Is it harmful to do a reset vs a restart?
I read somewhere that there's a distinction between 2 methods of restarting/resetting the iPad:
1) Restart the iPad: press and hold down the sleep/wake on the front of the iPad for few seconds until the red slider appears, slide this across to shut the iPad down. Restart the iPad by pressing the Sleep/wake button on the top until the Apple logo appears
2) Reset the iPad: if restarting the iPad didn't work then you will need to reset the iPad. You can do this by pressing the Home button and the Sleep/wake button on the top the iPad's case and holding them down together for 10 seconds. The iPad should then reset itself.
My iPad froze and I performed the 2nd Procedure above (Reset) without trying the first one (Restart). Is it generally harmful for the iPad to be reset compared to being restarted?
I have a 2nd question: After I did the procedure for the hard reset and got back to my Home Screen, I noticed that all my apps (e.g. Email, games, safari etc.) still appeared on the task bar (running?) . Is this supposed to be the case when you do a hard reset?