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samira
March 20, 2011, 11:29 PM
I am thinking of getting an ipad2 (with wi-fi only) for my parents in Bangladesh. I know we don't have wi-fi at our home, but can we set it up? Sorry I am a little out of touch in this regard, but will it work there? Any information will be highly appreciated.

Zeeshan
March 21, 2011, 01:01 AM
Good thread. Always wanted to do. :)

ammark
March 21, 2011, 01:25 AM
if you make the effort, yes.

What you'll need:

1. proper 24-hr internet connection
2. WiFi router (Tk.3900 for a Netgear at IDB Bhaban)

goru
March 21, 2011, 02:28 AM
LOL, why would wireless connections NOT work in BD? Plenty of people using wireless routers (at least around my neighborhood).

But just to assure you, my mom is using an iPad (1)... she has BDCOM connection which I plugged into a wireless router that I took home a couple of years ago (Netgear wireless-N). Of course, the Internet service goes out every time the power goes out (this may be different for your area). One thing you should make sure is that you don't leave the wireless network unsecure (if you don't know what this means, talk to the ISP guys and they'll gladly take care of that for you).

The question I did have though was whether an iPad with 3G would be of any use in Dhaka. In general, I don't see any point of 3G with iPad. If you really need to use 3G to get online, just get a mobile hotspot generator device... like myfi. But I couldn't get a clear answer on whether I could just get a data SIM in Dhaka and use it with the 3G hotspot generator.

Abirz
March 21, 2011, 03:43 AM
Why would anyone want an Ipad2?! It's like a over-sized Iphone, and it doesnt even make calls. DOnt waste your money on this, it does nothing

http://deadwildroses.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/ipad-fail.jpg

Read about what the Ipad is good for here:
http://thejot.wordpress.com/2010/01/27/why-the-ipad-is-a-piece-of-****-and-why-my-laptop-and-netbook-are-better/

Roni_uk
March 21, 2011, 05:03 AM
^^ I can't wait till I get my iPad2 - comes out this Friday (hopefully). So stop messing with my minds :).. HPTC1100 cannot be as good as iPAD just because it has headphone jack/vdo output, SD slot etc etc. The user interface/experience in iPAD2 is second to none, not to mention about the number of apps it suppots and also FYI - you can do all that in iPAD2 too but need adapters. I cannot imagine HTC1100 producing 1080p quality vdo output to TV. well it can't coz in 2003, the technology did not exist.

re: WiFi - I know in dhaka airport, WiFI is available. This means there are wiFi hotspots but very limited. This also means you can have Wifi at home and if you do, ofcourse iPAD2 will work with BD wiFi.

PS: there is another thread I opened re: Gadget Talk. I think this should be part of that :)

Zeeshan
March 21, 2011, 07:06 AM
Still trying to figure out what part of OP's post had a LOL-factor in it.

goru
March 21, 2011, 07:24 AM
I found the original iPad to be useless for myself (it was a gift). All I was doing was playing games on it... which are actually quite good (Infinity Blade, Plants vs Zombies, Rage HD, etc).

I was pleased to see that the iPad2 actually had front and back cameras (IMO, iPad 1 should have had them). Since I Skype a lot, this was actually a good selling point for me. However, according to reviews, the picture quality is crap and mostly "unusable" for anything of value. It will probably still be good enough for Skype, but I still find it annoying that they couldn't put in some decent cameras.

goru
March 21, 2011, 07:26 AM
Still trying to figure out what part of OP's post had a LOL-factor in it.

I bet you'd LOL if the question was "Can I use my knife and fork in Bangladesh?"

Roni_uk
March 21, 2011, 07:54 AM
I found the original iPad to be useless for myself (it was a gift). All I was doing was playing games on it... which are actually quite good (Infinity Blade, Plants vs Zombies, Rage HD, etc).

I was pleased to see that the iPad2 actually had front and back cameras (IMO, iPad 1 should have had them). Since I Skype a lot, this was actually a good selling point for me. However, according to reviews, the picture quality is crap and mostly "unusable" for anything of value. It will probably still be good enough for Skype, but I still find it annoying that they couldn't put in some decent cameras.

Agreed iPAD1 was pretty useless but you won't be able to use Skype on iPAD2 - you got to use facetime. i.e. you can vdo chat to those who have iphone4 or ipad2.

