I was one of the 50,000 who got in on the first pre-order from Apple for my iPad. I bought the 64 GB model. I was very excited when it arrived, so I immediately opened it and started playing with it. I found it very easy to setup and run, but that’s not a surprise after I don’t know how many iPods I have bought and setup for myself and my family.
Let’s get the criticism out of the way at this point. Here are the key things I see as deficiencies with the current version of the iPad, in no particular order:
- No camera
- No USB port
- Screen gets dirty very easily (easy solution: 3M Electronics Cleaning Cloth — works great!)
- Glare in bright rooms has been problematic
- Ability to multi-task applications
- Limited number of applications in the early days — was surprised that some key apps did not have an iPad version (e.g. Facebook)
- Maybe a little heavy for its size?
- I know the 3G version is coming, but do I really need to pay for internet access (data plan) a third time?
There’s a bunch of reasons to love this device, however. The 1 gHz processor is plenty snappy, especially compared with my 1st generation iPhone. The applications optimized for iPad, such as iBooks and YouTube, really work well. I also am enjoying the USA Today on the iPad. It feels almost like I am reading the paper. The best use I came up with so far is to share YouTube videos with a colleague during an impromptu meeting. No searching for the cord to connect to a projector or using crappy laptop sound. Using my clever protective case (from Apple) and the speakers in the iPad, I quickly started and ran a video with no disruption to the flow of the meeting. This is very good.
My next steps are to continue to walk around and use this as a productivity tool. I intend to buy at least some of the iWork tools offered. Inside the corporate firewall, we may have a printing and file sharing solution. More on that later. I am also awaiting a VGA adaptor, which will allow me to connect to a projector. That will make for some interesting demonstrations, to be sure.
All in all, I would characterize myself as one who likes this technology, however, I am not a raging fan. This is a very solid first release, true to Apple’s form. If I were going to buy this myself for personal use, I can’t say with absolute certainty that I would make the investment. I think it’s too early to tell how this tablet computing market will play out. But while we wait, I will enjoy downloading more applications to my iPad and get as much out of it as I can.