PC Magazine editor Zach Honig posted on Twitter that he took his brand new iPad out in the sun in New York City (high temperature that day in NY was 67) and ten minutes later it shut down with the message, "iPad needs to cool down before you can use it."
CNet writes that "The Atlantic's blog did a nice round up of the complaints entitled, 'Techies Fume over iPad's Hidden Weakness.' and adds,
"In fact, the folks over at The Next Web discovered that the iPad's operating temperature is 32 degrees to 95 degrees F (0 to 35 C) when running or up to 113 degrees when off. The same is true for the iPhone, but the iPad, due to its size, appears to attract a lot more heat a lot more quickly."
TheNextWeb published a story titled "Want to use your iPad in the sun? You might have to rethink that."
Report1, Phillip Bowden (Austin, Texas) - photo:
' Was sitting out in the sun for about an hour and iPad showed a temperature warning screen. "ipad needs to cool down..." '
His subsequent tweets:
' a. A little over an hour the first time. Then I let it sit for a minute or two, then it happened again maybe 30 mins later.
b. Actually 4 times. I'm not too worried though. It is Rev-A hardware and it's pretty damn hot in Texas ;) '
Loves his iPad nevertheless so hasn't been that big a problem.
Report2: Elliot Croo (San Diego, Ca) - photo:
' After about 10 minutes in the sun, my iPad overheated! '
' I'm in San Diego, out in the sun. a reboot and moving to the shade fixed it '
KINDLE IN THE SUNLIGHT - for the Kindle-interested tired of me talking about the iPad
From Rich Jaroslovsky for Bloomberg's BusinessWeek:
' I’ve found the iPad’s kryptonite: sunlight. Indoors, the backlit screen works beautifully. When I take the iPad to a terrace at the Bloomberg office or to a park near my home, the screen becomes, ahem, a glaring weakness.
Turns out it’s easier to see my own reflection on the glossy screen than to do a little reading or catch a glimpse of the Real Racing HD course I was hoping to conquer in a prerelease game Apple loaded onto my loaner. Moreover, my fingerprints on the touch screen, which barely register indoors, are thrown into cruel relief by the sun. '
A Kindle for iPad tip from Jaroslovsky:
The Kindle for iPad app is not nearly as nifty as the iBookstore reader (paper-like page turns, text on what looks like a book, and Jaroslovsky adds this info:
' You also lose some of the iPad’s slick book-like experience. Kindle pages slide rather than turn, unless you go into the app’s settings and turn off something called “basic reading mode.” 'Something to try. But then what mode do you get? iPad/Kindle users, let me know.
He has other nitpicks with other aspects, such as a lack of a blue-tooth mouse, which he feels he needs as an option if it is going to replace his netbook.
A STORY ON HAPPY IPAD OWNERS, AND ONE WHO HAS A KINDLE
Here's a story on first-day buyers enthralled with their iPads. It's written by Omar L. Gallaga, for American Statesman, who "spoke to five iPad owners, and all said they love their new devices and have no plans to return them." These were people in line on the first day. I include here the one with a Kindle owner, for Kindle-interested readers.
' Caroline Tang waited for seven hours at the Apple Store at the Domain with her husband, along with hundreds of others, to buy one. It was her husband's birthday, but by the time they got to the front of the line, they decided to buy two.
"After our time investment, we wanted to have the return," Tang said.
She plans to use her iPad to play video games such as her favorite, "Plants vs. Zombies," use social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter and to look up things on Wikipedia while she watches TV or lies in bed.
It won't replace her Amazon Kindle for e-book reading, though. "I tried using the Kindle App on the iPad. It's tougher on your eyes with the glare. When you use a Kindle, it really feels like it's just a book." '
TIPS FOR IPAD OWNERS HAVING WI-FI RECEPTION PROBLEMS
MacFixIt troubleshoots weak or fluctuating Wi-Fi signals - Several ideas here. They don't mention one customer suggestion the other day that helped a lot of iPad owners:
Raise the brightness of the screen display. That worked for a lot of people.
Again, the antenna is on the back of the iPad, behind the logo. When propping it up against something, give it enough space to receive the WiFi signal well.
Also, here is Apple Support Forum's own WiFi discussions, with almost 2,000 messages, more than half of them helping with resolving WiFi reception problems and helping with successful setup.
See the ongoing Guide to finding Free or Low-Cost Kindle books and Sources
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