it is a great device and worth the 4 star rating. The iPad does a few things better than a Laptop, Netbook, or smartphone for me. I want to start off saying that the iPad is not and was never intended to be a laptop replacement. I think it could replace a laptop for a lot of people that just browse the internet, but I would not recommend it as such. I am in management, which takes me to lots of meetings in the day. I have taking notes using a notebook and pen for years, but my handwriting is hard for me to read. I type faster than I write too. With a laptop me typing away is distracting to others, but on the iPad it is silent. I also have an app that records the meeting and tags the recorded section with the notes that are typed this is very handy for my needs. Once I found this app I feel in love with the iPad. The instant on with the iPad solves the boot up time of a laptop/netbook so if I need to take a note it is as fast as pen and paper for me. Browsing the internet on a the iPad is fun, but it does not do it any better than a laptop and with it not supporting flash some sites do not work well; however, 99% of the sites work fine. I have found smartphones are a little small to browse the internet for me. I have a Blackberry because checking and responding to emails is all I really care to do from it. I can browse if forced to, but now I have the iPad I doubt I will ever browse from my phone. The iPad may actually replace my smartphone altogether. Without the internet the iPad is not nearly as useful so I would recommend the 3G option unless you want to hunt for hotspots when out and about. If you have WIFI in most of your locations than the WIFI only model may be fine for you. The battery life is great I am getting 8-10 hours on average. I do turn of the 3G to save on battery life when I am on a wifi network. I have also found it very useful reading books, playing games in my spare time, and working on some photos. Before dropping the money on this device make sure it fits your needs and you really understand what it will and will not do. If you do not do your homework and you go out and buy it then you may be disappointed like some of the 1 and 2 star reviews I have read. There is too much information out there on the iPad to make a uniformed decision.
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Incredible!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I am aware the general consensus is that the iPad does not replace a notebook, but since I picked mine up from Best Buy a month or so ago, I hardly ever use my laptop, except to occasionally synch my iPad. it's like my laptop is now my back up drive for my iPad. Here are some things the iPad does incredibly well: 1. Great for reading news papers and magazines. The way Safari fits the web page into the ipads screen definitely beats the user experience on my laptop. 2. Email and calendar apps are great. I love the email interface and the ipad is perfect to open attachments etc. 3. I got a GPS navigation app for $5 and the iPad screen is awesome as a GPS device. I use it all the time now. The GPS chip is also very fast in locking in on a signal, and unlike a cell phone it doesn't need to be connected to a cell signal to work. 4. Media. I now do a lot of casual video viewing from Netflix and ABC etc on my iPad. The screen and navigation is excellent for watching TV shows and movies. I end up watching a lot of shows on my iPad. I never thought I would ever do that. I never used to watch video on my laptop because of the poor battery life and the amount of time it takes to boot up etc. The ipad is instant on, just like a phone or iPod touch. The battery life is just incredible on the iPad. It goes around 20 hours for me easily with continuous use. There are some really good iPad apps that look great on the iPad.Even simple games like Solitaire, Scrabble and Chess are great on the iPad. the combination of a touch screen and the way Apple has tuned the user experience is fantastic. OK. What about Flash? The only flash apps I used on my notebook were Pandora, Youtube and Hulu. All three have iPad apps and fhe apps are a LOT smoother on the ipad than it is on the laptop. OK so what laptop do I have? It's a Sony Vaio F Series with Intel core duo, windows 7 pro and 4 GB RAM. I really like it and it's great for work. But for entertainment and everyday general use, the iPad is a killer product. I never liked Macs but I really like the iPad.
