Are iPads just a stylish gadget or do they have substance?

- Accessories, Fashion

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Although tablet computers have been around since the 1990s, it was Apple’s 2010 iPad that brought them into the mainstream. Today, tablets are almost ubiquitous. Easy to carry, hold, and use, they have a wide range of applications, from checking email and playing games on the move to surfing the internet in bed.

Apple had the lion’s share of the market at the start of the tablet boom, but other manufacturers are catching up, with Android and Windows units selling fast. Apple is no longer seen as an innovator in the field, and fans of the iPad may find themselves accused of following fashion. The lack of file storage, inability to take a USB flash drive, and the association of iPads with hipster culture have all contributed to this image.

Avoid the fashion victim pitfall by doing some research into how different tablets suit your needs before you buy. If you want to use your tablet for work, you may prefer a Windows device which runs slimmed-down versions of Microsoft’s operating system and software. If you do a lot of typing, it may be worth investing in a convertible notebook with a keyboard, like the Microsoft Surface.

However, if you are already a Mac user at home, you may find that the iPad fits perfectly into your family of computers. Using iCloud, you can easily share files, emails and music between devices.

There are thousands of downloadable apps for tablets, many of them free. If you’re keen to get a tablet for one particular purpose, make sure the software you need is available for that operating system.

The new iPad’s Retina display makes it superb for viewing movies and photos, and for use as an e-reader. If reading books is a top priority, though, consider the Kindle Fire instead.

Far from being a fashion accessory, Apple’s iPad is a powerful tool for work and play. Just make sure you’re buying for the right reasons. And remember, the right reasons can include choosing the tablet that you think looks and feels nicest. After all, you’ll be carrying it around with you.

This is a guest post, all opinions are my own.

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8 Comments

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    KizzyDoll
    November 22, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    I think they sound interesting, but like you said some research should be put into it before just buying one! Have a great weekend doll xx

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      Rachel
      November 22, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      Thank you darling, you too! And yes, I think just as with everything, especially something pricey, doing research is always worth it!

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    ash
    November 22, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    I prefer my ipad for social things and my macbook air pro for work from home. At my actually job I like good old fashioned windows. The kids are getting nabi’s for their birthday and I believe those are droid based. Research is key!

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    Jacy
    November 22, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    I don’t own a tablet yet and work from my Macbook Pro for now. However, I find myself drawn to the ‘chic’ image of the iPad, even though it’s lacking so many things competing tablets have! I know when I get a tablet that it will be more logical for me to get one with USB, storage and a lower price…but I will have to see :)

    ~Jacy

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    lauriel
    November 22, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Good points to consider when looking at tablets! I actually think that the iPad (specifically, the upcoming mini) is the perfect solution as an e-reader. I’ve tried several versions of the Kindle (most recently, the Paperwhite), and I’ve been so disappointed by 1) the lack of text resolution (it’s *okay*, but I’d love to see completely crisp lines..) and 2) the flickering that happens ever ~3 pages that you turn. It actually makes me physically nauseous. (I’m also easily prone to motion sickness.)

    So, I’m super-excited about the iPad mini, since I’m an avid reader and would obsessively use an e-reader if a great option exists. :)

    ~ lauriel

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    Red Tag Chic Los Angeles
    November 23, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    I’ve asked that a thousand times before I bought one….because come to think of it if you have a laptop & an iPhone, an iPad seems quite unnecessary. But it’s brought me a lot of fun….so what the heck…LOL!!!

    Rebecca
    http://www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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    Ioana
    December 23, 2013 at 6:06 AM

    Hello!Can you please tell me what s the name of the blogger in the picture?
    Thanks . :)

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      Rachel
      December 26, 2013 at 9:06 AM

      Hey! It is actually Victoria Beckham! :)

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