tablets

Apple iPad Review

Apple created the market and dominates it with its mature first tablet.

February 26, 2011
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Email

The iPad offers a fully featured email client that supports a wide range of email standards and services, including POP, IMAP, Exchange, Gmail, AOL and Yahoo. We found that this application was easy to configure and use, and provided a good range of features that make it suitable for heavy emailers and corporate users. Emails are easy to search and type emails on the large on-screen keyboard, although serious emailers will want to invest in a separate keyboard. However, there is no way to sort emails other than by received order, although you can place emails into folders, depending on the support that the service offers for this.

One thing to note, however, is that it is not possible to replace the built in mail client with another: Apple takes a dim view of applications that it sees as duplicating or replacing the built-in functions of the iPad. Some more specialist email Apps are available, but there are no Apps that replace the built-in App.

Web Browsing

Appleā€™s own Safari web browser is a powerful, fully featured program that is pretty much identical to the desktop version in use. It offers an extensive set of touch controls, including the ability to scroll down a page with a flick of the finger, zoom in with a pinch and open a new page with a touch. Multiple browser windows are also supported, although the browser does not store the pages: when you switch between the pages, it has the reload the web page from scratch, which can mean that you loose your place if you are within a framed web page (such as Apples own iPad online user guide). Extensive bookmarking support is also offered, with the ability to create folders of bookmarks for easy reading. The opening screen of the browser can also be configured to show thumbnails of up to 9 web pages that can be accessed with a touch (Apple calls them Web Clips)

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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. Amazon Kindle Keyboard Wi-Fi Comparison
  11. Barnes & Noble Nook Color Comparison
  12. Sony Reader Daily Edition Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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