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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 84 reviews

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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Useful if it fits your needs

    Posted .

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Incredible!

    Posted .

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A great device as long as it meets your needs

    Posted .

    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

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Very Cool - But Limited

    Posted .

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Great tool but not a computer replacement

    Posted .

    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.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    AMAZING - Yes, This Really Is

    Posted .

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    WOW!

    Posted .

    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!!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Good, but not good enouth..

    Posted .

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Tablet, What Use?

    Posted .

    I bought this thinking it would make a great alternative to carrying around my MacBook. It certainly serves that purpose, but typing can be difficult. The 3G was an attractive factor until AT&T discontinued the unlimited data plans unless you left auto-renew on every month. This limited my use as I tend to be data heavy using this for school, but I don't need it every single month. I also found it frustrating to not have a camera for Skype, etc. It's a fantastic device, but at $830, I'm not sure it really has an exact purpose. The $499 wi-fi one is perfect for sitting around the house, but this one really struggles to find a niche'. I took it back to wait and see what kinds of things developers do with it and hopefully there will be a web-cam in the 2nd generation.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Not just a big iPod.

    Posted .

    I was really under the impression that the iPad was just a larger version of the iPod Touch. I already had an iPod Touch, so I didn't really take it seriously. That is, until I had one overnight to play with. At that point of actually having one to play with for an extended time period, I quickly discovered the differences. The main one was the ease of the screen on the eyes and the huge difference in battery life. After having mine for over a month now, the 3G and Battery are the biggest sellers. The iPad has become my main machine for email, calendar and surfing. It took some work to get all my email and calendars to sync up, but once I got the settings right, it is now so seamless I dont know how I lived without it. The instant-on from sleep to surfing has made it so I dont even boot up my laptop anymore. The seamless switching from 3G to Wifi makes it so I dont even have to worry about overloading my 3G and making it cost a fortune. Even the lack of Flash has become a non-issue. The main sites I go to either dont use flash or have gone to the HTML5 to do video.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Ipad isn't for everyone

    Posted .

    I don't understand why there are some reviewers on here who have never even bought the ipad. Isn't this reserved for those who have purchased it? What are you guys even doing in here? You have nothing to do so you get on bestbuy.com and have your input in something you've never bought? You should put the cash in to have a say so about this item....sigh... Anyways. I, unlike some reviewers, have bought the ipad 64gb 3g. Now everyone says why pay so muc for something that lacks so many things. Well the ipad isn't for everyone. Some people need multitasking. I have the iPod touch and I don't need multitasking. I don't need other apps running at the same time and to be able to pick up where I left off at. But some people do. So to anyone who has seen Jobs latest keynote you will know there will be a free update on the 21st. Then some people need USB ports. Well I have a laptop for that to do my work on since the ipad isn't for that. It's just a well rounded device like someone said a Jack of all trades but a master of none. So on my laptop I either use my boyfriends travel drive and hook it up to a computer that's connected to a printer, or I just hook my laptop to my printer and print. Sometime I email my work so I can print my stuff off another computer with printer access. Either way I can print my papers. Same with the ipad. If u wanna print whateer u do on there than I don't c why soneone can't just email there work to their laptop. Now, as an ebook reader I find it great. Yeah it doesn't have the same battery life span as a nook but hey my nook can't do Internet, movies or apps. It can do music but the quality sucks on the nook. As for movies it's great. I get some people don't wanna hold the ipad for long periods of time like myself but it's ok. I actually prefer it to playing my movies off my laptop. I have set my laptop on my bed or used in the car or on a table but laptops require their ac adapter cord like a fetus needs an unbelical cord. Jeez you have to have a laptop hooked up almost the whole time. Mine last 3 hours and it's a new model of an hp. I love it but I can't stand the battery life. U have to have it connected 24/7. Cuz then you unhook and take it anywhere but then as the battery dies down it such a buzz kill because now u have to go back to the charger cable. 3 hours goes by fast! That's barely mire than a movie. On my ipad I can watch 10hrs worth of movies, games or internet. And laptops heat up. The ipad hasn't heat up at all on me. And I prefer to hold the ipad or lay down and rest it against my legs as I have them bent so I can watch the movies tv shows or whatever. I prefer the screen much closer while at the same time being so lightweight versus a hot heavier laptop. Now for apps it does pretty much suck that apple restricts what you can r can't do but like someone said they wanted something like their iPod but much bigger. And this ipad is for people like that and plus you get a longer battery life span and if u have a touch then the 3g would be an upgrade as u can take the Internet with u just like the iPhone users. For some apps this is great because in some games some people have trouble selecting items but in the ipad You can enlarge the game and have more room for everything. But the price ....it's cuz if that Apple logo that these things r expensive. I don't find the price of these things to be good at all. If anything the 64 3g should have cost $700 not $910.00 as the total at Best Buy... Like I said the ipad is for some people. I'm one of those. You may not be one of those so if you have never bought one....move along and don't write a review. Why don't u go blog about it instead? Best buy should reserve review writing for customers who have actually made purchases and bought one of these before being able to right a review and have their say so. Hope this review helps some of you guys out there ! ;)

