Saturday, 03 April 2010

I drove down to Best Buy today to check out the iPads they had on display and for sale. It was about 1:30 p.m. when we arrived and they still had quite a few in stock, but only the 32GB and 64GB models. The 16GB iPads had sold out just before we arrived.

My impressions of the device were this: It was a little heavier than I thought it would be, and a little thicker feeling, but a nice size. It has a great display and is very snappy and responsive. The iPhone apps displayed at 2x resolution were generally pretty blocky looking, but useable at least until a higher-resolution version is released. I wouldn’t want to keep viewing some of them for too long just because it was hard to look at them that way for more than a few minutes. Maybe I’m just spoiled.

Why do I want one of these things? There are a variety of reasons, but one particular reason tops my list. I’m very much looking forward to running ForeFlight Mobile HD on the iPad in the future. The picture on the right shows a couple cool screens of the aviation application revamped for the iPad’s larger display. They’ve iPad-ified acreens for plates, maps, weather, downloads, and airport data. They’ll be adding a bunch of other iPad enhancements in a future update.

Anyhow, back to my check-out-the-iPad experience… The Best Buy sales guy said ( in a “you didn’t hear it from me” sort of way) that they would have another shipment of them in next Sunday. For what it’s worth. I asked for and got a paper from the guy entitling me to go to the front counter and pick up a 32GB model and continued to shop at the store. But, as I thought about it I kept returning to my position over the past few days: The iPad doesn’t have enough value for me without the 3G radio built in. I was considering buying one for use around the house, but just couldn’t justify buying two of these in the first month.

So, I returned the paper to the floor sales guy and said thanks, but I was going to wait for the 3G models. He nodded and said he understood.

It’s a cool device with a nice interface. It’s a lot like a big iPod Touch or iPhone, as the kids pointed out. But it also can do more than the smaller devices in terms of app capabilities and performance.

I’ll pick one up once the 3G models are out. For now, I’ll wait.

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Sunday, 04 April 2010 05:09:56 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Since I'm not really an Apple Fanboy, beyond the fact that I'd like to have a MacBookPro, I've been watching this iPad rollout with disinterested curiosity. The tweets and live bloging posts began rolling across my screen yesterday and it was fun to see and hear people's handson assesments - like yours.

But as I drove home last night a thought or two occurred to me. First, this would be a great device to have sitting on my coffee table to pick up "whenever" like I do a book or magazine or newspaper. Also, it would be pretty cool for mindless web browsing, when I'm just hanging out with family. It might even be a more pleasant form of reading material than my mobile or laptop, when I'm using the bathroom. I even think the iPad might become more and more ubiquitous as time goes on and the early adopter premium gets smaller.

In the meantime, my desktop and notebook PCs will fulfill most of my needs, and my new Motorola Droid will fill in the blanks quite well.

Thanks for the review GReg!
Tuesday, 06 April 2010 07:37:36 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I am still on the fence on the first generation iPad. I agree that if you are going to get one wait for the 3G however I think I may wait for a second generation iPad so I don't miss out on any of the expected enhancements.

However, I would love to take Foreflight beyond the iPhone and use it on a larger screen.
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