In hopes that some of you will not experience the same surprises, I did, here are the worst items I wish I knew before purchasing an ipad2:
-iPad will not recognize non-Apple video format (Quicktime), ditto for iMovie video editing app which was one of the reasons I bought an ipad
-Front and rear cameras take extremely poor quality photos and video. Low-light shooting is not possible. Camera function is extremely limited, no shot delay, flash, etc..
-On-screen keyboard has no arrow key making effective editing almost impossible. Apple controls this capability, so no third-party keyboard is available
-ipad2 requires a special charger that pumps out a minimum of 10 watts. This eliminates use of USB ports on your laptop and virtually every USB power port or adapter that people already own.
-Smart cover needs a companion cover to protect the rear and sides of unit. To date, I have not found such a product.
-Smart cover flops around when it is opened, no place to effectively stow it.
-Since iPads do not have a USB port (!), Apple’s camera connection kit was originally able to facilitate file transfer via standard USB stick. This is not possible on iPAD2 due to insufficient power.
-Built-in iPOD App functionality is extremely limited and playlists do not sync after 1st sync.
-iPad is very dependent on regular connection to laptop (or host) for backup, itunes sync. iTunes is slow and buggy and does not always recognize ipad is connected.
-Not as stable as I would have thought, frequent crashes & freeze ups.
-Chokes when connecting to Tmobile hotspot, need to disable popups, etc.. Things I like:
-Screen is beautiful but could be better
-Selection of apps is cool but certainly not limitless
-Ability to play movies
-Instant on (requires smart cover)
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