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    The Ipad Decision….

    I have posted as to how horribly expensive the Apple gadgets are however
    wonderful and cutting edge the technology.

    Now my ancient Laptop is on it’s last legs it suddenly occurs to me that if it could
    completely replace that, the cost problem is solved.

    So that is my question. Can the iPad replace all the functions of the laptop ? Especially
    the e-mail, will it let me keep my old Talk Talk e-mail ?

    ….and is it as good as they say?

    "Even if you are not paranoid, it does not mean they are not out to get you!".

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    #84530
    Re: The Ipad Decision….

    An iPad needs a computer to connect to, so it is not completely stand alone, like a lap-top.

    I am intending on getting an iPad as soon as v3 comes out [pencilled end of March], I have been reading the blurbs on review sites and watching the videos on the Apple site and YouTube, I have my list of the things I intend to use it for and know from experience I will use it more and more as I get savvy with it. Major question is how much I want to pay, there are three different memory sizes with costs accordingly, not sure whether to plump for the middle or go wild with the most … for sure I would go to an Apple Store if you ave one near you.

    As it has internet browsers, if you get your email via the Talk-Talk web site [which is a yes in 99% of providers] then yes you can access your emails, and send etc, no problemo. I have an aol email as my private account, I can access that from the aol web site anywhere in the world and I have a hotmail email for the general stuff of the web and that as you know can be accessed anywhere.

    I am yet to demo an iPad to see about the trickeries of physically handling one and getting my fingers to do the twiddling … but i am safely sure it is do-able.

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    #84531
    Re: The Ipad Decision….

    AMG is answering the next questions before I even ask them.

    That was the next worry, how heavy and easy to hold are they. They look metal, aluminium type,
    are they slippy ? With my reduced nearlt non exisrtent grip will they fall and how tough are they.
    Just spent 15 minutes on E-Bay and am pleased to find a myriad of different cases and stands.

    Excellent if I can still access my Talk Talk e-mail and did not realise could access from anywhere in the world.
    This could be vital with a few ops coming up. Just take the little ipad with you wherever, perfect. Did
    noy know you could get it on Talk Talk site itself, problem sorted, Thanks.

    Good point about needing a computer to synch to. If I do not wait for the laptop to actualy
    break that will always be there for a synch every couple of weeks.

    This is looking better and better. can they hurry up with version three please.

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    #84532
    Re: The Ipad Decision….

    They advertise a battery life as 10-hours. Never quite sure how accurate that is … is it dependant on amount of useage and type [surely streaming a movie or online gaming is going to use more juice than writing a bland email] … life of the battery .. regularity of charging, etc. Can batteries be replaced, easily, how much?

    Just wondering because my landline and mobile phones both boost hours of stand-by, but blinkin eck after one call it is flashing to be charged.

    They are reasonably robust, they’ve been dropped from various heights and Apple have a reputaion ofr testing most vigorously … but catch something slightly off and the screen might chip … wonder what then, to repair/replace.

    Questions I shall be asking the Apple Man when I go shopping.

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    #84533
    Re: The Ipad Decision….

    Hi folks,
    tell me to shut up if you already know this, but an Ipad won’t have Flash so you won’t be able to use certain websites where Flash is necessary. My brother-in-law has an Ipad and it’s a lovely thing to behold, but my sister can’t use it to play Scrabble with me on Facebook as Scrabble is dependent on Flash. Therefore when I got a tablet, I chose a Samsung Galaxy 10.1 which does have Flash and I’m pleased with it [it is a bit shiny and slippery to hold though, but I think you can slip it in a case to protect it while you’re using it.]

    Sybylla

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    #84529
    Re: The Ipad Decision….

    @sybyllascarlett wrote:

    Hi folks,
    tell me to shut up if you already know this, but an Ipad won’t have Flash so you won’t be able to use certain websites where Flash is necessary.

    I chose a Samsung Galaxy 10.1 which does have Flash and I’m pleased with it [it is a bit shiny and slippery to hold though, but I think you can slip it in a case to protect it while you’re using it.]Sybylla

    thanks. This is the kind of stuff I want to know. The pros and the cons. Do not like the thought of no video, but
    I am loving the sound of 10 hours battery life – that is all day ! My lappy get 1 hour 20 mins and also takes
    8 minutes 40 seconds to load everything.

    The other question, does the iPad have something to replace MS Office, MS works etc., spreadsheets and
    database things?

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    #84534
    Re: The Ipad Decision….

    @taungfox wrote:

    The other question, does the iPad have something to replace MS Office, MS works etc., spreadsheets and
    database things?

    Found this on the Apple UK site

    With the thin, light design and convenient connectivity of iPad, you can keep working
    on important projects even when you leave your desk. Powerful iPad apps make it
    simple to edit and create Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint
    presentations anywhere. You can open and mark up PDFs and easily share documents
    with colleagues or clients. The built-in Mail app on iPad lets you instantly view virtually
    any email attachment—no additional apps required. The large LED, Multi-Touch display
    on iPad allows you to read reports and analyze data without squinting or constantly
    scrolling, and as your finger touches the display it instantly transforms your taps, swipes,
    pinches, and flicks into lifelike actions. With its amazing built-in features and powerful
    applications, iPad helps you stay productive anywhere.

