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The iPad Pocket Guide, Third Edition by Jeff Carlson

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3. Browse the Web

Web browsers on smartphones have historically been pretty terrible. The iPhone demonstrated that it’s possible to render a Web site that isn’t custom programmed to be readable on a mobile device. However, even that didn’t prove to be 100 percent accurate, because although Safari on the iPhone can render a page as it would appear in a desktop Web browser, the screen size is still a limitation, leading many sites to adjust their code to accommodate.

The iPad, on the other hand, is almost all screen, with a version of Safari that displays Web sites just as you’d see them on a Mac or Windows PC. We no longer wonder or marvel at how we access information online—we just get it.

Access Web Sites

Tap the Safari icon on the Home screen ...

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