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.