Tuesday, April 06, 2010

My First Impressions of the iPad

(NOTE: I typed up and posted this post on an iPad using Blogger's website. But I had to wait until I got back to my netbook to add the photo and format the bullet points. I expect an app that would take care of both of these issues will be available soon -- if one's not available already.)

I'm currently at the Apple Store in Clarendon, typing this post on an iPad. I must say I am very impressed with this machine so far. I actually first saw this on Saturday evening. My initial reaction was 50% "WOW!" and 50% "Meh." Having spent a little more time with this, my impression is more like a 85/15 split.

Here are a few of my thoughts:
  • The display is brilliant and the extra real estate makes this much more useful for intensive data processing than the iPhone.
  • I initially thougt the keyboard was tough to type on, but I have quickly adjusted to it and can actually type pretty fast on it. (Like I said, I am typing this up on the iPad.). I doubt I'm much slower typing on this than I am on my Asus netbook.
  • This is one of the most responsive computers I've ever used.
  • I love the thought of carrying around something that weighs 1.5 pounds and is half an inch thick in lieu of a laptop or netbook.
  • I love the thought of 10 hour battery life.
  • I wish it had the ability to use a precision stylus. If it could, it might replace paper for me too.
  • If you're not budget constrained, I'd recommend getting the 3G/GPS model which should be available at the end of the month.
  • This is the best photo viewer I've ever seen.
  • I wish it had an SD card slot for transferring photos. I know there's a camera kit on the way, but is should have been built in.
  • I agree with everyone who is disappointed there's no webcam for video chats.
  • This is the best eBook reader I've used. Put a good PDF reader in this and it would be incredible for reading academic articles.
In a nutshell, I'm genuinely impressed and can see one of these in my future very soon...

I'll post more thoughts later. For now, I better get back to campus and start preparing for class.


chris.h said...

Keep an eye out for android based tablets, which are likely to have a built-in SD card reader.

HP is also coming out with a windows 7 based tablet, or "slate" as some sites are calling them, that too will have a built in SD reader but also have front- and rear-facing cameras for awesome skype-ability.

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Clint D said...

Thanks for your impressions! I can't get excited over it, but perhaps I will be once it gets video, or I physically touch one and feel like I can write on it.

thinking said...

Apple is so smart; they actually understand that putting a bright, crisp screen coupled with a fast processor and responsive software makes for a far greater user impression.

It's seems so obvious, doesn't it? Make the unit fast, responsive, and the screen appealing to the eye.

Why don't other tech companies get this like Apple? And not just PC vendors, but also digital cameras, etc. How many times when you go through a digicam menu does it seem to be kind of lagging?

Look at smart phones. Before the iPhone, every cell phone I'd every tried had this slow responsiveness to user input. Then the iPhone comes along and it's like magic, how it reacts to user input.

Again, why don't other tech companies get this?

chris.h said...

Give me the ability to listen to pandora while typing something. Notifications that aren't as intrusive would be nice too. It's annoying that if you receive an im while playing a game it pauses what you're doing to display a message in the CENTER of the screen asking if you want to view the im. Also, losing work or games (scrabble) when you want to quickly use a different application is irritating.

Multitasking is a necessity these days.

Adam Gurri said...

At least one person has found a way to use a stylus--the Pogo Pen--on the iPad: http://www.applegeeks.com/lite/index.php?aglitecomic=2010-04-07