The iPad is here! The line at the
Apple Store was impressive, and the Apple Store clerks handed out Smart water, coffee, and muffins. The line moved briskly and there was a festive atmosphere and a fellowship of similarly minded futurists. And I believe that this device is a portal to the future of mobile computing. It untethers you from the desk in a way that laptops never could because laptops were still all about creating a desk.
It is an enabling technology much
in the way that literacy and human language enabled humans to be unfettered by genes and instinct. You may hate Apple and all that it makes, but you will be turning away from the next big thing, if that is important to you.
On opening, the device, like the iPod, wants to be connected to iTunes to be activated. Once set up, the device is beyond words in terms of fit, finish, and smooooothness.
Mike Park Netflix streamed through is amazing. Watched princess bride with G. ABC app has every episode of Lost – you could catch up with six straight days of watching (and you’d only recharge 12 times).
Bluetooth keyboards work fine – a Palm folding bluetooth keyboard linked and functioned perfectly without a hitch – something that never happened with any windows mobile or palm device I’ve had in the past.
Citrix viewer though still an iPhone app, functions well enough to be useful. With sone tweaks it would be perfect.
Email works fine – all the apple office suite and PIM apps are amazing to work with and you literally want to lick the screen. Bought the VGA out cable for Keynote presentations.