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Apple iPad release in UK on 28th May 2010
« on: May 11, 2010, 14:40 »
After the US enjoyed the release of the Apple iPad tablet last month, the release is finally coming to the UK at the end of May. Apple have sold over 1 million units in the US since being released on April 3rd. The iPad will come in 3 different RAM sizes (16GB, 32GB and 64GB) and there'll be both a Wifi and 3G version of each.

The iPad fits a niche between the iPhone and Apple's laptop computers and follows the same design philosophy that made them famous. It can be used as a net browser, ebook reader, digital photo frame, diary, email client and many more.

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Re: Apple iPad release in UK on 28th May 2010
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2010, 06:30 »
Managed to get my hands on one and they're incredibly tactile. surfing is impressive and fast. All of the standard apps that work so well on the iPhone have been enhanced for the iPad and now provide a much more enjoyable experience.

The keyboard is much better, allowing reasonable typing speeds, and there's plenty of room for photos and music. Altogether an excellent bit of kit. They"re a bit pricey, but at least it keeps the chavs away :)

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Re: Apple iPad release in UK on 28th May 2010
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2010, 16:59 »
I'm not very technology-minded but is this the one which is about the same size as a laptop? People I know are saying 'Why not just have a laptop or an iphone?'

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Re: Apple iPad release in UK on 28th May 2010
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2010, 17:44 »
Yeah I can't see the point of them either.

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Re: Apple iPad release in UK on 28th May 2010
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2010, 19:08 »
I guess you'd have to try one to know what i'm talking about. IPhone screen is really too small for proper browsing, but it's all very easy on the iPad. It has 10 hours of battery life (so miles better than either phone or laptop), and a decent touch sensitive screen. Most iPhone apps will load ok, but the proper iPad ones are enhanced and better anyway. It isn't meant to be a computer; there are things you can't do on it, like programming and working on websites, but you can do most everything else. My laptop is almost permanently attached to an external monitor these days and lives in my bedroom.

If you like the iPhone and the way it works, you'll love the iPad. If you don't subscribe to the Apple philosophy you won't. 

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Re: Apple iPad release in UK on 28th May 2010
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2010, 22:09 »
I would find it very hard to justify the cost. Most if not all the things I want todo on the move such as posting here, are covered by my iPhone. Everything else I do I do at home and as such are covered by my laptop. Guess it's horses for courses but don't think I will be forking out for one.
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Re: Apple iPad release in UK on 28th May 2010
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2010, 22:35 »
They are a bit expensive, but they're quality gear. No doubt there'll be niggles as i find out more about it. I've completely discharged the battery from new and I got about 10 hours out of it, so about 3x that of iPhone and double my laptop. If you can imagine your iPhone with a 10" screen and all the apps enhanced so they do lots more, you'll have an idea what i mean. Web browsing is an absolute dream on the touch screen. Typing is very easy on the virtual keyboard as it's so much bigger. I find myself using it most in landscape mode. It's much better than i expected. My laptop is actually now a desktop, attached to an external monitor. As i say, I use it for website authoring and programming. I couldn't use the iPad for that anyway, as i need decent FTP control. Everything else looks possible on the iPad (so far anyway).  

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« Reply #7 on: Jun 07, 2010, 16:19 »
Not really followed the iPad thing, but is it true that you still can't switch applications like Windows can? Heard that a while back before they were released in the US, but sounded like it rather limited the uses you could put it to. Not sure about virtual keyboards as need to be able to feel the keys hit the bottom to semi-touch type (3 fingered), but maybe this wouldn't be designed as a complete laptop replacement?

Also, to get internet access are you still fixed to O2 like the iPhones were?

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Re: Apple iPad release in UK on 28th May 2010
« Reply #8 on: Jun 07, 2010, 16:53 »
Not really followed the iPad thing, but is it true that you still can't switch applications like Windows can? Heard that a while back before they were released in the US, but sounded like it rather limited the uses you could put it to. Not sure about virtual keyboards as need to be able to feel the keys hit the bottom to semi-touch type (3 fingered), but maybe this wouldn't be designed as a complete laptop replacement?

Also, to get internet access are you still fixed to O2 like the iPhones were?

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Hi Trev. There's an upgrade to the OS on the way which will allow multitasking on both the iPad and iPhone, although it's so easy to switch between apps that it's not a major problem anyway. The virtual keyboard is ideal for typing things like forum posts and blog entries, but granted I wouldn't like to do a 3,000 worder on one!

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Re: Apple iPad release in UK on 28th May 2010
« Reply #9 on: Oct 07, 2010, 23:07 »
They are a bit expensive, but they're quality gear. No doubt there'll be niggles as i find out more about it. I've completely discharged the battery from new and I got about 10 hours out of it, so about 3x that of iPhone and double my laptop. If you can imagine your iPhone with a 10" screen and all the apps enhanced so they do lots more, you'll have an idea what i mean. Web browsing is an absolute dream on the touch screen. Typing is very easy on the virtual keyboard as it's so much bigger. I find myself using it most in landscape mode. It's much better than i expected. My laptop is actually now a desktop, attached to an external monitor. As i say, I use it for website authoring and programming. I couldn't use the iPad for that anyway, as i need decent FTP control. Everything else looks possible on the iPad (so far anyway).  

I managed to get one of these and found a couple of niggles such as not being able to use flash and incompatabilities with browsing can bring up your keyboard randomly other then that they are brilliant. I got myself a keyboard to go with it, it has a stand built in aswel so easier to handle. Ipad 9/10 for me  :yahoo:

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Re: Apple iPad release in UK on 28th May 2010
« Reply #10 on: Oct 07, 2010, 23:13 »
I'm reading and posting on here on it now. Some great music apps for it now as well, including control of Reason and other top programs.

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Re: Apple iPad release in UK on 28th May 2010
« Reply #12 on: Oct 10, 2010, 19:02 »
Well, maybe for most things, but not all. There's no accessible native filing system, and lack of flash support and a camera will continue to stymie it, but it's extremely good as an entertainment system and for use as an email, internet client, photo frame, ebook reader, rss feed reader, games console, word processor, research tool, note taker, radio and alarm clock. And any other use anybody dreams up and writes an app for.

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