Ipad reviewOn first look at the IPad you might wonder what the point of it is.

Its not a laptop and its not a phone, its somewhere in between. To buy into the IPad is to buy into the Apple brand. It is not surprising that most IPhone users gravitate onto buying an IPad.

So lets have a look at the detail.

IPad has been split into two major releases : IPad 1 & IPad 2.

IPad 1 was released in April 2010.

9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology. 1024-by-768-pixel resolution.
16GB flash drive with 1Ghz Apple A4 custom-designed system on a chip.
Wi-Fi , Bluetooth + EDR technology

Ipad 2 was released in March 2011.

33% thinner than IPAD 1 and 15% lighter, the iPad 2 had a better processor, a dual core Apple A5 which made its CPU twice as fast and up to nine times as fast for GPU operations. Front and back cameras were included which supported the FaceTime videophone application, as well as a three-axis gyroscope. It retained the original’s 10-hour battery life and had a similar pricing scheme.

Ipad 3 was released in March 2012.

Containined a new dual core A5X processor with quad-core graphics, and a Retina Display with a resolution of 2048 by 1536 pixels, with more than 50% more pixels than a standard high definition TV screen.

Ipad 4 was released in October 2012.

Updated hardware includes an A6X processor, HD FaceTime camera, improved LTE compatibility, and the all-digital Lightning connector.

IPad Mini was released in November 2012.

With a screen measuring 7.9 inches, it is aimed at the emerging sector of smaller tablets such as the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7. The hardware of the new iPad Mini is similar to the iPad 2, with a 1024 by 768 pixel resolution screen and a dual core A5 processor, but is 53% lighter and 7.2mm thick. It was released on November 2, in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities.

On October 22, 2013, Apple introduced the fifth generation of iPad, called the iPad Air, and a new second generation iPad Mini that comes with a Retina Display. The iPad Air went on sale on November 2013, starting at £440 ($499), while the second generation iPad Mini was also released in November 2013, starting at (£340) $399.

The Ipad itself has a LCD screen which responds to touch like a standard Smartphone. The display has fingerprint and scratch resistant technology included. However, this is disputed by various owners of IPad’s who report their units scratching very easily and becoming gummed up with fingerprint grease. At best, it is fair to say that the screen “reduces” these annoying side effects of touching the screen.

The screen also responds to light levels using a sensor to adjust the brightness of the display to save eyesight.

The display also features the “3-axis accelerometer” which is a sensor which switches between portrait and landscape modes. This comes into play to lock the screen depending on whether you like to hold it sideways or longs (think of a rectangle). It can infact be turned any-which way and the screen will flip and adjust accordingly.

There are four physical switches on the iPad itself, a home button, and three plastic physical switches on the sides: wake/sleep and volume up/down and a third button whose function has changed with subsequent software updates.

The original iPad had no camera. The iPad 2 came with a front VGA camera and a back camera – 5 times digital 720p camera.

The iPad uses an internal rechargeable lithium battery. Apple claims that the battery can provide up to 10 hours of video, 140 hours of audio playback, or one month on standby. Like any battery technology, the iPad’s battery loses capacity over time, but is not designed to be user-replaceable. It can be recharged by a standard USB port from a computer.

The IPad only runs its own software which can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store and other program’s from specifically registered licensee’s. Almost all third-party iPhone applications are also fully compatible and can be displayed as Iphone sized or full screen display.

The Ipad browser is called Safari and has improved over the years to such a degree that it could actually be considered a better operating system than Windows Int. Explorer depending on who you speak to.

The iPad comes with several built in applications, including the previously mentioned Safari browser, Mail, Photos, Video, YouTube, iPod, iTunes, App Store, iBooks, Maps, Notes, Calendar, Contacts, and Spotlight Search.

The IPad can also be used to make phone calls over the Wi-Fi Voip application using a headset.

You can also buy a plethora of physical accessories, including screen protectors, carry cases and stylus pens.

So there you have it, other than these features mentioned above the Ipad is constantly evolving, always being updated and new features will come out over time.

What the average user needs to workout for themselves is whether the Ipad is for them, if they own an IPhone, love Apple products or are looking to get into Apple then this might be the product for you.

Buying into Apple is like buying into a lifestyle choice – a not very cheap lifestyle choice.