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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.


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