iPad - share your discoveries Do you have some really cool apps for your iPad? http://www.lunch.com/iPadusers <![CDATA[Kobo App for iPad (and website) Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> Samsung Galaxy Tab since it came preloaded. Kobo is a Canadian based company (headquartered in Toronto) and offers a 35% discount for first e-book. Currently, it has on offer a 20% off selected books until Apr. 10 with the coupon code apr8ww20. So, it's a reasonably good deal. Do take note that some books are not on tablets yet which means you can only download them into your PC or iPad (if available). 

Kobo is relatively easy to use. However, the selection is still very much limited, especially some old books by my favorite authors are not available. I can only find one book by Thomas Friedman! It does have some great classics for free and that's worth looking into. 

All in all, there's still much rooms for improvement, esp. with regards to its searches!]]>
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<![CDATA[ Kobo App for iPad (and website) -- when one or two ereaders are just too few]]> This review covers only the Kobo app for the iPad and the Kobo website, not the physical ereader.
The thumbnail recommendation for this app+website is due to how well the ereader is integrated with the website.  The motto is eReading.anywhere.anytime and that is no exaggeration.  Buy a book, begin reading it on your ereader.  Log on to the website and go to your library; select the book you’re currently reading and the site will take you to the last page your read on the ereader (currently the reverse is not true).  We don’t buy ebooks to read on computer screens, but if your ereader is charging or you don’t currently have it with you (a nearly impossible thought for me), you still have access to books you paid for wherever you can access the Internet. 

The app.  It is a free app for the iPad and comes with 5 free books (Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Alice in Wonderland, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Dracula, andPride and Prejudice).  The choice is odd and Alice would be the only one “required” because it is illustrated, giving you a sense for illustration and text instead of text alone (iBook uses Winnie-the-Pooh to the same end).  It is easily customizable.  Currently there are 4 fonts and a slider bar for fine-tuning font size and brightness controls.  It allows for page sliding, fading, and animated page flip.  Since Kobo accepts publications that are not the standard left+right justified, it has the option of changing the justification.  I mention that because the default when I opened my first book was left justified, had I not found that option, I was going to delete the app.  As with the other ereaders, you can highlight and make notes.  It also has a solid dictionary and quick access to Google and Wikipedia. 

The major drawback in the current version (4.2) is that the ereader does not contain a search function.  I think this is because, rather than keep the whole book in memory, it loads one chapter at a time.  I’ve sent a recommendation to add a search feature in upcoming releases.  Also, for the iPad, the hyperlinks to endnotes do not work, the notes are obviously links but pressing them does not take you to that part of the book. 

Book and periodical selection. Kobo appears to have more books available than currently available in the iBook store but fewer than Amazon’s for the Kindle.  It also has about a dozen, strangely arcane magazines: American Scholar, Guideposts, China Business instead of Time, Rolling Stone etc.  And it has the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and all major Canadian newspapers (all come with 2 weeks free subscriptions).  The book prices are competitive and I typically get two email coupons weekly, so far.

The main review is over and what follows does not affect my rating, but I cannot leave it uncommented.  Version 4.2 introduced an optional feature called “Reading Life” (with an option to link with Facebook).  It’s a silly train wreck—it is impossible to turn away from train wrecks of any size, the silly ones just allow for guilt-free laughter.  “Achievements” in video games and “badges” on Lunch are now facets of our interactive lives and for adults, the idea seems to be fun and campy.  But being awarded the Knight Rider award for reading through the night is truly silly and something I would be far too embarrassed on Facebook—being awarded anything for insomnia is a very bad idea; that is not a condition anyone would want to encourage.  And given how much I read, if I posted even half of these odd milestones, my wall would bog down and all my friends would block my posts due to frequency as much as silliness.  But there is one handy feature that makes it impossible for me to turn it off.  It keeps a running list of all notes in all texts, so I don’t have to open the book then look for it, I can scroll down through all my notes and link back to the book.

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<![CDATA[ Good But NOT Bubble-Free!]]>
Now for the bad. Installation isn't that hard, but you need an ISO 1 level clean room to keep dust from adhering to the film during the application process. Even if you manage to make the screen spotless and your hands dirt and oil free, some small bubbles form. I read that you can use a soap solution to help eliminate this, but I chose to use the Targus protect as directed. The included cardboard rectangle helps remove some bubbles, but I could not get all of them out. Thankfully they aren't really noticeable when the iPad is on. However, I don't see how the manufacturer can claim it is bubble-free.

