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Computer Log # 22 for April 15, 2010

Well the iPad is out and yours truly managed to get my hands on one to give it a spin so to say. My first thought on it was the weight, at a pound and a half it was a bit heavy and if you are reading a book on it and do not have it on your lap or using two hands you may start to get a sore wrist. Over all I think this is a great book reader or an on line newspaper reader. I am a bit jealous of the iPad owners.

Here is what I think of it as an Kindle killer, I think it isone. Using the similar setup of the iPhone and iPod Touch OS it does not have a big learning curve. The ARM CPU in the iPad is real fast in reference to the older iPods Touch and iPhones GS2. An application that is written for the iPad looks great and a number of older applications look fine using the screen doubler that is built in.

This iPad does not work well outdoors where the sun will over power the display. I found a nice website that took apart the iPad and shows you what is inside. http://www.ifixit.com does not pull any punches on the iPad. To me the iPad has lots of room for additional stuff. The iPad is missing lots of goodies like an external place to install a simm for additional memory over what the iPad has on board. Cost from 16 gig to 32 to 64 gigs is in $100 steps with the iPad starting out at $499 and we all know that memory does not cost that much on the open market.

The announcement of OS 4 for the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch that will have some multitasking abilities built in to certain applications may be a bit of a help Overall, Apple is very good at making a “Hype” in marketing and getting everyone into wanting one, even I want one but I will have to wait until someone is nice and gives me one. Sooner or later the cost will come down to my range. An older person would like it once it was set up on iTunes, If the iPad was $199 with 64 gigs of ram, I might purchase one. The other problem with the iPad, is the need to be connected to a computer for the first time in order to get the iPad to work even if you have the 3G version. This can be a problem if you do not own a computer and the iPad is your first computer.

As far as iTunes and the App Store goes, the store is not set up as well as on the iPhone and iPod Touch. They do have a separate iBook store specifically for the iPad that is not available on the iPod Touch or iPhone. There is a version of the iPad with a built in data plan on AT&T which you do not need to sign up for to get that iPad version. As with all versions the iPad will work with http://www.audible.com but still cannot do an online sync of the service. I would suspect that Audible in the future may have an application to sync via wi-fi or the 3G network otherwise you need to use iTunes to sync the iPad.

I see other manufacturers coming out in the next few months at a lower cost for a Windows base tablet PCs with the missing functions of multitasking and ports that can be used for more on board memory space, external accessories and no limits on what you use it for. I personally may not even use Windows 7 as the OS but Windows 7 is looking better and better as a very good Windows XP replacement.

Franklin S Werren is a computer technician and runs Chautauqua Lake Hosting and Franks Radio in Sherman NY. And can be found on the web at http://www.chautauqualake.net and via e-mail at admin@chautauqualake.net or webmaster@bagpipes.net and yes I do play the Bagpipes.

Disclaimer: “Franklin S Werren” or the “Chautauqua Star” have not received any money or promotional items in anything talked about in this column.

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