Used my iPad exclusively for 5 weeks overseas, here are my thoughts
- Battery life was amazing, the iPad easily lasted my entire 8.5 hour flight from Chicago to Munich and Munich to LAX on the way back (12.5 hours)
- Easily completed everything I needed to do like making basic documents, email, surfing etc. Email app did act weird though: http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-help/...super-odd.html
- Coupled with my mini speaker it was an amazing outdoor party tool when we had BBQs etc...
- Portable, was able to drag it all over Europe with no issues in my TimBuk2 nylon satchel
- Camera connection kit was money, especially when paired with a jailbroken iPad, iFile, and playing movies made on the camera
- The email issue mentioned above was annoying
- I downloaded some songs that I realized were the wrong ones or wrong versions after downloading. Having no access to a computer, I think it's beyond retarded that you can't delete unwanted songs directly from the iPad
- Transferring the 800+ photos off of my iPad after I got home was retarded. I tried to do a search in the mounted drive for jpg, got all 800 results, and tried to cut and paste into Windows Explorer (I don't like using automated crap) and it gave me a read/write error. However, if I went folder by folder it worked. Stupid.
- I needed Flash on a few occasions for audio clips in school related work that I had to use the computer lab for instead
- No native Arabic/Farsi keyboard support. So I had to download a program just for writing in Farsi to add to my notecard app instead of just typing within the app. This is pretty dumb considering that the iPad has native browser/text support for Arabic and other right to left scripts, yet you can't write in said scripts.
- Europe in general, or at least the places I visited (Zurich, Garmisch, Munich, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Venice, etc) don't generally believe in WiFi, let alone free WiFi. I had my iPad with me at all times and just about the only times I was able to get WiFi was in my hotel when traveling or at this Starbucks in Zurich where they only gave you 30 minutes of access with purchase. If I lived in Europe I'd either need the 3G model or a phone that I could hack and use as a WiFi hotspot.
- The software keyboard is not as money as I thought it was once I had to use it full time
I'll try to think of other stuff later.
similar trip -- ipad worth it?
I'm doing a similar trip soon, but a bit longer. I'll be based in Munich for 12 weeks but also traveling to Zurich/Salzburg/Vienna/Prague, etc. I love the idea of the ipad to replace my laptop, but I have a few major worries.
Photos -- How much memory did you get on your ipad? I'm thinking of bringing some extra SD cards and leaving originals on those for storage, and then just transferring the photos I want to email/share/view etc onto the ipad. Do you think 16gb is enough, or is more space essential? I won't have a ton of music or movies on it.
WiFi -- I don't know yet if I'll have wifi where I'm staying, and it sounds like it's a pain in the ass to find hotspots, but I'd obviously have that problem with a laptop too. Think it's worth it to get 3g version and then get service from a German carrier (instead of crazy expensive AT&T int'l roaming)? Or just be happy with whatever wifi I can get and use internet cafes when I need to?