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JSpira
03-16-2012, 05:09 PM
I've been playing with the new iPad for the past few days and I like the new display and the high def apps (it was smart for Amazon/Kindle and the NY Times to invest developing that).

For those who don't travel with a hotspot or a mobile phone with a hotspot, the 4G connectivity might be the tipping point.

I don't really notice the additional thickness or weight but it's hard to scientifically measure that. I did notice the difference going from iPad to iPad 2 however.

My review of the iPad is online here (http://www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com/2012/03/the-new-apple-ipad-faster-sharper-but-thicker-first-review/) and I've posted a few photos below.

http://www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/DSC_0254-ED-300x234.jpg


http://www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/DSC_0220-300x199.jpg

X3 Skier
03-17-2012, 09:35 AM
I really notice the difference between HD and regular broadcast TV on my big screen but on my iPhone or iPad it is not worth the "new" expense over my original iPad of iPhone 3Gs.

I did check the "new iPad" out @ the Apple Store but it is not a must have for me as I do not watch movies etc on the iPad. If you do, it might become a must have for the higher resolution.

Cheers

VIZSLA
03-17-2012, 12:07 PM
I've been playing with the new iPad for the past few days and I like the new display and the high def apps (it was smart for Amazon/Kindle and the NY Times to invest developing that).

For those who don't travel with a hotspot or a mobile phone with a hotspot, the 4G connectivity might be the tipping point.

I don't really notice the additional thickness or weight but it's hard to scientifically measure that. I did notice the difference going from iPad to iPad 2 however.

My review of the iPad is online here (http://www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com/2012/03/the-new-apple-ipad-faster-sharper-but-thicker-first-review/) and I've posted a few photos below.

http://www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/DSC_0254-ED-300x234.jpg


http://www.frequentbusinesstraveler.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/DSC_0220-300x199.jpg

I love traveling with my ip2. Is the new gen that much better?

JSpira
03-17-2012, 12:57 PM
I love traveling with my ip2. Is the new gen that much better?
If you read a lot of books or newspapers or watch a lot of films, then the new display might make a difference.

If you travel regularly without a 4G hotspot (built into your mobile or otherwise), and you don't want to pay hotel fees for Internet, etc., that is also a consideration.

Otherwise, perhaps not.

VIZSLA
03-17-2012, 01:08 PM
If you read a lot of books or newspapers or watch a lot of films, then the new display might make a difference.

If you travel regularly without a 4G hotspot (built into your mobile or otherwise), and you don't want to pay hotel fees for Internet, etc., that is also a consideration.

Otherwise, perhaps not.

Sounds like there isn't a compelling reason to upgrade.
But if you don't have an iPad it makes a great traveling companion.

the J-Man
03-19-2012, 11:01 PM
I got the new iPad and am disappointed compared to iPad 2. The screen so far doesn't make a hugely noticeable difference to the user experience. I'd much rather have more storage space than the nicer screen. I mean, Apple touts the new retina display, but the maximum capacity model is 64GB? Enough space to hold a max of 15 HD movies and nothing else.

The most significant addition to me that nobody is talking about is the voice dictation. It has about 99% accuracy and is much faster than typing. This feature is useless in public spaces, however.

X3 Skier
04-01-2012, 07:28 AM
Speaking of new features on the new iPad.......

http://m.wimp.com/dadipad/

Cheers

claud 3
04-02-2012, 12:47 PM
Took iPad 2 with us last summer when we went to London for a week. Its an AT&T 64 G and it was considerably cheaper than our hotel's 20 pounds for 24 hours WIFI fee(The Gore). We had good reception and speed.

pharding
04-23-2012, 01:28 PM
I have the new iPad and I find the upgrade is well worthwhile from the iPad 2 for our purposes. The retina display is absolutely amazing for many tasks. Photographs look significantly crisper with better color rendition.

Andrew*Debbie
04-24-2012, 05:54 AM
Debbie swears by hers. She's in London giving it a trial run right now. She is going to try using it with keynote and her laptop with PowerPoint is around only as a backup. Next trip she is thinking about leaving the lap top and home and just taking the iPad.


