One of the most popular trends in the early days of the internet was message boards, also known as forums, which were communities where fans of certain subjects would post, effectively chatting with other fans. Despite the rise of chat rooms and then social media, message boards have remained popular. In this article we will look at the best forums for iPad owners; the perfect place for them to troubleshoot, compare, review and more.
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Apple Communities 4/5
One of the best places to learn more about the iPad, and any other Apple product for that matter, is through the official Apple website, where they have communities based around all of their major hardware and software. The iPad community can be found here: https://discussions.apple.com/community/ipad/using_ipad and although these are not ideal for everyone, the forums are very sleek and there are no adverts. There is also a great deal of posts and members, so if you have a question to ask and don’t want to be clicking that refresh button all night hoping for an answer to come along, then this might be the right place for you.
Because it is official, and because there are so any members, many of which come and go after one or a few posts, this is not the right place if you are looking to be part of a community, and to meet and converse with likeminded people.
Mac Rumors 5/5
Located at: http://forums.macrumors.com/forumdisplay.php?f=137 this is one of the best mac-related communities that you will find anywhere on the internet. It is not iPad specific, but there are forums that cater to the iPad and ones that cater to other specific Apple products. There are a lot of members here, but not too much, so it is possible to fit in and to standout at the same time, without getting lost in the crowd. The members are very helpful and also tend to be more honest than the official community, considering there is no sense of regulation here.
It has sections for iPad troubleshooting and issues, and also for iPad accessories and iPad apps. There is even a section for “Meetups” where members can arrange to meet other members in their local area.
The forum doesn’t litter the page with adverts and it uses V Bulletin, which is one of (if not the) most popular forum softwares in the world, and it is also our favorite. It creates an environment that is aesthetically pleasing, not cluttered and very easy to navigate.
iPad Forums — 3/5
Located at ipadforums.net, this community has a simple layout and a pretty large member base. There are some interesting topics here, along with a very well-informed and helpful community, but for us the design isn’t very good. It is simple, as we said, but it is a little too simple, and there are also too many adverts located on all of the pages. It also has some rolling news based on the iPad, but this makes for an even messier page in our opinion.
iMore — 4/5
The iMore forum is a little different from the others. It some ways it is worse as it can be a little cluttered, with far too much going on, but in other ways it is better as it doesn’t require any registration. This makes it perfect for those seeking a quick answer to a troubling question, which is why the site was created.
Located at http://forums.imore.com/, the iPad forum also has more standard forum areas that do require registration and where members can chat about everything from Apple news, to iPad projects and to anything else that takes their fancy.
AV Forum — 4/5
Located at https://www.avforums.com/forums/ipad-forum.430/, the AV iPad forum contains a number of topics and many members that post replies and threads on a regular basis. This forum is not just for iPads and it covers all tablet computers, but the vast majority of the posts relate to iPads, making it a great place to learn more about this tablet and its many uses.
Visually, there are quite a few banner ads on the AV Forum iPad page, but it’s not as bad as some iPad forums and the site is rather well-laid out.
iPad Guide — 3/5
Although a simple forum, this one has a decent layout and there are also a number of active members and guests. Guests will not be able to view any of the posts, and they also can’t post anything, and whilst some members like this added touch of privacy, for those guests it can be frustrating. Registration is quick and easy and you can find the iPad guide forum at http://www.theipadguide.com/forum.