This week I am getting up close and personal with a new addition to our fleet of computers, the famous (or infamous, depending on your point of view) Apple iPad.
I have several reasons for doing this:
- I love my iPhone 3GS with IOS4 and I am excited to see if I will fall in love with a larger HD version of it. More is better when it comes to screen size right?
- Many of our clients (large and small) are either interested in, or have already decided to support iPads in their IT environment. And many of those who haven’t already decided to support them are feeling huge pressure from their users to provide some level of support.
- Honestly, my biggest reason for taking this on is that I am a huge geek and love to tinker with new technology to see how it might enhance my life. If it doesn’t make my life better in some way, then it will end up collecting dust on a shelf or sold on eBay.
Even though the iPad has been out for a while, I wanted to share my unbiased, honest opinion from an IT consumer who also happens to be a technician and consultant. It might interest you to know that I am a PC and a MAC (and Linux and iPhone and…) – I look at all of these as wonderful tools, and I keep them all in my toolkit and consider which one to reach for depending on the the job at hand.
My first experience with the iPad involved buying one and I grade this experience as a D-. I simply do not like to purchase a computer online. I want to go see one, touch it, feel it, buy it and take it home. I visited the Apple store a half-dozen times, and, after not being able to do that (because they were perpetually out of stock), I decided not to buy one. But after six months or so, I gave in and decided to take Apple up on their standard offer to place my order online. I purchased a 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model and an Apple iPad Case for $629 and $39, respectively, expecting to have an iPad in my hand in a couple of days. (And I would have, if FedEx hadn’t kept trying to deliver it to my office after hours when no one was there to accept it…but that’s another story.)
The case promises to protect your iPad and be a convenient stand. My first observation is the case looks like its worth maybe $7 and while it does offer some amount of protection it is a terrible stand. So my first impressions are not all that great regarding the purchase and the case.
How do I feel about the device itself? I am going to save the juicy details for my next posting but I will say that after nearly 24 hours I am highly impressed with some features and functions and highly unimpressed with some others. Please stay tuned as I share my experience – I am going to be brutally honest and would invite you to share your thoughts and tips. I may miss some things that you think are important, and would appreciate your tips and observations, both pro and con. Hopefully we can learn from each other how to make this exciting device sing!