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Old 05-08-2010, 01:18 PM   #461
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Agreed about the size. I can put my iphone in my pocket and carry it everywhere. I can't do that with my iPad.
We bought the wifi only version of the ipad for that reason. Sometimes I take it coffee shops, but mostly it stays at home.
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Old 05-08-2010, 02:26 PM   #462
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I really thought about getting the iPad a lot (which is why I'm on the waiting list rather than already having one). Currently I have: Kindle2, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, Blackberry Storm, 2 desktop computers and a notebook computer.

I hasten to add that the Blackberry and notebook are owned by my employer. I am unhappy with the Blackberry Storm, the Nano was replaced with the Touch. When the next iPhone's come out I plan to replace the Storm and iPod Touch with an iPhone (will sell Touch on eBay probably).

I adore the Kindle2 for many of the reasons that W2R suggests.

Yet in all of that I could see a use for the iPad.

The Kindle size is great. I like the free wireless connection. However, the Kindle isn't perfect either. You can sort of go on some web sites with it but it is very limited. Finding books can be tedious. The lack of backlighting has its advantages for sure (when you are outdoors for example). Yet, I sometimes want to read in low light and it doesn't work for that. If DH and I go out at night and I am a passenger I can't read on the Kindle without turning on the overhead light in the car. What I find myself doing in that situation is pulling out my iPod touch for that (have Kindle on there too) but the smaller screen is not ideal. Kindle is not great for books with graphics. The graphics are just too tiny to be read in many instances (like in financial books) or are hard to read given the no color.

I do subscribe to some TV shows on iTunes. I also like to watch some things on YouTube. That will be easier to watch on the iPad. I like the idea of the larger screen for that. For casual web surfing, I like the idea of being able to do it on the couch or wherever and not to have to sit at my desk. Yes, I know I could do it on the notebook but I don't actually end up carrying it around the house to do that.

I see an iPad as being something much like carrying around a magazine with you to pass the time.
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Have a birthday coming up and was suggesting it to the gal, who is tethered to her Iphone. Did a wooden cutout and suggested it would be more fun for her and better battery life than her Iphone - she was pretty convinced it offered nothing but the opportunity to break while adding nothing to her Iphone + laptop combo. The wooden cutout was not a good fit in her purse, BTW.
Well then, DW will need a new purse to match her new iPad!

Gotta think like a woman!

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Currently I have: Kindle2, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, Blackberry Storm, 2 desktop computers and a notebook computer.
That's 7 gadgets to keep track of. Too many for me. I have a desktop computer at work, a personal laptop which often travels with me, and a Blackberry Bold with added memory. Currently they meet all my business and personal needs. I have taken some amazing photos with my Blackberry, I have my favourite CDs loaded on it, and regularly use several favourite apps. When I want to read a book, I enjoy just.....reading a book. At present, the only way I could justify buying an iPad would be if it could replace my laptop. Since it has no means of downloading information to a jump drive, and does not run MS Office, it doesn't fulfil my requirements. Buying one "for fun" would just complicate my life and would not be LBYM right now.
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That's 7 gadgets to keep track of. Too many for me. .... Buying one "for fun" would just complicate my life and would not be LBYM right now.
Exactly! I think we are in a transitional era, the 7 will be obsolete in a while. iPad would be another (slight) learning curve. It took me months to figure out all the uses for iPod and I'm sure there are more ideas out there.
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That's 7 gadgets to keep track of. Too many for me.
Well soon it will be fewer: iPhone, iPad, 2 desktop computers, notebook computer (notebook used really only for work or when I travel). But they each have different functions (well the 2 desktops are very similar).
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DW and I got our iPads last weekend. I've been too busy to post the results...but we both love them! I got thew 3G version. It is a little slower than I had anticipated while on 3G, but lightnin' fast on the wifi.

I just got off a plane from SFO to London Heathrow. I downloaded a couple of magazines and a couple of books from the lounge. Read one entire magazine and part of the book before going to sleep. Played with Numbers, fiddled with a couple of apps after waking. Still have loads of battery.

I bought my first MacBook at the same time, out of frustration with Windows based equipment at work and at home. Also fantastic. Should have done it long ago.

I will no longer be carrying a laptop for most trips, and my briefcase for most business trips and all vacations will be minimal, instead of the roll-on I usually take (with PC, cords, magazines, books, and some work). With 10 hr life on the iPad battery I won't need the cords in my carry-on, and the books and mags will be in the iPad. Sweet!

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I guess it was inevitable, the iMaxi iPad carrying case

Here's the URL if you can't live without one
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I guess it was inevitable, the iMaxi iPad carrying case....
And not a moment too soon.

