Pros and Cons of the iPad
First, let us look at the reasons why an iPad is a great accessory or tool to have. The iPad is very slim and easy to store when traveling or while on the go during a busy day. There are thousands of apps you can download to turn your iPad into a gaming system, e-book reader, music player, movie player, web browser and much more. The iPad is also touchscreen only, meaning no keyboard. However, there is a virtual keyboard for those who want or need one. The iPad weighs in at 1.5 pounds and has a 9.5 inch display. The iPad has a long battery life, 10 hours, with normal use. The more resource hungry apps may drain the battery faster.
All these features sound great, so what's the downside? If you want to surf the web while traveling, you must purchase a data plan, which is currently only available from AT&T. The WiFi version doesn't require a monthly plan, only a wireless Internet connection. You cannot connect peripherals, such as USB drives, printers, mice or keyboards unless you have a docking station. The iPad is also generally more fragile than a laptop due to its slim, lightweight design, but it can be protected with various covers.
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