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Apple iPad (Gen 4) Tablet Review

The fourth iPad is here, and is extremely similar to the previous version.

November 02, 2012
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Reading Books

One of the great things about tablets nowadays is the plethora of apps available for each function. Don't like the stock eReader software (in this case iBooks)? Grab the Kindle app, or the Nook app, or any one of a bunch available through the App Store. Once you've selected an app to forge ahead with, and created an account with billing info, you're ready to continue.

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For most of the high-profile apps like the Kindle eReader app, the controls for reading a title are largely the same: tap or swipe your finger to turn pages forward and backward, tap the top to call out a menu that allows you to alter the font, size, or color of your text for easier reading. Some apps (like Kindle) even have social media functions that allow you to facebook or tweet your favorite passages, or progress in reading a book to share with your friends.

Buying Books

Once you've created an account with the eBook store of your choice, you need to enter in your credit card's billing info. Once this is done, all you'll need to do in order to buy a title is to find it in the store, and tap the "buy" icon, and the rest is up to the tablet. Once your card clears, the title will start downloading. Given that text files are generally fairly small, you'll be reading your new title in a matter of seconds.

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The iBook store is great for textbooks.
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eBook Formats

Right out of the box, your iPad can read text files, PDFs, and Apple's proprietary iBook files. By downloading another eReader app, you can expand your supported files if necessary, so if you have a large library of titles, with say, Amazon's Kindle ecosystem, you can install the app then port your library via Amazon's cloud storage.

Newspapers & Magazines

If periodicals are more your fare, you have a couple options. Many eBook stores have the option to subscribe in the exact same fashion as purchasing an eBook: once you tap the "buy/subscribe" icon, your payment will be charged, and you will automatically receive the new editions of the newspaper or magazine.

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Newspapers often have dedicated apps as well.
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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. Conclusion
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