I still think Siri was a fine addition to family of features in the iPhone 4S, but as far as the iPad is concerned, it does not make much of a sense to me. A smartphone is an advised thing to carry with you on a morning jog or stroll through the park in the evening. So, it makes a lot of the sagacity to include Siri, the gorgeous virtual assistant, in the phone when you cannot use your hands. But, carrying an iPad with you while jogging is not only stupidity, it’s physically impossible.

Gratefully, iPad thinks the way I think. There is no Siri to compel you to make a laughing stock out of you talking to a slate. However, to make life easier, Apple has included voice-to-text dictation feature, Siri’s niece in that domain.

If you want to find nearby sushi restaurants, you’re going to have to search for the answer online, like a neanderthal.

Still, the addition of voice dictation is a welcome feature, and it can be handy for composing quick e-mails and bypassing the touch-screen keyboard when searching for information online. Its accuracy leaves a little to be desired, though. Just like autocorrected typing, the iPad’s dictation isn’t infallible.

Let’s not forget all the features that made the first two iPads unbeatable. If you’ve ever used an iPhone or iPod Touch, the new iPad will feel immediately familiar. Out of the box, you get many of the iPhone’s capabilities, including Apple-designed apps for Web browsing, e-mail, maps, photos, music, video, and YouTube. More apps can be installed using the built-in App Store software or by connecting the iPad to iTunes via your computer using the included cable. If you already own apps purchased for an iPhone or iPod Touch, you can transfer these apps to the iPad, as well.

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