I had to end my non blogging break for this review.
So this is my first post from my iPad and the first time I’ve been able to get near it since it arrived! Miss L’s been on it since she arrived home from school, it really is great for small kids who are used to touch screen whiteboards and iPhones.
But it’s more than a giant iPhone or iPad, it’s a new way to consume media. I can actually see us getting another one when the price comes down as it a much more family friendly/sharing than either of our laptops, and miles ahead of Miss L’s net book which cost the same amount – really wish we’d not bothered with that now.
It does have some drawbacks, the lack of being able to have multiple user accounts is the main one. We’ve gotten round it by setting up our email accounts separately on the email app, and by having our own bookmark folders. But for larger families and ones with older kids that will be a real pain. And the keyboard, well you have to get used to it again! I think if it was our main household machine I’d get the keyboard and dock.
But on the plus side iBooks is amazingly good and there are lots of free classic books on it. The controls are very I intuitive. The app store does have some very, very cool looking apps and the iWork suite (like Microsoft Office) is just £5.99 a product, which for anyone whose bought Office will know is a bargain! I like that that you can lock the machine so it doesn’t turn sideways etc when you don’t want it too, like my iPhone sometimes does.
It feels like the future, not a phone, or a laptop something completely different. For older silver surfers, children and those that just want to surf, game and do the odd mail it is perfect. Miles better than anything else in it’s price range. I’m sure it also has a home in front line services like in hospitals and for the police when the prices comes tumbling down over the next couple of years.
I tried to do a mini review and put it on you tube but the powers that be wouldn’t publish it – it was nice as well! So you’ll have to make do with Miss L playing Angry Birds on it – sorry!
Update – You Tube let it through – so here’s my slightly crap vlog