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The iPad and iPad mini Pocket Guide, Fourth Edition by Jeff Carlson

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4. Communicate Using Mail and Messages

Email is a prime candidate for liberation from the desktop. A lot of what I do occurs via email, whether I’m corresponding with friends and relatives or tossing around ideas for upcoming projects. But there’s no reason all of that has to happen in front of a desktop or laptop.

Using the Mail app on the iPad, you can quickly read and reply to messages and dash off notes you may have otherwise ignored because of the hassle of doing it on the computer. Mail also handles incoming file attachments, making it a gateway for sending and receiving files.

Sometimes, though, even email is overkill or too slow when you want to just send a quick note to someone. The Messages app brings instant messaging—a feature usually ...

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