I found the Targus Screen Protector to be a capable product even though it does not live up to all of it's claims. It also plays well with my AmazonBasics Black Silicone Skin]]>
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<![CDATA[ It's time to clear the iPad for take-off and landing]]>
All was going well until the passenger seated at the window asked to pass by us to use the restroom.  As I closed up the iPad to let the man go through, my daughter let out a scream the put the entire plane on notice that she was not happy to have her entertainment disrupted.  I quickly set her back up with the iPad once the man passed by, but at that point a chill ran through my spine.  I thought "what was going to happen when we needed to shut off all electronics for landing??"

Regardless of how you feel about my parenting techniques and using electronics to entertain a toddler, I didn't feel that cruising at 30,000 feet surrounded by strangers was the best time or place to try to instill a life lesson about hours of play time.  Most people would be reluctant to constructive criticism at the tail end of a cross-country flight, let alone a jet-lagged two year old who just finished off her last Goldfish crackers.

Fortunately, over the next 30 minutes, I was able to ween my daughter away from the iPad with some $10 crackers and raisins and I avoided the catastrophic melt-down during the landing which I had envisioned.

My experience caused me to consider the rules currently in place during take-off and landing that require all electronics to be completely shut off.  Sure, it may not seem like such a long time, but when you're trying to entertain a toddler, it feels like an eternity.  How old is this rule and do we still need to have it in place?  Are the communications electronics on the airplane so susceptible to electronic interference that a few games of Angry Birds could take down the aircraft?  And if so... should we even be flying at all??  Don't get me wrong, if using electronics does cause measurable interference with the avionics, then I'd much rather put up with some crying kids (and adults) than land in the middle of Lake Erie.  But let's at least collect some new data on this and see if we can rewrite some of the rules.  There's a very good chance that even today, a number of electronics stored in suitcases and purses are NOT shut off during take-off, yet no crashes have been attributed to "rogue electronics interference".  

Let's ask congress to take a break on investigating steroid use in the MLB and global warming, and put them to task on something that can have an immediate impact on millions of travelers!]]>
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<![CDATA[ Great alternative to the App Store]]> The AppShopper is a great alternative to using the App Store application.  You can use all kinds of filters to search specific apps.  For example, I like searching for new apps that are free or have a price change.  You can even filter what kind of apps you are looking for from games,  productivity or entertainment - with many more to choose from.

The AppShopper is a free download and a must have the the iPad user.]]>
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<![CDATA[iPad Quick Tip by 1MZJohansen]]> http://www.lunch.com/iPadfans/reviews/product/UserReview-iPad-191-1436308-166791.html http://www.lunch.com/iPadfans/reviews/product/UserReview-iPad-191-1436308-166791.html Mon, 27 Sep 2010 23:20:34 +0000 <![CDATA[ Action packed Ninja jumping game]]> I just love FREE games for my iPad.  The NinJump HD is another great freebie (however, don't know how long it will be free).  This game is action packed and it is not as easy as it looks.  You are a super jumping ninja jumping from side to side while climbing up between two buildings.  You must avoid flying stars, birds, enemies and obstacles.  There are plenty of power-ups and and surprises to boost your score.

