iPad … My view!

The ubiquitous iPad has now been with us for four years and has evolved from the original version and now ranges from a small capacity Mini iPad 2 at around £230 to the latest iPad Air with 128 GB capacity and telephone capability at almost £650. 

The operating system (iOS) has also developed and is now on its 8th (8.4.1) iteration. The earliest models have been left behind, unable to run some of the later programs or even take photos and videos or accept speech programme such as Siri.  The latest models are slimmer, faster and have higher resolution screens. The iPad has the great advantage over other tablets that, because the applications can only be downloaded from the Apple store there is less chance that they will be insecure than those which use Operating Systems such as Google’s Android or Microsoft’s Windows.

As with all tablets, iPads are wireless, so can connect to the Internet within a reasonable distance of a router, either at home or when travelling, although it is usual to have to obtain a password from the organisation providing the wireless connection. This could be an hotel, coach, aircraft or train. Those with a phone connection can connect via their phone provider wherever they can get a signal. Some phone providers, such a BT also provide Wi-Fi ‘hotspots’ around the country for their users (or for anyone else, for a fee).

So, why has the iPad taken the world by storm? Much of the following applies not only to the iPad but to many tablets (and mobile phones, which recently became the most popular equipment to access the Internet).

Firstly, they are portable compared with their forebears, the laptop and desktop.  They are also so easy to use. What child (or geriatric !) is unable use a touch screen?

But also they are multi-purpose. In addition to being able to access that great encyclopaedia in the sky by typing or by voice, they are cameras, sound recorders, games consoles, music players, radios, books and cinemas. They are maps and satellite navigators, weather forecasters, banks, messengers, shopping trolleys and newspapers. There are half a million ‘apps’ available from Apple, many if them free of charge. They can tell you your heart rate, just by looking at you, or act as a compass, help you learn a language or help you solve a problem, from plumbing to psoriasis!  So their popularity is no surprise.
Of course, they have competitors. I am typing this on a perfectly good alternative one third of the price of the cheapest iPad.

When it comes to ease of use and SPEED the laptop and desktop cannot compare with the tablet and, although the PC may remain the preferred equipment for offices and in many homes, figures show that the computing scene has been irrevocably changed by these devices.

You can download an Apple user guide for your model or Operating System


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I am 81 years old and am passionate about computers, technology and the Internet and was the original founder of Silverhairs. I was Age UK's joint Internet Champion in 2012, and have spent the last 15 years, helping others to get up and running on computers. I was pleased, this year, to have been awarded an MBE for my voluntary work in this respect. I am profoundly deaf these days but get by with a cochlear implant. But computing puts me on a level playing field and keeping up with the technology is an excellent way to exercise the grey matter !

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10th Jul 2020
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IPads are great if used properly. It’s hard to learn though. Way back in the good old days you used your brain. I love mental arithmetic and still do so. I did work in a office so typing helps. You learn a new thing every day. Everyone take care. As the saying goes. We are not out of the woods yet.
3rd Jan 2016
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Hi people has anybody thought of
Setting up an iPad group yet '
To be able to interact with other tablet
Users would a big bonus for a lot of
The over 50s brigaid !!! me included..
26th Feb 2016
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4th Dec 2015
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Such a shame I did not find your post earlier you possibly could have helped me with various problems I had with my Acer laptop which I have now returned, I am now awaiting a replacement, but now know there is someone out there, who may be able to help me with windows 8 when I finally receive my replacement .Must admit I found windows 8 quite confusing after windows 7.
5th Oct 2015
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i have question how come when i tried to join up to this site.onmy i pad it would not reconise my email address but it did on a lap top
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Hello oldgeezer. Welcome to Silversurfers. Your email address should be recognised on all devices including iPads so it may have been that you mistyped something? Easily done. It should be exactly the same login procedure whatever you are using. Best wishes. Sally
2nd Oct 2015
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Regarding the enthusiasm for Apple's iPads I was interested to see the following article today (2nd Oct 2015).....
Desktop PCs are still the best computing platform, according to the latest edition of the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) Household Appliance and Electronics report.
Tablets are rapidly losing their appeal, and laptops are slipping, too. The article went to to say that people (especially in business) found that small screen devices with non standard keyboards, whilst being very useful for email, social networking and watching films, were not up to the demands of doing 'real work'. Things like big spreadsheets, video editing, controlling equipment, making DVDs etc were still easier with a dual screen desktop. And even laptops were suffering lower demand, whilst sales of desktop PCs were on the way up. The main complaints were still about reliability and security.While Apple still scored highest in such matters, some manufacturers (and they quoted Dell) were not far behind.
Molls C
17th Apr 2015
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I have Macbook, Apple laptop and have had an iPhone from the first day and didn't see the point of an iPad until they released the mini iPad and I can honestly say that its changed my life.
I have found myself leading groups of 'mature' people on how to get the most from their iPads
We use the local Tesco Community Rooms and meet weekly and have a very enthusiastic and hilarious meetings.
17th Apr 2015
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Hello Molls, I am so pleased to read that you are an enthusiastic iPad user. Since my early jottings I have become much more adept in using my mini iPad. I now have another, mainly because the first only had a 16gb drive and I rapidly ran out of space. I meant to sell the first one but discovered it had a crack in the screen. Now I find that it is useful to have two as the batteries tend to run out half way through the day. I find I am using them more than my PC these days and even write quite long pieces with the Pages app. But I often export them to the PC in Word format. I have several groups of contacts to whom I send notes. For this I use an app. called Mailshot, which imports addresses from my iPad contact list. That way I can mass mail a specific group such as Relatives or iPad users. There are still drawbacks with iPads. E.g not being able to connect a standard USB printer. And the iPad has the annoying habit of trying to anticipate what you are trying to write, making it essential to check every piece before posting! I hope this one has no typos !
6th Oct 2015
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I would be interested to know what mini iPad you hav? I am getting one for my birthday but any good advice would be helpful. I am just a new member of Silver S so sure of all the proceedures. ou meeting in the local Tesco's sound fun, rather like my Book Club held in our local library in Carterton. We have lots of chats and laughs as well as discuss the books!
20th Mar 2015
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I bought my second iPad recently- had the original iPad 1, now iPad Air. I love it! The fact I can link it with my phone and MacBook is great. All the things that matter to me are on it - photos, music and digital connectivity.
I think if people aren't used to a PC they are so much easier to use - I even converted my husband who is not at all a tech freak!
iPad minis are relatively cheap, too.
I use Dropbox to share files and have to convert some documents to PDFs to non Apple computers. I'm sure I have only scratched the surface of what it will do - I have time to learn. They take great photos too!
4th Apr 2014
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Yes...everything is correct but..... Are so many things I can't do in my IPad , I have limitations sending pictures or a file is just not that good only if you use it for fun or simple things .
Thanks Mayte ..x
Ron Crissell
5th Mar 2014
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I am 80 yes I agree to what you say I have pc for flight simulator and I pad for everything else..the iPad is quick and efficient the pc is not.but iPad simulation is rubbish..Thank you for your info,nice reading...Ron

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