Just starting to map out some personal experiences of using the iPad in the first week..

– It’s certainly more than “a big iPod Touch”, although if purely looking at form factor it’s an undestandable mistake to make. My initial feeling is that it’s closer to a computer than an iPod.
– it’s freaky quick (hope it stays that way after I clog it full of stuff)
– Amazon books on iPad will be where it’s at (although, as expected, it’s probably to heavy to read ‘novel-like’ in one hand).
– the lovely screen really dresses up content and makes it shiny.
– the newspaper and magazine apps are definately very 1.0 – which is understandable (I still can’t understand why Apple doesn’t let content creators develop and test on it months in advance).

And, maybe most interestingly, I really think I will read much more on this screen than any other I’ve come across – I’m not sure I want multi-apping capabilities to distract me :)

UPDATE:
After a couple of days occasional use, I’m starting to get used to the initial awkwardness of holding and typing on it. I seem to have found comfortable positions for different tasks.

But.. the uber-glossy screen looks sooo dirty in certain lighting that it can be quite annoying. I wonder if people will get used to this or modify their behaviour first.

UPDATE 2:
It’s bright/vivid screen radiates light in a dimly lit, public place that kinda makes you look like you’re sunning yourself. This would be the case for a laptop too but you’re more inclined to pull out the iPad in a range of contexts that you would never pull out your laptop in.

WiFi didn’t work in the first hotel room I stayed in (..It did work for my laptop). I suspect this was about the hotel’s own browser, authentication method, rather than the ipad itself, but disappointing. I’m hopping Paddy will be a good travel companion (eventually).

UPDATE 3:
This summarises of the feeling of intimacy of consumption that I’ve been feeling using Paddy. From Information Architects, Inc:

“The iPad brings hands and eyes back together.”

You feel closer to, even a part of, the content experience because of the screen size, removal of keyboard and feeling of unaided (finger not mouse) control.

8 thoughts on “Padding up: first impressions

  1. Surely you will love multitasking. Thankfully not too far away with iPhone OS 4.0 including it. I’m still concerned about battery life as 1 app drains my phone pretty quickly.

  2. Surely you will love multitasking. Thankfully not too far away with iPhone OS 4.0 including it. I’m still concerned about battery life as 1 app drains my phone pretty quickly.

  3. u need mifi so u dont have 2 rely on any1’s wifi :) http://www.dse.com.au/cgi-bin/dse.storefront/4bce751d02dab172273fc0a87e0106e4/Product/View/E6939 + u can prebuy a 10gig datablock that lasts for 365 days! josh edis has one after i shared on’em and it works a treat… even down the peninsula (it uses optus mobile network ultimately altho datablocks via virgin mobile) there is an internode mifi product too but more expensive… (and same optus network ultimately) http://www.internode.on.net/residential/broadband/3g_wireless/nodemobile_data/hardware/mifi/ i assume when ipad really comes out downunder they will have 2 offer some type of deals like U.S – but i reckon these mifi devices.. that u can use for laptop/ipad/iphone-touch etc are the much better solution. (internode device allows 5 concurrent devices.. the virgin mobile one 3 devices altho it can be firmwared for 5 gadgets du jour)

  4. u need mifi so u dont have 2 rely on any1’s wifi :) http://www.dse.com.au/cgi-bin/dse.storefront/4bce751d02dab172273fc0a87e0106e4/Product/View/E6939 + u can prebuy a 10gig datablock that lasts for 365 days! josh edis has one after i shared on’em and it works a treat… even down the peninsula (it uses optus mobile network ultimately altho datablocks via virgin mobile) there is an internode mifi product too but more expensive… (and same optus network ultimately) http://www.internode.on.net/residential/broadband/3g_wireless/nodemobile_data/hardware/mifi/ i assume when ipad really comes out downunder they will have 2 offer some type of deals like U.S – but i reckon these mifi devices.. that u can use for laptop/ipad/iphone-touch etc are the much better solution. (internode device allows 5 concurrent devices.. the virgin mobile one 3 devices altho it can be firmwared for 5 gadgets du jour)

  5. @benbarren: Ed’s just got one, shall check it out.

    @campbell: Apple has said it’s a LARP-compatible platform.

  6. @benbarren: Ed’s just got one, shall check it out.

    @campbell: Apple has said it’s a LARP-compatible platform.

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