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.

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