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iPad:Day 1

I bought the iPad. I know some of you hate it and some of you love it. Some of you don’t understand the appeal. But I like gadgets and I had a little bit of a bonus from work plus gift cards from credit card rewards points, so I decided to use it for an iPad. It’s just the 16gb wifi version. I work from home and I have an iPhone, so there’s really no reason for me to shell out the extra $140 for the 3G version. I once had a phone that had Internet capability, but I never used it because I didn’t want to pay the connection fees and I’m pretty sure I’d do the same thing here.

Out of the box, I didn’t have any problems getting the iPad to connect to iTunes. My problem was that it synced to every app I had. This shouldn’t be a problem if you only have the iPad, but I had the touch before and it decided it was the same thing even though I said new device. Not sure if there was something I could have done about that, but I ended up spending time deleting apps and rearranging my display.

Typing on it sucks. Anybody who says they can thumb type on this thing had monster thumbs. Plus the ipad is kind of heavy. I don’t imagine people with carpal tunnel would be able to thumb type just for that reason.

Landscape is ok, but you’ve got to get used to where the keys are. What I don’t understand is that the f and j keys have little nubs on them like a real keyboard, like you can feel the numbs on the glass. Why bother making those graphics? You can’t feel the nubbins!!

The main problem with the landscape is that you don’t always know where your fingers are since you can’t feel the nubbins. And the lack of apostrophe on the main keyboard sucks. It makes typing so much slower. But then I’m typing this in landscape at a pretty decent pace, though there are still a few typos.

Another thing is that the screen smudges. When you look at the screen head on, it’s not a problem, but when you look at it an angle, it looks like you’ve been eating Fritos and then touching the screen.

Having briefly examined the apps that I have, I’m a little disappointed to see that I have to pay for a couple of apps again to get the iPad version. For instance Bejeweled, Scrabble, Echofon, and Words with Friends all require additional monies. It feels like the app developers decided that if you have enough money to buy an ipad, you have enough money to pay for these apps again. Yeah, not going to happen.

Of course I could just imbiggen the iPhone app, but that’s like watching regular tv on an HD tv. Everything is a little blurry. It’s not bothering me so far only because I don’t want to spend the money, but still annoying. Luckily, Documents to Go is nice and big and I don’t have to pay extra. It works perfectly fine, thank goodness. Quickoffice can suck it.

I’m waiting for my slip case and a stand to come. I haven’t bought a keyboard for it yet. I’m waiting to see if I need one. The one thing you have to factor in to the cost of these things is that you have to buy accessories and none of it is cheap. So I’ll be making a list of things that I’ll definitely need and a list of “would be nice”. Any of you have any suggestions?

Crossposted to Samantha Ling, Dreamwidth and Livejournal



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Jul. 28th, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)
I bought this one.
Not sure if it's any good, but got good reviews. I carry around a big purse, so I thought I'd just stick it in there if I needed it. Am thinking of buying a keyboard, but not sure about the functionality of it while lying on the couch. Using a two finger technique now with my thumbs propping the iPad up on my legs. It's my lounging position. Not sure how it will work with a keyboard.
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