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The iPad, a game changer? It sure frickin' feels like it!

  • Apr 6, 2010
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In the week leading up to the arrival of my iPad via UPS, I was second guessing my decision to buy it out of the gates. Not that I didn't want the iPad, I just wasn't sure what gadget gap it would fill.

As it is I have a laptop, a MediaCenter PC, an iPhone, and a Kindle, I wasn't sure where the iPad fit in. After 24 hours of intense use, the kindle is to the curb, my laptop is jealous, and the iPhone is glad it has phone (barely) capabilities. For all the reasons I like the kindle the iPad provides the same benefits plus the added value of a fully functional computer.

Some minor issues
  1. Apps are more expensive, app creators should produce free trials with upgrades or time based trials. At the higher price point, I'm less likely to "try" an app for the first time. (Show me the value first)
  2. Apps built for the iPhone just don't have the right experience for the iPad. They work, but the iPad specific apps are far superior. 
  3. Limited number of Apps and an even more limited number of free apps.
  4. Sharing it, it's a great coffee table product, however to be a true family device, it should allow for multiple logins plus a generic guest user.
  5. Screen glare; pool side or outdoor use could be an issue, i plan to test out multiple screen covers. (Kindle has the advantage.)
  1. Battery life, the iphone did such a great job of lowering our expectations that the battery life is on par with it's claim. We'll see how it holds up over time.
  2. Typing is easy, not as fast as a keyboard, but faster and easier than an iPhone.
  3. Speed... it moves fast, fast transitions, fast downloads, it's fast.
Why is it a game changer?
The biggest impact the device will have is with the family room aspect that the device enables. I no longer have to leave the room or bring my laptop to the family room to read email or check scores, i simply grab the magazine looking thing on the table and pull up the info. 

Bottom line 
The iPad, is a great device that enables people to consume content more easily and naturally. If you use a laptop on your couch to check email, browse the web, or check out news via a news reader OR if you browse the web and watch TV at the same time, the iPad is definitely something you should consider. 
The iPad, a game changer? It sure frickin' feels like it! The iPad, a game changer? It sure frickin' feels like it!

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May 05, 2012
April 15, 2010
I'm looking to buy one pretty soon. Many people say that it's hard on the eyes as an ereader though. Would you recommend Kindle or ereader and iPad for everything else?
April 15, 2010
It's a glossy screen, no doubt about it. The kindle is easier on the eyes. I'm going to add an anti-glare screen cover to the iPad and see how much it helps. End of the day I still enjoy reading using the iPad. Cost / benefit, you just get so much more out of the iPad than the kindle.
April 06, 2010
Now you are talking ;-) I do believe the idea is to buy everyone in the house each! No one in their right mind will share their iPads! Possibly only the love of it.
April 06, 2010
Great point regarding the price of the new apps. Free previews would be great. Who is going to start the iPad community so we can get some quality reviews?
April 06, 2010
Done! :-)
April 06, 2010
And thanks for joining the new community! I just added a few of iPad apps & if you have used it, please rate them! Better still, write a review on them! I checked out some of the videos, boy, I don't think I can hold out for the next few months!
April 06, 2010
Hahaha, love the second sentence in your second paragraph!  But you mean to say that the more expensive apps don't have "lite" versions like the iPhone?  That would be a bummer considering some of them are $10+.  And how do you type on it?  Like a regular keyboard or iPhone-style poking?  I'm intrigued by this thing.  Great review, Jim!
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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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