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Do you put it to sleep/wake or shut off??

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    I was wondering how many of you shut down your iPad every night or just put it to sleep. I use it every night for about 3 to 4 hours, but I don't use it during the day while I'm at work. I generally just shut it down every night.

    Should I put it to sleep or shutdown? Pros vs. Cons?

    Your thoughts?
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    Apple officially recommend that you do a complete shut-down once a week - it helps 'tidy things up' but, other than that, I don't think it really matters if, like me, you keep your iPad connected to the charger when it's not in use. I like the 'instant on' capability when recovering from sleep mode and I'd lose that if I always shut the iPad off.

    Having said that, I'm sure you'll get lots of differing views here.

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    i've got my ipad constantly on a stand on my office desk with the smart cover on, and i LOVE the instant wake/sleep functionality it gives. really handy. but i'll be shutting down and cold booting every weekend. there's no battery drain in sleep mode (not noticeable any way), and i've got it plugged into the pc most hours anyway. this doesn't top the charge up like the mains, but keeps it at a level withput the drain.

    also, how do you activate this instant off/on sleep thing if you dont have a smart cover?
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    If you don't have the Smart Cover then a brief press to the Power button activates Sleep mode, while a prolonged push brings up the slider control asking for permission to power off.

    Tim
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    but thats not the same.

    briefly pressing the power button means a slide to unlock option when reactivated.
    the smart cover is instant off/on where you left off. no sliding.

    can this be activated without the smart cover?
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    Sorry - yes, I misunderstood you.

    In a bizarre sort of way the answer is yes!

    I have a Bluetooth keyboard which normally 'goes to sleep' after a short period of inactivity. If the iPad is in Sleep mode, bringing the Bluetooth keyboard 'back to life' by pressing a key automatically re-activates the iPad straight to the Home screen - i.e. no slider control.

    It's a dangerous thing if, like me, you have Autolock set to never and have the regular Apple case for the iPad1. With the case closed you can't see if the iPad is asleep or awake so, if you accidentally press a key on the Bluetooth keyboard and the iPad's not connected to the charger it's a sure-fire way of running your iPad battery flat....

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    I shut it down every night and usually close all the open apps.

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    i've also got my ipad set to never. it's only me at home who uses it. i'll set a pass code when i got on business with it.

    so, can the instant on/off function be activated on a standard ipad2 without the smart-case or any other accessory?
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    You could always carry a couple of magnets in your pocket....:)

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    now we're talking :)
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    Always a practical approach.

    A magnet alone isn't particularly useful though. The magnetic sensor is about 7cm from the edge, but there is a stronger magnet, 9.5cm below the top edge, so if you where to place a magnet at the magnetic sensor, it will likely slide down to the stronger magnet and turn the iPad on.

    But yes, it is a possibility, but only useful if one insists to wake the device up with a magnet. :D
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    Yes - now this needs some thinking about. I wonder if we could come up with a typically British 'Heath Robinson' construction?

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    it's a shame that magnetic activated on/off feature couldn't also have been an invisible finger swipe option for those who dont have a smart cover or magnets hanging about in their pockets.

    it's funny it's only a smart-case owner's option.
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    There are, of course, other third-party cases out there that use the magnetic on/off feature. Some Forum members have even made their own (knitted in one case, quilted in another - do I even know what the difference is???:confused:

    Tim
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    I use smart cover most nights to put it in sleep mode, I always close apps down at end of each use and try and to run battery completely flat then do full charge to condition battery.

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    Just throw in my 2c....

    At the start of the year, I had my iPad1 on for 9 weeks without switching off... No performance issues.

    And, although we don't have a jailbreak for the iPad2 yet, when it arrives there us a lovelly little tweak called NoLockScreen wnich gives you that "instant on" smartcover feel without the cover or magnets. I've had this on my iPad1 for ages... Works great with my Moleskine case.
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    How do make nolockscreen turn on when you open your case, I can't figure it out?
    Thank you for all your help.
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    No, it doesn't do that, sorry if I misled. I still need to hit the power button. It just skips the slide to unlock for you.
    But I do also use screendimmer to blank the screen rather than auto lock, so a finger on the screen wakes it up if not in sleep mode...
    Best combo I can come up with until I get my iPad2 and smartcover!
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    Is your iPad pass coded? If so I think that overrides for rather obvious reasons. If not try looking in settings > general > iPad cover lock/unlock.

    It should be on by default but it may have been turned off. It it's on I'm not sure what's going on. Im guessing you have done a full shut down for a full 10 to 20 seconds?
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    Oh ok that's what I have been doing.

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