Warning bathroom story ahead:

The other day, all four electronic gadgets were in my open bag, propped on the sink, one of those automatic faucets went on, water gushed straight into the bag. It was sheer panic but they all survived.
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DW and I got our iPads last weekend. I've been too busy to post the results...but we both love them! I got thew 3G version. It is a little slower than I had anticipated while on 3G, but lightnin' fast on the wifi.

I just got off a plane from SFO to London Heathrow. I downloaded a couple of magazines and a couple of books from the lounge. Read one entire magazine and part of the book before going to sleep. Played with Numbers, fiddled with a couple of apps after waking. Still have loads of battery.

I bought my first MacBook at the same time, out of frustration with Windows based equipment at work and at home. Also fantastic. Should have done it long ago.

I will no longer be carrying a laptop for most trips, and my briefcase for most business trips and all vacations will be minimal, instead of the roll-on I usually take (with PC, cords, magazines, books, and some work). With 10 hr life on the iPad battery I won't need the cords in my carry-on, and the books and mags will be in the iPad. Sweet!

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I am smitten!

Just got my Mother's Day gift...a 16 g iPad 3G and while I haven't even begun to figure out all it has under the hood so to speak, I must say that this forum looks beautiful on this screen! I think my net book is going to be lonely!
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Just got my Mother's Day gift...a 16 g iPad 3G and while I haven't even begun to figure out all it has under the hood so to speak, I must say that this forum looks beautiful on this screen! I think my net book is going to be lonely!
What a terrific Mother's Day gift!! How cool. Have fun.
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I have a question about generic wi fi security. If I am on a public network how do I 'encrypt' my info so it doesn't get pulled out of the air? Specifically the ipad.
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What kind of info?

Emails, web browsing?

In OS X, the email client does support encryption and signatures but I'm not sure about iPhone.

I would imagine mobile Safari supports SSL pages but don't recall seeing if there are locked icons when I want to log into my credit card info for instance.

Not sure about apps. either but I assume apps. for financial info. can use SSL if the app. developers support it.
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I have a question about generic wi fi security. If I am on a public network how do I 'encrypt' my info so it doesn't get pulled out of the air? Specifically the ipad.
If you use the WPA2 option, the wifi signal is encrypted. At least that is my understanding. More here

Safari on the iPad supports https encryption.
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I have a question about generic wi fi security. If I am on a public network how do I 'encrypt' my info so it doesn't get pulled out of the air? Specifically the ipad.
Even if the public wifi network isn't encrypted (which many are not), when you interact with a financial institution, the interaction is almost always encrypted. Look for the "https" in the url - should always be there for sensitive information.

iPad or regular computer - should be no difference.

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Sigh. Last Wednesday DH put me on the waiting list at Apple store for 3G iPad. This was after the one he was actually buying was sold by another clerk before the clerk he was working with was able to turn in the order. Sigh. Anyway she said they were getting shipments on a daily or at least very other day basis so I should have it by Thursday or Friday.

It is now Tuesday and still hasn't arrived....
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What kind of info?

Emails, web browsing?

In OS X, the email client does support encryption and signatures but I'm not sure about iPhone.
The iPhone e-mail client supports signatures. Encrypted connections to mail servers (SSL) are supported, using AES 128 bit encryption. The default Mail app doesn't do content encryption such as PGP.

You can use OpenPGP encryption with the web-based Hushmail service.

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I would imagine mobile Safari supports SSL pages but don't recall seeing if there are locked icons when I want to log into my credit card info for instance.
Yup. A lock icon appears just to the left of the page name, above the URL and 'Google' fields on the web page.

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Not sure about apps. either but I assume apps. for financial info. can use SSL if the app. developers support it.
Yup. The NSStream classes have a method setProperty:forKey: that will let the programmer specify that SSL should be used. The property NSStreamSocketSecurityLevelNegotiatedSSL will use the highest SSL version supported by both the client and the server:

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Note: If you're not a Cocoa/iApp developer, please pardon this outburst of geekosity...
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Sigh. Last Wednesday DH put me on the waiting list at Apple store for 3G iPad. This was after the one he was actually buying was sold by another clerk before the clerk he was working with was able to turn in the order. Sigh. Anyway she said they were getting shipments on a daily or at least very other day basis so I should have it by Thursday or Friday.

It is now Tuesday and still hasn't arrived....
We had a quick trip to Austin (quick - hah! 6 hour one-way drive!) and called the Apple stores on Monday and they didn't have any available. Best to order for yourself they said, and that is what I am doing pronto.

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Thanks M Paquette.

Good to see SSL is available in the apps. But they need to show it in the UI. I have the Vanguard app. and there's no indication that the authentication is secure.

I did order something through the Amazon app. for the first time last week but I didn't have to enter my credit card, just select the one that I already had stored in my Amazon account.
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