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
A great device as long as it meets your needsPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I was on the fence about buying an iPad. I already own a Mac Pro and Macbook Pro 17", but I needed something light and mobile to supplement them. I took a look at the Macbook Air and some of the other net books, but they only seemed redundant in some of the features of my MBP and too lacking in power and features to actually replace it. Making up my mind that what I actually needed as a device to supplement my other two computers, not replace them, made the decision to purchase an iPad a more sensible one. As other reviewers suggest, the iPad is *not* a complete replacement for a computer and Apple never promoted it as such. Now, you may be able to replace your laptop as long as you have at least a desktop computer to sync to, but if you are in need of a laptop and are looking at the iPad as a possible solution, you may be disappointed. As far as my needs go, I am a photographer and a student. I was looking for something lightweight to carry to classes and locations, whether it be by car, motorcycle or light rail. I wanted the ability to take notes and record classes and interviews, to be able to check mail, access my folios, do some light word processing/presentation, etc. As another viewer suggested, the iPad might disappoint right out of the box if you only look at it's default included Apps, but I have been able to find Apps for about anything I need to do on my iPad. Gallery Apps, Model Release Apps, Pages, Keynote, Drop Box, Evernote, Things, Bento, etc. You can find pretty much whatever you need to make it work how you want it to. Mainly I wanted something thin and light, that would connect pretty much anywhere I was without the need for WiFi, that was instant On and didn't require me to open the lid and prop it on a lap or a flat surface. That is the downfall of a laptop or netbook. The aren't the easiest things to use while standing or in tight/crowded spaces. I know some folks feel the camera connectors should have been included. Even as a photographer I can't agree with that. Not everyone buys an iPad to upload photos to it. It is a niche thing, and the connectors are available for those who actually *do* need them. That kit comes with two connectors, one has an SD slot, the other a USB type. This can not only be used to connect to your camera via cable, but I also find it works for connected a card reader. Useful if your camera uses CF cards rather than SD cards. Cases are another thing for which I can understand why it wasn't included. Cases are personal items, people want to choose their own. Everyone has a different idea of what constitutes a good case. Some people think the Apple case is find and that Apple should have included it. Personally, I pretty much hate the Apple case and it would have been a waste to put it in the box. Let people get a case they are happy with instead of including something that for many users will simply collect dust. The iPad does have a few shortcomings, many of which will be addressed in the soon to be released IOS 4.2 release. These include multitasking, direct printing, unified mail and some other improvements. I know some reviewers feel the iPad should have had USB and Flash support as well. My opinion is if you need USB ports on a portable device, the Macbook Air may be a better choice for you. The number of times I have missed having USB ports or Flash on my iPad is somewhere in the neighborhood of zero. The camera connector kit connects the only USB device I have ever had a need to connect just fine. Pros: - Bright Clear Display - Long Battery Life (10+ Hours) - Easily Customizable - Thin and Light Weight - Easy and convenient to use pretty much anywhere Cons: - Some features missing until IOS 4.2 (Due in November) - Can be a bit of a fingerprint magnet without an Antiglare screen protector
Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Very Cool - But LimitedPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I am a huge gadget geek, I rip through cell phones and other tech like it is my job and that is why the iPad rated so highly for me and I went out and got one the first weekend available. Having now used the device for a few weeks I feel comfortable giving a thorough and full review - no "fan boy" here... User Interface: Simple, intuitive and snappy. If you have ever used an Iphone or an Ipod Touch - you already know how to use this device. Design: Sleek, sexy, smooth - This is easily one of the coolest looking pieces of tech out there today. It is easy to slide into a bag or carry around, I find it is very comfortable to hold or simply lay on my lap. One negative would be the fact that it smudges easily and is a fingerprint magnet - though a quick wipe with a microfiber cloth will fix it. Battery: Outstanding! My first few days with the device were with EXTREMELY high use - downloading apps, watching videos, playing games and browsing the web. I got through - literally - a full day. Apple states you can get about 9 hours of use and I believe it. Why I love it: Frankly, this is just a cool piece of technology, browsing the web, checking email, watching videos are all very simple to use. The iPad also doubles as a best in class e-reader and gaming machine. The iPad is easy to use, with amazing battery life. With some added accessories (Wireless Keyboard being #1) this device can absolutely take the place of a netbook and for some people even take the place of a regular laptop (those people who browse the web, use facebook, listen to music, check email and not much else). +Battery life is outstanding +Gorgeous piece of tech +Productivity and Entertainment apps are amazing (Netflix/Pages/Hulu) +Very snappy, never experienced lag or slow down What gives me pause: Cost! The device is not cheap to being with, but when you add in "monthly charges" the cost can add up! $25 dollars a month for data, $10 a month for netflix and hulu+, then the cost for some of the "needed" apps such as Pages and accessories such as a case and keyboard. -No Flash -Monthly costs can be tough to get the "full experience" -Fingerprint magnet that can look "dirty" when screen is off End game: If you can afford it - this device is fantastic. Netflix movies, thousands of apps, great e-book reader all packed into a sleek design that will more then get you through the day.
Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Great tool but not a computer replacementPosted .No, I would not recommend this to a friend
First of all let me say this is my first real apple product other then my ipod mini several years ago. The iPad is a really great tool but not right of the box. From factory it's like a bare bone computer with just an o/s installed withe the bare minimum software to get it up and running. It functions great as an iPod and somewhat decent as a video player, I say this because it really doesn't read avi files which most cameras record video in. Navigating in any text program is a bit difficult because there are no arrow keys so you'll definitely have to plan out what you're going to type and don't try going back to the previous paragraph unless you can see both the portion you want to edit and where you left off on. The main reason for buying the iPad was to be less space taking PC replacement for uploading home videos and photos for my overseas trip as well to serve as entertainment for me during the 12 hour flight. I was hoping to go from camera to iPad to YouTube or photobucket, I later found out that it's not as easy as it would be from from an actual computer. On most uploading web based software the file search is usually disabled. You can't upload files on yahoo mail or directly upload on youtube's website. And remember when I mentioned the iPad doesn't recognize avi format well if the video is not h.264 or 3pg (most phone video format) the iPad won't let you view or give you the option of uploading. Now for the actual review of the iPad. Right out of the box I was quite disappointed, apple doesn't even include ear phones for you, even after paying $920 for the iPad alone. That price doesn't include any protective case or screen covers or any additional accessories. One more issue is the iPad doesn't have a camera which is now standard on most laptops. So you can forget about using the app "Facetime" unless you also have and iPhone and willing to pay another $5 for the app to allow you to use the iPhone's camera via Bluetooth. Another major thing apple did not include is an industry standard USB port or SD slot. I had to buy an additional USB/SD cam connect kit for $32. The good thing about the iPad is that most apps for the iPhone can run on the iPad. And there is almost an app for almost everything you want the iPad to do. Need to print a document directly from your iPad? There's an app for that. You can print wirelessly via wifi printers. Want your iPad to be a second display for your PC or Mac? There's an app for that too. Forgot your phone at home and need to make a call or text a friend? If you have the 3G version iPad or near a wifi spot, there's an app for that too. I've already made several calls and sent text from my iPad. I was actually looking for the 32gb version but they were not available so ended up getting the 64gb+3G, which I am actually glad since it was only $100 difference from the 32gb version. I've only had it for less then 5 days and already put 10gb of videos to prepare for my trip. And the various apps take up space too. There's no upgrading later so figure out what your using it for and plan ahead. My final thoughts about the iPad, just to reiterate my point again, it's a very great tool and has so much more potential but not right out of the box. To get it to do everything you need expect to spend extra cash not only for apps but for extra hardware and screen/case protection too. I wouldn't recommend it just yet, maybe after apple releases the next gen iPad with the additional hardware that should have came standard on it.
