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10 things I learned about the iPad on my first day

Wow, how much fun was your first day with the iPad? How’d you get yours? We had a blast opening our iPad live on UStream (and you can watch the replay online as well). Here are some of my first impressions in the form of a list (I was going to say top 10 list, but it isn’t in any order).

What’s your impression? Answer the poll in the right column ==>

  1. The iPad is FAST
    Blazing fast. Makes me want to give up my iPhone (tho I need that to be away from the house). Even my daughter said she didn’t want to use my iPhone any more.
  2. It is a little heavier than I expected
    When I first took it out of the box it seemed a bit heavier than I thought it would be. It isn’t bad using it to watch movies etc, but it just surprised me that it was more solid than I expected it to be. I understand the glass is a hair thicker too.
  3. the sync with iTunes is very fast
    I’m used to the iPhone sync which takes forever. The iPad backs up quickly and moving movies and music to the iPad was very fast.
  4. the screen is amazing!
  5. the on screen keyboard isn’t too bad

  6. planetiPad store

  7. netflix app works beautifully and movies play very smoothly
  8. there are some differences between the iWork desktop and iPad applications
    my first import of a pages document showed that the table of contents and sections were eliminated. Read this page on engadget to see how to xfer your files.
  9. it won’t be your only computer – you have to sync, backup etc. from another computer
    As much as we want this to be the computer for our parents, alas, you’ve got to connect it to another computer every now and then. Especially the first time – the very first thing you see is the ‘connect to itunes’ screen. You can’t do anything else with your iPad until you do that.
  10. this ain’t your father’s computer (I don’t have anything else to say about that – it just seemed funny)
  11. I love my iPad
  12. Bonus: the battery is amazing! In the first day, after playing movies, letting the kids play with it, doing the iPad unboxing and playing a few games myself, by bedtime the battery was only at 40% remaining.

We’ll have more as we learn how well this thing works


First hands on iPad reviews!

It appears that several major media outlets have had their hands on iPads for about a week and have been allowed to publish their reviews this evening.

David Pogue from the New York Times posted his review. Here’s an excerpt:

“The iPad is so fast and light, the multitouch screen so bright and responsive, the software so easy to navigate, that it really does qualify as a new category of gadget. Some have suggested that it might make a good goof-proof computer for technophobes, the aged and the young; they’re absolutely right.

And the techies are right about another thing: the iPad is not a laptop. It’s not nearly as good for creating stuff. On the other hand, it’s infinitely more convenient for consuming it — books, music, video, photos, Web, e-mail and so on. For most people, manipulating these digital materials directly by touching them is a completely new experience — and a deeply satisfying one.

The bottom line is that the iPad has been designed and built by a bunch of perfectionists. If you like the concept, you’ll love the machine.

The only question is: Do you like the concept?”

Andy Ihnatko has one and has posted a review and was online at TWiT.tv this evening with an unboxing video. And here’s a snip from his review:

“It’s a computer that many people have been wanting for years: a slim, ten-hour computer that can hold every document, book, movie, CD, email, picture, or other scrap of data they’re ever likely to want to have at hand; with a huge library of apps that will ultimately allow it to fulfill nearly any function; and which nonetheless covers the dull compulsories of computing (Mail, the web, and Microsoft Office-style apps) so well that there will be many situations in which this 1.5-pound slate can handily take the place of a laptop bag filled with hardware and accessories.

In fact, after a week with the iPad, I’m suddenly wondering if any other company is as committed to invention as Apple. Has any other company ever demonstrated a restlessness to stray from the safe and proven, and actually invent things?”

The Wall Street Journal review from Walt Mossberg. And they included this video summary:


(Photo credit: snap from the Walt Mossberg video)

120,000 iPads sold on the first day

Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech blog is reporting that an estimated 120,000 iPads were sold on the first day.

“The team at Investor Village’s AAPL Sanity board have completed their initial analysis of pre-orders for the iPad tablet computer.”

“the Sanity team estimates:

* Nearly 120,000 iPads sold. Their math: 124,596 (orders of all Apple products Friday) minus 16,500 (the average number of online orders on a normal day) times 1.11 (the average number of iPads ordered per customer) equals 119,987 iPads.”

You should read the whole article.

This is also being covered on gizmodo.

Chart from the blog.

iPad pre-ordered – am I crazy?

Yep, this morning, I did it – I pre-ordered 2 Apple iPads!

In case you think I’m crazy, I don’t think so. One is for me, the other is for someone who writes a review on one of my sister sites, planet5D Review – so you too could be selected in the giveaway – just write a review of a camera product that is on planet5D Review and you’ll be eligible.

The one I ordered for myself was the 32gb wi-fi version. I have an iPhone and I don’t think I am gonna need to have the 3G connectivity while I’m out – but you never know. I don’t travel much (but that could change at any time) and I think that I can use the 3G on my iPhone to keep tabs on the world when I’m out and not near wi-fi.

So, right now, I’m really excited – I cannot wait to get this new iPad. I don’t currently have a mac laptop (tho I do have a windows xp laptop for my day job that I don’t like much) and I do find the iPhone a bit small for doing things while I’m away from my iMac.

What do I think I’m going to use this thing for tho? Well, that’s a good question. I would like to get away from this computer a bit more – but I really do spend a vast majority of my time in front of a computer. I am hoping that I can use the iPad for a bit more things while I’m away from the computer. I plan to have a lot more photos on it too. I bought the small dock and plan to have it sitting next to my iMac when I’m at my desk… hopefully doing a slideshow of my favorite pix. I’m also a part time photographer, so I can see some cool uses as a portfolio. Even Vincent Laforet is planning on sending out iPads as portfolios (see item 7 in his list) to potential clients – what a great idea!

I recently discovered Instapaper and am trying to use it to store things I need to read. When browsing on the web on your main computer, you click a bookmarklet and Instapaper stores the page for you to go back and read later. I am thinking that on the iPad, this will rawk (young kids spelling of ‘rock’ LOL – I’m so hip!)… saving things that I can read later and to use the iPad to get away – maybe sitting outside under a tree and reading the day’s news. I’m not sure how easy the iPad is going to be able to help me blog. I do tend to be a speed typer and I am eager to see how the goofy virtual keypad will be on the iPad.

So, what the heck am I doing spreading myself so thin (with a day job and tons of things to do for planet5D)? Well, I love Apple products and I’m  super excited about the iPad and I’ve become really addicted to blogging, so why not? I hope you find something worthwhile here and please let me know what you think!