    To quote the phrase “There’s an app for that” :D

    http://images.apple.com/uk/ipad/business/ipad-at-work/docs/iPad_at_Work_Edit_Documents.pdf

    Numbers and Pages is Apple’s equivilant of Word and Excel … The ‘Pages” app is £6.99, you can open, read, edit and save documents as either a pages type or a word type [also as pdf] so that makes docs interchangeable, don’t need a word app and a pages app. Same with “Numers” app £6.99, save as excel or numbers or pdf, open/edit/save again.

    Here is the page that details the built-in apps http://www.apple.com/uk/ipad/built-in-apps/

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    #84535
    Re: The Ipad Decision….

    @sybyllascarlett wrote:

    tell me to shut up if you already know this, but an Ipad won’t have Flash so you won’t be able to use certain websites where Flash is necessary.

    I had heard that … also heard that flash is on its way out and also heard that ipads will be flash compliant in the future. Hmm … guess it just depends wether the sites you want to use regularly on the iPad are flash reliant or not.

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    #84536
    Re: The Ipad Decision….

    @amgmod wrote:

    @taungfox wrote:

    With the thin, light design and convenient connectivity of iPad, you can keep working
    on important projects even when you leave your desk. Powerful iPad apps make it
    simple to edit and create Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint
    presentations anywhere. You can open and mark up PDFs and easily share documents
    with colleagues or clients. The built-in Mail app on iPad lets you instantly view virtually
    any email attachment—no additional apps required.
    To quote the phrase “There’s an app for that” :D

    Numbers and Pages is Apple’s equivilant of Word and Excel … The ‘Pages” app is £6.99
    Here is the page that details the built-in apps http://www.apple.com/uk/ipad/built-in-apps/

    Very good indeed. Thanks, the more I read the more i like this.

    An always on, computer with ten hours battery life, touchscreen to navigate and type and all the
    Apps are so cheap compared to old software. They seem to have sorted the e-mail attachment problem too. Maybe
    they will get around to flash too.

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    #84537
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    Other people say it is rubbish because there is no USB or SD card port for cameras
    and external hard drives ??

    But what about this on E-bay. claims to solve the problem for £ 2.65. Surely
    it cannot be that simple?

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/180775796177?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

    Also with my hand weakness I have to have everything of value on a lanyard. Does the
    iPad have a little handle or notch that I can attach a cord to ?

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    #84538
    Re: The Ipad Decision….

    @taungfox wrote:

    Other people say it is rubbish because there is no USB or SD card port for cameras
    and external hard drives ??

    But what about this on E-bay. claims to solve the problem for £ 2.65. Surely
    it cannot be that simple?

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/180775796177?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

    Sure looks lke it.

    @taungfox wrote:

    Also with my hand weakness I have to have everything of value on a lanyard. Does the
    iPad have a little handle or notch that I can attach a cord to ?

    Nope, it is sleak and slick … however I have not looked into all the various covers to see if any of them can be lanyarded … yet.

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    #84539
    Re: The Ipad Decision….

    @amgmod wrote:

    @taungfox wrote:

    Numbers and Pages is Apple’s equivilant of Word and Excel … , you can open, read, edit and save documents as either a pages type or a word type [also as pdf] so that makes docs interchangeable, don’t need a word app and a pages app. Same with “Numers” app £6.99, save as excel or numbers or pdf, open/edit/save again.H/

    To quote the phrase “There’s an app for that” :D

    Well ! I have been at my local Apple Centre today having “Pages” and “Numbers” demonstrated to me
    in great detail. Also the rest of the incredible iPad.

    This is all just so magical, there sure is an App for everything!

    It is the way it all works together seamlessly and the next step is always so logical and perfect. It all just
    works with swipes, gestures, pinches, presses and voice commands. The onscreen keyboard just magically
    appears when you need it and just solves my keyboard issues. The screenreader means you do not even
    have to bother reading the webpage yourself.

    They would not tell me the new features of Ipad 3 but just said it will be wonderful.

    I am won over, just cannot see

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    #84541
    Re: The Ipad Decision….

    @taungfox wrote:

    They would not tell me the new features of Ipad 3 but just said it will be wonderful.

    I am won over, just cannot see

    I am waiting for iPad3 to be released before I go a shopping … cool you had a demo, did you manage with the handling, did your fingers cope with the pinching, swiping etc?

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    #84542
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    not got an ipad (have a viewpad 10e tablet) my arms get tired holding it up and when not sitting at a table find it hard to hold with one hand and use touch screen with the other.

    try and demo your new ipad in the shop, try using it with arms unsupported for at 10 min to make sure you will be comfortable using it regardless of what your sitting in.

    would say you still need a main computer as a doc and movie & music libaray.

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    #84543
    Re: The Ipad Decision….

    @amgmod wrote:

    @taungfox wrote:

    . cool you had a demo, did you manage with the handling, did your fingers cope with the pinching, swiping etc?

