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My first Apple device »

FERDY CHRISTANT - OCT 18, 2010 (09:46:58 AM)

Only two weeks after my iPad doubts post, in which I pretty much decided to wait for the 2nd generation of iPads, I now own an iPad. I. Could. Not. Resist. Here's some random observations after three days of usage:

  • I should have bought this earlier
  • Just the experience of browsing, watching video and photo viewing by touch is amazing and enough to justify it
  • It is so easy to use that within a minute, both my g/f and dad are able to work with it
  • Setup is a breeze, Wifi is very fast, 3G is slower of course but stil speedy
  • It is an awesome device for casual mobile gaming. AngryBirds FTW!
  • The device feels solid and high quality, which you can feel from its weight. Nothing too heavy though and it has a good battery life. Charging is slow though.
  • Apps are cool and super easy to install. Yet, you can see how there are much more iPhone apps than iPad apps currently, but both work. The way that iPhone apps work on the iPad is a bit lame, but at least it works.
  • Out of the zillions of apps available, it is pretty much clear that only the top 1% or so brings true added value. That's OK though, the core features of the iPad are enough and some apps really do enrich it.
  • Text input is better than I expected, definitely workable for a few quick mails or some tweets.
  • I have not yet installed any Office suites and I doubt whether I should. I am thinking to keep this device relatively work free, as a leisure tool for reading, surfing, media, gaming and networking. This could cut down the time I spent in the home office dramatically. 
  • I am hoping that the iPad can replace dead tree books but I still have to experience this by reading a full book.
  • I hope to use the iPad for note taking and idea capturing but am still looking for the best apps to support that.
  • All the so-called missing features, such as USB and a camera, do not bother me at all at this point. HDMI output would have been nice though, and I am still curious whether the second generation will have a Retina display.
  • The accessoiries I bought are dissapointing. The cover is great but makes the iPad no longer dockable. The VGA connection cable is way too short and does not actually extend the display as you expect, it only works for a few apps, such as Keynote. The wireless keyboard does work nicely, although I doubt whether I will need it. 
  • I can now finally test JungleDragon and other projects on an iPad.
No regrets at all. Fantastic device, a real game changer.
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Comments: 2

COMMENT: JAKE HOWLETT

OCT 18, 2010 - 10:03:59

comment » You're just as weak-willed as I am. They're irresistible. «

COMMENT: BAS PETERS

OCT 18, 2010 - 01:09:13 PM

comment » > I have not yet installed any Office suites and I doubt whether I should.

If not for authoring, they are at least handy for allowing you to view office files in the mail app

> I hope to use the iPad for note taking and idea capturing but am still looking for the best apps to support that

For mindmapping and diagram doodles, I recommend OmniGraffle. This app is much like a slimmed down version of Visio. There are other dedicated mind mapping tools available in the appstore.

> The VGA connection cable is way too short and does not actually extend the display as you expect

It's not so much the physical cable, but rather the software. Jailbreak and get this app:

rpetri.ch/cydia/displayout/ «

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