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8 + 7 Facts You Should Know Before Buying An IPad (Part 2)

In addition to the 8 facts discussed in the last article, the following are 7 other facts you should carefully take note of before you decide whether or not to buy an iPad tablet.


  1. Size: the iPad weighs around 680.38 grams and is about 1.2 inch thick. However, it is not clear how durable the device is in terms of surviving a fall.
  2. Games: gamers can take advantage of the sharp images on the iPad and its multi-touch and tilt capabilities. The device also supports single and multi-player games while existing iPhone games can be scaled up to fill the screen.
  3. Music: iPad users have access to the iTunes library. In addition, the device also has in-built mono speakers and users can plug in headphones for dual stereo sound.
  4. Photos: there is no built-in camera in the iPad so users have to import photos from elsewhere. Imported pictures can be browsed, sorted or used to set up slide-shows and a digital picture frame.
  5. Movies: because the iPad does not support the widescreen 16:9 format, users will have to look at thick black edges on two sides or cut off some of the picture whilst watching a movie.
  6. Hardware: the iPad has a standard 3.5-mm jack for headphones, a dock connector port,  a built in speaker and a microphone. The 3G models also include a tray for a micro SIM card, however both USB and HDMI ports are conspicuously absent.
  7. Battery: the lifespan of an iPad’s battery is at least 10-hours when playing video. It can also last for longer i.e. up to a month, if placed on standby although as in the iPhone and iPod, the battery is built-in so they cannot be replaced if broken.

Talking Point

Do you already have an iPad? What other facts should potential users consider before buying one?

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  1. Adnan Doric

    April 22, 2010 at 1:38 am

    The biggest issue is that you can install only applications from apple store, and of course no flash player so we can’t enjoy the web as it is today…

    As I don’t want to jailbreak my device in order to use it as I want, I’ll pass on this one.

  2. Mobile Games

    April 22, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Not having a flash is certainly a issue here moreover the browser also is of safari, so one cannot expect much from it on the surfing side.Although the gaming side is much stronger in it, one can take the most of gaming as per said above.

  3. CouponWebz

    April 23, 2010 at 6:37 am

    Yes I agree. Just like what your previous post says, my main concern is the lack of USB port and flash support.

    • Admin

      April 23, 2010 at 10:01 am

      You should take a look at some of the top iPad alternatives in my latest post. Who knows, you might like one of them better 🙂

  4. Computers Smart Phones Technology

    June 16, 2010 at 1:11 am

    Thanks for sharing the iPad facts, I am still saving to buy one and I now the features to watch out for when am ready to buy one.

  5. Janis Gagliardi

    August 15, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    When ipad was first released, i thought it’s a great and must have gadget however reading this post made me rethink. is it really that great? Well, i would say, not really. I think iPAD is just a status symbol. It’s better to purchase a laptop if you base it in the functionality.

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