iPad Information

Southeast Area Cooperative’s tech guru, Quint Pease, has added a handful of informative videos and posts to his blog to help answer any questions you may have regarding using your iPad. Please check out his blog – My Tech Life iPad 2 Edition.

In addition to information on the basic usage of your iPad, the blog also contains information on useful apps and has a link to the iPad user guide.

“Asked a friend for a newspaper. He told me to get with the times, and handed me his iPad. That fly never saw it coming!”

Skype vs. FaceTime- a quick review

Have you tried Skype for iPad? If not, this is a great communication app that has been around for years on computers and other devices. Here’s a link to the app: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/skype-for-ipad/id442012681?mt=8


Facetime is another good video conferencing app. However, you will be limited to others who have Macintosh or iOS devices like iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch devices. In my testing to compare the video quality between the two apps I found that the person on the other side was not always audible and the video was a bit fuzzy at times with FaceTime. However, this problem may have been directly related to a slow internet speed. You can find the Facetime app here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/facetime/id414307850?mt=12


My verdict: Skype wins. Why? You can have Skype on mobile phones, desktop computers, most Android devices, on multiple operating systems and the video is phenomenal, not to mention the chat feature. Also, you can use this to make calls to landline and mobile phones world-wide (extra cost). Both apps let you talk free to any other FaceTime or Skype user and there are no limitations for talk time. Both apps have great potential for meeting with coworkers at a distance and would work great for giving presentations with screen sharing capabilities and webcam viewing.

-Review by Quint Pease