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great, I Love Mine

    Posted .

    I'm a PC guy 110% but I really like the way Apple did the Ipod, Iphone. So when the Ipad came out I bought it with 64Gig and At&T, and I got 4 Laptop at hm all diff size in screen's and I have not used 1 of them scent I bought the Ipad 3 Months ago. I not saying it will replace a laptop but it comes close. Plus it is FUN did I say it was FUN. All I can say is you will not be sorry there is a App for just about anything and tons of them are Free. The battery last a very long time. One thing I would only buy the Ipad with AT&T, that way you can use it any where there a cell connection and you don't have to look for a WiFi, I haven't used the WiFi once I just use AT&T all the time I'm in a 3G and it pretty fast. The only thing on my Ipad is I wish I would of bought it sooner.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 2 out of 5 stars

    It's not yet perfect!

    Posted .

    I bought this ipad and using it over a month now at time of this review. The ipad is simply an iphone but in a larger size with no camera. If you have and used iphone before then the operation is the same. The design is looking great. It's so thin with great graphic. I got the 3G model and the internet speed is acceptable but if you buy app with more than 20MB then it will not download for you. You can only download them through wifi. The 3G sign up process was easy with no long term contract. The unlimited internet cost $30. I like the "Find my iphone app" which you can locate the ipad and iphone if you ever lost them but this app is only available when you sign up for "Mobile Me" that cost $100 per year. You can remotely lock them or send a message with alarm to the person who find them to contact you or you can just wipe all contain in them remotely. The ipad came with 10W charger designed for ipad. It will not charge using USB on your laptop or desktop. This is trouble when I want to sync and charge at the same time. I wished ipad come with SD card slot. You can buy camera adaptor for it but why? I already spend $900 not enough to have it included? The battery last pretty long. Apple claimed it will last up to 9 hours. So far I havn't ran into trouble not enough power yet. I used it on 5 hours flight on the plane watch movies, play games, and wifi internet (on the plane) and it only drained down to 60%. Bluetooth connection not so great... I bought a Motolora S9 to use with this ipad. It lost connection intermittently even I sit right in front of it. The headset work just fine with my iphone. I havn't tried with wireless bluetooth keyboard yet but I bought the Apple keyboad stand which can't expect it to work like a laptop with mouse. I am still not sure why I need that keybroad? It is now sitting there mostly use for charging. The keybroad is $70! It didn't come with clock App like iphone! I bought four clock Apps so I can use it for alarm clock and they all not working without the charger hooked up or otherwise will drain your battery. Some of them just went to sleep with me and I have to wake the ipad up! Some wifi will not work with ipad. It keep asking you for your network key but still can't connect after input the key. This happen only when I am at home (Verizon Fios). It work fine at Starbucks and at the hotel. Safari web browser will not work on the website with flash player! I play internet game a lot and didn't know this ipad will not work! Overall I think the iPad is not ready for marketing until they fix all those bugs. It's expensive for the price $500 - $900 which you can get a nice laptop. I was surprised that I couldn't find one in stock at time in store that I can buy. People crazy enough to spend that kind of money for something that hard to get and I am one of them!!!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Can't beat it!

