Take a few minutes to get acquainted with its hardware features...

1. Turning on iPad
The iPad Sleep/Wake button is the small, black button at the top right-hand corner of the iPad. It is one of the few hardware buttons on the iPad and is primarily used to put the iPad to sleep or to wake it up. Because it is used to put the iPad into a suspended mode, the Sleep/Wake button is sometimes referred to as the suspend button or the hold button.

In addition to putting the iPad to sleep or waking it up when you are ready to use it, the Sleep/Wake button is used to reboot the iPad by holding it down for several seconds. Once held down, the iPad will respond by requesting you to verify by sliding power off button across the screen. After the iPad has fully powered down, it can be turned back on by pressing the Sleep/Wake button again.

2. Home Button

3. Front Camera. The iPad 2 has two cameras: a 0.3-megapixel VGA front-facing camera; and a 0.7-megapixel camera located on the rear of the tablet. The front-facing camera is primarily designed for FaceTime conversation, but can also shoot SD video and 640-by-480-pixel stills.

4. Back Camera. The second of the iPad 2’s cameras is located along the back of the device, in the upper left corner. This 0.7-megapixel camera shoots 720p HD video and 720-by-960-pixel stills, and can be used for FaceTime conversation, quick movie-making, or a still shot or two. The software offers a tap-to-focus feature and a 5x digital zoom. Sadly, the quality is largely below that of a point-and-shoot camera or the iPhone 4.
5. Built-in Speaker. You’ll find a speaker on the bottom right edge of the iPad 2 (when facing forward). It will play anything that makes noise on your iPad, including music, video, or app sounds. Because the iPad has just one speaker, it only outputs mono (single-channel) sound. You can also connect the iPad to third-party speakers via the headphone jack, Bluetooth, or the dock-connector port.
6. Microphone The iPad’s internal microphone is on the top center edge of the device, right above the front-facing camera. You can use it to record audio in any app that supports audio recording. M 3G Antenna (3G iPad only) For optimal reception, the 3G antenna in your iPad is at the top of the device, housed under a black plastic shield.

7. Open Multitask Pane
Just double-click the Home Button

8. Create folders
iOS now supports folders. To create a folder all you need to do is tap and hold on an app until they all start to jiggle, then drag the app over another icon and release. Your iPad will create a folder with both the apps in. The folder will be named according to the category of the apps it contains, but you can rename it as you like.ipad1.jpg

9. Access all running apps
Double-clicking the Home button shows you all the apps that are running on your iPad in a bar along the bottom of the screen. To switch to a running app just tap on it here in this bar. Just swipe the screen downwards to remove this bar.


10. Quick volume mute
When the iPad first launched, there was no dedicated mute button anywhere on the device. However, with iOS 4.3 Apple has given you the choice of using the lock switch to mute the sound or lock the iPad's orientation. Either way, a good tip for quickly muting your iPad is to press and hold the Volume-down button.


11. Take an iPad screenshot
You can take a screenshot on your iPad by pressing Home and then the Sleep/Wake button. The screen will flash and you'll hear a click, indicating that a photo has been taken. Your screen shots are saved automatically in your Photos gallery. Here, you can view or email them as you see fit.

12. Photo Booth fun
Sure, you're great, but Photo Booth is even more fun if you point it at friends or family. Simply tap the 'twirly camera' icon in the bottom right. to use the camera on the back You can also snap stills by hitting the shutter button, but Photo Booth doesn't do video.


FaceTime Calling

In order to use iPad 2 FaceTime you have to activate it first and you do this with your AppleID. If you do not have an AppleID you can get one for free when you open FaceTime. Additionally, each person needs to have Facetime either on their iPad 2, iPhone, or on their Mac for the video to work.
When you have an AppleID you will sign in to FaceTime using that ID and this will be the same address that others will use to call you on iPad 2 FaceTime. You can also tap on Settings and then FaceTime to see what your ID is and turn FaceTime on or off.


13. Zoom in on websites
You can zoom in on any website by pinching out with two fingers on the screen. This also makes it easier to select words and tap links. To zoom out again, just pinch in with two fingers. Double-tap on any text or image to auto-zoom so it fills the screen


14. Open Safari links in a new page
You can open links in a new Safari window, rather than always opening them in the current one. Just tap and hold on the link and a pop-over menu appears giving you the option to open the link in a new page.


15. Find text on a page
You can search for a particular word on an open page in Safari. Type your word into the Google search box. You'll see a list of suggestions appear, and near the bottom you'll see "On This Page", showing how many times that word appears on the page. Tap the Find option to go to the first instance of the word.


16. Finding apps
With over 40,000 iPad apps and many more compatible iPhone apps, you wouldn't think finding an app would be difficult. But like finding a needle in a haystack, it is that very popularity that can sometimes make it difficult to find the good apps.
One great way to find quality apps is to use Google rather than searching the App Store directly. For example,if you want to find the best puzzle games, doing a search on Google for "best iPad games"will yield better results than going through page after page of apps in the App

Store. Simply go to Google and put "best ipad" followed by the type of app you are interested in finding. Once you've targeted a particular app, you can search for it in the App Store. (And many lists will contain a link directly to the app in the App Store.)
But Google won't always yield the best results, so here are a few other tips for finding great apps:
  1. Featured Apps. The first tab on the toolbar at the bottom of the App Store is for featured apps. Apple has chosen these apps as the best of their kind, so you know they are of higher quality. In addition to the featured apps, you'll be able to see the new and noteworthy list and the Apple staff favorites.
  2. Top Charts. While popularity doesn't always mean quality, it's a great place to look. The Top Charts are divided into multiple categories that you can choose from the top-right side of the App Store. Once you've chosen the category, you can show more than the top 10 free and paid apps by touching where it says "Show More" below the list items.
  3. Sort By Customer Rating. No matter where you are in the App Store, you can always search for an app by typing into the search box in the top-right corner. By default, your results will sort by 'most relevant', which might help you to find a specific app, but doesn't take into account quality. A good way to find the better apps is to choose to sort by "Customer Rating". Remember to look at both the rating and how many times it has been rated. A 4-star app that has been rated 100 times is far more reliable than a 5-star app that has only been rated 6 times.

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