Unhappy iPadOk, I lied in the title. My iPad comes in third on my best friend ranking after my wife and my dog. But number three isn’t bad for a little slab of plastic, aluminium and technological chippie things that I don’t understand at all.

As it has been a long time since I mentioned my iPad, I thought I might bring you up to date on the state of my iPad lifestyle. I mean, in techie terms it’s a long term relationship – we’ve been together for over a year now. Paper anniversary?

First item to report is that my iPad spent a month just recently, tossed into a dark corner, as it suddenly decided to go on the blink. App crashes in an instant, unhappy calendar, YouTube exile and numerous other ailments. I tried all the discussion board resuscitation techniques, but to no avail. Then with an hour or two to kill one afternoon, I tried again. Reset, reset all. If there was a nuclear button, I would have hit that too. Miracles of miracles, back to new! 

I hadn’t realised that in a whole year I’d never actually turned it off. Silly me.

Anyway, it is now back operating beautifully in the kitchen for recipes when I’m cooking. On my breakfast table delivering my morning news and entertaining me with with music, pictures, videos and games. Back to being my Social Networking companion for Twitter, Facebook and all the rest. It’s love again.

Another brilliant discovery I made was to remove the ugly black cover that I had it in. Now it’s so much prettier and a hell of a lot lighter.

The only black mark though is iBooks and in particular the iBooks Store. For a user outside the US it’s unfortunately so un-Apple and borders on being as useful as an ashtray on a motorcycle. It is still impossible to buy any books. Sad fact. As well as that there is just too much glare to read for any length of time.

So, my iPad has a new brother-in-law. A Kindle.

iPad – My Best Friend
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3 thoughts on “iPad – My Best Friend

  • 06/07/2011 at 10:52 am

    So, You would have nuked us… ts ts ts… Derek… But my Netbook learned it couldn’t fly the hard way too…

  • 04/09/2011 at 3:08 pm

    I use my iPad for books and movies. A step up from iPhone viewing, and easier on my eyes. I am about gadgeted out. And look for to traveling much lighter than the small netbook I used to carry, that had a battery that would barely last to fly 2000 miles. :D

    Enjoyed your take on it. Will remember the reset trick.

  • 18/10/2011 at 10:31 pm

    You should download the Kindle app! Makes the iPad just as good as any other eBook readers on the market :)

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