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Apple iPad (Gen 3) Tablet Review

The new iPad is here, with an incredible screen.

March 16, 2012
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Reading Books

Reading eBooks on an iPad is a very rewarding experience, battery drain aside. While you probably won't reap the full benefit of the retina display, you will be greeted with a crisp image that greatly resembles luminous text on a page. Page controls are natural, including a tap or swipe to flip through pages, holding down your finger to mark up or select text, and even some social media applications.

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If you find that the color of the pages don't suit you (and bright white light can be very distracting), you can change the color of the background to black or sepia. You can also change fonts and font sizes, if that helps. The eReader app works at either portrait or landscape orientation, as some users find one or the other easier to hold. While a tablet is not exactly the ideal platform to read an eBook on compared to, say, an eReader, it is quite nice to have that ability when you want to read at night without disturbing your partner.

Buying Books

Buying books through the iBook Store is very simple, and works very much like it does in the iTunes store for music; once you've entered your billing information in your Apple account, you can simply search for a title you'd like to buy or download, and tap the "purchase" icon. Your title should begin downloading once your credit card clears, and you'll be reading your new book in no time.

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eBook Formats

Because the iPad has access to the expansive App Store, your eBook formats are really only limited to whichever eReader software you prefer. The iBook app has file format support for the iBook format, PDF files, and.txt files, but by downloading any of the other apps, or using conversion software (Calibre is a good choice), you can make sure your library isn't lost between platforms.

On top of all that, if you are comfortable using the iBook app over a competitor like the Kindle App, you will be able to use Apple's iCloud storage to make sure you can make the most of your hard drive space should you decide to stow away titles from your library for a while. Amazon offers a similar service for their customers, but this one's up to you.

Newspapers & Magazines

The newsstand app allows you to download issues of, or subscribe to your periodicals of choice. By entering into the Newsstand Store, you can browse titles, and explore a litany of recommendations and popular periodicals. Many of these read the same way as an eBook, as they are viewed with the same program.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Apple iPad 2 Wi-fi & 3G / AT&T / 16 GB Comparison
  11. Motorola Xyboard Comparison
  12. Amazon Kindle Fire Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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