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iPad Review After 2 Weeks Use

I have now been using my iPad for well over a week now and have been amazed at the reaction from people who have seen it. 

Has my opinion changed since getting it , no , I really think that this device is a " game changer ".

Remember this is a device , don't think of it as a regular computer , it is like a big iphone , this is a device for "content consumption" not "content creation".

So here are the questions I get asked about the iPad

Writing On The iPad

You can write quiet well on it especially if you turn it to landscape mode then the keypad becomes a bit larger and the keyboard is comparable to the keyboard size of most netbooks ( why anyone would buy one of those is beyond me ) 

Battery Life

Battery life has truly surprised me as I am getting 2 days out of it with regular use before needing to recharge it. I have a wifi only and the 3G one according to reports uses more of the battery.

The Screen

The screen shows fingerprints as it is glossy but you dont really notice them when the iPad is on, as the brightness of the screen masks them and a quick wipe and they are gone.

Photos

Great device for showing photos and as with all Apple products the screen offers a far better representation of the color spectrum.

Video

A great device for showing and listening to video and the speakers are surprisingly good

Speed

It is an instant on device just one press of the button and it starts ,there is no waiting as with a regular computer.Then just like the iPhone the apps start and load very quickly.

Books

Extremely good for reading any sort of document / book and with the " pinch " you are able to zoom in on the screen.Great for people with eye issues.I have also used a Kindle and there is no comparison between the two devices.

Music

Remember the iPad is also an iPod and we all know how good they are.

Calender / Contacts

Yes you can sync your calender / contacts with your respective application ( iCal , Outlook , Google)

Printing 

You need to sync your documents back to itunes and your computer and print from there , not the ideal situation and Steve Jobs has promised that "it will come"

Apps

The app store for Australia only opened last Thursday with the iwork applications ( think office suite for those that do not use a mac ) still not available and I am presuming that come the 28th when the first orders in Australia go out then, those and even more apps will be available.

The apps that are there install and look extremely good.

Flash

As many will know flash is not compatible with the iPad. Have i missed it , no , there has been minimal times that the flash symbol appears and You Tube does support HTML5 and H.264 so you can still watch videos from You Tube on your iPad.

Conclusion

Will the iPad suit everyone , no.

It is not a normal computer , it is not a netbook.

It is a multi function device for your photo's , video , music , internet , calendar , gaming , email and a bit of writing.For me it represents the ideal portable device that goes with me everywhere and has replaced my diary and my portable laptop.

If you have used and like the iPhone you will like the iPad and if you get the chance to use it you will probably want one.

I have now been using my iPad for well over a week now and have been amazed at the reaction from people who have seen it. 

Has my opinion changed since getting it , no , I really think that this device is a ” game changer “.

Remember this is a device , don’t think of it as a regular computer , it is like a big iphone , this is a device for “content consumption” not “content creation”.

So here are the questions I get asked about the iPad

Writing On The iPad

You can write quiet well on it especially if you turn it to landscape mode then the keypad becomes a bit larger and the keyboard is comparable to the keyboard size of most netbooks ( why anyone would buy one of those is beyond me ) 

Battery Life

Battery life has truly surprised me as I am getting 2 days out of it with regular use before needing to recharge it. I have a wifi only and the 3G one according to reports uses more of the battery.

The Screen

The screen shows fingerprints as it is glossy but you dont really notice them when the iPad is on, as the brightness of the screen masks them and a quick wipe and they are gone.

Photos

Great device for showing photos and as with all Apple products the screen offers a far better representation of the color spectrum.

Video

A great device for showing and listening to video and the speakers are surprisingly good

Speed

It is an instant on device just one press of the button and it starts ,there is no waiting as with a regular computer.Then just like the iPhone the apps start and load very quickly.

Books

Extremely good for reading any sort of document / book and with the ” pinch ” you are able to zoom in on the screen.Great for people with eye issues.I have also used a Kindle and there is no comparison between the two devices.

Music

Remember the iPad is also an iPod and we all know how good they are.

Calender / Contacts

Yes you can sync your calender / contacts with your respective application ( iCal , Outlook , Google)

Printing 

You need to sync your documents back to itunes and your computer and print from there , not the ideal situation and Steve Jobs has promised that “it will come”

Apps

The app store for Australia only opened last Thursday with the iwork applications ( think office suite for those that do not use a mac ) still not available and I am presuming that come the 28th when the first orders in Australia go out then, those and even more apps will be available.

The apps that are there install and look extremely good.

Flash

As many will know flash is not compatible with the iPad. Have i missed it , no , there has been minimal times that the flash symbol appears and You Tube does support HTML5 and H.264 so you can still watch videos from You Tube on your iPad.

Conclusion

Will the iPad suit everyone , no.

It is not a normal computer , it is not a netbook.

It is a multi function device for your photo’s , video , music , internet , calendar , gaming , email and a bit of writing.For me it represents the ideal portable device that goes with me everywhere and has replaced my diary and my portable laptop.

If you have used and like the iPhone you will like the iPad and if you get the chance to use it you will probably want one.

Richard Pascoe is a technology consultant & technology commentator for the media on FIVEaa , ABC Adelaide , PowerFM , 5MU , 7AD and 7BU and has been seen on the Channel 7 news , Channel 9 News , Channel 10 news and Today Tonight . Richard gives his opinions on Microsoft , Google , Apple and deals with personal computers , smartphones and tablets.

1 comment on “iPad Review After 2 Weeks Use

  1. I reckon I’ll get one. In a few years, though.Considering swtiching from the PCs to a Mac before that.Thanks for your review.

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