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Consume Not Create - The iPad media device

  • Apr 5, 2010
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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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November 13, 2010
I had heard some rumors of difficulty reading the screen on an iPad but, you didn't mention it so I guess it was just that, a rumor? I also agree with you about physical keyboards...I definitely need that to do any kind of productive work. Thanks for the review!
 
April 06, 2010
great review travis! i'm not only going to get myself an ipad but i'm going to get a couple new monitors for my desk. I'm working off of one old monitor that i've had for 5 years now. I'm over due!
 
April 06, 2010
I figured the same... that it'll replace my MP5, PSP & TV rather than my laptop or netbook :-) Good review! We did have some concerns about typing on the iPad!
 
April 06, 2010
Dang, Travis, I am envious of all your screens! Even if it seems like information overload :P Is that TweetDeck I see you running on your iPad? Immensely jealous. Great review!
 
April 05, 2010
I completely agree with you in regards to the iPad as the best way to consume content. Reading, watching video, and listening to music... are all a great experience on the iPad. While there's no way that the touchscreen keyboard will compete with a full keyboard, I have found the onscreen keyboard is more than adequate for moderate usage... but once I start working on my "Great American Novel", I'll go with the wireless keyboard via bluetooth :-)
 
April 05, 2010
Great review, Travis. I'm having some serious iPad envy right about now.
 
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The iPad  is a tablet  computing device product from Apple Inc. The device was announced on January 27, 2010, at a press conference at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts  in San Francisco. The device was rumored for several months, with iSlate  and iTablet among rumored names.
The device is expected to incorporate a 10-inch (26 centimeter) multi-touch display made by Innolux, a subsidiary of Foxconn. The price is expected to be more than the iPhone but less than an Apple notebook computer.

The iPad's lowest grade model with a 16GB hard drive will run for $499 dollars with the 32 GB running for $599 and the 64GB running at $699.  Buyers will also have the opportunity to purchase the iPad with 3G connectivity with the lowest grade model starting at $629 and going up.  The Wi-Fi models will ship in late March while the 3G models will ship in April.

 Yair Reiner claims the iSlate will compete in the market against dedicated e-book devices such as the Barnes & Noble nook and the Amazon Kindle while offering 70% of revenue to publishers, the same arrangement accorded developers of the App Store. These arrangements would also extend to print publishers who currently receive less in digital work royalties from companies like Amazon.com.

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