Read Oliver Powell’s great review of the iPad3
• Subject: iPad review
Inspiring packaging to be expected from those clever designers at Apple!
The experience that Apple create from sliding the lid off the box gave me that excited feeling that I was opening something special!
Without shadow of a doubt the setup of an iPad 3 is like a stroll in the park. I’m not the most technical and haven’t got the patience for long winded setups but with a total setup time of 5 mins 17 secs I was impressed. By the end of this time my iPad was connected to my wifi, the device had been registered and I was receiving email.
The welcome Email from my new friends at Apple was excellent. I was guided into the app store and towards app starter packages which contained many free apps as well as a number of Apple’s apps some of which I bought including iPhoto.
The thing about the iPad, or any tablet that is, is that without downloading decent apps it just becomes a tool for Internet and email only! Obvious comment I know but finding and using the right apps for you is key and with the app store you both have as many apps as you could imagine plus good tools to inspire you to find apps you hadn’t even dreamed of using or needing!!
I thought the best thing to do would be to trial dictation was doing the review. And here’s the results.
‘He did she came in from the main keyboard…Easily accessible found that you can follow hands are performing well that’s a fair lots of good.
So the first paragraph of works very nicely with no spelling mistakes and the sentiments exactly as I would want to start the second paragraph however doesn’t make sense.’
Back to typing.
In conclusion, the dictation does work, just not very well. I find that by the time I have edited text manually on the keyboard it would have been quicker to have typed it in the first place. And like many other words above, ‘sentiments’ was not dictated!!
Maybe this is something that would improve as I got better at adapting my speech to what the iPad wanted. But frankly I haven’t got time for that!
This review would have been completed 2 days ago if it wasn’t for the fact that if you don’t plug an Apple iPad lead into the device it won’t charge! I have numerous chargers around the house as the family own 4 iPods, 2 iPhones and now 2 iPads but I ended up twice plugging my fully depleted iPad 3 into chargers that work for the other devices but not the 3 and so was without my new toy for 48 hours! I also plugged it into my laptop And whilst it synced perfectly could I get it to charge? No! And that was despite trying 3 different apple connectors including the original iPad 3 connector. My iPhone of course charges with all 3 connectors!!
Ipad2 vs 3
My wife has an IPad2 which she adores. So is the 3 worth those extra £200?
The 2 main downsides of the 3 are of course 1) the price but 2) the length of time it takes to charge. The 3 seems to deplete at a similar speed to the 2 but takes a whopping 5 hours to fully recharge – see charging above and you can see the issues with this.
The BIG plus is the screen: wow! The images are just amazing! Photos are so clear it feels like a real privilege viewing images and for this reason alone I give the 3 a huge thumbs up.
If however you haven’t got £200 to throw away stick with the 2…
Sent from my iPad 3