Storage is a trade off with size and battery life. Apple probably couldn't offer more than 64GB without sacrificing size and battery life. I don't see a need for more than a few movies on the device. You can always load up more on that pricey hotel internet. . .

kbeamer
04-24-2012, 06:51 AM
I paid a whopping 780 for mine,I can say its well worth the price overall. I also have apple tv so I use my airplay to display my iPad screen on my led tv. I also mount my iPad in my car in front of my shifter and play music through my car speakers. Great for on the go. It is a tad bit heavier then the older ones but I don't notice nor do I mind. I have taken quite a few pictures with it but I still think it's no where near close to the pictures my point and shoot take and my canon 60d. Reading books on this have become a regular thing for me. The 4g is also a nice upgrade minus how much data you get for the price. I can even sit in the car with my iPad connect to 4g and do my college class on the go. I find myself using my iPad more than I do my Alienware laptop.

wh00sh
04-24-2012, 07:22 AM
I upgraded from the original iPad to the new model, and I'm quite happy with the improvements all around. Those already using an iPad2 may not feel the upgrade is quite so compelling.

With the rollout of iPhoto on the iPad, I believe one can take only the iPad along for ED trips and have everything needed for journaling and sharing trip experiences with friends and family. If you must have a physical keyboard, grab one of the Bluetooth options that are out there.

X3 Skier
04-24-2012, 08:03 AM
Taking pictures with an iPad seems awkward to me. My iPhone is good enough for that. I leave the iPad in the hotel safe. With iCoud sync between my iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, I have the complete tool set. Using the iPad out and about on foot seems to be an invitation for a mugging.:angel:

iPhone for photos and on foot nav and guides, iPod for tunes and to use via wifi in place of the phone for apps to conserve the phone battery and iPad for email, in car nav and other computer usage at home or in the hotel. My netbook seems to be becoming a dust collector. ;)

Cheers

VIZSLA
04-24-2012, 08:18 AM
I upgraded from the original iPad to the new model, and I'm quite happy with the improvements all around. Those already using an iPad2 may not feel the upgrade is quite so compelling.

With the rollout of iPhoto on the iPad, I believe one can take only the iPad along for ED trips and have everything needed for journaling and sharing trip experiences with friends and family. If you must have a physical keyboard, grab one of the Bluetooth options that are out there.

With the new iPhoto you can travel with just the ipad and a digital camera.
While not as seamless as most things Apple, you can download from an SD card, export to the cloud and beam to other OS devices.

wh00sh
04-24-2012, 08:26 AM
With the new iPhoto you can travel with just the ipad and a digital camera.
While not as seamless as most things Apple, you can download from an SD card, export to the cloud and beam to other OS devices.
Yes, thanks for the catch there. I was thinking "with the camera connection kit" but forgot to type it. As noted above, the iPad camera isn't exactly stellar, and certainly not something to take on an important overseas trip as your only photo capture device.

As for being mugged, I carried my iPad all through Venice and had no issues. I think the chances of being mugged with an iPad are around equal to being mugged for your high-dollar dSLR.

Andrew*Debbie
04-24-2012, 09:19 AM
I was thinking "with the camera connection kit" but forgot to type it. As noted above, the iPad camera isn't exactly stellar, and certainly not something to take on an important overseas trip as your only photo capture device.



Eye-Fi and maybe some of the other WiFi sd cards work with the iPad. Don't need a connection kit

http://www.eye.fi/how-it-works/features/direct-mode


The camera in the new iPad isn't too bad. Debbie has taken some credible snap shots. Yes my Panasonic GF2 is better but an iPad photo is better than no photo at all.


I'd leave the laptop at home to make room for a camera.

Andrew*Debbie
04-24-2012, 09:22 AM
Worth pointing out that the 4G on the iPad does't work in most of Europe. The 3G does.

