Friday, May 21, 2010

iPad Arrived!

After months of anticipation, I finally received my Wi-Fi + 3G iPad.

I was not sure what to expect from it, but after playing with it for a few hours, I am extremely happy with it. It by no means is a replacement for my laptop but it is a very nice compliment. Since receiving my iPad, most of my browsing is done from my iPad and once the Facebook application is released, most of my basic computer needs will be covered by my iPad.

The good: iBooks is a very impressive application. It takes the idea of books to a new level. Its like reading the glossy pages of a colorful magazine instead of a dull colored paperback. I haven't read a full novel to really provide information about the readability but the iPad user guide from MacWorld was a nice treat. In addition, there are loads of free downloads at the bookstore to keep you busy. There are other book reader applications such as CloudReaders which allow you to upload all your PDF books to your iPad and read them too. The pages fill the screen nicely and very readable from what I have seen so far.

Comics book applications. I was never a big fan of comics nor manga. But I did download a few of the applications and had a look at the freebies. Again very impressive. The quality of the comics are very impressive and much better than I remember comic books being as a kid.

Games were very impressive. I never played games on my iPhone but downloaded a few and gave them a try. Fieldrunners was a blast. The objective of the game is to defend the field from "runners" and prevent them from reaching your gate. I also downloaded Dungeon Hunter HD which reminded me of the days when I was playing Diablo. Graphics are impressive and the gameplay is excellent. Controls can be difficult at times though. The last one I downloaded was Battle of Wesnoth, which was a cheapo but well worth the $.99 I paid for it. For someone that stopped playing games years ago, I found myself interested with hours of game time with these gems.

SportCenterXL was awesome. I get all the news about my favorite teams right at the palm of my hands. There is no need to go to the web to catch up on my favorite teams anymore.

The basic applications were a nice treat too. Photos are displayed very clear and crisp. It was a treat to sync my photos and view them from the iPad. Mail was nice as well although it took a little time to get used to the keyless keyboard. iPod surprised me with the sound quality. I was expecting something along the lines of my iPhone but was surprised by the clarity of the sound. By no means will it replace your HiFi system but for portable sound, very nice.

The bad: News Readers... I haven't found one I liked yet. On my iPhone I used Byline but could not find anything as easy to use. FeeG+ has a nice concept of combining Google Reader, Facebook and Twitter but I was not impressed by the presentation. But is probably the best of the ones I tried so far.

Facebook still not available?! I remember all the early advertisements showing Facebook but there is no app available yet. This came as a huge surprise to me.

I mentioned earlier that it is no replacement for a PC. I guess that kinda falls in the bad (although some may say that it is i a league of its own). Its much easier to walk around the house with the iPad to do basic computing rather than lugging around the laptop. Especially when you have to go to the bathroom and know you will be in there for a while. ;)

For what its worth, once you get used to the iPad, it really is a treat. I imagined it as a big iPhone at first but it is much more. You will know what I mean when you pick up your iPhone after playing with the iPad for a couple hours.

With its limitations, it is still much more than I was expecting. A big thumbs up from me.

2 comments:

  1. Why people still prefer to read PDF books on iPad?
    PDF is old & ugly format. It's for printing, not for reading. Beter convert your PDF books to ePub format using Calibre or http://iiiconverter.com and upload them with iTunes without any additional reading software.

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