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  • Noodle-head Level 3 Level 3
    Thanks Philly_Phan.

    *For anyone interested, I called Target, where I bought this, and was just told I can return it for a full refund. No restocking fees, etc.
    Go Target!
    So long iPad.
  • Noodle-head Level 3 Level 3
    Aw, Jeez. You mean to tell me that the USB port is not really a USB port? I mean, after talking with my sister about what I consider to be deal breakers, she seems more at ease and willing to go ahead. Then she asked me if she can still print to her HP printer, and can she connect an external USB hard drive that has music, etc., on it. I (again, I assumed) said I was sure she could since the iPad has a USB port.
    So far, what I am reading is leading me to believe the USB port is not a fully functioning USB port. And as far as printing goes, I need Airprint and an Airprint capable printer, or I have to buy a dock connector.
    Can anyone please clarify?
    Can I use the USB port on the iPad to connect to a printer and/or an external hard drive?
  • Boyd Porter Level 3 Level 3
    There is no usb port on the iPad. You have to buy the Camera Connection Kit, and then I believe you can not use it for anything but a camera to download pictures to the iPad.

    Have a nice day.
  • Matt Clifton Level 7 Level 7
    No, you can't. Weren't you going to return it?

  • deggie Level 9 Level 9
    Return it and let your sister go to the Apple Store and try a MacBook or MacBook Air and have a sales person, i.e. someone who really is knowledgeable, help her. You obviously, despite your 25 years, reading MacWorld, etc., are not that person. Otherwise just from reading the manual or looking at the iPad you would know that there is no USB port on the current iPad. There is a dock connector and you can get a Camera Connection Kit, but that will not connect to her external hard drive. (She doesn't have a computer but she has a USB external hard drive? How did she put music on it?).

    So no, you cannot use the non-existent USB port on the iPad to connect to anything.

    Take it back to Target and let her go buy a computer. Or do you even actually have one? Can I assume correctly you've never used an iPod or iPhone?
  • Barbara Brundage Level 7 Level 7
    Get her an iPod Touch -- it has a camera now and the FaceTime video chat system and is a good deal cheaper.

    Yes, but she has no computer. I would suggest a macbook or macbook air as a starting point, rather than any iOS device.
  • Noodle-head Level 3 Level 3
    Done and done.
    I returned it. (Full refund).
    I bought a nice new Macbook. Got it sitting behind me right now. I'll set it up for her tomorrow.

    Again* thanks all. Really. I know I was leaking my frustrations here and all your calm suggestions, directions, information helped a lot.
  • MatroxRunner Level 1 Level 1
    good old ATT is your only other choice to get on line, and they suck! but my guess is your pad is not equipped with 3g..
  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6
    MatroxRunner wrote:
    good old ATT is your only other choice to get on line, and they suck! but my guess is your pad is not equipped with 3g..

    How do you use that to connect to an Ethernet port on a router?
  • pjm361 Level 1 Level 1
    Noodle-head wrote:
    To All:
    Like I said, I made the mistake of assuming (that it had video functionality and that it was, more or less, a stand-alone computer). Once I did that, it never occurred to me to look for certain specs. My focus was elsewhere. This is definitely a lesson learned. And thanks to all who commented and gave good direction.

    Don't let anyone make you feel bad for assuming it had a camera, because at that price it should. And even the new ipod has one. My son's cheap little netbook has one. Somebody bought one for our son for Christmas and he loves it but, I was p!$$ed off to find I had to update from 10.4.11 (which came out in 4/05) to use it & the new ipod, while windows xp (which came out in 8/01) users were still compatible. That's sticking it us loyal apple users, pathetic.
    also to print you need airprint and a HP printer not just any bluetooth compatible one.
    or plug it back into your computer
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