I do find it somewhat tough to find that "perfect solution" to a given problem, but I chalk that up to the platform being so new. For example, finding an app that allows a really good notebook experience is tough (for me). I think in a few months things will settle down.
Getting ready to go and stand in line ;-)
Thanks everyone for all your input. In the last few days it became clear (for me), I have to get one with the largest memory. All due to your recent discussions regarding the RAW file capabilities of the device.
So, I hope they don't sell out the 64G+3G model before my turn in line ;-)
Yet another variation on a carry case for the iPad. This one is thin neoprene and has a separate pocket for charger & cord, plus things like that camera accessory.
>All due to your recent discussions regarding the RAW file capabilities of the device.
As I understand it only pulls off the embedded JPEG from the RAW. Not too bad either and has the advantage that we do not need to wait for apple to support new cameras.
"You could create a photo book on your computer, print as a PDF, and then view that on the iPad using a PDF app. Goodreader is one of the best, and inexpensive ($0.99 US)."
yes, i have done that, trouble is they don't look too hot.... you can't get 2 page spreads to show up properly, formatting is problematic, etc.
after days of trying, i still can't consistently sort photos the way i want, it might work once, then once i make a change or 2, it is all over. a serious bug in the design, maybe it will be fixed in the future.
apps are the way to go for now to create photo books.......or funky pdf's,
My photoblog: http://josefskye.tumblr.com
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You have more or less said what I've been thinking. I will want 2page Blurb style books--but expect that will come down the road with apps.
Well something really interesting....go to the Blurb site on your iPad and use their book preview ....I think this is the beginning of what you want.
I think it is only a matter of time.
I am taking a book class a Stanford and our guest teacher for the evening on Wednesday was Chad Jennings, one of the founding employees of Blurb. We were discussing people liking to buy tactile art books but good previews or the giving out a PDF apparently (even though you've then already got the images) sells A LOT more books.
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So far the 3G version seems to be sipping power and not gulping it down. My one worry between the Wifi and 3G version was battery life and whether it would be as shockingly extraordinary as the wifi version. I've had it on since 10am. Standby for most of the day but about 20 synchs as I was adding content and about an hour and a half of non stop surfing and testing Apps and I'm still at 87%. to contrast I can't go a full day on my iPhone without a recharge.
Yes, I'm most impressed with the battery life much better than my notebook. Thanks Terry for that blurb site.
website under construction
A friend of mine is thinking of buying something for his 99 year old dad to use for reading. I read that in addition to being able to increase the font size, you can reverse the text on an iPad, providing white text on a black background. Has anyone tried this? Any feedback on it would be appreciated.
I didn't try it on the Ipad when I've had the chance to play with one but I would think it's available since it is on my Touch. It's in the settings/general/accessibility. It's white on black--or this forum is,for instance, white on gray.
I've considered it for my mother (94) but she has moderate macular degeneration and is able to use a software that magnifies everything from 1.5-32x on her PC and I don't think. we could increase the font nearly large enough for her on the Ipad at this point.
From the users manual:
Universal Access Features
Universal access features make iPad easy to use for people who have a vision impairment, are deaf or hard of hearing, or have a physical or learning disability. The accessibility features on iPad include:
Support for playback of closed-captioned content
VoiceOver screen reader
Full-screen zoom magnification
White on Black
Zoom, White on Black, and Mono Audio work with all applications. VoiceOver works with the built-in iPad applications, and some third-party applications you can download from the App Store. Closed-captioning works with movies and podcasts that include it.
For more information about the iPad accessibility features, go to
Terry did you get a consulting job for Apple and not tell anyone
I know most here had the wifi version first so you've had a month of experience. I've read on other forums about problems with wifi. Today I read somewhere that there is a feeling that the wifi on the 3Gs is 'better' (but can't see why that would be unless they've tweaked something in the last month). Since I'm now thinking I'll go wifi only, I would be unhappy (at best LOL) if wifi wasn't consistent with no problems.
Since I'm guessing Terry, probably more than anyone else, has used wifi in a number of places, I guess my question is directed more at her---but anyone that's had issues--or not, please chime in.
Does it still work best with G routers? I know that's been a problem with some people with the Touch--particularly using G/N routers. I'm able to use my Touch for quite some distance from the house with my Touch--and all over a 2 story house with lots of walls (100+ years old). I'd like to be able to do the same with the Ipad.
