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The Apple iPad: Things You Might Not Know

Updated on April 07, 2011

First let me start out by saying that I'm not a computer expert or a techno-geek. My computer knowledge is about a 5 on a scale of 1 to 10. Now that I've said that you'll see that in this article my computer "language" is very basic.

The iPad. I love it! I use it every day. Some say it's just a larger version of an iPod. I don't know. I've never had an iPod. But I will say that it is about as close to a laptop computer as I've ever imagined.

I have learned though, that there are some basic limitations that I want to share with you that you may or may not know about. These are just basic and only for the stuff I use. 

Out of the Box

You bought your new iPad. You're excited! You want to use it. You want to play with this new gadget. You take it home, open the box, turn it on. Nothing! Just a screen that tells you to connect to iTunes. What an iBummer!

You actually have to hook up your new iPad to a computer and set it up through iTunes before you can use it. And, if you don't have an iTunes account you have to set one up.

Adobe Flash

Apparently Adobe Flash will not operate on an Apple product. So if you venture on to a website that has Adobe Flash, it won't play. And for Facebook fans that's ok. But guess what? That means no Farmville. Farmville uses Adobe.


But wait! There is hope! Zynga, the makers of Farmville made an iPad App that you can download and play Farmville. It's a nice app and easy to use, but it has limitations. You can't see your ribbons and medals. And you can only send and receive gifts to other iPad users and iPhone users. But you can visit the farms of all of your neighbors


If you use Gmail, iPad has a nice app installed on your iPad to access your account very easily. When you open it up, all of your settings are there. Your contacts are there, and your labels are there. But you can't add new labels. Even if you use the Safari browser on the iPad to access your account, it loads the mobile version of Gmail. And the mobile version won't let you add labels either.


You can visit Hubpages with the iPad Safari browser or you can download the Hubpages app. Both are great. Now if you are a Hubpages writer, there is a problem. You can only post your articles using Safari, but you have to copy and paste from the Notes app that comes with the iPad. The real problem is you can't post photos in your articles or profile. With the Hubpages app, you can load photos to your album, but can't get them into your articles. Plus you can't write articles using the app.

Now rumor has it that Hubpages is coming out with an app for writers, but I haven't heard a date.

Despite all of this, I still love my iPad!


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