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    A few questions about iPads

    Hey. So I got my iPad2 (if this should be in that section of the forums, sorry. It just seemed to me it would fit here) yesterday as a birthday gift and it's my first time with an iPad, so here are a few questions:
    1. I've heard that the screen is pretty much unscratchable. Is that true?
    2. Sometimes, for no apparent reason, I oversweat from my hands (including fingers). Should I consider this an issue?
    3. I may seem a bit ignorant here, but what exactly is an iPad/what's an iPod for? Is it like a portable mini-PC and mini-library?

    Thanks on advance

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    The glass is very difficult to scratch. I have had an Ipad One since early May 2010 and it still has no scratches and I'll use the Ipad three similarly. I wouldn't consider sweating an issue but I'd keep a micro cloth nearby to clean screen.

    What is an ipad (an ipod is more like the Iphone but without phone, used for a lot--I have one, but often for music as priority)?? It can be many things. I have found solutions for almost all things i do with laptop and main PC except for photo processing in Photoshop and Lightroom and big unwieldy spreadsheets. To be used at a high level you do have to search for the right apps to do what you want done, sometimes combine uses of more than two apps, but its amazing what can be done. I'd read through some of the uses people put their Ipads to on this forum.

    You might also think what you use your laptop or even PC for and see what's available to do the same in your Ipad. Of course its great to read on, watch movies/podcasts/Youtunes, etc, play games. Its yours to use as you wish, really.

    Hope this helps. As you use it and think you might like to use it for a new purpose, look for solutions here.
    Last edited by Diane B; 03-28-2012 at 12:15 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rukass
    Hey. So I got my iPad2 (if this should be in that section of the forums, sorry. It just seemed to me it would fit here) yesterday as a birthday gift and it's my first time with an iPad, so here are a few questions:
    1. I've heard that the screen is pretty much unscratchable. Is that true?
    2. Sometimes, for no apparent reason, I oversweat from my hands (including fingers). Should I consider this an issue?
    3. I may seem a bit ignorant here, but what exactly is an iPad/what's an iPod for? Is it like a portable mini-PC and mini-library?

    Thanks on advance

    1. Everything has it's limits, however, the glass is pretty tough. The screen is made by 3M and is called Gorilla Glass. It's very tough. With normal use, you should be fine.

    2. I've had my iPad for about a year, and I've found that the best thing to clean your screen with is a liquid that is ALCOHOL FREE. I won't mention particular brand names here. But your best bet is to look on YouTube. YouTube is filled with people doing great reviews on just about anything you could want to buy for the iPad...including screen cleaners.

    3. You're NOT ignorant. You're learning. There are no bad questions. Don't be so hard on yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rukass
    Hey. So I got my iPad2 (if this should be in that section of the forums, sorry. It just seemed to me it would fit here) yesterday as a birthday gift and it's my first time with an iPad, so here are a few questions:
    1. I've heard that the screen is pretty much unscratchable. Is that true?
    2. Sometimes, for no apparent reason, I oversweat from my hands (including fingers). Should I consider this an issue?
    3. I may seem a bit ignorant here, but what exactly is an iPad/what's an iPod for? Is it like a portable mini-PC and mini-library?

    Thanks on advance

    One thing I forgot to say. If sweating from your hands and fingers is an issue for you, you might want to consider getting a stylus. I use one from time to time and they work great! You can pick up a decent on for about $20.

    And you're right. The iPad/iPod is like a mini PC.

    Hope this helps.

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    The iPad is a device for portable access to many of the features people use most in computers. The majority have computers for exploring the internet and for keeping up with their email. Both are easy to do with the iPad. It will also store and play your music, navigate to a destination, hold all the books you could ever read,and much, much more. I have been using an iPad for two years, and have dozens of uses for it. For example, today during lunch, I looked at the best location to get gasoline on a trip I am taking tomorrow. Two nights ago, I ordered dinner with it from a restaurant. Like any device, there is a learning curve, but it is easy to get used to, and can be addictive.

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    Thanks for the answers everyone About the glass, I was wondering about it because before I received it someone decided it would be better to install a screen protector. However the screen protector came with a few scratches that could indicate it was badly installed. I was worried that the scratches could be in the screen and removing it was out of question because an iPad screen protector is pretty expensive. But apparently it's needed a bit more than that to scratch it.Thanks again.

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    A few of the things I use it for:

    Internet Browsing
    Viewing and editing pictures
    Email
    Music
    Streaming video
    Reading
    Playing games
    Travel guide
    Remote Desktop Control
    Weather
    IMing
    Spreadsheets
    RSS Feeds

    ETA: On the screen issue I think the screen protectors are overkill if you keep it covered when not in use. It is not a phone so it should not come in contact with keys and other sharp objects during normal use.
    Last edited by beesknees; 03-28-2012 at 03:00 PM.

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    I am on my second iPad. I have never used a screen protector, but I do try and use a cover when not in use. My first iPad had three miniscule scratches after two years, that most people would not notice.

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    I never used a ipad screen protecter for my first ipad. But after using it for a year they are some small hairline straches. So for my new ipad I just got I opted to use one. As well as a skin for the back. I think its all about preference.

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    I have used a ZAGG screen protector on my iPad 1 since the very beginning. The screen looks like new after 18 months of use. I added the same screen protector to my new iPad as well.


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