iPad First Impressions

I got a chance to play around with an iPad yesterday.  I wanted to record my first  impressions, to see if (or rather, how) they will change over time.

  • The screen is awesome.
  • The gestures are a bit more natural for me than the iPhone.
  • It really is a large iTouch.  But "large" makes a huge difference.
  • I wish it were kindle-light.  Not sure that it's as good a substitute for an e-reader.  However, if I'm traveling, I'll probably just grab one device, and naturally, it's the iPad.
  • The lack of a camera is a non-issue, at least in the first version.
  • I recently had a conversation about the differentiated advertising paradigm on an iPad.  I am now more convinced of it.  There will be new ways to advertise/interact with the audience on pads.
  • I wish it were open.  Would speed up development and foster creativity.

I remain convinced that it's a giant leap in UI and user experience. 

One thought on “iPad First Impressions

  1. Full agreement on all points.
    It is amazing how many people (mostly techies) call iPad just a giant iPod Touch – missing the whole point.
    It is the first computer grandma/grandpa may be able to use. It will give them all they need – email, web, books, bunch of apps. All a single button click away. Bogged down? Just press the “home” button and you are at the top level.
    The large screen makes all the difference in usability.
    I have been telling people for months Apple will not be able to build these fast enough. The pick-up will speed up over time, turning into a frenzy around Xmas time. Just like the iPhone.
    BTW, OS4 (multi-tasking) on iPad will help make it an even more compelling value proposition – you can fire up Skype and leave it in the background while doodling with other apps. When a call comes, in, you switch to Skype. The implications are tremendous, basically meaning that an iPad is also a Phone – if you have a Skype-in number.
    Being an experienced techie, I got my hands on an iPad on day one. So far, I am very impressed all around.
    Now that Apple has shown how it can be done, I am hopeful the rest of the industry will finally start building viable, more open tablets. I have high expectations of Google Android and Ubuntu on open slate computers.
    After all, we don’t want Apple to have a monopolistic rein on this market, as they always had a totalitarian approach to managing their developers and users on their platform, as the forthcoming Adobe law suit will demonstrate.
    Summary: Giant leap forward for the mobile computing industry. Thanks, Apple!


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