The NEW IPAD ! Adventure Friendly or Cosmetic Accessory?
By Simon Peter Newbound - BMW Endurance Guinness Champion of the world
Forget the hype, forget the keynote, does the New IPAD really cut it in the field of Extreme Adventure? What we want to know is does the NEW IPAD fit for purpose amongst the most demanding terrains on planet earth?
Personally I remember my first few adventures where a typical media manifest for a Bike adventure would take up a whole pannier, weigh at least 25 kilos and feature a laptop, laptop case, inverters, hard drives, cables, plugs, converters and a handful of CD-ROMs . So can the New IPAD weighing slightly more than ample grasp of feathers achieve the aim of Adventure planning, route collaboration, Intelligence, political and safety research, journal and social network platform and desktop publishing? With over 250000 apps to choose from there surely is something for everybody’s need.
For me personally a new owner of the New IPAD for less than two weeks I have to say my first impressions are truly impressive. The retina display provides a breathtaking experience with apps like Google Earth, Google Maps and Motion X GPS. The integration with twitter and other Social Network apps like Google +, Facebook makes status updates a breeze and a pleasurable experience. Safety and navigation apps like Motion X GPS provide a really productive safety aid that will run in harmony with your GPS Unit.
Media capture can be achieved with the stock apps and again with popular apps like Camera + Pro and Cam Pro + Video. Editing and enhancement of your media can be achieved with great apps like Iphoto, Snapspeed, Diptic and Instagram. Video enhancements can be achieved right on the Ipad with truly functional apps like Imovie and Reel Director. Once you have created your final product the New Ipad provides the opportunity to upload in WIFI real time to your favorite Social Networks.
Finally Back up of your prized media collection should be achieving daily utilizing cloud services like DROPBOX, Sugarsync and Box. Worried about WIFI access? Let me tell you the more remote your location the more chance of finding WIFI access.
So on first impressions the NEW IPAD provides the WOW Factor, is robust, light, and will meet the needs for dream adventure no matter how tempered or extreme. For those of you who wouldn’t leave home without their trusty SLR there are now great units within the market place like “USB to WIFI Adapters” that will allow your ipad to act as secondary hard drive . Just how long will the New IPAD Battery last in Navigation and Media editing mode I have yet to discover but a 12 volt adaptor will provide an opportunity for recharge no matter how isolated your location.
The NEW IPAD in my opinion is made for Adventure, its stunning, beautiful, lightweight and totally functional and to have the opportunity to utilize all of its amazing functionality in a extreme adventure and real world scenario excites me to the core! Just how will the New Ipad 3 fair on a Herculean BMW Endurance Challenge? - Watch this space - coming soon the UNSTOPPABLE IPAD 3 Challenge - Together we aim to make history !
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BMW Endurance Guinness Champion of the world 2012