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I am not real computer savvy and see a lot of these ipads being used. How do they operate?
If I purchased one do I have to order additional internet service? I have service in my home via cable and have a wireless router. I have a Kindle which is wireless and I think it picks up the signal using my router although it works even away from home. Would the ipad work the same way?
If you've got wireless internet at home, then your iPad should be able to tap into it. Away from home, you'd have to be someplace that has a wireless network that you can log into, it wouldn't always be able to connect the way your Kindle does (the Kindle doesn't use your wireless network, it works more like a cell phone)
From what I've seen at the stores (including Walmart) you can buy it either as Wi-Fi or 3G + Wi-Fi and the other cost factor is how much memory you buy with it. So if you already have wireless at home you will be fine. If you are on the road a lot you might want to get a 3G model so you can access the internet like an iPhone or iPod Touch (as long as you can get a signal from a tower). For this you would need a data plan with a carrier. With AT&T you can have 250MB per month for $15 or 2GB for $25 as an example.
I just talked to a salesguy at Radio Shack today and asked if there were going to be any "new and improved" iPads anytime soon (like, the day after I'd buy one???? LOL) He said yes, new and improved is coming out in Feb. BUT...the only things he said would be new is that they are going to have a camera, so you could do something like Skype, and maybe a few new apps. So, I guess you'd have to determine if the camera is something you'd want to wait for. In my case, probably not. My dilemma would be which sized memory...15-32- or 64??? I already know I wouldn't want the extra expense of the 3G deal...the WiFi would be fine, as I have both DSL line for my computer and my kids put a router into the systerm so they can get wireless for their laptops up in our farm shop. If I would go anywhere, most hotels, etc. have WiFi anyway...
I am assuming that the 16,32, or 64 Flash memory... is for the hard drive, not memory??
I really dont know much about these products at all.
AH,,, i think i just found it
Onboard RAM: 256 MB* Storage Capacity: 16, 32, 64 GB
Details: *Apple releases no official information regarding the amount of onboard RAM, but iFixit determined that the iPad has 256 MB of RAM via the customary disassembly.
The size is probably some kind of non-volatile memory (think of thumb drives, flash drives, etc) which is treated like a hard drive but faster and no moving parts (expensive though compared to a hard drive) - just like the iPod and iPhone before it. I'd go for the most memory you can afford if you seriously consider buying it. The size is probably dependent on what you keep on it - music and pictures can eat up a lot of space for instance. It looks like no way to add more memory since it is proably sealed like the iPhone. (Ah, a gotcha moment - law of supply and demand - they demand a lot of money and you supply it).
Also the 3G may be beneficial sometimes but the data plan is another gotcha. Driving down the road you may want to search for hotels, restaurants, download music, etc, etc. You may be at a place where there is no wi-fi or a place that charges out the wazoo for internet access (why is it the high end hotels charge $10 and up for one night of service and the cheaper hotels give it away free?). I've used my iPhone at some hotels due to their high costs or at some places that have no internet access. Yeah, it's hard to read at times but it's paid for and it semi-works.
Does the iPad have USB support? Can you download/upload to and from a flash drive or external hard drive? It might be good for camera backup when traveling if it does.
Well, the first thing I had to do was to buy a case for my
new IPad. I need one with an adjustable easel feature
and ended up buying the Marware Eco-Vue for iPad.
Best price for that was on Amazon.
I'm not an Apple fan and the following excerpt from
a CNET Q&A article would have been enough to turn me off
from the IPad. If Apple can afford to give out a whole
replacement IPad just because a battery needs changing
it's no wonder it costs so much. It doesn't specify whether
you get a "refurbished" IPad or a brand new one if the
battery dies. And, of course, you have shipping costs and
do without your IPad until it gets returned to you by Apple.
Quoting: After I get my iPad, what happens if the battery dies?
You'll have to have Apple replace the battery, as is the
case with the iPhone and the iPod. And it'll cost you:
Apple has set a fee of $99 for the service. Add on $6.95
for shipping and the price rises to $105.95 per unit. For
your money, you'll actually get a whole replacement iPad,
but not any personal data from your original device. You'll
have to make sure you keep an up-to-date backup of all
that data--contacts, calendars, e-mail account, and so on
So...How do you back up all your information, calendars, e-mail,
contacts, etc. from your IPad? Well, apparently you either rely on
ITunes or...you buy some backup software. http://www.ipadbackupsoftware.com/
The IPad actually might eventually turn out to be useful but so far
it's just one more thing I don't need. I have been self-employed for
years and have all the necessary equipment. My husband had
generous intentions in buying this for me but next time I think I'd
prefer a plane ticket for a long weekend in Hawaii. ;-)