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If anyone thinks that you can share a any tablet like the iPad with your partner, then you are in for trouble. Just think about it, can you share you phone with your partner, family or friends? It is so personal. And now with all the hype on social landscape, how can it even be possible? Mister owns a iPad and I hardly use it or ask to use it. It is too personal. It can only belong to you and you only. Hence, I jumped on the chance when asked if I wanted to review the iPad that Vodafone has on offer this silly season. And due to some unforeseen circumstances, instead of having the whole weekend with iPad, I literally had a little more than a day with it.
What was the first app that I downloaded? The Flipboard, of course. It is basically a visual RSS feed of your favourite websites, blogs & social networks like Facebook and Twitter. When Mister first got this, I was totally envious and jealous because my little Samsung tablet has nothing like this! If you love beautiful visuals and food porn like me, this is the one to download!
There are so many apps and magazine styled ones to download and play with. I can subscribe to SMH (Sydney Morning Herald), The Age, NYTimes, Donna Hay, Gourmet Traveller, National Geographic and so much more. No more heavy magazines to lug around every time we move and living in a smaller space now means that having digital versions of magazines and books make so much more sense. I love the twitter app on the iPad. It makes conversations really easy to keep up and it has a cool little feature that only the iPad can do. You have to get it to find out And I can watch videos from TED, ABC iView, BBC iPlayer. Videos can be downloaded and watched offline. With the iPad, I won’t be missing on Heston’s Christmas Special and Poh series! I recalled Mister was obssessed in watching Tour De France Live on his iPad. It is an app created by SBS and made the whole TDF experience even more interactive and exciting. Small screen, big impact.
I love twitter and catching up on blogs. The iPad allows me to do both at the same time. One of my Melbourne favourite blogger, Anh, tweeted this beautiful recipe on cheeseburger. All I did was to click on the tweet, the blog post was displayed below. I can even comment on it. Just great! With the iPad, it means I can catch up on more blogs more often.
I am not sure if I will like blogging on the iPad as I love editing photos in both Lightroom and Photoshop. But if all your photos are uploaded onto flickr, then it is pretty easy to type using 3 fingers. But for some of you, typing with 2 or 3 fingers might not be ideal! There are also blogging apps but it seems that the reviews aren’t too promising. I tried using the iPad to edit this draft and it works perfectly. And it is also great to just catch up on moderating comments on the blog. Another cool feature on the iPad is the spilt keyboard function. It takes a while to get used to it but it works so well when lying in bed.
There are so many apps out there and which are the ones most suitable for you? You can usually download a Lite version to try it out and if you really like it, buy it. There are a couple of drawing apps like Bamboo paper which is a digital notebook that uses the stylus and is good for note taking and simple drawings. Or if you love sketching, I will suggest Sketchbook Pro. It has different brushes, colours, layer options, ability to import photos from library. Just allow your imagination to run wild. I am no artist but always have fun drawing silly stuff.
Amazon Kindle and iBook are also some of my favourites. It’s my bookshelf in a 10inch iPad. The battery of the iPad is super strong as well. Mister has travelled with it very often and it is his friend and favourite companion. And also not forgetting the games. I download the Kungfu Food. It is fun slicing up Chinese Dim Sum and Peking duck!
There are so many ways that one can use the iPad and zillion of apps. Catching up on email. chatting with friends, writing documents (if you really want to), sketching with a stylus, cookbook and the list goes on. But I love what Mister said and why he loves the iPad. He said nothing beats having a great cup of latte and just reading and flipping through the papers on the weekend. In my case, it has to be some sort of food magazine or food section in the papers. I am obsessed with food.
With the silly season around the corner, it may be time to treat yourself or your loved ones to something special. You can get onto a contract with Vodafone with $0 upfront for the iPad 2 16GB. And Vodafone has recently rolled out a new network on a new frequency, 850MHz. Besides the iPad, there are other tablets for a similar deal of $0 upfront. After playing with the iPad, I really want one! It might be slightly heavier than my current Samsung tablet but the quality of the apps are so much better. Hello Santa, if you are listening, I have been good this year!
Just out of curiosity, what are your top 3 iPad apps? And what will you download first?