    Posted .

    I have owned the 64 gig iPad with 3G for several months now and since buying it I have gotten rid of my laptop. This product is one of the best e-mail clients I've ever used. I use it on business trips and only have a desktop at home which has become more and more of a hub to sync with instead of a machine I use daily. The iPad can do anything I need and ususaly better and faster than a computer. I would recomend to anyone who needs a light travel machine or something to set on the couch and browse with. The main purpose of the desktop these days is ripping DVD's and doing long video edits, otherwise I use the iPad for everything else including building spreadsheets and creating presentations.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Toy!

    Posted .

    I sold my new Nook and Dell Netbook to buy an IPad and I am so glad I made this decision. This wonderful and amazing device replaced them in spades plus much more. I've had my IPad since August and can only find one small thing to complain about...and this should never be a deal breaker for prospective buyers....I wish it could multi-task. The ap selection, the speed and the versatility of the IPad, not to mention its portability, put it in a class all by itself. I own notebooks and a desktop that are now collecting dust. The IPad is well worth spending your technology dollars on...and it's just plain addictive and fun.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    iPad is the Next Gen for computing

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    I bought the 64Gig 3G for my wife's birthday. She loves it. I decided to buy it for her because she really only uses our computer to surf the web, listen to music, Facebook, and email. I got sick and tired of our computer having to run virus scan, firewall, conflicts with Windows updates, etc. Now she has the Web in her hand and I know that there won't be any of the other hastles that comes with a Windows OS. When she turns her back, the whole family fights over who gets to use it. So easy to put music on it from iTunes and pictures and movies are also a snap. Buy one if you are on the fence. But please drop the extra coin and get the 64G because you will start filling it up before you know it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 2 out of 5 stars

    not for business

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    I will keep this as short and concise as possible. I am a regional director for a firm and I travel quite a bit making sure that business operations are running smoothly at some of our locations. Because I am traveling so much, keeping connected is CRUCIAL. We have to be able to change things at a moment's notice, especially if we want to remain competitive. We have been considering several different things for those in the field, and as a business decision, I was given this device to see if it would be feasible to give to people like me in the field. After some usage, I decided that this was NOT something that gave us a competitive advantage. Being on the road, I do need something light, and this fits the bill. However it doesn't have all I need for success. In short, this does not have a USB or HDMI out, and I tend to use those to get pictures off the digital camera I have or for presentations. We also use DVDs to make training presentations, so that is another missing element. I personally don't use a laptop camera so much,but i do think it would be nice to have if I did want to use it. The IPad is not bad for taking notes, but when it come to getting some serious work or project done, something that requires 15+ minutes of typing, a laptop is far superior for that type of task. Not least, the lack of Flash is hotly debated, but something that I find is very important that is missing. I do check out our competitors to see what new offers they have (it pays to be competitive, especially in a recovering economy) and most have used Flash in some degree or another. Maybe some day they won't use Flash, but right now they do, and I MUST be able to see these web pages for my business. I cannot afford to miss something and some of the pages on the IPad are missing information that I need. It seems as if a lot of people who give this high ratings use this primarily for an entertainment device. Someone mentioned something about surfing the web on their couch. If that is what you use it for then I guess it is fine. But for work, it is not. But after using both an IPad and a laptop on the road, I can't say that the IPad offers better entertainment than a laptop. If I stream a movie, the entertainment value of the movie still stays the same, no matter what device I watch it on. I actually prefer a laptop as it has a bigger screen, and I can set it on a table, desk, or bed, and watch it without having to hold it the whole time. I can adjust the screen angle and forget about it. Also if I do want to watch a bluray movie or DVD, I have that option on a laptop as well. So overall, I do not recommend this, as it does not meet my needs. Maybe after it has evolved then I might reconsider. Also I feel that the price should be somewhat less considering the fact that for about the same price or less you can get a superior laptop with more features. Thank you for your consideration, and I hope that you find what you need.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 2 out of 5 stars

    Need something more for college...

