As much as I liked the iPad, from my little experience, I wanted to wait to see what other vendors were bringing to the market before making a decision on a tablet. As luck would have it while I was patiently waiting and watching the tablet market a friend was nice enough to give me an iPad. Lucky me!
The iPad that I received is the first generation iPad so it is thicker than the second generation and does not have a built-in camera. Additionally, the unit is WiFi equipped and comes with 16GB of data storage. The storage space will be more than sufficient as long as donít put my music on the device, which I donít plan to do.
Setting up the iPad was quick and effortless. The setup does require that iTunes is installed on a computer and that the iPad is connected to the system. In order to download apps an iTunes account needs to be created that includes billing information and a username and password. Any time an app is downloaded to the iPad, whether free or not, requires a username and password before download.
Once the iPad was setup via iTunes I then connected the device to my wireless network. The device quickly discovered my wireless network and prompted me for my password. Once this information is entered it does not need to be entered again for the same network. The iPad will remember numerous wireless locations and if setup correctly will automatically connect when in range of the network.
I next moved on to setting up my email accounts. The iPad will let you configure multiple email accounts from different services including Microsoft Exchange, mobileme, Gmail, Yahoo, AOL and other types of email accounts. Using the settings on my laptop I was able to quickly setup my three email accounts from my different providers. When configuring email accounts there are several settings that can be configured including amount of mail (time span) and whether contacts and calendars will also synch with the iPad.
After setting up the iPad, the Internet and my email I was ready to start surfing the app store. The iPad comes with a standard set of applications including, but not limited to, mail, Safari browser, iBooks, calendar, contacts, iTunes, photos and many more. Many of the standard apps I use but there are many that I have not used yet such as maps, iPod and photos. These types of apps I donít see myself utilizing on the iPad Ė I am more interested in business productivity apps and, of course, some fun games.
Up next Ė downloading and installing apps on the iPad and some of my favorite apps that I have found to date. Stay tuned!