Having owned an iPad (the original) for several months now, I wanted to provide my opinion of it for others. First, I purchased the 32 gig model with 3G access and activated the 3G immediately so I could have access anywhere there was 3G coverage.
There are so many nice features about it I can’t even start. But I will run through some of the basis that I found beneficial, such as the amount of applications “apps” that are available.
Some of my goals of purchasing an iPad where:
- Compact note taking that syncs to a Windows and web based application
- Convenient way of maintaining email communications
- Interactive educational environment for my children
- Convenient way of viewing online photos & videos
- Compact web browsing & using web apps
Above all the iPad is a game changer, it is an amazing piece of technology. The size is perfect, you can easily carrying it around, it’s the perfect size to just have with you. The battery is very long lasting, I used it all day and would just plug it in before I go to bed at night. Never ran out of battery on it.
We also loaded movies put on it from iTunes and used it for traveling so my children could watch movies while we drive.Of course, email is perfect, a larger screen that a phone makes reading and replying to emails a breeze, I connected it to my corporate email as well as my personal email on GMail and other services without any issues.I installed the free app EvernNote on the iPad and on my PC and note taking is accomplished, no more taking my laptop with me to meetings.
Using online services like Facebook, Twitter and SmugMug was nice for viewing what was online. The photos and video came in crystal clear. But, in my opinion posting messages and really interacting on Facebook was cumbersome when using the web app. The Facebook applications where nice, but no where near the web app.
Web apps is where the iPad falls short I feel, without flash it leaves you wanting more. There where many times that I had to switch to my PC just to work on web applications. This was the largest downside to the iPad that I discovered, so much so that I end up using my PC more than the iPad. I keep the iPad handy for traveling using the 3G service to stay connected or I just tether my phone to a PC.
Overall, I liked the iPad the price is still a bit high and it needs to come down and it needs to have flash capabilities to really make it a viable solution for many cases. Would I buy it again, probably, but I would really wait for a better price.
I hope this was helpful, my kids love the iPad and like I said it will be traveling with us still. Just don’t ever think of it as a computer replacement, it compliments a computer definitely.