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iPad Review - Makin' Life So Easy

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I recently finished a short term blog writing gig where I got to research topics and provide personal reviews of the iPhone and iPad. I really like my job!

Upon winning the bid for that job, I decided it was time for a new business investment -- I went out and purchased an iPad. I used to be wanting one for awhile anyway (much thanks to the Modern Family episode where Phil so faithfully wants one for his birthday), so having found myself by having an assignment to examine them was like a cosmic sign the time was ripe that i can become the proud new who owns my own, personal Apple iPad.

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We took the kids to Best to buy rather spontaneously one Saturday afternoon (Him: "Hey, you want to go look at iPads at Best Buy?" Me: "Sure."). Of course, during the 30 minute drive there, we went from discussing merely exploring the iPads to trying to figure out if I should get the 3G or even the Wifi. This really is no slight debate since the difference in price is about $150. However, whenever we got to Best to buy and found out that all the shop been on stock was the 16GB Wifi iPads, that virtually ended the argument.

One of the major discussions about the iPad is where it really fits into the world of computing. It's similar to an old fashioned joke: "What's bigger than an apple iphone, small compared to an iMac, but still has great apps?" I must state that the iPad is becoming almost a late developed appendage. I have it with me almost constantly -- even (much to my husband's alternating amusement and, I believe, jealousy) to the point where I frequently fall asleep in bed cuddling by using it during the night.

Why am I so weirdly obsessive about my new toy? Because every single day I find yet another way the iPad makes my life far more easy of computer was once. On this one perfectly sized handheld computing device, I can read a magazine (iBooks, Kindle), pay attention to music (iTunes, Pandora), play a game (take a look at Angry Birds or Plants vs. Zombies), write articles for work (iWorks Pages, Google documents), surf the web, read and write emails, watch a movie (Netflix, iTunes store), and even help my preschoolers start understanding how to read (check out the Preschool app).

Now, without having an iPad, you're probably thinking, "So what? I'm able to do most of that on my small PC or iPhone." To some degree, yes, you are able to. However, you can't get it done nearly as easily, flawlessly, and just as you can with my one little iPad.

The screen is plenty big enough to be able to make excellent utilisation of the touchscreen capabilities from the Apple handheld devices. The onscreen keyboard is especially impressive -- I can even use two hands to complete my very own "iPad pecking" version of typing on a full-sized keyboard. I will add, though, which i did make the $70 investment towards the keyboard docking station when I bought the iPad, an investment which i absolutely recommend to anyone looking to purchase their own iPad.

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The real value and employ from the iPad revolves around its convenient size, shape and weight. It isn't too large or small, an ideal shape for holding or propping up on your knees, and certainly not too heavy to move. iPhones are wonderful, but the smaller screen leads to a large amount of "fat finger"mistakes. Laptops are more convenient than the usual desktop to take with you, but they're still too cumbersome to easily travel with, in order to snuggle in bed to look at a film on. No, only the iPad provides the absolute perfect size machine for multi-tasking use.

I've been in love with my iPad since the day I brought it home. However, as we prepare to get ready to take vacation, my love has suddenly both deepened and strengthened. As the mom of three kids, imaginable how much extra stuff is required to help keep children entertained while traveling. Today when I was packing our carry-on bag I suddenly realized that now that I have the iPad, I will not need to lug a whole backpack full of extraneous items.

Gone are the books, puzzles, games, art supplies, etc. that normally weigh me down just like a bipedal pachyderm. My iPad can provide all the normal airplane ride entertainment by itself. There are kids books on my iBooks shelf, the Doodle Buddy app for my budding artists, iTunes movies loaded and ready to go, and a large number of games to experience. It is a whole traveling entertainment system in one sleek 7.5 x 9.5 handheld screen. Fantastic!
 

Posted May 26, 2012 at 7:33am

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