Okay, I’ve had the iPad a little over a week now. Its been a lot of fun. I’ve been reading a book, watched some Netflix and videos, listened to music, etc. There are things that it is definitely good for, and things that it needs work in. I’m going to try to summarize my experience.
I love catching up on my RSS feeds with it. I’ve used Google Reader and my iPhone for this for a while. It worked well with those tools. With the iPad it is much better. The larger screen really works for it. I can get through hundreds of news items in a pretty short period of time and keep up on what is going on in the world. This is definitely an area where it works.
A related note is reading websites. I prefer to browse on this more than anything I’ve used before. Note, that is BROWSING, not doing research. If I need to have multiple pages open or do comparisons, that isn’t the sweet spot, but puttering around is great. Another area that is awesome.
You may know that we spent some time in the ER last week with one of the kids. Hanging out can be a pain, but having instant access to movies and videos was cool. Gina, Ripley and I were able to all watch the screen and keep occupied while we waited a couple of hours to resolve the situation. Without it, it would have been a painful evening.
Reading books, playing games, working with Evernote, are all great uses for this as well. The list goes on. There are however areas that it isn’t as great.
There are times that I struggle with not having always-on Internet access. I really don’t think it will be an issue once the “shiny” wears off and I don’t want to pick it up every 5 minutes to do something. I am in a stage of figuring out its place.
The Apple Work suite is also not quite baked yet. Its nice to be able to pull in Office documents and take them with you. Even the ability to modify them is nice. What isn’t nice is the stripping of functionality from the docs when you import them. That kind of sucks. Having access has been awesome, but I want more.
Also lacking is a really good note taking application. Evernote is good in some ways, but I’d love to see bullet lists and formatting options. I’ve seen a couple of alternatives, but none really speaks to me. It needs to have an easy way to get content on and off the device and rich formatting for meeting notes, etc.
I’d also like to see a drawing program that can read and write Visio docs. We use it heavily at work, and it is a pain not to have access to it. That is probably the biggest thing lacking. I have drawing programs and Visio-like programs, but nothing that is compatible.
Most of my issues will be resolved as apps mature. Overall I love it. I wouldn’t give it up. I am looking forward to a plane trip so I can try it out.