The iPad as an Internet Communications Device

By Bob LeVitus, Edward C. Baig, Bryan Chaffin

Not only is the iPad a stellar media player, but it’s also a full-featured Internet communications device with — we’re about to drop some industry jargon on you — an email client that’s compatible with most POP and IMAP mail services, with support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync. Also onboard is a world-class web browser (Safari) that makes web surfing fun and easy on the eyes, unlike what’s on many mobile devices.

Another cool Internet feature is Maps, a killer mapping app that’s improved in iOS 11. By using GPS (3G or 4G models) or triangulation (Wi-Fi–only models), the iPad can determine your location, let you view maps and satellite imagery, and obtain driving directions and traffic information regardless of where you happen to be. You can also find businesses (such as gas stations, pizza restaurants, hospitals, and Apple Stores) with just a few taps.

And in iOS 11, you can even use Maps to get directions for public transportation in many US cities (and China), with more cities in both countries coming soon.

New in iOS 11 are indoor maps of large spaces such as malls, airports, and transportation hubs. That’s the good news. The bad news is that indoor maps are few and far between so far; only a handful appear, even in big cities.

Maps is useful over Wi-Fi but more useful and more accurate on cellular iPads with 3G or 4G.

The Internet experience on an iPad is far superior to the Internet experience on any other handheld device.