7 Replies Latest reply: Jul 9, 2011 2:35 PM by Kappy
NObodE Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I hope this is the right way to ask these questions.  I would like to buy an iPad.  I have researched the differences between the iPad1 & iPad 2, but I am still not clear on what the main differences are.  I am also not clear on if I need to also purchase a data plan through a carrier like ATT or Verizon for the WiFi or the 3G connection.  Are both of the iPads using both WiFi and 3G or have they gone to 4G?  Does a person who gets an iPad, wither the 1 or 2 need both the WiFi and the 3G connection?  What is the difference between the 2 types of connections?


I am wanting to also get an E Book Reader but if the iPad can do what an E Book Reader does, there is no resin to get an E Book Reader, right?  How does the iPad download the EBooks?  Do they get them from iTunes?


My skills for the MacBook Pro are not very good so I am wondering if the learning curve for the iPads are difficult or if one is easier than the other one.


Thanks for some feedback.  Is it possible to load Office 2011 for Macs on the iPad?  Do the allow One to One when you purchase an iPad? Can you get headphones and listen to music on an iPad?


any other info. you think I might need to help me make a decision on the iPad?  If so,  feel free to send me any information you think might help me make the decision  to get the iPad and if so which iPad.


I am in school to become a vet so I would use it mostly for that.  Not sure if iPaid 1 or 2 would be better.



  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (257,550 points)

    Walk into an Apple Store and have them demonstrate the iPad and answer your questions.


    You cannot run desktop applications on an iPad.


    You will find technical specifications at support.apple.com/specs/.


    You can also get the iPad iOS 4 user guide.

  • Johnathan Burger Level 6 Level 6 (15,605 points)

    Books come from Apple, amazon, barnes & nobles-there are apps for each store.

    Learning curve-you know how to poke stuff with a finger? You're good to go.

    Yes, you can plug in headphones and listen to video, music, audiobooks, radio(through apps), podcasts, etc.


    3G is the cell network, no contract for iPad. If. You buy a 3G iPad, it is month to month. If you don't want it, don't pay for it.

  • NObodE Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I did not know they did away with personal shopping.  I tried to sign up for that but they do not have that anymore and keeping an employee there to answer some questions I guess I need to be a different sex because this guy was not very eager to help me.  I  have read the manual, this is why I came on her and thought I would be able to get some of the more basic questions answered.  Like are there 2 types of iPads?  Not really types but is there an iPad 1 and an ipad 2?  Anybody care to explain to me if you get an iPad with the WiFi and the 3G do you need to get a data package through one of the carriers?  With the WiFi is that just like using a hotspot and the 3G is what you need the data package for?


    I would like to be able to download stuff, check for updates, use iTunes, all the stuff that I would think would come on an iPad and would require some toe of connection.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (257,550 points)

    The iPad has been replaced by the iPad 2. You can buy the first generation iPad as a refurbished unit from Apple's Online Store.


    If you want broadband service then you have to get a 3G model and purchase a service plan from AT&T. You can purchase an iPad from Verizon which supports their CDMA service. WiFi is WiFi and works wherever there is WiFi service available. You do not need 3G to download via WiFi.


    A Mac is required in order to sync and backup an iPad as well as connect with iTunes.

  • Guybrush-Threepwood Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)

    The iPad 2 is lighter, thinner and a lot more responsive thanks to the dual core processor. If your looking to use it as an ebook reader, get the iPad 2. The weight of the 1 will make it a little less desirable. Yes, it does book and the reason you would want an ebook reader is because they generally can be read in direct sunlight and have a battery which will last for a full month or so. My wife has an iPad 1 and a kindle.


    You cannot run office 2011 on your iPad. That software is designed for Mac OSx, the ipad runs iOS. Its like PC and Mac. You can however buy iWork for the iPad or a range of other office replacement apps like Docs 2 Go.


    The iPad comes in Wifi only or wifi + 3G. We have only wifi ipads because wifi is available in quite a few places and the places its not we just enable tethering on our iphone and that gives it the same 3G, browse anywhere capability. Its £100 cheaper for the ipad plus you dont need a full data plan, just add the tethering bundle to your phone plan.


    3G is a cellular network, it covers most of the country but requires a data subscription. Wifi means you need a wireless network in your house, the range of which is normally 20 meters or so. Not much. 4G is a newer, faster cellular network but the ipad does not support this. Only a few devices do and at present the battery drain it places on those devices is quite high. ITs a new technology, still maturing but im sure it wont be long.


    The iPad has no learning curve, you touch what you want to do, use, run, link etc. Thats it.


    The iPad is NOT a Notebook replacement. It does a lot of the stuff and for many its enough but it cannot do everything a Macbook does.

  • NObodE Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)


    so are you saying the iPad or iPad2 is the newer one?

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (257,550 points)

    iPad 2 is the newer one.