iPad Review

I know there are a lot of people over 50 who don't own a computer, but some of us like all the newer technology and the iPad is no exception. I don't have a data connection for mine, but it works through WiFi just fine if I'm downtown and want to check messages or Facebook, or read news articles while grabbing a bite to eat with the kids at McDonalds.

I find it handy around the home too. It's great for reading novels. The text is very sharp and clear so there isn't any eye-strain. You can make the type as large or as small as you want. You can get the Kindle app for iPad right here, for free. On a full charge it will work for 9-10 hours.  Plus it can take some great pictures. It has a 5-megapixel iSight camera.

I didn't get too excited about them when they first came out. I already have numerous electronic gadgets. But this one is just the right size to work with. And it can open most of the common file types that you can either transfer to it or transfer back to your PC. I often use Google Docs for moving files.

Of course you can do all of the expected things with it. You can download movies, hook it to your TV (in some cases) to watch the downloaded movie on a bigger screen. You can play games, listen to podcasts and music, take notes, access Twitter, Facebook and even just browse the web and order gifts for Christmas. Just have a look at the introductory video below.

Another feature I like is that you don't have to worry about getting overly distracted. iPad works with your apps to let you know about missed messages, calendar invitations, friend requests, and more. New notifications appear discreetly at the top of your screen — without interrupting what you’re doing. And you can see a summary of recent notifications when you swipe down from the top of any screen.

But then if something distracting IS happening, you can record video in high definition. And with automatic video stabilization, your recording is free of bumps and shakes.

If there is something you would like it to be able to do, and it doesn't, there are over 225,000 apps -- many which are free or low-cost that you can download right from your iTunes store. iPad lets you know when updates are available, so your apps are always current.

The price is dropping a bit on them too. I often buy electronics at the local Staples store, and they have the Apple 16GB iPad, 3rd Gen, Wi-Fi, Black for $499.00 plus tax. But since they have been out for a few months now you can get a better deal at Amazon. Some of the searches show new ones from $460 and you can even buy used ones from $439.00.


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