The UPS man left my house about 10 minutes ago and so far I’ve had just enough time to open the shipping box and take a quick picture of the packaging. I will be updating this article with my first impressions this morning. Several Gadgeteer team members are also getting their iPads today, so stay tuned for their commentary as well. We will also have a full review from Dave Rees and myself in the next couple of days. It should be a fun week! Like I mentioned above, this is just going to be an article with my first impressions of the Apple iPad as I unbox it and get it setup with some apps. A full review will be posted in a few days after we (Dave and I) get some decent hands-on time with it.
As I was unboxing it a few minutes ago, Dave and Janet were both IM’ing me with questions because they haven’t received their new toys yet. Janet is looking out her window for the UPS man to arrive and Dave is standing in line at an Apple store in Washington state.
Taking the iPad out of the box, it looked and felt exactly the way I thought it would. Heavy and worthy. For size perspective, here’s a picture of it next to the Kindle 2.
I’ve decided to abandon my usual charge-it-before-playing-with-it gadget ritual this time around and have it plugged into my Macbook Pro to set it up.
One of the first things I do with any gadget that has memory, is to check the capacity before installing anything. As you can see, my 64GB iPad has 59.17GB free out of the box.
The stock applications that are installed on the iPad are: Calendar, Contacts, Notes, Maps, Videos, YouTube, iTunes, App Store, Settings, Safari, Mail, Photos and iPod. Time to go shopping for iPad apps. I’ll be back…
It’s a good thing I opted for the 64GB version because I’m going a little berserk downloading a bazillion free apps right now…
Back to the hardware…
The iPad feels very solid. No flexing, creaking, cracking or rattling when I shake or try to twist it.
The home, power and volume buttons have great tactile feedback.
I’m so happy that there isn’t any chrome on the iPad like there is on the iPhone and Touch. The sides and back of the iPad are brushed aluminum like the unibody Macbook Pro. Even the Apple logo on the back of the iPad is not chrome. It appears to be glass like the display… and it’s inset so that the edges around the logo are slightly raised. Nice! The Apple logo on the back of my iPhone got scuffed up within days of me buying it.
The display is gorgeous. I don’t even have the brightness turned up past halfway. It’s as sensitive as my iPhone 3GS and freaky fast at rotating. I do wish that the screen went edge-to-edge instead of having a .75 inch bezel all around it. Yeah, yeah, I know I’m never happy
So far I’ve only had time to goof with a few apps, but they all seem to load extremely quickly. Surfing with Safari is going to be very enjoyable.
I’m going to add a few more apps, then sit down and really start using this little marvel. I think I’m really in love. I can’t remember a gadget making me this excited – even the first iPhone…
If you have specific questions, let me know and I’ll try to address them.