Fun game and did I mention it's FREE!!!!  I don't think it will be free for long since it is a really nice HD quality game.]]>
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<![CDATA[ It's a freebie basketball game.]]> http://www.lunch.com/iPadusers/reviews/d/UserReview-iBasket-536-1627405-166549-It_s_a_freebie_basketball_game_.html http://www.lunch.com/iPadusers/reviews/d/UserReview-iBasket-536-1627405-166549-It_s_a_freebie_basketball_game_.html Mon, 27 Sep 2010 18:21:21 +0000 <![CDATA[iPad Quick Tip by Shopaholic]]> http://www.lunch.com/iPadusers/reviews/product/UserReview-iPad-536-1436308-159262.html http://www.lunch.com/iPadusers/reviews/product/UserReview-iPad-536-1436308-159262.html Fri, 17 Sep 2010 19:06:55 +0000 <![CDATA[ Just like Flight Control game but instead of using airplanes you use boats]]> This is a great free iPad game that is FREE.  Terrific color, graphics and game play.  You draw lines to direct your boat to the cargo area to load up with cargo and then draw a line again to direct it to the unloading dock.  Sounds easy...but it's not!  You will have more than one boat and they are going in all kinds of directions.  Some go faster than others and you must keep track of which are loading or unloading cargo.  It is a very challenging game.]]> http://www.lunch.com/iPadusers/reviews/d/UserReview-Harbor_Master_HD-536-1615620-157299-Just_like_Flight_Control_game_but_instead_of_using.html http://www.lunch.com/iPadusers/reviews/d/UserReview-Harbor_Master_HD-536-1615620-157299-Just_like_Flight_Control_game_but_instead_of_using.html Wed, 15 Sep 2010 17:26:28 +0000 <![CDATA[ Speak and instantly see your text.]]> Dragon Dictation is a free app for the iPad.  It allows you to speak and instantly and see your text on the display.  You can send the text as an email message, text message or even a word processor.  It is quite amazing and very  simple it is to use.  Messages are sent much faster since using Dragon Dictation is faster than typing.  AND IT'S FREE!!!!]]> http://www.lunch.com/iPadusers/reviews/d/UserReview-Dragon_Dictation-536-1615619-157298-Speak_and_instantly_see_your_text_.html http://www.lunch.com/iPadusers/reviews/d/UserReview-Dragon_Dictation-536-1615619-157298-Speak_and_instantly_see_your_text_.html Wed, 15 Sep 2010 17:17:47 +0000 <![CDATA[ Fruit Ninja HD game for the iPad]]> So as iPad owners we just love the iPad commercials.  We study them and say to ourselves "hey what is that app they are using".  Well I was determine to find the game that is featured in the IPad is Delicious commercial and I found it.  You know the one that shows two people playing a game with wild colors and fast action.  It is called Fruit Ninja HD and sells for $4.99 in the apps store.

It is addicting and non-stop action.  You can play in single player or multi-player modes.  As you progress in getting higher scores, you can unlock new swords and backgrounds.]]>
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<![CDATA[ Perfect for the iPad]]>
I really like how it is short in length (low profile)and does not stick out or bend up like most other car adapters on the market.

Now when I have long driving trips I can listen to my music on my iPad and not worry about draining the battery. It will charge even when your Apple product is in use.

If you are like me and own an iPad - this is a must have!]]>
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<![CDATA[ Very versatile]]> I'm saving my money up for this one.  I have a friend who has one and I fell in love with it.  Read books, have it read to you, and a GPS all in one.  It doesn't get any better than this.  More expensive than a Kindle, but with all its versatility it is the e-gadget to have!

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<![CDATA[ It's an application for iPhone but works with iPad]]> Scrabble app. for the iPhone works great with the iPad.  I play against the computer or against my active games with friends on Facebook.  If you have internet on your iPad, it will even inform you when it's your turn when playing against your friends. 

If you love word games then this is a game for you! ]]>
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<![CDATA[ Waterslide application for iPad]]> This game is not as easy  as it looks, but it is fun to play.  You are sliding around an very long waterslide trying to collect bonus points, jumping through rings and dodging crabs and other objects that can throw you off course.  You tilt your iPad in the direction you want to move on the slide.   It is not easy tho. Free application.]]> http://www.lunch.com/iPadusers/reviews/d/UserReview-Waterslide_app-536-1551093-106466-Waterslide_application_for_iPad.html http://www.lunch.com/iPadusers/reviews/d/UserReview-Waterslide_app-536-1551093-106466-Waterslide_application_for_iPad.html Thu, 12 Aug 2010 14:20:18 +0000 <![CDATA[ 10 Pin Shuffle App.]]>
Try the lite version and if you like it you can buy the full version.  Great game!]]>
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<![CDATA[ Perfect Companion Gift For iPad Owners]]>
The iPad is a "game changer" piece of hardware and this book is the perfect companion for anyone that finds this under their Christmas tree from Santa Claus. You will be happy you did!!

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<![CDATA[iPad Quick Tip by igazaar]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/product/UserReview-iPad-74-1436308-63227.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/product/UserReview-iPad-74-1436308-63227.html Thu, 1 Jul 2010 20:37:22 +0000 <![CDATA[iPad Quick Tip by nat_hill]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/product/UserReview-iPad-74-1436308-62690.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/product/UserReview-iPad-74-1436308-62690.html Tue, 29 Jun 2010 22:34:48 +0000 <![CDATA[iPad Quick Tip by akaspan]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/product/UserReview-iPad-74-1436308-62670.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/product/UserReview-iPad-74-1436308-62670.html Tue, 29 Jun 2010 18:55:16 +0000 <![CDATA[ A Magical Product]]> Apple's iPad is truly a magical device. Since this community is focused on reading and books this review will focus mostly on that use of the iPad but the device is great for a number of things, reading just being one use.

