Factors to Consider before Buying an iPad
The iPad has turned out to be one of the most popular devices that Apple has. The iPad is booming with 2 million units shipped in the short time it has been on the market. It runs the same operating system as the iPod Touch and iPhone—and can run its own applications as well as iPhone applications.
It is pleasant to own an iPad. That’s probably the coolest thing you can have for the next few months. You can use iPad in office workplaces in order to increase employee productivity, reduce paperwork and increase revenue. Or use it as a valuable tool for homeschooling. To most of people, it is the most important to use iPad to watch sports videos and play or create music. So having an iPad is alluring for the many people. But you’d better be cautious to purchase. Here are some factors to consider on buying an iPad.
1. Consider its limitations
Prospective buyers must consider the fact that the iPad does not offer all the functionality of a mobile computer. In fact, it has much more in common with the iPod Touch than a tablet PC. Much like the iPod Touch and iPhone, regular Mac programs are not available on the iPad. Users must choose from the rapidly growing library of applications available at the iTunes app store. Both video and still image capturing is unavailable in this first generation of the iPad. It also lacks an external keyboard, making it less than ideal for typing intensive operations.
2. Consider its flexibility
The iPad does, on the surface, seem like a blown up iPhone without the telephony ability, but upon closer inspection it reveals itself to be a more capable device. It offers vastly improved CPU power, screen resolution and battery lifeover the iPhone and its much larger screen provides for experiences that the smaller Apple devices simply cannot match. Reading e-books, watching films, viewing pictures, playing games and engaging in an assortment of other multimedia experiences promises to be a richer experience on the iPad.
3. Evaluate what it can replace for you
In today’s digital world, many people find they need multiple devices to satisfy their mobile entertainment and productivity needs. It’s not unusual for one individual to have a mobile gaming device, mp3 player, laptop and e-book reader on them at any given time. With the iPad’s ability to fulfill many of these needs, whether or not it can reduce your load and replace some other devices should be among your pre-purchase considerations.
4. Battery life
The iPad will run for up to 10 hours on battery power. This is better than most laptops, but significantly less than electronic book readers like Amazon’s Kindle. This may mean you need to charge your iPad every night if you’re away from a power source all day. Don’t leave home overnight without your power cable.
5. Touch screen
The familiar touch screen of the iPhone has been improved to suit this larger device and allow more precise control of the select, scroll, drag, pinch and expand movements of your fingers. The iPad also supports portrait and landscape auto-rotation viewing of compatible software.
From productivity enhancements to just plain fun, extra gadgets can be found for your iPad. Serious considerations include a keyboard dock or a wireless keyboard, as an alternative to the on-screen touch keyboard. More light-hearted options include a plastic steering wheel frame for driving games.
7. Look to the future
There are both positive and negative aspects in purchasing the first wave of iPad. On the positive side it is always exciting to embrace new technology and be among the early adopter crowd. Beyond mere status, the iPad offers very legitimate and unique solutions to many people’s needs. Exploring the ways in which the iPad can address your mobile – and stationary – needs will be very rewarding for many, and that experience can often outweigh some inherent negatives. Those negatives reveal themselves through trends Apple has set with their previous products. We can be almost assured that there will be a better and faster iPad available before the end of the year. As with iPhone and the iPod before it, many users are left feeling a bit empty when a superior version of their product is released at a similar or lower price point. However, the satisfaction of early adoption is almost always tempered with the sting of an updated product, so this may not be a serious issue for some.