Yesterday Dave and I posted our wishes for the Apple iPad and now that the curtain has finally been raised and the device that so many geeks have been waiting for has been revealed, we wanted to compare what we wanted with what we got.
Dave’s comments are in Blue italics and mine are in Black.
During the event, Dave and I were chatting via instant messenger while we both repeatedly refreshed live blogging sites. Me on Engadget and Dave on CNet. While we wished we were there in the flesh, it ‘almost’ felt like we were. Ok, it didn’t really feel that way at all, but it was better than nothing.
Overall, I am pleased but not as giddy as I thought I would be about Apple’s latest device. Yes, the iPad is more or less what Julie and I expected but that is it. There should have been something special about the iPad that made you go ‘my oh my that is incredible’. Where the iPhone and Touch were revolutionary devices, the iPad is evolutionary. It does fill the gap between the iPhone/Touch and MacBook, but leans more towards the iPhone/Touch than the MacBook. If it had a tweaked version of Snow Leopard and a forward facing video camera to iChat, I would definitely still be giddy.
It’s a good thing that we’re both not giddy, since we’re going to do a dual review. It will be beneficial to have two voices. Yin and Yang, Good cop, bad cop, etc. So if you all haven’t guessed it, I’m going to be the giddy one in this duo. Actually giddy is too strong of a word, but I am pretty happy because I got almost everything that I’ve been wanting.
Things I liked: IPS screen, aluminum and glass construction, (based on the video) zippiness, weight, form, and the fact you have the choice of 3G (w/o contract) or no 3G.
From the video clips that I’ve seen, the display looks gorgeous. I’m a bit worried about the comment from Gizmodo saying that it felt a bit rubbery. I sure hope that’s not true. I’m glad that the back isn’t chrome like I wished. I am also so so glad that 3G is just an option that we aren’t required to purchase. I’m very happy with the price as well.
Things I did not like: size (it is a little big) and needed a little something more.
What about the stupid choice of name? iPad? Ugh! Yeah, I am a bit bummed on the size too. As is, it probably won’t be my constant companion like my iPhone. I’m also disappointed that multi-tasking still remains out of our reach. What’s up with that Steve?! I guess if multi-tasking is super important to potential buyers, that it might be a possibility down the road with jailbreaking. One more thing that seems lame is the whole dongle/adapter deal. If you want to output video to HDMI, you have to buy an adapter, want to use an SD card with the iPad, get an adapter. Heck, you can’t even plug a charging cable directly into the device to charge it.
Bottom line: I will, without a doubt, be buying one of these. I am leaning towards the 64gb non 3G version of the iPad. Although, there is some part of me that wants to get the 3G enabled one just in case I want to use it on the road or during my bus commute. I am sure my excitement will increase over the next 59 days. The big question is whether I will call in sick to go stand in line ;).
There was never any question in my mind if I would be purchasing one. As soon as is possible, I’ll be ordering the 64GB non 3G version too. I don’t need, nor want another $29 monthly fee for a feature that I can’t even take advantage of here.
I’m happy because I wanted an oversized iPod Touch that I could use as an eBook reader, game playing and couch surfing device. The iPad appears to be able to handle those tasks very well. Sure, it doesn’t have some features that could make it even better, but that doesn’t surprise me in the least. Has any new gadget ever been able to live up 100% to everything you ever hoped and dreamed? I doubt it. Bottom line for me: I want one NOW.