Very good actually but I have to say that overall I much prefer my laptop.
A very good piece of kit with a brilliant display but it depends on what you want/need it for. It has a great number of features & many useful Apps, a good number of them free. It is very fast when using the internet or eBay etc but the eBay & iTunes screen displays, for instance, are not in my view presented at all as usefully or conveniently as they appear on a laptop computer. Surprisingly the iPad lacks some obvious features that Apple should most certainly have included. First, it can only print to a compatible Airprint printer so many people buying an iPad will also have to fork out for a compatible printer. It also lacks a USB port &, astonishingly no memory card slot(s) either. I have found nothing on or for the iPad that compares with the facilities Microsoft Word offers. I do a lot of photography & I see nothing on, or for, the iPad either that compares with the photographic handling programs I have on my laptop. If you do prepare a document on the iPad's built-in rather poor Notes App, with no Airprint printer, you will have to send your document to your laptop/desktop to print it. The same with photographs or anything else, like received attachments you want to print. A simple alternative is to photograph the iPad screen with a digital camera & then put the camera's memory card in your computer to print it! The iPad camera, even on the 3rd generation model, is not that brilliant & the movie facility is handy but similarly, is nothing to write home about. I'll stick to my Lumix digital camera for photos & HD quality video. If you want to explore all the iPad features you will have to download the user's manual & I found that takes a LOT of paper! I have to say that my wife absolutely loves her iPad but I am less enamoured with mine & I am sorry to have to report that I very much prefer my Compaq laptop for all-round convenient use & as a workstation. That said I will take it on foreign holidays for internet, Skype & some Apps use. It will be great for that. I won't use it as a reader as I already have a Kindle. You can buy a very convenient wifi keyboard that also serves as a protective case that covers the front but the result is a bit heavier than I expected. You can buy a device that you can plug in to use memory cards etc but you shouldn't have to do that. Also, if you sync your iPad to a keyboard you have to unsync it before you can sync it to anything else! One important tip, if you buy a 2nd hand one, ensure that all photos are deleted first because any photos downloaded onto an iPad (from a computer) can, very strangely, only be deleted via the original owner's computer! Whether that is true of documents I am not sure. All in all, I actually do like a lot about my iPad but as you will guess, I will certainly be keeping my laptop!Read full review