Apple iPad Review

ipadOver the past week I had a chance to use the Apple iPad.  The iPad is great computer for playing games, with Scrabble proving to be particularly addictive. I only beat the computer once at Scrabble, but I felt really good about it. I also have iBridgeBaron on my iPhone and would love to try it on the iPad.

The iPad is easy to carry and convenient. As an eBook reader or for quickly accessing the web, it is ideal.

I did encounter some limitations with the current iPad and am looking forward to improvements in the future. Version 4 of the iPhone operating system is expected this summer.

The iPad does not currently include the ability to print. HP has an HP iPrint Photo 2.0 application for their printers, but printing should be included in the operating system and available with all applications.

The basic ability to transfer photos and other files is limited, at least without the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit. I did not have this kit and had a difficult time getting photos from my iPhone to the iPad. I downloaded a number of applications that are designed to transfer photos to the iPad, including Camera for iPad, BlueCam, Photo Transfer, and PhotoShare. The best I could come up with was to use PhotoShare to transfer photos one at a time to the iPad via blue tooth.

Once I had my photos on the iPad, applications are also limited. I tried a number of scrapbooking applications and was not able to find anything comparable to Creative Memories’ StoryBook Creator. I really don’t like applications written for the iPhone that do not effectively take advantage of the larger iPad screen.

The iPad, with its full-color display and touch screen, is useful and extremely intuitive. Over time, I expect it to become an essential tool.


About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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3 Responses to Apple iPad Review

  1. Pat Zahn says:

    I’m one of those people who really doesn’t “get” the iPad – except that it looks cool…I suppose if I was wanting a book reader, I’d get more functionality with an iPad than others on the market, but if I want computing, I need the larger screen and if need portability, it’s a bit large.

  2. Gina says:

    We are considering purchasing an iPad but a major need is for me to be able to use it with the Creative Memories online scrapbook program (which I haven’t yet purchased). I would mostly be downloading pics from my digital camera and then creating the scrapbook on iPad. current thoughts?

  3. says:

    I am a photographer and just bought this iPad . It appears that comparability is a real problem regarding programs for organizing and enhancing as elements Photoshop , picas do not work and considering the price paid dot this iPad this is unacceptable to me!

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