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iPad 2 Review… Toez Style

Ok, so let’s cover a few things: I did not own the first generation iPad, however did have the opportunity to “mess with one” just to satisfy the curiosity of what they are. Let’s first remember that even Apple themselves have said that the iPad is not a laptop replacement, therefore you’d better not be expecting to ditch a netbook or a laptop for this. If that was your intention, save your money and get a MacBook Air instead.

We all have heard it; “the iPad is nothing more than a gassy, bloated iPod touch”. Answer? True. Look under the hood; both run iOS software, run apps from Apple’s App Store, both now feature cameras for FaceTime and other uses, and both are lightweight and portable. Yet the iPad has obviously much more screen real estate (almost triple) to read and compose making it more valuable if you’re a more avid user of such devices. Granted, the iPod touch is desired for its portability, but given that device’s #1 function is an iPod, the iPad excels with better usability and, believe it or not, superior battery performance.

Sure, the iPad has the world lining up for one however how many of them passed on the first generation (like me) knowing that a better model was just a year or so away? I think that was many of us since we tried for a year to figure out just how this device would fit into our lives. I use it now for note taking, web browsing, and email mostly however it’s also indispensable as an entertainment source for music and video, including Netflix which looks much better on a 9.7″ screen v. 3.5″. Remember also that there’s just a $200 difference between an iPad and an iPod touch. If you just shuddered over $200 when reading that last sentence, you likely have no business even looking at any of these devices to begin with.

I’ve read that the iPad 2 is much faster as compared to the original iPad… MUCH FASTER. I wouldn’t know, I didn’t have one, but ok. This sucker is pretty fast so I have nothing else to compare it to other than my iPhone 4. Which segways now into functionality. Sure, the iPad isn’t the only tablet on the market, however it might as well be. Here’s the secret: WiFi only model first to market and a massive resource for apps. Period. I’m still shocked that at the time I’m writing this, there isn’t a official Skype or Facebook app specifically for the iPad 2, however I’m also well aware the damn thing just hit market 2 weeks ago to begin with, so I’m pretty sure they’re hot on the trail as of this very moment.

Next up, some tips. Since many people don’t read blocks of text just to get the info that’s important to them, I’m hoping this part doesn’t get skipped should you decide to get an iPad (lots of great deals on the first generation in fact), you will need to sync it first right out of the box with your active iTunes for the Apple ID. Also, if you also have another iOS device that has been paired to that PC with your Apple ID, create a new iPad profile. Trust me, my dumbass selected my existing iPhone 4 profile. No, I didn’t lose anything on either device, however it copied over system settings specifically to the iPhone to the iPad and I had lost keyboard clicks, lock screen sounds, etc. Now that iOS 4.3.1 is out, just restore your iPad with its own profile. Now mine works without a flaw and it really is a remarkable product. You too will like web browsing on it if you surf like I do. Don’t be a cheap ass & skip on a case, you’re definitely going to need one. I would like to track down a set of those low-profile rubber feet bumpers on the bottom of a unibody MacBook for the bottom of the iPad; suggestions?

Oh, and finally, I’m sure my male followers (and a few female followers) would like to know about pr0n on this thing… streams like a champ and hawt! I don’t get really the frenzy and looks when I’m carrying mine around, but if it’ll get me laid like walking a puppy in the park, come have a look ladies.

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  • http://ninetoez.net Toez

    Left something out; the camera sucks. If you missed the other reviews from tech blogs, it’s true the camera is something from a Nokia camera phone from 2004. I don’t think very many people will be running around museums or beaches any time soon with an iPad to snap pics, however use your phone or digital camera for that. This was meant for video calling; low res for bandwidth. It has still & video camera capabilities, but it’s there for mere convenience.

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