JD is visiting at the box factory today, and he brought his iPad along. My iPod Touch is the coolest thing since the Leatherman, so a *really big* iTouch should be even better, right? Well, yes and no.
JD opted for the rubberized http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC361ZM/A
, which I would recommend to anyone purchasing an iPad. It protects the unit as well as providing options for easier viewing. Overall the iPad is very slick to use, as expected, and it's nice to be able read webpages on a larger scale than my iTouch will allow. It is a great toy
to play around on, but as JD will attest, it is not
a productivity tool.
A few things I noticed right away that bugged me:
1. Fingerprints. Maybe JD has been eating greasy food lately, but man do those fingerprints ever show up... and it's not like you can just make a quick swipe with your t-shirt to clean it.
2. Reflections. Light reflects off the screen like crazy, but moving the pad or your head can nullify this.
3. The "Keyboard". Even in landscape mode, the keyboard is crowded, and trying to do any real typing is worthless. You can't rest your fingers on the keys for 'home-row' typing, and there's no tactile feel to tell you where your fingers are. There's also the fact that your right 'pinky' finger is over the 'go' or 'enter' key instead of the 'semicolon' key. It's actually easier
to type on my iPod Touch!
But given the sleek design, the fluid-like ease of use, and the bright display (in the right light) I can still see why someone would want
one -- but I can't see why anyone would need
one. It would be easy enough to put up with my list of complaints -- especially by Apple-ites who are used to 1-button mice.
Some of the bigger issues for me are the lack of multi-tasking, lack of USB connectivity, and incompatibility with Adobe Flash, but hopefully these will be rectified in future renditions.
The die-hard Apple crowd will swoon over the iPad, but I won't even consider one until it is actually a viable replacement for a netbook or laptop. Until then, I will stick with the iTouch that I can slip into my pocket.