Abirz
March 21, 2011, 08:55 AM
I think the IPad is just good for web browsing, but I dont get what's it actually used for,and it's so expensive too, the IPad2 is already here in hong kong( we get everything earlier here) I saw the price and my jaws literally dropped on the floor, around hkd $10,000, I was like 10 grand for this?! Lol, you can get a MacBook pro for a little more cash

Ps, I can use skype even on my iPod touch 4g which I got for around hkd $1700, you're telling me you can't use skype on an ipad2?! lol what else can I say :P
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goru
March 21, 2011, 08:59 AM
Agreed iPAD1 was pretty useless but you won't be able to use Skype on iPAD2 - you got to use facetime. i.e. you can vdo chat to those who have iphone4 or ipad2.

I'm sure they'll make it available. Skype video chat does work on iPhone4, AFAIK.

http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/get-skype/on-your-mobile/download/iphone-for-skype/

Abirz
March 21, 2011, 09:03 AM
How fast is the wireless Internet in Bangladesh?! I remember I used my cousins pc once when I went to bd and The internet speed was torture, seriously, it was crap
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goru
March 21, 2011, 09:19 AM
How fast is the wireless Internet in Bangladesh?! I remember I used my cousins pc once when I went to bd and The internet speed was torture, seriously, it was crap
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If you are talking about wireless broadband, I heard these guys provide decent speed service these days: http://www.qubee.com.bd

From my experience, it's just sufficient for normal browsing / email checking. Any serious amount of downloading - forget about it.

However, I think the OP was asking about setting up a wifi network at home to use whatever Internet service they get there.

Abirz
March 21, 2011, 09:44 AM
If you are talking about wireless broadband, I heard these guys provide decent speed service these days: http://www.qubee.com.bd

From my experience, it's just sufficient for normal browsing / email checking. Any serious amount of downloading - forget about it.

However, I think the OP was asking about setting up a wifi network at home to use whatever Internet service they get there.

Your home wifi network speed depends on the main internet connection speed connected to the wireless router and also the wireless router ofcorse(you wanna get one that supports wifi n), usually the download speeds for wireless wifi is significantly less than what you'd get if you had connected the wire directly into the pc, which is already really bad from what ive experienced in bd
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Nasif
March 21, 2011, 10:13 AM
I cannot imagine HTC1100 producing 1080p quality vdo output to TV. well it can't coz in 2003, the technology did not exist.

1080p actually did exist, it was developed even long ago. Just because mass market is catching up now, doesn't mean it was just invented. . We had our first 1080p HDTV in 2003.

That doesn't mean the HP machine had hd output.

And, yes, iPad is oversized iPhone. Useless for what I want from a tablet. Go with Galaxy or other Android based system. I would even go with upcoming Win7 tablets.

goru
March 21, 2011, 10:16 AM
Your home wifi network speed depends on the main internet connection speed connected to the wireless router and also the wireless router ofcorse(you wanna get one that supports wifi n), usually the download speeds for wireless wifi is significantly less than what you'd get if you had connected the wire directly into the pc, which is already really bad from what ive experienced in bd
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You could have just asked about Internet connection speeds in BD in general then, which there is a whole thread about - http://www.banglacricket.com/alochona/showthread.php?t=34404

Umm, given the speeds of the average BD ISP, your wifi network speed is not really gonna matter much (unless you are doing transfers between computers inside the network). Your wifi network won't be the bottleneck when accessing the Internet.

Abirz
March 21, 2011, 11:16 AM
For anyone considering to buy an IPad, read this article first

Why the Ipad is a piece of **** and why my laptop and netbook are better
http://thejot.wordpress.com/2010/01/27/why-the-ipad-is-a-piece-of-****-and-why-my-laptop-and-netbook-are-better/

Abirz
March 21, 2011, 11:25 AM
http://mytechknowledge.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/ipad-vs-stone1.jpg

Abirz
March 21, 2011, 11:26 AM
http://ifaglet.com/FM3YF.jpg

Abirz
March 21, 2011, 11:28 AM
http://www.worsttech.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/xoom-vs-ipad1.jpg

Abirz
March 21, 2011, 11:34 AM
And guess whats new on the IPad 2, they updated the processor and added 2 cameras to it...big deal, such a pathetic product, apple always does this s**t, they add 1 or 2 things and bam! A new product!
Similar, for the Iphone 4, whats changed from the Iphone 3gs? A better disply and processor, plus the added 2 cameras and video calling, which was already available in hk from 2002, but still I think the display on the Iphone 4 is awsome so maybe its worth it but the IPad...its a total waste according to me

Abirz
March 21, 2011, 11:37 AM
http://www.journaldugeek.com/files/2010/02/ipad-funny.jpg'

And Now it makes calls too!