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    I am taking summer classes at a local university and my dad offered to buy me something to help out. Not an offer I would refuse! We saw a commercial on tv about this and I decided to try it out. Now it is lightweight which is nice, and it is okay for taking notes, but I decided that this is more of an entertainment device than a serious tool to use for college. Here is why: The virtual keyboard is ok, but I type by feel, so for me a real keyboard is much more efficient. With the virtual keyboard, i Find that I had to keep looking at the IPad to make sure I was hitting the right keys. It was actually a little distracting as i was concentrating between typing correctly, and trying to focus on taking notes. But I could deal with it. The biggest problem came when I was trying to use this for serious reports. In other words, when I sat down and tried to type for more than 8-10 minutes at a time, this was just not comfortable and kind of annoying. Not the same as having a real keyboard at all. I also realized just how important USB is for a college student. You wouldn't think so, but it is a MUST!!!! And this does not have one... When it came to printing out reports or projects, that was a bit of a problem as well....not to mention multitasking!!!!!!! My friend says it will get it soon, but when i had it I definitely needed it and didn't have it. How can you have a computing device without the ability to multitask????? If it eventually gets it, great, but I needed it now, not in the possible future. It was great for the web, (except for the ones with blank spots), but i realized I needed more. Also because I go to college out of town, I was using my friend's computer to SKYPE. Nice way to keep in touch with friends and family, except the IPad didn't have a camera, so not really feasible. I took it back and got another laptop. It gave me all I needed and more. Trust me when I say that my laptop can do everything I need to do and more, and still cheaper than the IPad. I can also get my college books in a digital format on my laptop, so it is easier than carrying around a bunch of books. Anything the IPad can do, my laptop can do and probably better, and probably more. And definitely for cheaper as well. Not that the IPad is bad, it just needs to be cheaper. As a "starving" college student, I definitely need the best deal money can buy. Maybe if you need something for entertainment, then the IPad is for you, but for me, I needed something for more, and a laptop gave that to me and the entertainment value as well. Took it back and got a laptop. Problem solved. Lengthy review, but i hope it helps. If you like the IPad, great, but for some people there are things that will work better. Like for me, going to college.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Best apple product yet

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    Just purchased my Ipad two days ago, I have an Iphone and also had the touch but the ipad blows them away. The picture quality rocks, the videos and Netflix look amazing. The email is easy to use and the Safari web browser is fast (much faster then the iphone or touch). The photos area amazing how you can move them around and look at them or set up a slide show. App quality even for the iphone apps is great. I am so hooked even my husband who was a doubter at first watched me for a about five minutes and then had to pick it up and was also amazed. Great product. For those who don't like it learn how to use it, it has volume control and a speaker, it is super fast, it is not heavy, there is an app for everything (we have one to run our computer from home on the pad, we can print from our pad to our printer at home and also watch videos from our computer directly to the pad), and finally.. why would you want something this size to have a camera on it?

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice all around device!!!!

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    I got the 64gb wi-fi, 3g mainly because I waited long enough to get one and on the day I went into Best Buy that is the only one they had and I said if I'm going to invest in one get it all. So I went for broke. I will agree with some the price is on the high side but what isn't this day and age. Some think this will do everything well it does not but all I can say I'm no computer wiz but If you are looking for an all around device that does so much this is it, it does pretty much everything I want to do on the Internet like some say it does not support flash one minus. It is a book reader, I read magazines with zino, I can play the radio through it and it just has so many apps to explore with that I have had this thing for two weeks and looking at buying another wi fi only model because as soon as I get home everyone wants to use my ipad. My youngest like to draw on it and email his finished work to his aunt. My child has special needs and it's a wonderful tool for him. My wife plays Word Search and uses the net. Anyway it's not a big loaded up computer it's a small wonderful all around device that you will not want to put down. Yes they say others will come out with simular devices and do more and be cheaper, will until then I have an ipad they are here now and I'm not promised tomorrow. Buy they way check out the pocket pond app kids love it and the thunder is neat. Hope you enjoy your iPad....P.S. One other thing I ment to mention is the AT&T 3 g it's not the fastest as they claim and they took away the unlimited use option.Just wish Apple would allow an other network on board I just don't think At&t can handle it all.

    I would recommend this to a friend