Wait until iOS5 is released in the next month or two. See "PC Free" here:
With iCloud backups for app data and photostream (the last 1,000 photos you've taken via your iDevice synced via iCloud) iTunes Match to put your whole music library in the cloud for syncing via the internet and over the air updates and you pretty much be all set. When iOS 5 comes you'll be in business.
All of this sounds good, but just in case this is apparent, you'll need to set your mother's home up with the basic, but necessary requirements such as getting an ISP and modem. You'll need to have WiFi in your mother's home to use the iPad on the web over WiFi. So, you'll need some brand of wireless Internet router, connected to your Internet connection to send out the Internet over WiFi signals.
If you plan on using a cell phone carrier instead, you'll need to get a data plan to use the iPad over 3G/4G to access the web in this manner.
You'll need to set up both the wireless router and iPad to connect up to each other so she can get Internet access.
Also, remember, that if your mother doesn't own a computer, you'll have to initialize and register her iPad, via iTunes yourself, or have someone at an Apple store do it at the store for you.
You need a computer and iTunes to activate the iPad for use.
Thanks for the anwer but I still have a doubt from my initial question. you are right, it seems that with IOS 5 I'm pretty all set, but:
"how can I put music, pictures or videos inside the ipad? using for example an external 2,5 hard drive or a pendrive? "
and of course I mean, music not purchased from that ipad, pictures taken with reflex Cam, videos taken with my handyCam, etc....
how can I get all this into the Ipad?
thanks in advance
You can't connect a flash drive or external drive to the iPad in order to copy music onto the iPad. With iCloud iTunes Match (http://www.apple.com/icloud/features/) you will be able to store all your non-iTunes music in the cloud for a subscription - which I think that you should be able to do for your mother from your computer. But until iCloud and iOS 5 are released and we can start using their features, then it's difficult to say how they will work in practice.
In terms of photos/videos from a camera then there is the camera connection kit which has a SD reader and a connection for direct copying of photos/videos from a camera to the Photos app on the iPad - not all photo/video formats are supported on the iPad though, so they may copy over to the iPad but not then be viewable on it. When iOS 5 is installed on the iPad then you will then be able to re-organise the photos in albums directly on the iPad (at the moment you can't move photos between albums on the iPad) - from http://www.apple.com/ios/ios5/features.html#photos :
Crop, rotate, enhance, and remove red-eye without leaving the Photos app. Even organize your photos in albums — right on your device
thanks for the answer. the camera kit seems to complement icloud perfectly in order to fully work as stand alone. I saw it has 2 adapters, one USB and the other for SD cards.
I'll give it a try as soon as IOS5 is released.
As you wisely said, untill IOS5 is released, we can only guess about some details. I don't know, maybe I would also be able to import music on an SD card,ame way I'll do for the pictures..
In any case, the more I investigate, the more I'm convinced that the Ipad would be the perfect toy to get my mom into the the digital world and the net. the interface is great and friendly and the only flaw was the need for a computer, but this seems to be solved now.
Ces the Spaniard