Abirz
March 21, 2011, 11:39 AM
http://i50.tinypic.com/atm1hx.jpg

Abirz
March 21, 2011, 11:41 AM
http://cuongdang.info/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/ipad_vs_notebook.jpg

Abirz
March 21, 2011, 11:42 AM
Introducing the IPad nano

http://cdn.imgfave.com/image_cache/1275678165942725.jpeg

Nasif
March 21, 2011, 11:54 AM
http://mytechknowledge.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/ipad-vs-stone1.jpg

Best one!:lol:

Roni_uk
March 21, 2011, 02:02 PM
then how do u explain this:

iPad 2 will keep Apple top of the tablet market, says Gartner
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/mar/21/ipad-2-tablet-apps-apple

&

Fights break out in Apple store lines between customers and scalpers desperate for an iPad 2
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1367959/iPad-2-fights-break-Apple-store-lines-customers-scalpers.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

You will never see ppl queuing up to pick up a galaxy!

Sovik
March 21, 2011, 02:39 PM
I am gonna have my hands on some iPad 2 tomorrow. We will be selling them from friday.

Ehsan
March 21, 2011, 02:48 PM
then how do u explain this:

iPad 2 will keep Apple top of the tablet market, says Gartner
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/mar/21/ipad-2-tablet-apps-apple

&

Fights break out in Apple store lines between customers and scalpers desperate for an iPad 2
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1367959/iPad-2-fights-break-Apple-store-lines-customers-scalpers.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

You will never see ppl queuing up to pick up a galaxy!

Steve Jobs sells anything. Give that stone tablet to Jobs, and he will still sell it. He just fools people with his marketing skills, strategy, and shiny looking products. Not everything apple comes up with is a 'revolutionary device'.

Ehsan
March 21, 2011, 02:59 PM
And, yes, iPad is oversized iPhone. Useless for what I want from a tablet. Go with Galaxy or other Android based system. I would even go with upcoming Win7 tablets.

Honeycomb tablets are far better choice. Yes, they don't have a lot of native honeycomb apps at the moment, but they will be coming. I actually started liking HP WebOS 3.0. It looks pretty decent for what you want from a tablet. Blackberry Playbook is probably not too far behind from them. Apple needs to play the catching game here.

The only complain I have about Win 7 Slates is their battery life. Asus Eee Slate EP121 looked really nice and powerful, but only 3.5 hrs of battery life. I am looking forward to Motion Computing cl900. Yes, it has an atom processor but it will have 8-hr batter life.

ammark
March 21, 2011, 03:18 PM
The question I did have though was whether an iPad with 3G would be of any use in Dhaka. In general, I don't see any point of 3G with iPad. If you really need to use 3G to get online, just get a mobile hotspot generator device... like myfi. But I couldn't get a clear answer on whether I could just get a data SIM in Dhaka and use it with the 3G hotspot generator.

Interesting. What is this 3G hotspot generator you speak of?

The Ipad 3G is high on many people's wish list because they see grandiose visions of fiddling with their Ipads, possibly streaming pr0n, while stuck in Dhaka traffic. Beyond that there isnt any comprehensible reason why Ipad 3G>WiFi.

*Do note that BD doesnt have any commercial 3G mobile operations yet.

And I've played with an Ipad - really smooth and fun. But utterly and completely useless for my needs! I'm going for an HTC Desire HD! Wont need no stinking tablet when I have a laptop and a kickass Android phone.

goru
March 21, 2011, 04:58 PM
Interesting. What is this 3G hotspot generator you speak of?


Sorry, I didn't mean "3G hotspot" generator. I meant a mobile wifi router that can use 3G for Internet connection.

Just to be clear, devices such as this one (this can be easily unlocked):
http://www.three.co.uk/Mobile_Broadband/MiFi

A lot of people here also just use wifi tethering via their iPhones (i.e. iPhone has 3G connection for Internet, then the iPhone acts as a wireless router over its wifi... so you can just connect to it from iPad/laptop via wifi just like you would to a normal wireless router).

But utterly and completely useless for my needs! I'm going for an HTC Desire HD! Wont need no stinking tablet when I have a laptop and a kickass Android phone.

HTC Desire, IMHO, is the best value smart phone out there right now.

