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    I'm still considering getting an iPad. I have played with the displays at Best Buy. The display unit seem to be something that I would enjoy using around the house and maybe a little bit away from home with wifi hot spots. My basic uses are e-mail, web browsing, itunes, some light office work and I would like to be able to use it for Keynote presentation in a small group class I lead. I would probably use it to read books with the Kindle apt that I already use on my BlackBerry and computers.

    Is the iPad heavy to hold while reading books?

    How well does the Keynote app work during presentations?

    One of the places I would use it the most is in the love-seat recliner while watching TV with my wife. That is where I use my laptop the most. It would be nice to have something a little smaller the my MacBook to use this way. That is where my MacBook gets 90% of it's usage.

    In most of the threads I have read, most users seems to like the iPad.

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    To be honest, I don't think I have ever held a book up in the air while reading, so I can't complain about holding the ipad up, even though I don't find it to be heavy at all.
    Keynote, I'm not sure about, but pages works real well! I actually love to do the reclining while chilling…lol…thing too. I just put netflix on, put my feet up, and place the ipad on my lap…works pretty well…until I find myself waking up the next morning.
    The only problem I notice is that it's a pretty nice fingerprint magnet! Though, I will admit, I don't always have dry hands, but when I do, fingerprints seem to appear less. I ordered a screen that apparently seems to be a little resistant to fingerprints.

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    It's a little on the heavy side if you're holding it with one hand (say standing on a train), but otherwise it's OK when seated.

    iWork is awful on the iPad - the demos look nice, but honestly it's just horrible. OfficeHD is much better and even Sundry Notes is a nicer experience. Keynote is the best of the bunch, but you'd actually be better off converting your slide show to PDF and using good reader or OfficeHD to do the slides.

    All in all, I really like my iPad, I carry it almost everywhere. I mostly use the ABC player, iTunes video and Netflix for watching content - it's just great.
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    I use keynote to do small presentations with medical students in a group of 2-3. It works great for imagesabd charts, but the text is too hard to read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc750 View Post
    I use keynote to do small presentations with medical students in a group of 2-3. It works great for imagesabd charts, but the text is too hard to read.
    How does it work when connected to a projector?

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    you cannot connect the iPad to a projector -- he's using it as a small projector I believe. I've run powerpoint (through virtual desktop) on an iPad as a test, and I think in a small group around a conf table it would be very useful.

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    False, you most certainly can hook up an iPad to a projector via the VGA adapter for the iPad. Works wonderfully with Keynote.

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    I don't hold it up in the air to read, so weight is not an issue. My opinion is if mine was stolen I would speed to the Apple store to replace it.
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    My ipad is heavy to hold while reading (whereas the kindle feels just right to hold in my hands). But....the ipad is great to put on a stand and read in landscape orientation.

    There is a vga connector for presos if you want to use a projector.

    My favorite use of my ipad is watching video. The resolution and video quality in the video player is better than anything I have seen in that size. I watched a couple of movies on a flight from nyc to LA and it was a wonderful experience. Video looks great on the ipad

    The safari browser on the ipad is a bit annoying. I think that a full function desktop-style browser is needed for the ipad and i am sure that one will come out soon.

    Games are cool on the ipad. I play scrabble on it with friends all the time, and I also love the new ipad version of Civilization that was optimized for the ipad. It is much easier to play than the iphone version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by a2applegirl View Post
    My ipad is heavy to hold while reading (whereas the kindle feels just right to hold in my hands). But....the ipad is great to put on a stand and read in landscape orientation.

    There is a vga connector for presos if you want to use a projector.

    My favorite use of my ipad is watching video. The resolution and video quality in the video player is better than anything I have seen in that size. I watched a couple of movies on a flight from nyc to LA and it was a wonderful experience. Video looks great on the ipad

    The safari browser on the ipad is a bit annoying. I think that a full function desktop-style browser is needed for the ipad and i am sure that one will come out soon.

    Games are cool on the ipad. I play scrabble on it with friends all the time, and I also love the new ipad version of Civilization that was optimized for the ipad. It is much easier to play than the iphone version.
    You should try Atomic browser. I think it's a bit better than safari, though I still end up using safari all the time because I have gotten too used to it.

    I had problems with my vga adapter(not really a problem, more so a lack of ability). You can't use the adapter as a mirroring device, so anything you expect to watch through the vga adapter, it better be completed(such as some movies, or presentations), since you can't create/edit while in that mode because you can't touch the ipads screen.

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    I dont know anything about keynotes, but I absolutely love my iPad. Loving iBooks, no more book lights that hurt my eyes (which are already bad as it is lol). Though, I enjoy the books I just love goofing off with silly apps as well. The weight I have no issue with I've gotten used to how it feels and whats comfy when using it Definitely use it way more than my hubby's MacBook.
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    Quote Originally Posted by idrinorbarsaku View Post
    You should try Atomic browser. I think it's a bit better than safari, though I still end up using safari all the time because I have gotten too used to it.

    I had problems with my vga adapter(not really a problem, more so a lack of ability). You can't use the adapter as a mirroring device, so anything you expect to watch through the vga adapter, it better be completed(such as some movies, or presentations), since you can't create/edit while in that mode because you can't touch the ipads screen.
    I had the same issue with the vga adapter too, no editing on the fly. I downloaded a remote desktop type of app (iteleport) that allows me to run macbook pro software on the ipad and if you need to edit while presenting you can do it that way by running the preso on your computer and logging into the computer remotely via your ipad. I presented a slide show that way where I changed the photos on the fly....

    Thanks for the browser tip! I will try atomic.
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    Probably the second most useful device I own, after my iPhone. Love it. Reading on it is a joy.
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    The iPad sucks.

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