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
AMAZING - Yes, This Really IsPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
When I first saw the video about the release of the iPad, I realized that I was seeing one of those moments in my life history that was truly significant. I saw children going to school, not with a slate and a piece of chalk, but with an iPad containing all of their textbooks as well as their completed homework. I saw everyone in the world holding one, now able to access news, movies, magazines, books, photographs, and more. I saw something that could truly change the way we live. Despite all of that, I did not rush out and purchase one. I said, "No, let me wait for the 2nd Generation which will have the built in camera, phone, etc. I imagined." But, growing weak over time, I succumbed to the bright, crisp screen, the vast library of apps, the potential that it offered. So, what was my impression? Frankly, I my expectations were greatly exceeded. The portability, ease of operation, and versatility amazed me - and I do not amaze easily. One of the benefits that I did not anticipate was the amazingly low cost for Apps (what we PC users call "programs"). I found a graphics program, for which I paid nearly $100 for my PC, selling for $1.99 for the iPad. Of course I purchased it, and yes, it seems very full-featured, not a watered-down version. With most applications selling for under $5.00, you can have just about every App you can imagine. I did purchase this iPad with the WiFi and 3G which means it has the GPS chip installed. I was able to find a GPS App for under $5 that competes very nicely with my $200 Garmin. It is easy enough to read the specs and functionality of the device elsewhere so I will not go into that here. I only share my impression of the iPad and that impression is one of amazement. I am glad that I did not go with the other competing products because, at this point, this iPad has more than I need, and with a large bright screen and a phenominal battery life. Hey, when the next generation iPad is released, this one will make a lovely gift for my daughter.
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
WOW!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I'll make this short and sweet! I’m a systems admin with 15 years of experience. Normally I stay away from writing reviews because I simply do not have the time. But for this little sweetheart, I will give a review. Do not believe everything you read about negative comments on this iPad. With all my experience using personal laptops, handheld computers and powerful desktops, including corporate servers, I’m very very excited about this ipad. Why you ask? Because it does everything I want it to do in one quarter of the time it takes for me to power up my super fast laptop. I can power up and: 1. Citrix\CAG into my corporate network using WIFI or my cellular data connection. 2. WYSE RDP into my home network 3. Check all my mail accounts ALL IN THE TIME IT TAKES FOR ME TO BOOT UP MY DESKTOP\LAPTOP, and have time to play with some of the cool apps this device offers. There are many more features that I did not touch on today because I do not have the time for a complete review. Seriously folks, I don’t want to even carry my laptop mini around anymore, plus I have a pocket computer with touch screen that’s been powered off as of late. I took a quick brake at my office to write this review, wished I had done it on my iPad. Take care and enjoy your iPad, I know I will!!
Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Good, but not good enouth..Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I bought 64gb 3G Ipad, and I can tell you - ipad is good! Don`t get me wrong, if you buy it for right purpose it will serve you well. But, there are a lot of *things* why ipad will never be great unless Apple will fix it: 1) Necesserity of host, when you buy ipad you need host to activate it, and you allways need host to transfer file unless you pay money to do it via wifi or 3g.. 2) So hard to work just cause Apple do not make it easy to transfer, work on, and transfer back microsoft products.. Also, can`t work on docs you make with ipad on microsoft office.. (come one, most people have windows, so make it easy to use your gadget with windows bases..) 3) No usb, no card slots.. Makes work extremely difficult.. (expecialy when it comes to file inport/export) 4) No easy accesable storadge (not all computers you will need to transfer file will have itunes!) Apple needs to make it easier to access data in ipad even from windows based computer that do not have itunes.. 5) Thing that bugs me the most, ipad opens most of the websited and email in mobile mode.. Makes it 5 times harder to use.. (Come on, ipad have bid screen mane it usable.. It is not a tiny cell phone screen! ) Affter all, I think that ipad revolutionized market, and the whole idea is great! Just apple needs to be less hardheaded and allow their products to be more adaptable to market. Ipad is good, but personally for me, it restricts me way too much, there fore, I will change it to Wetab after it will be released and the main bugs fixed. As much as I have read about that product it promis a lot, though battery life is shorter, but restrictions are way, way smaller.. Some oppinion: If Apple would make ipad less restricted, add usb and card slots, and make it easer to use with windows based computer, easy to inport/export data without a need of internet and itunes. Ipad would be just perfet.