Is it worth forking out a small fortune for an iPad? What can you actually do with one anyway? I have been trusted with an iPad for one week in order to answer these questions.
Monday January 30th – My first impression of the iPad is that it is heavier than I was expecting. However, it looks great. Large, clear screen with loads of fun apps. Spent a while playing on paint (David Hockney famously made various pieces of artwork using iPads, but I’m no David Hockney. Check out my artwork below), on the guitar and piano apps. After a while of this, however, I started to wonder why people own iPads… what am I supposed to do with it apart from procrastinate?
Tuesday January 31st – Downloaded a song and listened to it on repeat for a while. The sound quality is incredible and the volume can be turned up very loud. I danced around my room on my own for a while.
Wednesday February 1st – Downloaded a film and watched it in bed. As the iPad is unsupported, you have to either lean it against something or hold it upright, which is uncomfortable when you just want to relax. The film also took about an hour to download but once it had it was very good quality image and sound.
Thursday February 2nd – Tried to write some notes and started to get frustrated. Everything takes a ridiculously long time on an iPad and typing with two fingers is tedious. (However, I did ask other people about this and they were very keen on taking notes with the iPad. One benefit of taking notes with the iPad is that you can take them with you everywhere and email them to yourself very easily so that all the work you do is backed up).
Friday February 3rd – I’m a bit lost for things to do with the iPad. My friends who have iPads tell me they mainly use them for watching films, keeping themselves organised and using social media, so I spent a while on Facebook and Twitter. I also played around with the camera function, taking pictures of anything and everything and uploading them directly online.
Saturday February 4th – The novelty of having an iPad has completely worn off and I haven’t even had it for a week yet. It’s basically just a large iPhone with no 3G internet connection. The battery life is great though. I’ve only had to charge it once and I haven’t turned it off properly all week.
After spending a week with an iPad, I think the experience was wasted on me. Personally, I would have no use for an iPad in my life because I already have a laptop and an iPhone. The iPad is undoubtedly good for learning new things, with downloadable apps for history, geography, Shakespeare, languages, sign language, musical instruments, astronomy, anatomy, physics, fractions and spelling, as well as organisational diary apps, but none of this really interested me and I didn’t have the time to just play around on the various apps. However, I know other students with iPads who use them daily and wouldn’t leave home without them. If you don’t already have an iPhone, then I’m sure an iPad would be a great investment. Although expensive (around £400) and without any internet without a wi-fi connection, the iPad is a good, portable, organisational and leisure device, it just wasn’t for me.