Apple, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble all have eReaders designed for the iPad, each with its respective store. Each of the three software pieces has its own strong points but all are great for reading. Browsing for a new book is especially fun in iBooks as a store is built right into the application. Apple uses many animAtions and color images to make the experience as good as possible.

Reading is great on the device. The backlight allows you to read in the dark, not disturbing anyone else. The color display also allows you to look at color images embedded in your literature, a weak point of the other ereaders on the market. Battery life is great- not as great as the kindle, but amazing for a backlit LCD.

If you have the extra money I definitely suggest buying this device over anoer ereaders as you are getting a lot for your money. You can read websites, check your email, itch movies and run applications. I am loving mine!

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<![CDATA[iPad Quick Tip by fischbein]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/product/UserReview-iPad-1436308-57212.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/product/UserReview-iPad-1436308-57212.html Mon, 24 May 2010 19:13:15 +0000 <![CDATA[iPad Quick Tip by fischbein]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/product/UserReview-iPad-1436308-57209.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/product/UserReview-iPad-1436308-57209.html Mon, 24 May 2010 15:50:51 +0000 <![CDATA[iPad Case Quick Tip by TeamAWAC]]> http://www.lunch.com/iPadfans/reviews/d/UserReview-iPad_Case-191-1442951-56020.html http://www.lunch.com/iPadfans/reviews/d/UserReview-iPad_Case-191-1442951-56020.html Thu, 15 Apr 2010 00:18:00 +0000 <![CDATA[iPad Quick Tip by jrjohnson]]> http://www.lunch.com/thatsbeat/reviews/product/UserReview-iPad-138-1436308-55816.html http://www.lunch.com/thatsbeat/reviews/product/UserReview-iPad-138-1436308-55816.html Wed, 7 Apr 2010 18:15:31 +0000 <![CDATA[ Very cool even though it feels like Steve Jobs is playing me]]>
First off, I'll leave all the detailed fawning over the coolness of this thing to the fanboys, but will say it is super cool toy.  I just want to play with it. 

But here are my issues with it.

First off, you can't even turn it on until you connect it to the apple store to buy their products... called... duh... iTunes.  When you take it out of the box there are 3 simple instructions to make it work... step one is sign up for iTunes.  To put this in perspective, can you imagine the uproar if Microsoft wouldn't even let turn on one of their machines until you sync'd it with their ecommerce platform??  It would be crazy... i think we'd have a congressional subcommittee formed, a special prosecutor assigned and televised antitrust trail... not to mention the angry mob outside the Microsoft headquarters calling for Bill Gates' head.  But with Apple... it's all good.

Second, typing is an issue.  Travis Murdock feels the same way.  But also, the size of the device makes it tough to hold it and type with your thumbs.  It's kind of awkward.  Laying it down and pecking at it with 2 fingers seems to be the best way to type.

But I'm still giving this thing a very high rating because it's VERY fun and I'm looking forward to using it to browse and watch a lot more content than i do on other devices.]]>
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<![CDATA[iPad Quick Tip by jrjohnson]]> http://www.lunch.com/iPadfans/reviews/product/UserReview-iPad-191-1436308-55798.html http://www.lunch.com/iPadfans/reviews/product/UserReview-iPad-191-1436308-55798.html Tue, 6 Apr 2010 18:39:40 +0000 <![CDATA[iPad Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> http://www.lunch.com/iPadfans/reviews/product/UserReview-iPad-191-1436308-55796.html http://www.lunch.com/iPadfans/reviews/product/UserReview-iPad-191-1436308-55796.html Tue, 6 Apr 2010 16:55:18 +0000 <![CDATA[ 24 Hours of iPad]]>

  • It's really fast. (MUCH faster than my 3G iPhone).  Everything just snaps.
  • Typing on the on-screen keyboard is much more effective than I would have anticipated.  Typing with one hand while holding the iPad in the other proved quite accurate, and if you can rest the iPad in your lap and type with two hands, it has a very natural feel.
  • The battery has outlasted me.  I'm still running off the "out of the box" charge.
  • There are a LOT of great "First Generation" iPad specific apps
  • The screen looks AMAZING

For the last year, I had been considering picking up a Netbook to perform "light duty" computing around the house.  A computer I could leave on the coffee table, and grab for a quick e-mail check, look something up on the internet, or even an emergency SSH session (connect to a remote server for maintenance).  As soon as the iPad was announced, I have been scouring the internet for scrapings of information as to the the type of apps that would initially be available in order to figure out which way to go -- iPad or Netbook.

