Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 3rd Jul 2011 22:04 UTC
Apple Even though I was extremely sceptical of this whole tablet thing, I bought an iPad 2 a few weeks ago. Obviously, this occasion couldn't pass by without a proper review of the thing on OSNews, so here we are. Inside, my view on the iPad 2, and more importantly, how my perception of tablets has been turned around completely.
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I thought that was a very good article and pretty much summed up my thoughts on the iPad. Im an apple fan and when the iPad was first released i didn't see the point in it, it looked like a large iPhone without the iPhone, too big to be portable and not powerful enough to be useful, a void between the netbook/laptop and the smart phone.

What changed this for me was a change in job location, my new job took me on the train for about 3 hours a day (1 1/2 each way). I wanted something light, portable, good battery and connected to the net. The iPad ticked all the boxes and with good resale on eBay i thought why not.

It's only after owning the device you truly appreciate how useful they really are. As the article summed up there are negatives, however the complete package just overwrites these. The iPad is an incredibly useful device and many friends and family members comment on how easy and natural the device is to use.

I really liked the comment regarding how a perfect fit is pen to paper, the iPad shares a similar experience. It's very versatile and the apps are good, apps like iThoughtHD, Penultimate, Things!, Bento and the Apple apps like Pages, Numbers covers my work/productive needs.

The biggest problem for me and i agree with the comment earlier in this thread is the file system. The iPad desperately needs a revamp in this area, it's very frustrating have files/data saved within an app and not in some common area. For example working in pages to edit documents and share these is possible but annoying with far too many roadblocks making it less productive.

Personally the only way around this ive found is to use DropBox. It allows you to store and sync files via the cloud to the iPad, iPhone and Mac/Windows PC's. This is the perfect technology that Apple needs to get a hurry on and implement. A central, sync'd storage system, in which files can be added on any device, sync'd with the cloud and other devices, with easy access for apps.

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