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International Users -- Prepare for the worst

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by fareast555, Sep 9, 2010.

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    I just bought my new shiny iPad from the Mac Store in Ginza, Tokyo. Stopped by for a beer expecting to use it straight from the box. No chance!

    Luckily, I had my PC (although I'm a Mac guy through and through) so I could at least plug it into iTunes...but...

    To download apps I need an account, which means my credit card must be in the US (ditto for Paypal accounts). So I guess I have to download the Japanese iTunes and use a Japanese credit card....or will that give me the Japanese language version even though I want the English one...who the f&%$ knows. But it's been 3 hours and I have yet to use it. And I still have no idea how to transfer PDF files that I need to read, which is one many reason I bought the thing anyway.

    Apple, did you do any international UX design testing on this thing at all? So far, not so good. :mad:
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    Hi fareast!

    I'm an International user myself.

    You can register from the country where you're from even if you are in Japan. Use your credit card from your country .

    There are a lot of free apps available for download in the app store.

    Transferring of Pdf could be by thru pc, or you can use dropbox. A dropbox app for iPad is also free.
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    As j0yful says there is no problem with this issue anymore.
    Create a us account, skip the creditcard procedur, and get some giftcards that u fill the us account with.
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    I live in Australia; my iPad is registered through the USA using a USA credit card and a USA address. That allows me to access the USA iTunes/Amazon/Kindle Store with and obtain all that is available.
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    Thanks for all the posts, people. I saw the small line at the top of the registration sequence telling me to change my country. I did and was able to register with my card here in Japan.

    I think my initial shock/disappointment was that when I first went to the Japanese app store I was slapped in the face with the typically useless stuff you see in Japan -- anime, English apps, and just, well, crap. But the workaround was to browse the US store and then search for ones that were also in Japan. Of course I can't access everything -- but I think I can get what I need.

    But this community is great. Thanks for the support and the PMs about this stuff.

    Oh, and I found a way to get PDFs over. Now I'm trying to find the best app to allow me to read and to mark them up as I go.
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    OK, I'm just cooking up a healthy serving of "crow" to eat.

    I shouldn't have given up on the iPad so fast...

    I still think that S. Jobs esq. could have built a product that was a bit better "out-of-the-box" and a little more in tune with needs beyond watching videos....

    But now that I have a handle on the apps, I can see that this iPad is going to be with me ALL THE TIME. Ok, I can't use it for my major design work, etc, but for the research side of things -- where I read and mark up research papers (now I can do with iAnnotate PDF) and read PPTs and make summary files that I can later write into lit reviews (Quickoffice) -- I'm well set. Plus, I can dump, read and reply to my Gmail account even when I'm not online.

    This is starting to sound like an infomercial. But all I want to say is that although it takes a bit of getting used to, this thing really is the biz!!

    Mike

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