I'm so glad I went with the iPad!

In addition the benefits of my initial impressions above, the best thing about the iPad might be that it's NOT a netbook.  I spend all day on a computer at work, connecting to other computers, writing code, configuring software, tweaking settings so everything runs just right.  At the end of the day, it's refreshing to now be able to pick up the iPad and have a completely different user experience.  It's also great knowing that there are currently thousands of developers out there right now who are desperate to make a great application specific to me and my iPad.


As with any operating system, the real test is in the software.  As much as everyone gushed over the great improvements of Windows 7, without the software, it essentially just comes with a built-in browser.  Same case goes for the iPad.  Out of the box, it's pretty fun to play around with iPhoto, Videos, YouTube, Mail and Safari, but the real customization comes through installing applications through the Apple App Store.  The iPad version of the App Store is even better than before.  With the extra screen real-estate, it more closely resembles the experience in iTunes than it does of the version for iPhone.  Initial gripes from the iPad announcement were that it was essentially a bigger iPod Touch -- this is a gross over-simplification.  The initial wave of applications have ushered in some very creative solutions and push the iPad closer to a full laptop replacement device.

Currently, I plan to use the iPad for the following tasks:
  • Checking and replying to mail
  • Web browsing
  • Streaming video via Netflix on demand, ABC Video, and even my EyeTV broadcast tv recordings
  • SSH
  • Instant Messaging
I'm currently on the hunt for a good application for SSH and Instant Messaging (iChat/AOL, Google Talk, Yahoo and MSN) so if you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments.  As it is, the iPad has already fulfilled all my requirements I had for the Netbook, and it offers a much better experience based on its speed and user interface (I was always discouraged by some of the more "creative" keyboard layouts found on some Netbooks).


One limitation of the iPad is the lack of ports -- it only has a headphone jack and the docking port.  However, there are already accessories available which provide a camera card reader, VGA output and even a keyboard dock.  While the lack of ports is a valid complaint, I think I like flexibility the "dock" port provides to third party developers.  When I checked out from the Apple Store yesterday, they were using an iPhone with a credit-card reader attachment.  There's no reason not to believe there won't be an explosion of devices which add even more versatility to the iPad.

If I could make any suggestions for change, I'd love to see the following in a future hardware or software revision.
  • Allow for "multiple logins" so the Mail Accounts, contacts, calendar, apps and bookmarks are specific to each user.  Since I see this device sitting on the coffee table, it would be nice if both my wife and I had our own set of preferences (however, I'm guessing Steve Jobs would just prefer we buy TWO iPads)
  • Add an IR receiver so it could work with the Apple Remote.  In addition to switching music tracks, it would be great to be able to change Keynote slides using a smaller Apple Remote
  • Oh yeah... and a camera... I guess... but only because everyone else is asking for one, too.
Not all is perfect.  The ABC App crashes on my constantly, and (very) few webpages have had some issues with forms.  I'd also like a way to upload photos through a web interface without having to rely on a "proper iPad app".  
 Overall, I'm still incredibly giddy about my new iPad.  At this point, I'm sure all the naysayers have labelled me as an "Apple Fanboy", and at this point, that's not too far from the truth.  But everyone who has laid hands on this latest gadget from Apple have been impressed by every aspect of it. While I'm not ready to give up my laptop just yet, anyone who is considering buying a Netbook to complement their current computer would be well served to put their hands on an iPad.  Apple puts a ton of thought into both their hardware and software designs, and it is immediately apparent on the iPad.

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<![CDATA[ Consume Not Create - The iPad media device]]> People who know me know that I like screens. I have five screens at my desk at work and two in my home office. I learned a long time ago that I was more productive when everything is visible and I don't have to switch back and forth between applications. I often quote this Microsoft research that says you are 9 to 50 percent more effective with multiple screens so my IT department will let me have another display. So, when I was presented with the opportunity to buy an iPad, I thought of it as another way to make me more productive.

