What I didn’t know about the iPad.

By Jennifer Keegin

I am an owner of an iPad. Okay, really it’s the University’s. I bought it for work. It’s still for my use, and I’m totally jazzed about it. But as I went to purchase my shiny new white iPad with a mere 16GB of memory with Verizon wireless and 3G – I realized there was a lot I didn’t know about the iPad and that I had a lot to learn. This isn’t just a big ‘ole iPhone.

For starters there are the data plans. I didn’t really think that part through when I rolled up into Best Buy with my business credit card. I just knew I wanted a white one and it was cheaper to get the 16GB. My iPhone has 32G and that’s just crazy. My phone doesn’t need that much memory. Overkill. It would be nice to have more memory on the iPad, but again, this was for work and I did have to stay in a budget.

Data Plans: If you go to the Apple website, you could go through the whole purchase process without seeing anything at all about data plans. You have to choose either an AT&T model or a Verizon model and I think that’s where I got mixed up. You can buy the unit, but then once you get the thing home – you have to connect to the provider of choice and then pick your plan. They actually made me pick a plan in the store – just to get home to see that I had to do it all over again on the iPad. I have no idea why I had to go through the whole process in the store – they don’t set up the tablet with a connection. It indicated on the receipt what I picked – but again, I had to truly register it at home. So picking the actual data plan – I just went with Verizon because everything through the University is AT&T and I have been interested in how well the Verizon service is around here.

So I found the data plan structure to be very hard to understand. Apparently I’m not the only one. The way the salesperson at Best Buy explained it to me was that Verizon was more expensive, but had better coverage in NY. Who knows. But again – something to think about.

Applications: I didn’t know that iPhone applications are different from iPad applications. Silly me. I just assumed if I had an application I liked on the iPhone, it would just transfer over to the iPad. No such luck.

Some applications like Facebook don’t even have an official iPad app. How did I not know this? I learned the hard way. Synced up the iPad with my work computer that also syncs with my iPhone. Had all these lovely applications that ended up looking like this photo.

So make sure you find iPad apps to replace the iPhone ones that you love so much.

  • Here’s another thing I didn’t know. There is at least one application that is only available on iPad that is so cool…it alone, to me, makes owning an iPad worth it. It’s called Flipboard. Thank you to Ed Cabellon for the tip.
  • Also, I believe that Google Earth was created with a large touch screen in mind. Moving and shifting and squeezing the world between your fingertips – amazing!
  • The applications all look different on the iPad too. I kinda like some of it, some of it is a little annoying. For instance, Twitter is layered with sliding panels that overlay on top of one another.

Usually picking and adding apps can be one of the most fun parts of owning the iPod Touch, the iPhone, or the iPad – so enjoy!

Summary: I have already learned a great deal about my purchase and I’m still learning new tricks, new apps and new ways of using my iPad everyday to enhance what I do. Hopefully I’ll be able to do another installment of this post when I have more to share. For now, I’d love to know if anyone else can share “Things I Wish I Knew” about their iPad.

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