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Benabik Alvar
10 May 2010 @ 07:06 pm
So, I just got an iPad. Yes, yes, iCult, Apple geek, techophile. To quote Tony Stark: "Agreed."

Revolutionary?

Do I think it's a must have? No. 

It's useful though. The screen is page sized, high resolution, and has a very wide viewing angle. I'm amazed at the number of web pages where the entire page fits on screen and is very readable. The viewing angle and brightness makes it perfect for sharing webpages, video, photos.  It has a good speaker so I can drop it in a corner and use it as a radio.

At first, it seems a bit big and heavy. Not stupidly so, but just enough to be awkward. The weight is just a little too much to comfortably hold for a long time. By shifting my hands around, I was able to wonder the house and browse on the couch for a few hours fairly easily.  The size is big enough that it's a little hard to find places to put it, but just big enough that I'm touch-typing this post with pretty decent accuracy. Any smaller and I don't think I could manage that.  Held vertically, the keyboard is too small to two hand and too big to two thumb, but seems just right for one handed jabbing.

That all said, it seems to be the first tablet that gets it right. The iPhone before it made me leave behind my iPod and Palm PDA while being one of the best phones I've used instead of managing to be a half-usable phone, half-usable PDA, and half-usable MP3 player. In the same way, the iPad has enabled me to leave my laptop at home while I sat in Starbucks for the first time in years.

Some of it is the little things: I'm rapidly becoming a fan of the rotation lock button that took the place of the iPhone's mute button.  Mute isn't as needed on a device that won't randomly ring.  On the other hand, having the device suddenly decide to flip sideways because you're holding it a little too much to one side is obnoxious. Swapping mute for rotation lock was a small bit of genius.

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In a week or so, I'll turn on the cell modem and see how long it takes to go through 250 MB of data. Right now I'm waiting to the shiny must-use-iPad-for-everything effect to wear off.
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