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iPad thoughts part 2 – Included Apps

The iPad really comes alive when you start using the touchscreen and interacting with the OS and applications. The most common layout in landscape mode is the left third of the screen showing a list of some sort while the middle and right thirds show the selected document or view. The Settings app below shows this, with the list of setting groups on the left and the options on the right.

Turning to portrait mode shows the same options squeezed in width for the narrower dimension, while other apps such as Mail show a full screen view with a dropdown list.

The Calender is a huge improvement over the iPhone version, with the larger screen affording a usable month view and dairy styled day view. Adding or editing calender entries is fast using pop-up boxes. Integration with exchange servers works just as well as it does on the iPhone, so my own calenders are hosted with Google and the iPad/iPhone sync with the online versions.

Maps is also greatly improved by the larger screen, without adding any new features. Some form of Google earth integration with 3D view would be nice, though probably asking too much of the iPad’s memory and graphical abilities.

Streetview is one feature that’s let down by the larger screen. The images often look lower quality due to the increased size.

The next two screenshots are of the Photos app. The screenshot ability of the iPad can’t capture the view of expanding one of the photo’s while turning and moving it around the screen. This is a shame as it’s one of the standout demo’s for those wishing to see what the iPad can do. If time permits a video of this will be added.

Videos is similar to Photos, offering a basic but easy to use interface to quickly access video content. One nice feature is being able to choose a chapter for videos, supported when editing in iMovie.

Safari benefits from the increased screen size and offers a nice choice of size versus quantity in portrait and landscape views. The problem is that while easy to use with one or two hands if the iPad is resting on on a surface, it’s not great if held by the bottom two corners. A better interface would have the icons and bookmarks in the bottom left and right corners for easy access without moving your hands.

There’s far more than can be covered in this brief article, so please leave a comment with any other required screenshots.

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  2. David Powell
    February 2, 2013 at 3:31 am

    Hi – I was wondering if I could use your image ipad_included_apps_01.jpg
    I’m webmaster for the North Vancouver City Library and I would like to use it on our new website. Thanks for your consideration

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