After an exciting morning at the Palo Alto Apple store, I fired up the iPad and began "being productive." I was truly amazed at the speed and sharpness of the images. Like the iPhone, I naturally knew how to move the screen, change pages and navigate. The biggest moment occurred Sunday morning when I opened up the New York Times on the iPad. I had the device in front of me as I ate, like the paper, and I was able to click through and quickly find stories, like the Web site. Consuming media was much easier and enjoyable from my couch without my fire-hot MacBook Pro on my legs. Facebook is a lot of fun when you are casually browsing it on the iPad. My iPhone screen is too small to navigate Facebook well (even with the app) and my laptop is awkward. I'm sure I'll consume a lot of media with the iPad and enjoy it more.

My experience with being productive went very differently. As soon as I started to write email messages, everything fell apart. I only have two days using the keyboard, but it is completely impossible to type on at a decent clip. I don't look at the keyboard when I type and I have to rest my fingers on the keys. With a touch-sensitive keyboard you can't do that. Your fingers have to hover above the keys and there are no physical cues to guide you. The keyboard experience is exactly like that of your phone - you can type if you watch the keys and you can only type short messages. The only answer is a physical keyboard. I'm happy to see that Apple has that coming soon.

The device is a brilliant work of art that I believe will set the bar for any company that wants to compete in the tablet space. I've had it for two days and it is already changing the way I consume media. Unfortunately, I'll have to do my content creation on the laptop. The good news is that now I have a sixth screen for my desk.

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<![CDATA[ Underwhelmed with iPad]]>

I'm underwhelmed by this iPad thing, especially with all of the hype surrounding it.  It's no secret that I'm a well documented iPhobe, but I've tried to put that aside and be objective here.   I predict that only the most hardcore iSheep will be flocking to this overgrown iPod Touch.  I can see a future for the device and others like it, but it's not there in the present.

What's wrong with it?

  • No camera.
  • No phone calling.
  • Another $30/month for unlimited Internet access on top of what you're paying for your phone and home Internet access.
  • That *name*!!! Sounds like something that will revolutionize how women deal with uh...well...you get what I'm saying.
  • It's kinda big to lug around and it will DEFINITELY need a case to protect all of that glass.  You might as well keep using your laptop/netbook.
  • It's too small to get "real" work done, especially with no keyboard.  Again, keep your laptop/netbook.
  • New, untested processor that Apple designed in-house.  Why didn't they use Intel?

What's good about it?

  • The claimed battery life is amazing.
  • The multi-touch capability on a device that size might change things...someday.
  • This would be great to watch movies with on a plane.
  • I imagine there will be some niche applications that will be great;  I can see in-the-field photo editing and possible video work.

I looks like it would be an OUTSTANDING book/magazine reader, albeit an expensive one.  The kindle is monochrome and really only for books.  Something tells me that Amazon might kick it up a notch now though.

Speaking of books: I hope one day kids will just have to carry something like this vs. the backbreaking load of tree carcass that they have to walk around with now.  The only concern is that Apple is notoriously proprietary so I'll have to root for equal marketshare for Kindle and iPad and Sony and whomever else jumps in, so that there can be a standard file type and users can CHOOSE which device they want to carry around.

What's the damage?

  • 16GB = $499
  • 32GB = $599
  • 64GB = $699
  • Add $130 to the price if you want mobile 3G Internet access capability.

The Internet access is provided by AT&T exclusively, but the device isn't locked and there is no contract and can be used with WiFi only.  Here's what the access will cost you:

  • 250MB/month $14.99
  • Unlimited Access $29.99

So it appears that I'm in no danger of making my 1st ever Apple purchase.  Although, with some improvements and openness to 3rd party content (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon), I *just* might in the future.

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<![CDATA[ i What ?!?!?!]]>
Revolutionary? Well, I'm sure it's revolutionary... well, at least the way I've to relearn to type! I can type pretty fast on the keyboard now, I don't think he demonstrated how fast someone could type on an iPad! I hope it won't be a major source of frustration! We are supposed to be ready for the March launch of community sites, right? iPad won't do even if I were to get it for a Valentine's gift. I'm a little slow... in learning new ways to type, I mean!

So, what are the specs?
9.7 Inch IPS Display
10 hours battery llife
Thickness - 0.5 "
Weight - 1.5 pounds
Price = $499  .......

Ok, never mind about the typing problem. I'm getting it!

Launch date? Late March! Bummer!!!

Well, at least I don't have to retrain & brush up my typing speed for the Lunch community launch! ;-)

So, let's see what it's all about! :-)

I'm not sure if I really like the name iPad! 
We had iPod, iPhone and now iPad! All iP/s... sounds like intellectual properties! ;-)
I must admit, Apple ought to be a little more innovative in naming it!
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