Well, my birthday present this year was an iPad! I was shocked, although I had guessed beforehand from the countless hints dropped by my boyfriend who was more excited than I.
Never having owned an iPad before, I cannot compare between the iPad 1, 2 or 3rd gen. but here is my thoughts on the 3rd gen.
Upon first opening it, I was a bit confused by the lack of instructions. I know we are in the age of technology, but I couldn't find where to put the sim card. After looking on YouTube for a tutorial on this, calling 3 because the sim card was too big, then looking back in the bag and finding the correct simcard (yes, a little embarrassing - I was just so excited!) I got going with my iPad.
It is rather heavier than I expected- not uncomfortably so, but I wouldn't recommend carrying it in your handbag all day long.
The screen is crisp, clear and bright. It adjusts itself for different levels of lighting in the room which is quite a nice feature. It is big enough to watch films and TV shows on, whilst still being compact. Game play is a breeze, the iPad almost hearing your thoughts before you touch the screen so you only have to lightly tap or swipe and it responds.
I am also new to the app store. I do like this, but having an android phone, find that a lot of games and apps which are free on android, must be purchased through the app store.
There doesn't appear to be a way to sort by price or paid/free which is no doubt by design but would help customers a lot and no doubt boost customer satisfaction.
The camera on the iPad is very nice for a device of its kind, although action shots tend to blur slightly - ask my rabbits! The screen camera is good for it's purpose, not as clear as the back one but for Skype etc. more than sufficient.
The gallery is easy to browse through and the quality of pictures on screen is fantastic.
I dislike the e-mail function on the iPad, mainly because you cannot easily log out. Other family members like to use the iPad as well and I do not like that all my personal e-mails are just a click away. So I have actually stopped using this service, opting to check my email through the browser instead, which is a shame as it would be very useful to just have it all a click and password away.
It is a good device, but merely a vessel, a blank canvas if you will, to do with what you please, be that, downloading films / music from iTunes, downloading games / apps from the App Store, showing off your holiday photo's or typing up that assignment due in next week (although I would suggest using a laptop to do the latter or you may end up with a few spelling errors!).
In fact - my laptop is barely used anymore for browsing the web and gaming.
But it is getting a look in today as I type this!