Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tips : Mail

Here are some useful tips when using Mail on the iPad:

- Cut, Copy and Paste
Copying text is as easy as double tapping a word. But when you want to copy a whole paragraph, like for an address, you have to stretch those annoying little blue knobs...or do you? Tap any editable text four times. You'll highlight the whole paragraph.

- Preview More Of Your Mail
Go to Settings -> Mail, Contacts and Calendars and select "5 lines" under Preview. Also, while you're at it, you might want to update your Push email from "Manual" if you like to have your messages waiting when you open the Mail app. Of course, this will drain power a bit more quickly.

- Turn off email alert chimes
Go to Settings, then General, then Sounds and disable the chimes. You can also adjust the sound level here.

- Remove the “Sent from my iPad” signature from outgoing email
Start out by selecting Settings from your home screen. Select Mail, Contacts, Calendars from the list on the left side of the Settings window, and then tap the Signature (which by default will be “Sent from my iPad”). Use the delete button on your iPad keyboard to remove the signature (or use the Clear button). Now enter in your own personal signature, or leave the window blank to not use one at all. Tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars in the left column again. Now in the Signature section you’ll see your new, custom signature (or none at all if that’s the route you went).

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Mail

With its split-screen view and expansive onscreen keyboard, the Mail application for the iPad is simply stunning! When you hold you iPad in landscape mode, the screen split up with showing both an opened email and the messages in the inbox, each with two-line preview of its content.

The iPad displays rich HTML email, with images and photos. When you receive and email attachment, just tap on it to view it. You can rotate, zoom your PDFs, iWork files, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files. And you can save pictures to your iPad photo library.

Unlike the Mail application on the iPhone or iPod Touch, the iPad benefits a lot from the bigger 9.7-inch screen. It makes everything more usable. But more importantly, Mail on the iPad feels much faster. Everything is displayed more quickly, scrolling is smoother, and attachments download and display faster.

Mail on the iPad displayed 34 lines, each with approximately 80 characters, in portrait mode (nearly eight times as much text as on the iPhone version) and 25 80-character lines in portrait mode (roughly 5.5 times as much).

It’s easy to set up with Exchange, POP3, and IMAP4 e-mail accounts. You can sync email with your Mac. Mail on iPad works with the most popular email providers, including MobileMe, Google Gmail, Microsoft Exchange, Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail, and AOL, along with most industry-standard IMAP and POP email systems. To add an account, just type in some basic information and iPad does the rest. And when you need to find a message, Mail searches email on both your iPad and the server (depending on the type of account).

Mail on iPad Mail can also convert web URLs, phone numbers, email addresses, and street addresses to links.

Not surprisingly there are still some features missing that will probably soon be added as a unified Inbox, the ability to send to groups, smart folders and more. Remember that this is only the beginning and knowing Apple and the popularity of the iPad things will only get better.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tips : Safari

Here are some useful tips when using Safari for web browsing on the iPad:

- Save Images while Browsing the Web
Want to save an image that you find somewhere? Just tap and hold on an image on any web page, and you’ll be prompted to save the image, which will now be stock in your Saved Photos folder in Photos.

- Quick Scroll to the Top of Any Page
If you’ve scrolled down a long page of content, it can be annoying to scroll all the way back up to the top. Thankfully, all you need to do is tap the title bar at the top of the screen, and you’ll scroll back up to the top.

- Enable and add bookmarks to the Safari Bookmarks Bar on your iPad
By default, Safari doesn’t display the Bookmarks Bar. Start out by selecting Settings from the iPad home screen. Select Safari from the Settings column, and then slide the Always Show Bookmarks Bar switch to ON. Now launch Safari and visit a web site you want have added to your Bookmarks Bar. Tap the + (plus sign) to add a bookmark and then tap in the space that says Bookmarks. Tap Bookmarks Bar. You’ll be taken back to the previous ’screen’ and can now save the bookmark.

- Add a web page to the iPad home screen
If you visit a web page frequently then save time ponderously locating it in your Safari bookmarks by adding it as an icon to your Home screen. Tap the + icon in Safari then tap "Add to Home Screen".

- Copy and Paste Text from One App to Another
Just tap and hold a word, then use your finger to drag to select more text, and then Copy it. Go to the other application, tap and hold in the input box, and then use Paste. Easy! Want to select a whole paragraph the easy way? Just tap it 4 times to highlight the entire paragraph, then use Copy.

- Clear the Cache, History and Cookies in Safari for the iPad
You’re probably used to clearing this kind of data right from within the browser. Select Settings from your iPad home screen. Select Safari from the Settings column on the left. Towards the bottom of the Safari column you’ll see 3 buttons – Clear History, Clear Cookies and Clear Cache. Tap any of the 3 to perform that action. You’ll be prompted with a confirmation window. Tap the Clear button.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Safari

Web browsing is probably the main reason as to why most will buy an iPad. Through its Wi-Fi or 3G wireless connections, you will be able to surf the Internet using Apple's browser Safari.

