I got an Ipad 3 16gb for free from a raffle 6 months ago.
I have been trying to see how useful it can be vs a laptop.
I also have a tm2t touchscreen laptop with windows 7 and 8 on it.
I also had a HP touchpad running Android that I just gave away and I have a small tablet that also runs android.
Ipad 3, 16gb, no cell/gps = $500 (6 months ago)
Pros - Work Stuff
-I have been able to find an app or jailbreak app for just about everything I need
#1 app everyone needs is "iFile". It is a file explorer for the Ipad. Without it, then the ipad is almost useless as there is no way to move files around from different apps, from an sd card, or from downloads. I believe the only way to get is is to jail break your ipad and get it through cydia.
-Apple has Pages, Numbers, and Keynote to open and edit office documents (saves it into a different format, so not 100% perfect)
-VPN works perfectly with companies cisco vpn
-Email works perfectly for exchange outlook email (the reminder app does work with tasks, but no classifications; the calender also works with no issues, contacts works with outlook contacts with no issues)
-Facetime works for those that also have apple
-Sharepoint - there are like 3 good apps that work with sharepoint, the best is filamente which costs $20 (sharepoint does not work properly in safari)
-Citrix works with no issues (I used it to open SAP directly, there is no SAP app)
-Adobe Reader to open pdfs
-Winzip to uncompress attachments
-iRemoteWin free to remote desktop to a windows PC
-Calculator Pro free
-NotesPlus to hand write notes
-"Filebrowser" will let you connect to windows shared drives on your corporate network. You can browse, open, and copy files. iFile then can be used to move the file to another apps directory if needed. It will not work with the share drive name, you need to use the ip address of the root of the server.
Normally you would use \\drive\folder\, but you need the ip of the drive.
So \\drive would = \\22.214.171.124
You can ping the drive name to find its actual ip address.
Once in the shared drive you can click through the directories and open or copy files.
Pros - Personal
-You can download torrents using iTransmission (must be jailbroke)
To download a torrent you copy the link and past it into iTransmission.
-iFile to move files around or copy off SD card (must be jailbroke)
-Amazon Instant Video (movies/TV included in prime)
-iHeartRadio App for listening to music for free
-Dospad (dos emulator, must be jailbroke) just for fun as you can play dos games like wolfenstein. You can even run windows 3.11 if you want.
-iRemoteWin free for remote desktop
-Stars (Free star viewing app)
-"MP3 Player (NO iTunes Sync + Lyrics Display)" App for $1.99; The ipad dos not play mp3s unless you download a 3rd party program. Use iFile to copy music to its directory or it has a built in web server so you can copy music to it from your PC through your browser.
-VLC (not the streamer, must be jail broke), will play just about any movie, some HD movies will be jerky as the ipad 3 cannot handle the video decoding, but this is the only way to play movies on the Ipad that you downloaded/recorded on you dvr.
-TomTom app, good for directions when no wifi is around.
-Wifi Analyzer (wardriving)
-Wifi Pass, will display any saved wifi passcodes on your Ipad.
-"Filebrowser" will let you connect to windows shared drives on your network. You can browse, open, and copy files. iFile then can be used to move the file to another apps directory if needed.
-Editing textboxes is horrible and impossible, you need to jailbreak and install "SwipeSelection" from Cydia. This actually allows you to easily select text by dragging your finger over the keyboard.
-Ipad does not run MS office
-Cannot connect the ipad to any computer and copy files on the fly. You have to use an SD card as a go between and then iFile.
-Cannot play mp3s or movies without 3rd party apps; must be jailbroken to get VLC to watch movies, A good mp3 app costs $1.99.
-No way to browse files, move them around, or copy files from SD card without being jailbroken and getting iFile.
-Stutters running HD movies, does not seem to have a hardware decoder for movies. It studdered with some 1080p videos I was trying to watch, but worked fine with any SD or 720p videos.
-Obviously, cannot run busines apps that are only on windows.
-Itunes does not play any content you have your ipad unless it was sync'd from a PC, so basically Itunes is useless as why would you connect your standalone ipad to a PC and why would you install itunes on any of your computers as the whole point of the ipad it eliminate using the pc.
-NOT ENOUGH MEMORY!!!! This was $500 new and it only has 16GB of memory, that is a joke. For $500 it should be well over 100GB. You can get 64GB SD cards for less than $50.
-NO SD CARD Slot, I had to buy a china $5 SD external attachment to use an SD card. This is what I use »www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00568BV68
It works with usb sticks or several different kinds memory cards.
I read a usb keyboard can also work with this, but I have not tested.
-NO USB port
-NO HDMI port, this is a joke that you have to buy an external attachment for this
-CANNOT plug the usb cable and copy over files like you can with android. I copy files by the SD card to quickly copy to and from another computer. This is a major plus for android. I can plug my android phone into ANY computer on the fly to copy files like it was a usb memory stick. It is crazy the ipad cannot do this.
The Ipad only is useful if jailbroken. If jailbroken it can almost replace a laptop (almost since it cannot run MS office).
With being jailbroken it can just about replace a computer for personal uses, but the space is severly limited.
You can download torrents and watch movies on it.
For many people a jailbroken Ipad can replace their work and personal computers.
For $500, the Ipad is not worth buying.
If you cannot jailbreak it then there is 0 reason to buy it.
You can do all the same things on android for less money, get built in hdmi/usb/sd, and get way more memory.If I had to spend money I would buy an android over an Ipad. Also if anyone has info on an app that makes the ipad more useful post below.
It looks like MS is sort of coming out with Office mobile for IOS and Android. It will only view and will do "basic" editing with a subscription.
This would be useless if it cannot do full excel macros.
It sounds like MS office on the ipad will be of the same use as the apple office programs.
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