- Q: Why did Apple fail to make it easy to access YouTube on the iPad?
- Q: I have a laptop and a smartphone. Why do I need an iPad? What would I do with it?
- Q: Will the iPad replace my netbook?
- Q: How does Web surfing on the iPad compare with the iPhone?
- Q: How much does it matter that the iPad doesn't support Adobe's Flash software?
- Q: Why doesn't the iPad allow you to run multiple programs at once? And is there any word on when it will?
- Q: How can I convert HD videos or rip DVD movies for the iPad?
Since the launch of the much anticipated Apple iPad many research firms have conducted analysis of the device inside out and have been posting their reviews on the internet and through other mediums. The iPad has been placed between a smartphone and a laptop combining features of both.
There have been confusion about the printing function in iPad and whether it allows direct prints of photos, emails and other documents. The device does not have built in printing functions hence third party applications will have to be installed for printing on a networked printing device.
Here are some users' questions about the Apple iPad and our answers.
Q: Why did Apple fail to make it easy to access YouTube on the iPad?
A: Even though the Web browser on the iPad can't play Adobe Flash video files like the ones YouTube typically serves up, Apple did include a special YouTube app on the iPad, similar to the one on the iPhone, that can play loads of YouTube content. In fact, this YouTube app was shown at the iPad launch.
The company says the one for the iPad has been rewritten to take advantage of the larger screen, as have all of Apple's built-in apps. Apple also says when you orient the tablet horizontally, YouTube videos automatically play in full screen mode. However, Web videos using Flash that must be accessed through a Web browser don't appear to work on the iPad, just as they don't work on the iPhone.
Q: I have a laptop and a smartphone. Why do I need an iPad? What would I do with it?
A: You don't need one. But you'll want one because the iPad is arguably the first great gadget for consuming digital media.
Like a smartphone, an iPad is more portable and easy to use than a laptop. It's a device you'll keep on your coffee table or at your breakfast table or even take with you into the bathroom, whether to read an e-book, casually surf the Web, check your e-mail or watch a video.
You can do all that with a smartphone, but the iPad's larger screen makes those activities much more enjoyable. You don't have to squint at the screen or constantly zoom in on Web pages to see what they say.
The large screen — coupled with its touch-screen interface and motion sensors — also makes it an approachable and immersive game machine.
Q: Will the iPad replace my netbook?
A: It depends on how you use your netbook. If you mainly use it for surfing the Web, checking e-mail or watching videos, then an iPad cannot only replace it but also be a more enjoyable device to use, because it's more versatile and more portable.
If, however, you use your netbook to do a lot of writing or entering data or editing photos, then you should probably keep your netbook. You're not going to be able to touch-type with the iPad's on-screen keyboard. While you can use an external keyboard with an iPad, it doesn't support a mouse, which is likely to make using the keyboard awkward.
Q: How does Web surfing on the iPad compare with the iPhone?
A: The Web surfing experience is similar to the iPhone's; they use the same browser software. But the big screen on the iPad makes Web surfing a more satisfying experience. You don't have to constantly zoom in on text or scroll around the page to find what you want to read.
But like the browser on the iPhone, the iPad's doesn't support tabs. So if you want to open additional Web pages, you have to do so in new browser windows. That can slow things down if you want to switch back and forth among multiple pages because you can't simply click on their tabs.
Q: How much does it matter that the iPad doesn't support Adobe's Flash software?
A: It's not as big a problem as I thought it would be, but it's still an annoyance.
There are now some 150,000 applications in Apple's iPhone and iPad App Store. Many of those duplicate services that on the Web require Flash. For example, YouTube uses Flash to deliver videos on the Web, so iPad users can't access YouTube through its Web browser. But they can use the iPad's native YouTube application.
Similarly, the Scrabble game on Facebook is built with Flash, so you can't access that version on the iPad. But there's a native Scrabble game you can download and use to play against friends who are on Facebook.
But some Web content providers that use Flash haven't yet created iPhone or iPad applications. There's no iPad Hulu program, for instance, so you can't watch Hulu videos.
And even those iPad applications that are available often don't give you the same experience you'd get on the Web. For example, you can watch old "Star Trek" episodes on YouTube via the Web. But you can't find them in the iPad's YouTube app. Similarly, unlike Scrabble, many iPad and iPhone games don't interact with their online namesakes.
Q: Why doesn't the iPad allow you to run multiple programs at once? And is there any word on when it will?
A: The iPad runs a variation of the iPhone operating system, the same software that underlies the iPhone and the iPod touch. That software is capable of running more than one program at once and does in limited cases. For example, you can listen to music via the iPad's iPod music player while surfing the Web.
But Apple has generally barred multitasking on iPhone OS devices, most notably with applications that users download from its App Store. Apple officials have expressed concerns that multitasking would significantly shorten the battery life and could make the devices more sluggish.
However, Apple apparently feels that the iPad and recent iPhone devices can handle multitasking. The company announced last week that iPhone OS 4, which is the next update to the operating system, will allow users to run multiple programs at one time and easily switch between them.
Unfortunately, iPad users will have to wait for that. While the update will be available for iPhone and iPod touch users this summer, it won't be available for the iPad until fall.