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iPad Users Information

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FAQs for iPad Users

How do I use my Nazareth Zimbra mail account on my iPad?

Opening Zimbra in Safari on a mobile device such as an iPad or iPhone is not the most effective way of reading or writing email. You can set up Zimbra to open through the native Mail App by following these steps:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Open Mail, Contacts, Calendars...
  3. Select "Add an Account"
  4. Select "Microsoft Exchange"
  5. For Server enter:
  6. For your email address be sure to use your address
  7. Enter your Zimbra username and password
  8. Leave the Domain blank
  9. Done

If you have other email accounts you can set them up in Mail as well, and when you open Mail, you will be given a choice of opening any one of the email accounts or all. Although your Zimbra mail will look quite different, it will be fully functional. If you need access to your Zimbra calendar, open the Calendar App, your contacts, open the Contacts App.

You can also view your Zimbra in Safari, but you should select the Mobile version prior to logging in.

How do I display my iPad screen on a screen in a lab or smart room?

You must connect the iPad to the projector in the room as you would connect a laptop, via the cable provided. If you have an iPad1, this requires the Apple VGA Adapter (purchased separately for about $29). However, the iPad1 has very limited capabilities and there are only a few apps that can be mirrored on the big screen.

The iPad2, however, is a completely different story. With its VGA Adapter (purchased separately $39), once the device is plugged in, everything displayed on your iPad will be mirrored on the big screen. It is that simple.

However, if you are using a Smartboard, you will not be able to connect the iPad to the Smartboard because there is no USB port on the iPad. So the iPad image will display perfectly well on the Smartboard but the board itself will not have the interactive touch screen features. You would use the touch screen of the iPad instead.

It is also possible to do this wirelessly, but that requires the purchase of an Apple TV device ($99). Connecting Apple TV to the cables in the smart room or lab makes the iPad a wireless device, and any other iPads in the room can also access the Apple TV to display their images as well.

I'm considering purchasing an iPad. Which one do I need?

There are two basic categories: Wi-Fi and WiFi+3G.
Wi-Fi alone enables all of the functionality of the iPad as long as it is used in a location where there is a Wi-Fi connection. Without a Wi-Fi connection the device cannot connect to the internet and it use will be limited to those things that can be done without being online.

Wi-Fi+3G means that if you pay AT&T or Verizon for a monthly data plan (separate from any you may already have for a cell phone), you will be able to access the internet anywhere you have cellular service. The device will still be able to use any available Wi-Fi connection, but when one is not available, such as when in your car, it will connect via your cellular service to the internet.

Obviously, the Wi-Fi alone will be the least expensive to purchase and operate, starting at under $500. The Wi-Fi+3G not only starts at about $150 more, but you need to purchase the monthly cellular plan to take advantage of the 3G service. Without the 3G service, your iPad still works perfectly well as a Wi-Fi device. If you may have an intermittent need to use your iPad where there will be no Wi-Fi available for extended periods, it might be worth the extra money to purchase the 3G version. Otherwise, if it is unlikely that this will be the case, the Wi-Fi alone is probably all that you will need.

The other options are 16, 32 or 64GB. The iPad in not like a laptop or desktop computer where you need a great deal of storage space for all of the applications and files that you accumulate. Most everything will be stored remotely and accessed via the web, so unless you intend to be a power user with a massive number of Apps or use it in a unique way that would require the need for a larger storage capability, the lower end would likely be sufficient, considering you are adding about $100 more for each upgrade.

What is the iCloud?

iCloud is the new service available (free for the base level) from Apple that enables you to store and access your content on their servers-the iCloud. This replaces the need in many cases for directly connecting a mobile device to a computer to transfer and access files. With an iCloud account all of your Apple devices and Macs (running Lion) are accessing the same content, so there is no need to worry about synching devices or repeatedly uploading and downloading files. You can read more about iCloud and view a video the demonstrates how this works. More Info

What are some good accessories for the iPad?

That depends on how you plan to use your iPad.

  • A Bluetooth wireless keyboard - there are many on the market and are a must if you plan to do much text entry or editing. The onscreen keyboard is fully functional but can be awkward for extensive use. Apple sells their own keyboard, but there are some other very unique choices on the market that may be more to your liking. See what others are using before buying one.
  • VGA Adapter or HDMI Adapter. If you plan to display your screen in a lab or smart room the VGA is what you will need. Connecting to a HDTV will give better results with the HDMI connector. Both are under $40.
  • Screen Guard: protect your screen with a transparent covering. Many on the market at a wide range of prices.
  • Camera Connection Kit: Two pieces - one enables connecting your digital camera directly to the iPad to upload pictures from the camera while the other enables you to plug in your SD card from the camera into the iPad. Both accomplish the same thing, getting your pictures off the camera on to the iPad.
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