    Spot on, I specifically asked them about this issue and they had all the answers.

    Rather than just using one hand which I am forced to do on the 3.1/2 inch iPod screen, the solution
    is on the iPad to use a comination of both hands and whatever finger movements you have. There is
    an infinite variety of swipes, swirls, twists, presses, half presses. You find your own way of
    getting the most out of the amazing capacitive touchscreen. The presses even access other features,
    we seem to be only sctratching the surface of these technologies.

    There were people on tables next to the Genius Bar having courses on all sorts of aspects of Apple
    devices. This is the way to go!

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    #84544
    Re: The Ipad Decision….

    @catatude wrote:

    my arms get tired holding it up and when not sitting at a table find it hard to hold with one hand and use touch screen with the other..

    Exactly Cat, remembered you had this problem too. Even on the tiny iPod Touch I have a variety
    of small stands for it (mostly converted watch / jewelry display stands). The iPad will be many times worse.

    Thankfully as AMG points out there are many specific iPad stands – go to E-Bay and searching for
    “iPad case” and there is an incredible variety, which should solve the problem.

    @catatude wrote:

    try and demo your new ipad in the shop, try using it with arms unsupported for at 10 min to make sure you will be comfortable using it regardless of what your sitting in..

    Good idea, will be sure to have a demo. They were even offering me a session with their technical people
    to work out which of their technology is the most applicable to my hand and arm disability. They were
    suggesting Macbook Air things for light weight but the touchscreen I think is vital but they will
    work all that out for me.

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    #84540
    Re: The Ipad Decision….

    @taungfox wrote:

    There were people on tables next to the Genius Bar having courses on all sorts of aspects of Apple
    devices. This is the way to go!

    I know, I would be living in the store if it were not 30 miles away, lol. My pal over in the US takes lessons in “How to..” and she fields questions for me. Apple service is the bomb [yes biased, don’t care if it shows, lol].

    There are a variety of cases and stands available, most likely some will need tweeking for MD purposes. I am ‘hoping’ to be reviewing a stand for MD peeps in April. I am already making notes on what positions to try it in, and taking extra notes on how to configure the thing, does it need a man with 101 tools, or a weakened female with intelligence!

    @taungfox wrote:

    Good idea, will be sure to have a demo. They were even offering me a session with their technical people
    to work out which of their technology is the most applicable to my hand and arm disability. They were
    suggesting Macbook Air things for light weight but the touchscreen I think is vital but they will
    work all that out for me.

    :shock:

    Good grief, that smacks of jolly good customer service … as a crip I am not sure I could cope with such excellence, lol.

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    #84545
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    Hi guys, liking the tech talk.

    I won’t wade in directly on ipads as I’m a bit anti Apple (I don’t like the iTunes model) and so I have an android tablet and phone (neither replace something with a real keyboard.)

    But, no matter what tech I buy I always check out hot UK deals first, great place for bargains http://www.hotukdeals.com/ Watch out though, things sell out fast if they are a hot deal!

    Also, many of the deals have cash back on from sites like quidco, which is the same mechanism that allows MDC to get a donation when people shop via the spend and raise site

    http://www.spendandraise.com/MuscularDystrophyCampaign/

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    #84546
    Re: The Ipad Decision….

    @taungfox wrote:

    @catatude wrote:

    my arms get tired holding it up and when not sitting at a table find it hard to hold with one hand and use touch screen with the other..

    Exactly Cat, remembered you had this problem too. Even on the tiny iPod Touch I have a variety
    of small stands for it (mostly converted watch / jewelry display stands). The iPad will be many times worse.

    Thankfully as AMG points out there are many specific iPad stands – go to E-Bay and searching for
    “iPad case” and there is an incredible variety, which should solve the problem..

    Got a groovy little ipod music book type stand from the pound shop. the problemo start when gravity kicks in when Im lying down and arms wont lift no more :? pity those other ipody stand peeps wouldnt give me their ipad stand to demo :roll:

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    #84548
    Re: The Ipad Decision….

    Just some info to maybe help!

    The iPad no longer needs a PC to get it up and running. The latest software (iOS5) means you can use it as a stand alone device without any external management such as a PC. One of the main reasons Apple did this was to target people replacing laptops.

    Also the Flash issue….5 years ago it was a problem but not so much now. Apple have in one sense “won” their battle with Adobe (Flash) simply because their products are so popular. Many more websites now use something called HTML5 which replaces the use of Flash, but also works on Apple products. From my experience, 2 websites which have transferred to HTML5 in the last 6 months are BBC Sport & The National Lottery Online.

    And a couple of other points:

    – I get around 4 days battery life from my iPad2 using it around 2 hours a day.
    – There are Apps which let you play any format of Video or Music file so dont worry about using iTunes or having files that wont work on your iPad
    – The iPad3 is due out in the next 6-8 weeks! It’s said to have a higher resolution screen, a better camera and a faster processor.

    I sound like an Apple salesman saying all that above ^ but it really is a fab device. I’ve never been a huge Apple fan but there is no denying this bit of kit is awesome. Best of luck :)

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