Interesting notes on the 3G model from the iFixit teardown:
I went to Phoenix today with the intent of buying one but the whole town is sold out of all 3G models. That includes about five Apple Stores and at least the two Best Buys I visited. Not really into buying anything except a 16GB model as they just get way too expensive.
But playing again with a store display model I am not really sure I even need one except as a cool toy. I carry a WIFI router in the car when I travel with a Sprint Aircard that I also use at home for internet. Plus an iPhone 3G that isn't on AT&T anymore, just has Line2 installed for a VoIP phone. It's much more car friendly than an iPad would be due to being one-hand holdable.
My prediction: When the new iPhone comes out in a month or two they will announce tethering to WIFI devices. Then you won't really need a 3G model assuming you have an iPhone.
Here's an interesting offer for those wanting MIFI from Verizon for less than Verizon charges:
I'm sure that the Apple stores did better but demand definitely outstripped supply for retail product on Friday & Saturday.
I am using white on black with the Kindle reader on iPhone...very legible and
limits the reflection from the screen interfering with legibility. Quite usable and
I prefer it for reading in bed as screen size limits the need for bobbing in order to keep focal plane of progressive lenses in the sharp zone.
So iPad black on white should be as good...now if they let us pick forground background I would prefer dark grey or blue to black....less contrast but that might increase readibility for those with vision issues.
Users are reporting that Skype and Line2 do not work on the iPad 3G in 3G only mode.
Known issue-- AT&T
Another data option if you have an iPhone:
jailbreak it with the new Spirit jailbreak. Very easy I did mine today with no problems, it's a one button press operation completely automatic.
Get an app called PDAnet through Cydia and install it. You'll have to pay 29 bucks for it but it makes your iPhone into a WIFI router.
And there you go no 3G iPad required.
Doug, does this disrupt any other functions or apps on the iPad?
No, just don't update to later versions of the OS unless it's worth losing the jailbreak (until they jailbreak that.)
No it works fine. Cydia is the app service for the non Apple apps. I think Cydia gets installed with the jailbreak. If not go here for Cydia http://cydia.hackulo.us/
There are a lot of apps there (on Cydia) including a multi tasking app and various themes. If you do it just back up your phone first you can restore it if theres any problem but I didn't have to. I have a 3G not a 3GS if that matters I don't know. I'm using Line2 VoIP for phone; no longer have an ATT contract.
I've got a WinterBoard theme running makes it look just like the upcoming iPhone 4.0 plus the Backgrounder app for multitasking. I spent most of the day figuring this out. There's even an app called Cycorder to record video with the camera.
I'll upgrade to the iPhone 4.0 software and maybe get the new iPhone when it comes out then jailbreak that.
The jailbreak is here http://www.spiritjb.com/ Read the comments before proceeding especially if you are using Windoze
You can also get BossPrefs from Cydia to control what icons are displayed. I removed a few like SMS and iPhone calling as I'm not using them.
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Phone with your iPad...
I don't know if there is more than one model MiFi but this doesn't look good.....recalled
I checked the Verizon site about theirs and old Engadget (and other) articles and its a 2200 and hasn't been recalled. It looks a bit different but from what I can read, made by Novatel also but different model made for Verizon.
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Jailbreak + MyWi = iPhone wifi hotspot. Works great but not for long periods without an iPhone charger.
Sounds about right - I get about 5 hours out of my N900 when used as a 3G/Wifi hotspot. Seems like most Wifi devices eat a lot of power compared to 3G.
This seems to be a great case for iPad:
I have a friend here in San Diego who works for MiFi's manufacturer. One of the reasons they will be pushing in their marketing plan is the "battery life" compared to various phone's (hacked or not) wireless router applications.
The phones simply run out of battery much sooner than the MiFi.
Then again, my iPad 3G seems to have solved the battery issue ;-) Also, the iPad's 3G seems to be a "true" unlimited plan. Some guy downloaded over 30G of stuff in his first couple of days of use.
I ordered one of those cases yesterday, they say 4-6 weeks, hopefully it will be sooner. For my use, the iPhone wireless router works well. I'm guessing battery life will be maybe two hours tops, when the WiFi router is active.
