“It’s heavy,” was my first thought upon holding the iPad for the first time. Within minutes, though, I knew that I would be taking Apple‘s newest gadget home with me!
I’ve had the iPad now for 2 weeks and I’m convinced that it is the perfect travel device. Not only is it a completely equipped entertainment device (reading, videos, music for that long international flight), I’m able to access the web using wifi and the larger size makes browsing and searching much more pleasant than using my iTouch.
I have found the on-screen keyboard to be quite good. My long, thin fingers have gotten used to typing fairly accurately and it’s much easier than I expected. Eventually, I will probably purchase the Bluetooth keyboard but for now, I’m satisfied with typing on-screen. Some apps, such as Macjournal and Yahoo Messenger have their own keyboards built into the app. I much prefer Apple’s layout as it is wider.
The lack of a camera is not an issue for me. I don’t use video chat and I certainly wouldn’t want to use the iPad as a camera.
Pictures and videos are beautiful on the high definition screen. I have noticed a significant glare but I’m getting used to it. Anti-glare shields can be purchased if it’s a real problem.
While traveling, I will be able to update my blog easily using the WordPress app or by logging in via the web. Uploading pictures won’t be as easy unless I purchase the camera connection kit. I wish Apple had included an SD card slot, It would have made so much sense!
Language apps, travel guides, currency converters, and maps will all come in very handy while traveling. And Skype for calling home is second to none! The only real disadvantage I can think of is that the iPad will draw attention and therefore be a high risk for theft. In September, I will be taking it on an Alaska Cruise and then to Nepal for the true test of being the perfect travel device!
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