iPad: First Impressions

Here I go again, from the Lunch Room.

My current iPad screen one.

I am getting a lot of requests from readers and friends to post some of my first impressions of the iPad, Apple’s latest device du jour.

OK, let me start by saying, that these are not exactly my initial impressions. In fact, I have been using the iPad for a couple weeks now, and have some pretty definite ideas regarding what it is all about. At least for me, that is.

I have really come to think that the iPad is a different device for a lot of different people, for a variety of uses. It is hard to nail down a single thing that makes it worthwhile for everyone. The iPhone was easy; it replaced my cellphone, PDA, digital camera and iPod all in one fell swoop. A no brainer. So what about the iPad? Where is the value?

I have been using mine a lot for reading, checking email, Twitter, surfing the web. The browser is really fast, and the Internet experience is nearly on par with sitting on the couch with a laptop. It is also worth noting that I am writing this blog post on my iPad, which I have become very comfortable typing on. In fact, it has the potential to be an excellent mobile blogging platform.

Still, if you have an iPhone and a laptop that you use regularly away from your desk, you may find it hard to locate a good place in your life for the iPad. Unlike the iPhone, the iPad is pretty much impossible to use with one hand, so if you regularly sit on your couch with one hand on the remote or a drink you may be in trouble. It can’t do anything too serious, either, so Final Cut Pro in your lap is out.

The iPad can be an odd character to fit into your story. Or it may fit right in. My suggestion for now: try one. Go to the Apple store and try one out, or even better, find a friend who has one and get a good half hour or more with it. Although everyone has a different usage scenario for the iPad, the one constant is this: everyone I know who has actually touched one wants one.

— Posted From My iPad, “The Lunch Room”

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