VIZSLA
04-24-2012, 11:34 AM
Yes, thanks for the catch there. I was thinking "with the camera connection kit" but forgot to type it. As noted above, the iPad camera isn't exactly stellar, and certainly not something to take on an important overseas trip as your only photo capture device.

As for being mugged, I carried my iPad all through Venice and had no issues. I think the chances of being mugged with an iPad are around equal to being mugged for your high-dollar dSLR.

I had steered clear of the connection kit because initially it loaded the entire SD card, dupes and all. Apparently the new iPhoto allows you to select which ones you want to load.
What I don't know yet is if they are loaded as if they were from an iOS devise or not.

mwagner1
05-14-2012, 12:47 PM
As noted above, the iPad camera isn't exactly stellar, and certainly not something to take on an important overseas trip as your only photo capture device.

Agreed...while I have seen some pretty amazing images of people's cats, dogs, kids etc I would never trust ANY tablet (iOS or Android) for valuable images from an ED trip...

When I finally get to do my own ED, I will take my excellent D700 and a few lenses to ensure I get the best images I can.

Cheers,

X3 Skier
05-14-2012, 02:05 PM
With the rumor of a 7" iPad coming out in the fall, I have another reason to hold off on an iPad3. OTOH, my first gen iPad is still more than adequate.

I do use it as an Electronic Flight Bag with check lists, weather, charts and GPS for flying. The 7" version would be better sized for the cockpit. Depends on how the charts look on a 7" screen.

I may get overloaded with i devices! :angel:

Cheers

VIZSLA
05-14-2012, 02:21 PM
With the rumor of a 7" iPad coming out in the fall, I have another reason to hold off on an iPad3. OTOH, my first gen iPad is still more than adequate.

I do use it as an Electronic Flight Bag with check lists, weather, charts and GPS for flying. The 7" version would be better sized for the cockpit. Depends on how the charts look on a 7" screen.

I may get overloaded with i devices! :angel:

Cheers

Don't assume that smaller iPad will be speced the same as the larger ones. Word is that's it's designed down to a price to compete with E readers.

X3 Skier
05-14-2012, 02:48 PM
Don't assume that smaller iPad will be speced the same as the larger ones. Word is that's it's designed down to a price to compete with E readers.

The deal breaker would be a new connector for the charger and accessories like my GPS Receiver. Since my charts and other items like airport diagrams are already "readable" on my 3Gs iPhone, I don't expect the resolution to be a problem. I also assume the apps will be compatible but if not, I can wait for the updates.

I have read the price is to be around $300 which I guess means only 8G of memory (or less ), another deal breaker since Apple has been anti SD card.

Cheers

VIZSLA
05-14-2012, 03:22 PM
The deal breaker would be a new connector for the charger and accessories like my GPS Receiver. Since my charts and other items like airport diagrams are already "readable" on my 3Gs iPhone, I don't expect the resolution to be a problem. I also assume the apps will be compatible but if not, I can wait for the updates.

I have read the price is to be around $300 which I guess means only 8G of memory (or less ), another deal breaker since Apple has been anti SD card.

Cheers

You might want to search Macworld and other Apple sites.

VIZSLA
05-23-2012, 02:32 PM
We just drove from Munich to Mulhouse and on to Paris using the iPad maps app. You don't need a live Internet connection to get your current location but you do need one to download route initially.
It's great to see exactly wher you are instantaneously and know when you've missed a turn but for getting around a city I still prefer the voice cues from my Garmin. Together they make a great pair.

Ucla95
05-27-2012, 01:39 PM
If you have a 4G iPad how much is the data charge while in Europe?

VIZSLA
05-27-2012, 01:49 PM
If you have a 4G iPad how much is the data charge while in Europe?

AT&T sells reasonably priced international data plans. Just remember to turn data off when not in use otherwise you can eat it up unintentionally.

Andrew*Debbie
05-27-2012, 03:44 PM
If you have a 4G iPad how much is the data charge while in Europe?

Same as 3G. The 4G system in the new iPad doesn't work in Europe.

Roguewave
06-25-2012, 10:31 PM
Same as 3G. The 4G system in the new iPad doesn't work in Europe.


