Hands on the iPad I won’t buy

I picked up an iPad at Best Buy. I just picked it up, played around with it and then put it down.
Did you know that glass, aluminum, and LED backlighting is a lot heavier and bulkier than plastic and an e-ink display? The iPad is not a Kindle killer. It is a nice e-reader, but man this thing is heavy. They should have a chair there for you try it out as like Jobs demoed. I think a bed would be too much.
The screen is beautiful, and if the Wifi was fast at Best Buy, I’m pretty sure I could have watched all of Lego “Trinity Help” video on you tube. What I did watch looked fantastic. And Netflix would probably be very nice too. But, it’s streamed media, so why bother watching it on the iPad, when you can watch it on your TV?
The keyboard is weird, and if I had more time, I am pretty sure I could get used to it. But as I am using a full size keyboard on my MacBook, I don’t think I will like it that much. Originally, I though that the iPad would be my couch surfing replacement, but I don’t think that is going to happen. A used MacBook air would be a better choice for me, a really really cheap one.
Also, when I am in Europe, and want to get a book, I can buy it, where ever I am. The iPod Touch will is also a lot easier to carry around to hook up to free WiFi.
Enough of my rant. We’ll see what iPad 2.0 brings us.

My Take on Apple’s New iPad

After reading up, watching the videos, and trying to stay away from other posts, here is what I think about the new iPad.

First off, I don’t like the name. I understand it, it is simple, but it is too close to iPod. iSlate sounds better, iTablet sounds worse. I was hoping that they would resurrect iBook. But that could also be confusing. But I really can’t think of a better moniker.

I think this unit could replace my couch surfing laptop. But I would have to try it out, and see how it fits on my lap with out a keyboard and hinged screen in the upright position. I am worried I wont like typing on it since I like using a keyboard.

After reading up, watching the videos, and trying to stay away from other posts, here is what I think about the new iPad.

First off, I don’t like the name.  I understand it, it is simple, but it is too close to iPod.  iSlate sounds better, iTablet sounds worse.  I was hoping that they would resurrect iBook.  But that could also be confusing.  But I really can’t think of a better moniker.

I think this unit could replace my couch surfing laptop.  But I would have to try it out, and see how it fits on my lap with out a keyboard and hinged screen in the upright position.  I am worried I wont like typing on it since I like using a keyboard.

This unit also may replace my laptop when traveling.  A lot of times, it is nice to go on vacation and be somewhat severed from the digital world.  This could be enough.  I can get online when I want (provided available Wi-Fi), not have to lug around my laptop bag, and make me enjoy my time abroad.  Plus, it’s cheaper than a laptop, and if locked well, I can remote erase it and not have my info out there.  With my iTunes library and all the Digital Copy movies I am amassing, this would be much better that a portable DVD player or iPhone/Touch.  Thank goodness there’s HandBrake too.

This will not replace my Kindle.  My wife and I love our Kindles.  Sure it looks like a nice ebook reader, but the backlight could be irritating to a sleeping spouse, and you only get 10 hours between charges.  I can go weeks with my Kindle.  Also the kindle is much lighter, and more bookish.  I love how e-ink works, and it works well where books work well.

iWorks is a key app for the iPad.  Since it can work on Microsoft Office formats, you can do your editing and quick changes.  But I don’t see it as a replacement for laptop authoring.  I would buy Pages and perhaps Numbers for $10 each, not so sure about Keynote.  I would defiantly have to try it out.

Games?  I really could care less.

3G?  The fact that it is contract free and you can pick from $14.99 or $30 a month is great.  It almost makes it worth spending the additional $130 for the hardware.  But I have an iPhone and if necessary, I’d probably use that instead.  In most cases, I will have my iPhone nearby when I’d be using my iPad.

The dock as a charging station/picture frame is pretty cool, and you’d have the best looking digital frame when you’re not using the iPad.

The price seems to be right, and 16 gigs is a lot, especially if you have the rest of your music on your more portable iPods.  So for $500, I may just jump at it.  But I will probably be more likely to wait for rev 2 like I did with my iPhone, Kindle, and most of my other electronics.  I used to be an early adopter, but I’ve become more patient with time.