Articles for August 2011

I Was Wrong About the iPad

Who would have thought?! Instead of just being another console for the kids to play games on, the Apple iPad is a useful tool!

It’s fast; no waiting for it to boot or wake up. Press the button and it’s on.

It supports the Microsoft ActiveSync Protocol so you can sync email, calendar and contacts if you have access to a corporate email server, like mine.

You can natively view Microsoft Office file attachments and PDFs.

Access a remote computer using apps from programs like; LogMeIn, GoToMyPC or Splashtop.

All you need is Wi-Fi, or you can fork over about $130 more for 3G (and a data plan from your wireless provider) and use it anywhere you get a signal.

“There’s an app for that”; need I say more?? Did I mention it’s also an iPod? You can store your music, movies and podcasts on it.

You’ll want to plug it into iTunes regularly to keep things up to date and your data backed up. I don’t particularly like that, but there’s no alternative.

There’s a lot to like about the iPad. You can even play games on it, but no Evan*, mine does not have Angwy Burds.

*Evan is my 6 year-old nephew that asks anybody with a smartphone if they have Angry Birds on it.