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Old 04-30-2010, 07:39 PM   #1
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OK - I did it. I caved. I wasn't going to, but I walked into an Apple store, put my hands on an iPad, and ended up throwing down 500 ponies.

I have to say - this thing is great!!

It has a reasonable (although with a bit of learning curve) keyboard on the screen. It has pretty fast connectivity with the wi-fi (I didn't get the 3G one). And the apps! Some great games for passing the rainy time away. Excellent resolution for movie watching. It's easy to read for the e-books. And the battery lasts quite a long while (5 hours of flight and enjoyment time and it still had 64% of the battery left).

I'd be curious if others have had a chance to play with one of them.

I think these things are perfect for slipping into a trailer for any adventure. At least they are worth a look.

Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park opens this weekend, and it's supposed to rain. I think it will come in handy.
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Old 04-30-2010, 10:13 PM   #2
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So if you want to watch Die Hard 4 and your S.O. wants to read War and Peace . . . how does that work?
Is there an App for that?

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I am wanting to "connect" with an iPad, but no USB, no printing, no file transfer no flash. What! Why can't I do these things with an iPad? I can read a book with a three pound weight in my lap.

Is there an Escape app? Something to get my daily fix.

You can tell I am not writing this on a Mac.
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I did a video for The Vancouver Sun on a geek who is 18 and owns a couple tech companies and writes Apps and I asked him what use the iPad is with no USB and no DVD drive. He said there is a device that you can use to connect wireless to DVD players etc. Basically, it's like when Apple brought out a laptop with no floppy drive and we all questioned that decision.
If I had been paying more attention to what he was saying, I could explain it.

Personally I would still opt for a MacBook rather than the iPad, but at 1/3 the price of a MacBook, the iPad may make sense for some. I've heard it described as a large iPhone, but you can't make calls with it.

From the sales of iPad, however, it would appear that I am wrong and don't know what I'm talking about...

I want one.

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Old 04-30-2010, 11:20 PM   #5
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this is the info from our tech reporter Gillian Shaw in The Vancouver Sun

1. Phs300 Personal Wi-Fi Hotspot, $180 US

I get some of the handiest tips from the tech people I interview, and Brian Wong of Digg and FollowFormation.comhad an instant solution for my worry that I'd buy one of Apple's new Wi-Fi-only iPads, only to be frustrated when there's no Wi-Fi available. As well as answering my iPad anxiety, Cradlepoint's PHS300 Personal Wi-Fi Hotspot is a wireless solution for any Wi-Fi gadget.

It turns your existing 3G device -- whether it's a phone you can tether or a USB modem -- into a Wi-Fi hot spot that can provide wireless connectivity for up to 16 devices. With a range of 46 metres, it has a Li-ion battery so if you're away from AC power, it will keep your Wi-Fi signal going for just over three hours. You can also get a car power adapter for $25 US. Since the iPad has no USB port and you can't tether your iPhone to it for wireless data (without jailbreaking your iPhone, but that's another column), it's a good iPad solution. It's also one I could also see families taking along this summer so the kids don't fight over the single USB modem in the car or at the cottage. www.cradlepoint.com.
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So if you want to watch Die Hard 4 and your S.O. wants to read War and Peace . . . how does that work?
Is there an App for that?

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It's the "buy two" app.

I've noticed the no flash thing - and the open letters between adobe and apple. So far that really only limits the advertising that i see.

I purposely chose the small memory and no 3G so that I tend not to use it so much. I will definitely keep my MacBook.

Some of the puzzles work very well with the touch screen - and viewing photos is fun.
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Old 05-02-2010, 07:54 AM   #7
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Hi:All... What I want most right now is a device that can send a message from this laptop to my daughters cell phone to say HELP!!! Bring a house key as we are locked out!!! Just means camping in our own driveway...NOT ALL THAT BAD!!! Alf
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Ok.. I was hesitant to comment on this thread.. But, since I'm totally enthralled with tech stuff, count me in..

I didn't get the iPad, but I got the Incredible HTC Android phone and downloaded the PDANET app to tether it with my laptop.. It works great, I can actually watch Netflix instant play using the phone as the connection.. Pretty cool.. The HTC very iPhone like, in weight & size. So far so good, I really like it.

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And, you'll note that I haven't commented either, much...

I brought the 15 TV and a DVD player and had the MacBook and wireless internet and cable at our camp at Ripple Rock a couple weeks ago.

I just wanted to play and see if it all worked, but it sort of took over.

Now, I just want to leave all that stuff at home and go camping. Read a book, play crib, do a crossword, tie a fly, spend a couple hours making dinner, watch the birds. Have a few beers and a smoke. Damn. I quit smoking. Damn it anyway.

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Now, I just want to leave all that stuff at home and go camping. Read a book, play crib, do a crossword, tie a fly, spend a couple hours making dinner, watch the birds. Have a few beers and a smoke. Damn. I quit smoking. Damn it anyway.
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Congrats on the smoking!!!! You'll have many more years added to your life to Escape. Won't look like you're aging as fast either : - )
Yep, all that stuff is what camping is about. Only time for the occassional DVD (or Netflix on your handy dandy phone connection) is for those rainy days. Awefully nice then!
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