Abirz
March 22, 2011, 12:25 AM
Yea it really surprises me when I see people lining up to buy IPads, some people will buy anything Mac releases, the Mac fan boys, lol , but still , I guess the IPad is great for Web browsing, the biggest problem is, it's no different than a enlarged IPod touch
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Abirz
March 22, 2011, 01:13 AM
HTC Desire, IMHO, is the best value smart phone out there right now.

Yea right now that would be one of the best, but if you're gonna buy a smartphone, i'd recommend you wait, there's a lot of rumours about the Iphone 5 coming out and I've seen the new Samsung Galaxy S2 coming out later this year, the thinnest smartphone ever plus it's dual core. Takes 1080p HD video, 8mp camera, 16gb internal drive with sd card slot, it's supersmooth and fast for multitasking cox of the dual core, check it out
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mac
March 22, 2011, 01:33 AM
Yea right now that would be one of the best, but if you're gonna buy a smartphone, i'd recommend you wait, there's a lot of rumours about the Iphone 5 coming out and I've seen the new Samsung Galaxy S2 coming out later this year, the thinnest smartphone ever plus it's dual core. Takes 1080p HD video, 8mp camera, 16gb internal drive with sd card slot, it's supersmooth and fast for multitasking cox of the dual core, check it out
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Yeah,my galaxy s is getting old :-(
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samira
March 22, 2011, 01:05 PM
if you make the effort, yes.

What you'll need:

1. proper 24-hr internet connection
2. WiFi router (Tk.3900 for a Netgear at IDB Bhaban)

Appreciate the to the point answer. My concern is whether ipad2 with wifi only will work 'properly' (key word here) in Dhaka so that we can video chat using skype and so forth smoothly with good sound and video quality. Last time I was in Dhaka, I did not have a good experience with browsing, let alone video chatting. To ensure optimum performance which provider should I go for?


To those who have made constructive contribution to this thread, thanks a lot! As for going for something else other than ipad2, I believe for our purposes, ipad2 will do the job just fine.

goru
March 22, 2011, 01:59 PM
Appreciate the to the point answer. My concern is whether ipad2 with wifi only will work 'properly' (key word here) in Dhaka so that we can video chat using skype and so forth smoothly with good sound and video quality. Last time I was in Dhaka, I did not have a good experience with browsing, let alone video chatting. To ensure optimum performance which provider should I go for?


To those who have made constructive contribution to this thread, thanks a lot! As for going for something else other than ipad2, I believe for our purposes, ipad2 will do the job just fine.

If Skyping is all you want to do, then iPad2 is complete waste of money. Get them a decent netbook instead. Two major benefits:

1) You can plug in an ethernet cable directly to the netbook (if that is what your ISP provides coming into your house), instead of needing a wifi router.

2) You could use USB modems for mobile Internet (WIMAX or whatever), if that is a decent option now or even in the future.


BDCOM is the ISP I'd recommend in Dhanmondi area. I use Skype video chat with my mom all the time, and the quality is very much acceptable 90% of the time. If you use wired Internet services (cable/dsl/whatever), you major battle will be the power outages, but you can get decent speeds. If you use wireless Internet service (WIMAX, such as what http://www.qubee.com.bd/ provide), then the speed will most likely suck.

Again, there is already a thread discussing BD ISP's, which I've linked to above.

Another funny thing about BD is that most of the "cable" services will provide you with ridiculously high upload speeds compared to download speeds. With BDCOM, I got like 20kB/s down but 2500+kB/s up, which is 2x of what I get for upload here in London! This most likely happens because they basically share a line amongst a whole neighborhood and limit each user (port) to certain download speed. But since most people don't upload most of the time, the upload speed is not restricted per user. Anyway, as a result of this, the video stream from Bangladesh works quite well. But the stream to Bangladesh can be very poor. That is, you will see them much better than they will see you.

magic boy
March 22, 2011, 02:50 PM
Q- what is Bangla version of an ipad?

ans- i[বাংলা]পাদ[/বাংলা] :p

ammark
March 23, 2011, 01:49 AM
To add to what goru said:

BDCOM is generally a good ISP. I use Agni, and any ISP that offers Fiber to the Curb (Bracnet, Link3, ConnectBD, BOL-Online) is going to give you decent internet speeds good for Skype. I use Skype all the time and Agni does great with the video chat.

A friend of mine has Qubee and he has acceptable video chat abilities through Skype. Not the sharpest image, but no lag either. However, another buddy who has Banglalion is unable to use Skype for calls at all because the latency is too high.