Safari has been adapted to work perfectly within the iOS system. You can view pages in both portrait or landscape mode and the Multi-Touch screen brings a new experience to web browsing. With its 1024×768 resolution, everything is crisp and clear on the 9.7-inch screen.

Using your finger you can scroll rapidly through a page, enlarge a section of the page, pinch to zoom in or out. You can open multiple pages and links, which will be shown in a beautiful thumbnail page. In total you can have up to nine tabs open and switch between them by clicking an icon that brings tab thumbnails. You can easily save, copy or email images and text.

From my personal experience web pages loads fast and the Multi-Touch screen is extremely responsive and precise. You can easily synch your bookmarks from your Mac or PC to your iPad.

You can choose to always show the bookmarks bar. Security settings include fraud warning, in addition to cookie and autofill settings. You can block pop-ups and turn JavaScript on and off.

Safari supports HTML5 but not Adobe's Flash, which has been a major turn off to some. So far for me it has not been a problem as most of the site I visit religiously on a daily basis don't have any Flash based content.

Overall I'd say that the web browsing experience with Safari on the iPad is great. Being able to use your fingers to quickly go where you want brings the whole experience to a new level of enjoyment.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Unboxing the iPad

There is a reason as to why Apple has won prizes for their packaging, it is always a pleasure to open one of theirs. And to start this blog on the right foot, here are some photos from the unboxing of my 64 GB Wi-Fi iPad.

As expected this is yet another superbly designed box by Apple. The front presents us the default home screen of the iPad (which can be customized but more on that later).


The back of the box features some information about the iPad, technical specs and serial number.


Once opened the iPad is revealed and it is classic Apple styling! There is only one button on the front of the tablet, the home button. You will also notice the volume control rocker, rotation-lock switch, power button and 3.5mm headphone jack.


The iPad itself is protected by the classic Apple plastic wrap.


Finally there's the data cable, the charging brick, quick set-up manual and the classic Apple stickers.

The iPad

The iPad is a tablet computer designed and developed by Apple capable of web browsing, email, high-definition video playback, photo sharing, music, mapping, personal organization, digital book, magazine, comic, game, edutainment and more.

Announced on January 27, 2010 by Steve Jobs at an Apple press conference, the iPad was released in April 2010, and sold 3 million of the devices in 80 days. The iPad runs the same operating system as the earlier iPod Touch and iPhone, albeit a slightly older version. It can run its own applications as well as ones developed for the iPhone. Without modification, it will only run programs approved by Apple and distributed via its online store.

The iPad is controlled by a multitouch display. The iPad uses Wi-Fi or a 3G mobile data connection to browse the Internet, load and stream media, and install software. The device is managed and synced by iTunes on a personal computer via USB cable or via Wi-Fi.

The iPad's touchscreen display is a 25 cm (9.7 in) liquid crystal IPS technology display (1024 × 768 pixels) with fingerprint-resistant and scratch-resistant glass. The display responds to two other sensors: an ambient light sensor to adjust screen brightness and a 3-axis accelerometer to sense iPad orientation and switch between portrait and landscape modes.

The iPad can use Wi-Fi network trilateration from Skyhook Wireless to provide location information to applications such as Google Maps. The iPad has a bult-in 802.11a/b/g/n wireless card. The 3G model contains A-GPS to allow its position to be calculated with GPS or relative to nearby cellphone towers.

The iPad has two internal speakers that push mono sound through two small sealed channels to the three audio ports carved into the bottom-right of the unit. A volume switch is on the right side of the unit. The built-in Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR interface allows wireless headphones and keyboards to be used with the iPad. There is also a tiny hole that hides iPad's built-in microphone.

The iPad uses an internal rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery. The iPad's battery can provide up to 10 hours of video, 140 hours of audio playback, or one month on standby. Like any battery technology, the iPad's LiPo battery loses capacity over time, but is not designed to be user-replaceable.

The iPad was released with three options for internal storage size: a 16, 32, or 64 GB flash drive. All data is stored on the flash drive and there is no option to expand storage. Apple sells a camera connection kit with an SD card reader, but it can only be used to transfer photos and videos.

The processor is a 1 GHz Apple A4 System on a chip. And feature iOS 3.2.2 operating system with iOS 4.2 due in November 2010. It weight only 680 g (1.5 lb).

The iPad comes with free apps and features such as Picture Frame, Calendar, Contacts, Notes, Videos, YouTube, Settings, Safari, Mail, Maps, iTunes, App Store, iPod, Photos and more.

In the coming posts I will take an in-depth look at these applications and what is possible or not with the iPad.

Welcome to Inside iPad

Welcome to Inside iPad.

I know there are already lots of blogs and sites dedicated to the Apple's iPad but I personally think that most of them are lacking a critical and analytic view on the iPad itself and more importantly lack of regular updates.

With that in mind I have decided to create Inside iPad. This blog will feature my own personal appreciation or possible frustration with the iPad. Hope you will enjoy the adventure...