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Very cool even though it feels like Steve Jobs is playing me

  • Apr 7, 2010
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Last night i just got the 32G iPad.

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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September 15, 2011
I find that the internet searches go quicker on the iPad.
 
October 13, 2010
I found typing a little problematic at first as well, but I can actually type with two hands on my iPad now. Of course it has to be lying down, but, I can type as well as if I were using a full sized keyboard.
 
April 13, 2010
The experience typing on this thing is similar to typing on the iPhone when you're a new user, it gets better with time.
 
April 08, 2010
How about sending one over so that I could test-drive it? ;-p Btw, JR, would be great to have this review in the iPad Buzz community, mind moving it over? Thanks! :-)
 
April 07, 2010
Holy geez, 32GB?  I've barely used 2GB on my iPhone that I've had for 6 months.  That's a lot of songs and pictures :)  And wow, Apple's not messing around and really getting down to business.  I mean, all iPad users will eventually need to get an iTunes account in order to get apps if they don't already have one, but still.  Bummer to hear about the typing.  Keyboard extension?  Still sounds like a cool toy though.  Thanks for sharing!
April 07, 2010
they were out of the 16G which is what i would have preferred. Not sure what i'll do with all that extra space... maybe i'll download some movies... if i can just get over my last movie experience.
April 07, 2010
Well, the extra space never hurts if it was "forced" upon you :P And I'll have to check out that movie review!
April 08, 2010
Wait until they put everything in the cloud! 16/32GB will be plenty and just used for things you need offline :)
 
April 07, 2010
You might be right about the uproar that would ensue if Microsoft were to make its customers jump through the same hoops that Apple does with iTunes. The Zune has an identical setup process, but fortunately for Microsoft's lawyers, no one buys those. http://www.zune.net/en-us/support/usersguide...gstarted/quickstart.htm
April 07, 2010
i must have struck a nerve huh Drew??? But comparing the zune to the iPad??? Zune is a music player... iPad is a computer. connecting a music a player to a music store seems palatable, but a computer? Didn't zune just copy the ipod setup anyway?
 
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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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