Archive for July, 2010

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Consumption Device

July 24, 2010

After a few weeks of use I have come to realize that the iPad is best used as a device to consume media and online content. While there are some office suite applications out there none of them seem really polished and ready to use in a real hard core work environment. I imagine as time goes on these apps will get more streamlined and less buggy.

The other big issue behind my thoughts are that the lack of physical keyboard can make it more difficult to “create” content. I am writing this on my iPad but honestly it would be faster for me using some sort of physical keyboard.

Having said that it is an awesome media consumption device. More on this later…

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Wow… That is a surprise

July 15, 2010

One of the most shocking things people comment on when picking up the iPad has to be the weight. I have yet to find a person who doesn’t think it was heavier than they thought. The first time you pick it up it does surprise you.

I am wondering if this is a turn off for some people. While it is a nice screen and great interface the weight of something that you are expected to hold while you consume media is more than many are comfortable with.

Personally I was a bit surprised myself but have gotten used to it now. I do not see this replacing my Kindle for bed reading but for media consumption like YouTube and my video podcasts this has become my device of choice. It also helps that I had a decent iTunes library and not using and iphone any longer had me looking for a place to put it all.

Will have some more comments again but having shown the device to two friends who both commented on the weight I had to post a little something about that.

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iPad in the house

July 10, 2010

Well they got me.. First I thought it would be a good tool for my wife and son so I picked one of them up as a gift After playing around with it for a bit and getting things setup for their trip to Boston and Japan I got caught up in the fun of the device. My wife and son love it and even left the laptop at home for the Boston trip as this will do all that they need while on vacation.

I will be posting a bit more as I spend some more time with my device. I know there are lots of posts about the iPad but I figured that someone that was not interested in the device at launch could be interesting. Thinking of it as an oversized iPhone had me passing up at first. Now I can seem some good uses for it as a travel laptop replacement.

Well look for some comments from time to time on the subject. And of course I am posting this from an iPad.

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Quick post

July 8, 2010

Quick test post from an iPad. Good times at the Red Sox game.