We will be driving from Munich to Dusseldorf in early Sept., wonder if my iPad will work the whole way. I use the map feature a bunch when traveling, it allows you to explore the back roads without getting lost ;)

VIZSLA
06-26-2012, 05:45 AM
We will be driving from Munich to Dusseldorf in early Sept., wonder if my iPad will work the whole way. I use the map feature a bunch when traveling, it allows you to explore the back roads without getting lost ;)

Ours worked all the way from Munich to Alsace.
Remember that once you've loaded your route (best done before setting off for the day somewhere there's free wifi) you don't need to keep the wifi on to track your position.

VIZSLA
06-26-2012, 05:48 AM
Is there any reason that I can't set up my own wifi in my hotel room with my Apple Airport modem?
The wired web is free but they charge for in room wifi.

X3 Skier
06-26-2012, 10:46 AM
Is there any reason that I can't set up my own wifi in my hotel room with my Apple Airport modem?
The wired web is free but they charge for in room wifi.

If it works one place it should work anywhere. I use my own portable router in much the same way.

Cheers

VIZSLA
06-26-2012, 12:06 PM
If it works one place it should work anywhere. I use my own portable router in much the same way.

Cheers

Thanks.
I don't know why I think that wifi should be free but I do take (irrational?) offense when a hotel tacks on a fee.

640GC
07-08-2012, 11:30 PM
How do you load maps into the iPad? I know on my iPhone that as I zoom in and out, the images reload over the 3G. Is it different in the iPad?

Can you zoom in and out or do you need to keep the image stationary?

640GC
07-08-2012, 11:33 PM
We just drove from Munich to Mulhouse and on to Paris using the iPad maps app.

We're doing an ED in Sept. with the same route. Pick up in Munich, drop off in Paris, 5 days later.

Very interested to hear about your trip. Types of roads encountered, places you stopped. Quality of the roads, scenery and traffic conditions.

Thanks for any advice.

VIZSLA
07-09-2012, 05:39 AM
How do you load maps into the iPad? I know on my iPhone that as I zoom in and out, the images reload over the 3G. Is it different in the iPad?

Can you zoom in and out or do you need to keep the image stationary?

Usually. There were times when zooming in would result in blank areas though. If you need more detail you can reconnect briefly and reload your map.

We're doing an ED in Sept. with the same route. Pick up in Munich, drop off in Paris, 5 days later.

Very interested to hear about your trip. Types of roads encountered, places you stopped. Quality of the roads, scenery and traffic conditions.

It was almost entirely Autobahn from Munich to the border. Much of it was speed limited due to construction ( keeping the roads safe for speed takes continued maintenance) but there were more than enough unlimited areas to allow for fun.
The French roads, while limited, were traffic and construction free enough to allow a similar average speed.
If you have specific questions let me know.
Bon voyage.
Thanks for any advice.

640GC
07-09-2012, 09:15 AM
How was the traffic traveling through Mulhouse? Sounds like you did all Autobahn driving? We're planning on Alpine road to Lindau, then not sure of route to Burgundy. Looks like Burgundy to Paris is all Autobahn but at slower speed.

VIZSLA
07-09-2012, 09:26 AM
How was the traffic traveling through Mulhouse? Sounds like you did all Autobahn driving? We're planning on Alpine road to Lindau, then not sure if route to Burgundy.

Mulhouse was no problem. Just the usual light city traffic. The German leg was almost all autobahn but in France we did some B roads as well as the Route Nationales.
When planning the trip the two hard points were Munich and Paris. A quick look at a map showed Mulhouse to be an ideal half way stopping point and since I've been dying to see the Schlumph collection for years we booked a room at a chateau in Colmer.
Last time we headed south from Munich through Austria, Lichtenstein, Switzerland and Italy. It was a prettier ride but we wanted to see some new areas this trip. Going south to Paris you leave Germany sooner and miss some autobahn miles but may be worth it.
On this trip we did no sightseeing enroute wanting to maximize our time in Paris so chose what we thought to be the fastest way.