If you’re a tech junkie and someone who likes to be at the cutting edge, then there are few more objects more desirable than the iPad – and particularly the iPad 3. The iPad is a device that has made more than a bit of a splash since its launch a few years ago and that seems to have delivered on its promises despite not realpy doing anything all that new.
On the surface of it an iPad is just a big iPhone that runs the same apps with a slightly faster processor and significantly bigger screen, but despite this it still has something that sets it apart from other similar hardware.
The main allure of the iPad is the way it lets you access the net in a far more intuitive manner. The iPad feels incredibly comfortable to hold and is seemingly the exact right weight and size for browsing the web. It will rest easily on your lap or you can hold it in one hand and swipe with the other. At the same time it is bathed in the normal Apple gloss giving it a quality feel and a responsiveness that other devices lack. In short this is one of the only ways your Granddad can enjoy surfing the web which is to say that it makes it clear, fun and intuitive. The Apple logo on the device then meanwhile demonstrates you’ve splashed out for a premium product and that carries with it a certain amount of prestige too.
In short this is a great toy for someone who has a bit of cash to splash, but at the same time it can also lend you some credibility. If you ever meet with clients or business partners then being able to bring out an iPad to work on together is not only very practical but also very cool.
Add to that the huge number of apps available and you have a device that is highly practical and functional whether you want to check your e-mail or edit documents and spread sheets (or shoot aliens for that matter).
However that’s not to say that iPads are entirely dream devices and they do also have a number of weaknesses. For one thing the lack of a physical keyboard does unfortunately mean they can’t completely replace laptops and for productivity they will always be slightly weaker there. Though you can get add on keyboards for the iPad these still don’t have quite the same satisfying feedback and they require you to carry two items rather than one. Much better in this respect is something like the very cool Asus Transformer.
Another thing to remember is that iPads are significantly more restrictive than Android tablets meaning you won’t be able to watch Flash, to change your keyboard, drag and drop files or use an expansion slot. These are all minor nuisances that make using an iPad just slightly harder than it needs to be.
Finally the price is much worse for Apple products because of the desirability of that little apple logo. You can get some Android tablets that are nearly as smooth (though lacking that neat retina display) for around $150. In short then it just comes down to how much you want to flaunt your new tablet and how much you want to actually use it.
Vadim Kirichenko is aspiring writer who loves to blog and writes articles related to sem/ppc/seo. Toronto is hometown for his business where he helps various local as well as worldwide clients in optimization of websites via seo and freelance writing.