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iPad – Day 2

Has my world changed?  Well, yes and no.

I think this is going to do exactly what I expected and wanted it to do.

I’m not writing these blogs to try to convince anyone to get or try an iPad.  However, please don’t be such harsh critics, some of you, until you actually work with one.  I’m not saying its going to be for everyone.  Its a tool.  It serves a purpose.  If you have not call for this particular tool, nothing I can say will changed your mind – nor would I try to.  If you need a saw, my telling you have great a screwdriver could do the job is not going to make the screwdriver as good at the job as a saw.

I’m writing this because I want to share with you what I’m going through.  Perhaps one or two of you will be able to make a better decision from what I’m learning.

I brought the iPad to an Easter gathering today.  Everyone was, of course, interested in seeing it.  Two other guys there said right away, after holding it, turning it on, playing with it a bit, that they were going to buy it.  Boys and their toys – so that does not surprise me.

I was able to go through all the pictures I took in Brasil with my mom, who had only seem them on the small camera screen before.  Have them to flick our way through, on a nice screen, with an amazing resolution, was a great experience.

Many people have made hay about this being a consumer’s item and not a producer’s one – in other words, there is no creativity, just consumption.  Right.  And.  Thats the point of the tool, at least at this point in time.  It took a while for cut/copy/paste to come to the iPhone, so I’m guessing there will be great things added over time.  And if any of those things are deal breakers for you, then wait.  That only makes sense.

Right now, as I write this blog, I have it sitting next to me slideshowing through my pictures from iPhoto.  I’ve not toyed around with how to set this up, but I can tell you it is nice to see many of this pictures dissolve in and then give way to another.

I know I said it yesterday, but I’m going to say it again today.  Get yourself the Apple iPad cover, if you get an iPad.  Its classy looking, sleek, nothing fancy, and converts to a stand that tilts the unit on a good angle for typing.

Today I started to move around some of my icons on my desktop.  As I mentioned, I was able to quickly move all my applications from my iPhone to the iPad.  When they first showed up, however, they had been reorganized alphabetically.  Actually, thats no big deal.  Some of the apps I use on my iPhone I won’t use on the iPad.  Some apps that have a lower profile in my iPhone use will get more use on the iPad, so I’m going to have to make decisions on which to put where.  For now, I’m waiting to see which I use most.  I did, however, run into a wierd problem tonight.  I was trying to move a desktop icon to a different screen (to the right) and it won’t let me move it.  I’m not sure why some can and some cannot be moved.

I used Skype to be part of a conference call.  It is one of those apps that are really iPhone apps but have been scaled to the iPad, but not customized to it yet.  I’m sure they will come out with an update soon enough.  So, even through there was plenty of screen real estate, I could not do many of the things that can be done on the full version but not on the iPhone version – like initiating a conference all.  Once I was invited it, it works like a charm.

I am NOT writing this blog from it.  I could, but I’ve chosen not to.  I have a laptop hooked up to a second much bigger monitor and that has a keyboard.  As easy as it is to use the iPad and its keyboard, why use that when I have a full keyboard and computer right in front of me.

If you have any burning questions about the Ipad, post your thoughts in any of the comments fields.  I’ll try to find the answer.

Category: Geek out
  • Heather says:

    Please comment on iPad ability to multi-task (i.e. surf web and type at same time).

    April 5, 2010 at 9:22 am
    • ajblogsat says:

      Heather, I’m not sure I get what you are asking. If you mean, can I open a web page and if it has interactive element, can I use those, then yes. If you mean, can you run more than one program at a time – no, not yet. For instance, I downloaded the Pandora Internet Radio app. I started the music going and then changed apps, when I changed app, the music shut down – because the iPad only does one app at a time. I will be sure to comment on this in my next post, also.

      April 5, 2010 at 9:24 am

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