I mus apologize. I first wrote this yesterday but posted it into the wrong blog. I am reposting it here, with my regrets for the delay.
Today is my birthday, which only some of you knew, but it is also the release day for Apple’s iPad, which I’d be surprised if any of you didn’t know! Sensing a bit of destiny there, I reserved one and picked it up this morning at the Apple Store in the Garden State Plaza in Paramus, NJ.
It was a great experience to be part of a product launch, especially one that could potentially have a great impact on the industry. Apple has a pretty amazing record, in this regard. The iPod and iPhone both revolutionized industries. Yes, they’ve also had one or two forgettable moments, but recently they’ve been on a pretty good streak.
Kudos, in a huge way, to the incredible staff at the Garden State Plaza Apple Store. These guys were having fun, they were enjoying putting this item into people’s almost as much as the people enjoyed getting them. I said almost.
It’s going to take a while to really know if this is going to work and how well but the initial response is positive.
I like the form factor. It is easy to hold, at least for me – some with small hands might think otherwise. Take a net book and remove the bottom keyboard part. Now, all you have is the screen. That’s about the size of the iPad. I am far happier carrying around half the size and weight of my net book! Which was already nicely portable. Starting Monday I will take it to school and see if it works for me.
The interface is totally Mac – clean, simple, easy to use, and very familiar.
I am using it right now to write this blog entry. When all my iPhone apps downloaded quickly once I connected, my WordPress app came with it. When i first went to use it it prompted me to update my iphone version, but that took all of two seconds and then I was off and running, using a familiar, but much more usable version of what I was doing on my iPhone. I’d say I’m more likely to do a blog entry using the iPad then the iPhone. It is so much easier to type on the iPad.
Speaking of typing, I’m amazed at how well this keyboard works. Some of the nuances will take a little getting used to, but I’m flying along pretty good here.
I was impressed with the photo framing feature. It turns this into that digital frame I’ve just not bought for myself because i couldn’t understand why the charge so darn much for them.