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First impressions of iPad

I’ve had the good fortune to try the new iPad on two separate occasions during the past week. One of these locations was a rooftop in Madrid, but I’ll put the stunning settings aside and mention the ups and downs of this hyped product in an almost objective way.

First the good stuff. The user interface is as good as it gets. Everybody can understand it without reading manuals, just use common sense and five seconds of patience.

The sound is surprisingly good and the touch screen is just as perfect as on the iPhone. It also seems to have a decent battery time.

I tried reading an e-book, which was a pleasant experience complete with page turning. You can lift the virtual page and have a sneak peak at the next page, just as a normal book!.

Mink Machine on iPad Browsing Mink Machine on iPad at a rooftop in Madrid.

Some of the classic iPhone apps have been converted, and Google Maps is a joy to play around with! You can also install regular iPhone apps until they get properly converted, but they are simply enlarged to fit the larger screen and tend to look a bit rough.

Then there is the not-so-good stuff. Apple are not known to shy away from removing popular devices (remember the old fuzz when they started to remove the floppy drive?), and this time I lack an USB connection. Not all devices have a Bluetooth yet.

If you’re watching long movies and such, the iPad is a bit large for holding. Might want to invest in one of those iPad cases.

The iPad don’t support Flash. I didn’t feel the need for it at all during the sessions, but then again I might be a bit biased regarding Flash in general.

And of course the real can of worms is the dreaded lock-in with Apple products. You have to use iTunes and such crap for file management. And only very minor settings modifications are possible. It’s such a shame to cripple a fantastic piece of technology like this.

In total, a very nice gadget which will attract a lot of people if the price goes down a bit.

9 comments

  • avatar
    Lunicrax
    03 Jun, 2010

    price go down? It’s pretty darn cheap already here (much less than I’d expected). I saw one for the first time yesterday (no time to storm the apple store right now…) – and was pleasantly surprised! I think one of the major misses is the lack of built-in webcam though.

  • avatar
    03 Jun, 2010

    Darn cheap? Then buy one and bring it to Gothenburg when you arrive this summer. :)

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    bollman
    03 Jun, 2010

    Ah, the iPad, yes. Well, being your friendly apple fan-boy ;) I’ve already played a weekend with it and are desperately trying not to buy one.
    The web experience is actually better than I could have hoped, it really feels like this is the way the web should be. Flash, well, I’m not sorry, I’ve already sanitized my web browser from it
    Lock in. Well, ok, not everyone loves iTunes, but being an avid iTunes user since version 2 or so, it has never bothered me. Just convert all your movie files to mp4 and import them and you’ve got a very nice tool to catalogue all your stuff. All I really need now is spotify integration and a decent converter built in.
    Up for a trip to Germany to sample beer and the Apple Store in Hamburg? ;-)

  • avatar
    04 Jun, 2010

    Beer and Apple Store? Sounds like a dangerous combination for the wallet. :)

  • avatar
    bollman
    09 Jun, 2010

    That’s why I’ve kept away from Germany and sites like blocket ;)
    With iOS4 (thanks Cisco for selling Apple that name ;) ) due end june, I guess it will get even more difficult staying away from an iPad :-)

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    bollman
    11 Jun, 2010

    This spam, just trying to see if I can get an avatar…

  • avatar
    11 Jun, 2010

    Success! :)

  • avatar
    bollman
    10 Aug, 2010

    Well, so much for iOS 4 in june for the iPad :(
    The word now is november (!) Still, I’m quite happy with my 64GB 3G-iPad.
    If you’re considering buying one, don’t go for one without 3G, it’s so much more useful with. I got a “extrakort” for my Telia subscription and can now really work on using up all of my 10GB/month ;)

  • avatar
    12 Aug, 2010

    Yeah, it seems we have to wait even longer… I just hope the 3G version will be affordable so it can arrive to my evil lair. :)

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