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    iPad sidelined my two netbooks. I'm a longtime Windows user and found iPad easy to adapt to, but I didn't look to it to replace my laptop, which I continue to use. Cut and paste, editing and more are best done on my laptop or on work PCs. For me, iPad is for fun, and I love fun, so I have three iPads, lol. I have an Apple BT keyboard, but rarely use it.

    I figure diff uses, diff tools. Use what fits best for what you want to do. But that's why it's up to the buyer to understand what he wants to do, and buy accordingly. There's also a return period for iPads at any legit retail outfit, so I don't understand why anyone would keep an item that didn't fit their needs.

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    IMHO when I got my first iPad I thought it was just another toy. However, once you get used to the device and let it in to your daily life, you practically can't do without. I'm even making my mind whether to purchase an iPad Mini now...

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    The absence of a file manager, due to extreme sandboxing, is what keeps your iPad safe from the malware that constantly attacks your PC. Inconvenience is the price of peace of mind. Ditto the lack of Flash.

    I started using PCs in 1983 and switched to Mac in 1992, and it took awhile for me to accept the iPad tradeoff, too. When I need to create more than a post like this, I use the iMac on my desk...which has been asleep for the past two days, because all I've done is browse, interact with forums, play some games, and take a few photos. I really like kicking back in my recliner with the iPad on my lap. When I find something I want to share with my wife, I don't need to ask her to come to my office--I just take the iPad to her.

    Last summer, we took a 7500-mile driving vacation to Canada with our new wifi-only iPad. It was perfect. I took photos and video, called friends and made motel reservations via VoIP, uploaded photos to Flickr and videos to YT to share with friends every night, used detailed maps of small towns that weren't even in the road atlas, checked the weather ahead, and played music through the car stereo underway. You could do all those things with an iPhone, but I don't have one, and the larger screen is nice for us retired codgers anyway. A netbook would have been overkill...and wouldn't have gone ten hours on a charge.

    After we got back, I discovered Pholium, and made a nice book with photos and text about our trip. iPad has to be the best way to share vacation pictures with a friend, and with Pholium I don't need to narrate--captions explain everything. Check it out.

    It's just horses for courses, a matter of choosing the right tool for the job.
    Last edited by LannyC; 12-13-2012 at 10:41 AM.
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    A year with an iPad... Should have got a netbook.

    I can't live w o my iPad. Taking it with me on a deserted island lol!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by tlbaker View Post
    I can't live w o my iPad. Taking it with me on a deserted island lol!!!


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    Well you better know how to turn sea shells into either a charger or an outlet otherwise you're screwed!!!
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    A year with an iPad... Should have got a netbook.

    I had all manner of trouble going from a netbook to an iPad.. until I opened my mind to learning new ways of doing things. I have since given the netbook away and am happy on nothing more than an iPhone and pad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AQ_OC View Post
    . . .
    Yeah, the touch and hold will be different, especially on websites.....what may appear to be a single word on a webpage might be a graphic or part of a table, so the touch and hold may not work as expected. Or it will grab more than you want and you will have to resize the selection and I have seen that be hard to do, depending on the website. I usually blame it on the website. . .
    Yep. Websites are very unpredictable. Here are a couple of tricks that may help.

    If you can't select a picture, select some text, then drag the selection handles to include the picture. You'll have to do a little more editing on the paste side, but that's abetter than nothing. Also, don't forget screenshots for grabbing images. You can zoom right in on what you want, then take a screen shot. You can fine tune the cropping in Photos.

    When you are stuck with grabbing an entire paragraph of text, copy and paste to Notes. There you can select only the part you wanted to begin with. That's assuming it is not easier to do the editing in the destination app.

    This is pretty much all I use Notes for these days, as a clipboard.
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    A year with an iPad... Should have got a netbook.

    Sometimes I feel the same as the OP. That is why I think after Windows 8 matures I might consider switching from the iPad to a windows 8 tablet or hybrid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kippyw
    Maybe it's just that 20 years with windows I find it to be too damn difficult to perform almost anything. Maybe it's because every new action I try on this thing requires another "app".
    kippyw,

    I got an iPad 2 about a year ago as well and, having been a PC user for decades, I was also frustrated with how the iPad worked - at first. But over time, I adapted to how it worked and while I still don't like how certain things work they way they do, the iPad became my Go-To device. I still have the PC and a netbook when I need better access or control from time to time but I use the iPad every day.

    Suggestion: play with wild abandon! By messing around, I just now figured out how to quote other posts into my reply. Even so, posting this took a while due to 'bad thread' errors when I tried to edit the post using this app. :-D



    Quote Originally Posted by AQ_OC
    One thing to get straight is that iPad is app-centric, not file-centric, so apps own files.
    AQ_OC,

    I wish the gang at the store where I bought the iPad told me that! That simple change in mindset explains a lot to this computer pro...



    Quote Originally Posted by LannyC
    The absence of a file manager, due to extreme sandboxing, is what keeps your iPad safe from the malware that constantly attacks your PC. Inconvenience is the price of peace of mind. Ditto the lack of Flash.
    LannyC,

    That explanation is hands down the best & most concise explanation of the benefits of the iPad over Windows-based units. I'm learning RHEL Linux now and I do wonder if the SELinux (sandboxing) capabilities could give both Apple & Windows PCs a run for their money soon, especially if a company implemented a user-centric approach. Perhaps Chromebooks do this?

    Nice to read about a fellow PC user when they first came out in '83. Had I been able to afford Apple's offerings when they first came out, perhaps I would have never used Windows at home.


    Anyway, thanks everyone & happy holidays!


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    Last edited by CMacDonald; 12-13-2012 at 09:50 PM.

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    Ah, the benefits of hindsight. When I started using Windows, it was by no means certain that Apple would even survive, let alone become the industry leader it has become. Would have saved me a fortune if I'd gone for Macs instead of PCs.
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