I received my 3G iPad via FedEx last Friday and have been busy trying out different apps.
Found one that calculates where the light will be for outdoor shots. It's called LightTrac for iPad. It found my house right away (haven't traveled with it yet). Has both satellite and street map views.
Here's a link to the developer's website: http://invisiblebits.blogspot.com/se...abel/lighttrac
I finally bought one. I'd been waiting for a 3G and was on the Chandler store waiting list for nine days to no avail.
But I started thinking how with my Sprint mobile Broadband it was really overkill. Called four Apple stores in the Phoenix area and just one, the Gilbert San Tan Mall had a few 16 gb wifi models so I drove down and scarfed one up.
Bought a second Kyocera KR1 mobile router and installed it in my 4Runner plugged into the 12v accessory outlet. Now I only have to pull the Aircard and stick it in the car. It's an old PCMCIA type but I'm grandfathered in on an unlimited contract. If I upgrade it's a new contract and 5 gb limit. I hit 20+ gb most months.
Anyway it's a new toy I didn't need really but hey you only live once. I think it's a good deal at $499 but to my way of thinking the higher end models lose the value proposition. The top end model is only $100 less than a refurbed 13" MacBook Pro !
Enjoy it Doug
Well, I finally bit the bullet and ordered also. I called both of the 2 Apple stores within my reasonable (4+ hours round trip) range and both were totally OOS so I ordered through Apple online store--7-10 business days until shipping and then...... Still--at least I'll know its enroute and should still beat the Europeans who are waiting (for the most part--not Jono of course LOL). The Apple case is 3-4 weeks now. I know others have bought other cases, but I really only want one to tilt it for typing and viewing. I doubt that the Ipad leaves the house except when we travel (even though for big trips, I'll still carry my laptop).
I waffled a bit about the wifi issue for some but now Apple says a software resolution coming, so even if I have troubles, I expect it to be handled. Actually I don't expect any issues LOL--but I was just hedging a bit I guess. We have the Verizon Palm Pre Plus mobile hot spots so don't really need 3G version. We are thinking of a trip to Newfoundland in early Fall and cell coverage got a bit nutsy for there anyhow, so we'll end up using wifi mostly in Canada--at least that far in the hinterlands.
I love my Touch, find I read email and a lot of apps/news, etc. before ever opening my main computer or laptop so know I will love the Ipad.
Well, we finally got the opportunity to order our work models (the 16g wifi will then be used for demonstration purposes). Delivery is supposed to be the 28th May. Can't wait for the apple apps and ibooks (neither of which we have at the moment).
Just this guy you know
Humph!!!! Joni. Though the Apple store said 7-10 days till shipping and I expected about 5 more days shipping, getting it here before all of you----just got my confirmation and it isn't to ship now until May 26 with delivery June 1. Case to be shipped June 10
Looks as though supply is becoming a bit tighter here and stores, both Apple and BB, in my part of the country appear to be totally sold out. Seems to be a bit of a success. (tongue inserted in cheek here)
And--I'm wrong again (and too late to edit). I was thinking 7-10 days even knowing that they meant business days LOL. Apple is within their shipping date of course. Ah, well--in the throes of excitement I got carried away.
(correction thanks to Stephen who caught me up LOL).
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now worries about the Joni (my heroin).
The UK store is now saying that new orders will ship June 7th as well - we got in really quickly on Monday.
It's been interesting that almost everyone who's seen mine is sold on it, whatever they thought at the outset.
If you love your touch I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
Just this guy you know
Love mine. Wifi is great. I have the poor man version and wouldn't waste a dime more on it. Saving my pennies for: new iPhone this summer, I7 MacBook pro, new intel ssd this fall, 3d tv, Nikon D4 (2), updated Mac pro tower......
It's worth it's price in free ebooks. 30,000 to pick from. That's about a penny and a half per book if you can read them all. At one book per day it would take 82 years to read them all, assuming no more free books were added to the library.
There's a moral to the story: the average person doesn't even live for 30,000 days, so use each one well. (I've used up about 23,000 of mine already so these words are hitting home)
Last edited by DougDolde; 13th May 2010 at 20:58.
Since there have been questions about cases, thought I would add this link for a guide to cases and protection--6 pages worth.