The iPad from Apple is truly one of the most innovative technology devices you will find on the market today. The iPad is truly a computer in an incredibly small package, with 64-bit architecture for lightening fast computing, touch-screen capabilities, and a 10 hour life battery, as well as built-in Wi-Fi capability.
It can be used in a number of ways to communicate with people all around the world, and you can take your choice of text messages, emails, video chat, and other methods. The iPad is an excellent way to maintain relationships with those many miles away while you are away at work, or deployed with the military.
Using the iPad for Video Calls
The iPad by itself cannot make video calls, but you can easily download software that will give it this capability in only a few minutes. Facetime is an app you can download that will allow you to make what are basically cell phone calls with other iPad users.
If you are looking for a free app for communications, you cannot go wrong with Google Voice. Google Voice allows for making and taking phone calls, and can send and receive SMS messages.
The most popular software for video chats, that works with those who are communicating with you from a PC, laptop, desktop, or a Mac, is Skype. Skype can be downloaded for free, and it provides for one of the better video chat experiences you will find in freeware.
Using one of these apps, you can keep in touch with friends and family that are anywhere in the world, and the best part is that it is all free of charge on your end.
Email and Instant Messages with the iPad
The iPad is also very handy for reading and sending emails and instant messages. If you are like the vast majority of people, you also have a laptop or desktop you use for emails and instant messages, and you will want to sync your iPad with them. To sync email accounts on your Mac, or email accounts in Outlook 2010, Outlook 2007, Outlook 2003, or Outlook Express under Windows, connect your iPad to your computer.
Then, select the name of the account you want to sync, and put a check in the checkbox that reads “Sync Mail Accounts.” Now the account settings of your email account have been added to the Mail app of your iPad. Do be aware that this does not transfer any of the messages to your iPad, as those will remain on your primary computer. Messages you send and receive will now appear on both.
Pictures, Videos, and More To Keep You In Touch
Not only is your iPad ideal for sending emails and video chat, it has a powerful camera and video recorder that allows you to take still pictures, and record videos with sound that you can share via email, or by Skype with anyone in the world.
The iPad is the ideal tool to keep in touch with loved ones no matter where they are in the world.