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Still loving it after 2 weeks....
on 3 August 2010
Update Sept 2010
I've been using the iPad for over a month now and I love it! My netbook sits gathering dust and my desk top is getting less used too for general surfing. For serious work and creating documents, photos etc a desk top is much better than the iPad.
Issues like reflective screens and weight have not really been a problem. I don't use the iPad outdoors much but for a week on holiday I did use it on quite a few trains on sunny days without problems. I bought something called a Prop It Up from Padded Spaces in America - this makes for a great way of using the iPad on your lap.
I've also bought a MiFi dongle from Three - basically you create your own portable wireless network which connects via Three's 3G network to the Internet. The iPad connects to this portable wireless hotspot. It worked very well - in fact much, much better than Orange 3G on my iPhone to the point I used the Three dongle with the iPhone too.
The only slight issue I've had with the iPad has been its limited RAM memory ( Not the flash storage memory but memory used by programs for their temporary data storage ). This can occasionally cause it to crash - not the whole iPad just the app you were running at the time.
I think Apple deliberately put in a paltry 256mb of internal memory so when iPad v2 comes out they can say "Its got double the RAM memory of iPad v1"
In terms of the Flash memory for general storage I went with 64gb model because it was in stock and I was too impatient to wait for the 32gb version! I thought the extra memory would be unneeded but one month in and I've already half filled the memory with applications, photos, music and videos! I'm now very glad I got 64gb!
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I already have desktop, laptop and netbook computers so why did I need an iPad?
For months I told myself I didn't but finally the gadget lover urge took over and I bought one from the Apple Store.
After buying it I did have doubts - after all its most definitely not cheap! I have other computers. Am I wasting my money here for a gadget I'll lose interest in after a few days?
I needn't have worried - after 2 weeks I'm still finding the iPad really useful and me using it regularly. It is not a replacement for my desktop. If I have serious word processing or photo editing to do I use the desktop. Typing a few sentences on the iPad is fine but a 10,000 word document - no way!
Initially when it arrived I was slightly underwhelmed. The screen is amazingly reflective and it was heavier than I would like. At first you do feel like its just a big iPhone. As it happens none of these issues have been big problems.
The reflective screen means its not usable outside on a bright sunny day. Inside its not a problem. The weight does mean its uncomfortable to hand hold for long periods so I've been propping it on a cushion and now invested in something called Prop It Up by PaddedSpaces - a cushion and stand all in one. The extra screen size means it can be used for much more than an iPhone. I personally never watched any movie clip longer than 30 seconds on an iPhone - but on iPad I'll happily watch a short programme or music videos. It won't replace my TV at home but in places I don't have a TV its great. For example I now watch music videos while exercising upstairs on my exercise bike - makes the time go much faster than just sitting their and peddling!
For surfing the web its great - the lack of Flash support hasn't been a major issue for me personally. Google maps has also been used a lot.
Battery life is phenomenal - I can use it all day and still have charge left at the end.
If I could improve it I would:
1) Make it 200g lighter
2) The screen less reflective
3) Cheaper to buy!
And that's it really - there's not much else I'd say was essential to improve.
However the reflective screen and its weight does mean I won't be using it as an e-book reader. Amazon's new Kindle is definitely more suited to reading.
I do use the iPad for manuals - so many of them these days are not printed and in pdf format. No problem - I can load them on to Apples ebook reader and view them wherever I am via the iPad.
While the iPad is great I wouldn't say the same for iTunes. Unlike the iPad I don't find iTunes intuitive to use - in fact it can be quite frustrating at times. I guess all the great Apple programmers worked on the iPad!