Another Day, Another iPad

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Okay, okay.   I’m weak – I admit it!  I lasted nearly a week before I finally caved in, went down to Best Buy, and picked up an iPad which I now have been playing with for about 12 hours.   So of course, I now have a few observations and because the world hasn’t had nearly enough iPad opinion pieces, I’m going to share with you!

First – the device and it’s potential really are amazing. Despite all the hype and the nonsense and even a few drawbacks, I’m really impressed with this thing.  Although I’m generally a fan of many of the things Apple has done, I wasn’t expecting this to be nearly as unique as it’s proving to be.  I do think that, despite the big sales so far, I think there will be a sort of ramp-up time while people figure out what this device can be used for. Ultimately, however, I think this form factor is going to be hugely successful – for Apple and/or some of the up and coming Android-based devices coming out.

Second – the iPad version of Mail is really clumsy. I get a lot of automated messages that either need to be auto-filtered or deleted. Mail doesn’t really offer any filtering and because of the preview feature it’s actually slower to delete large numbers of mail items than it used to be on the iPhone. Does anyone know if this can be turned off in a control panel somewhere? I haven’t found it yet.

Third – iBooks is a great reading app but the store selection sucks! I’m using the new Kindle version and I love it. the iPad makes for a great Kindle! The product selection in iBooks will improve over time, but Amazon’s selection is already really good. I need more technical books and non-fiction reference books though, not just NYT bestselling titles!

Fourth – I use a program called NewsRack as my RSS/Google reader. I really liked it on my iPhone a lot but I’m not as crazy about the iPad version. My problem, similar to my difficulties with Mail, is that this version is actually clumsier than the iPhone version. I’m open to suggestions for a better reader!

Fifth – I love the new version of the game Flight Control.  This was a great game on the iPhone and iPod touch and they actually managed to make it even better without screwing up what made it so cool in the first place!

Sixth – Why is it that no Apple version of YouTube supports groups? And how come I can delete a subscription but I can not add one?

Seventh – how come Apple didn’t include all the same language support that is in the iPhone and iPod Touch? Did they run out of time or was it a deliberate omission? now there are foreign characters I need that I have to work around because I can’t just switch keyboards and type them. Boo – for not including them! And boo – for not disclosing that!

Eighth – Good reader for iPad is really nice and even big ugly PDF files render nicely and quickly. I’m loving PDF viewing on this thing! And bless them for also supporting the iTunes doc sync mechanism! Cisco documentation is much less painful this way! OK it’s still painful but easier to view!

Lastly – I want this thing to print!   Yes I can transfer documents to my desktop first, but I really want to print directly to my wireless printer!   It didn’t matter so much from my iPhone, but I’m actually able to get work done on this, and now I want to print!

So, as you can see, I’m slowly getting up to speed on this device – as are a number of folk here at Gear Diary and the rest of the world. A new device, new software versions, and even a new OS to look forward to in the fall!  Multitasking, folders, and Bluetooth keyboards – oh my!

So tell me – what are your iPad observations now that we’ve made it through the first week?

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About the Author

Christopher Gavula
Chris has been a COBOL programmer, a desktop support technician, network engineer, telecommunications manager, and even a professional musician. Currently, he is focused on deploying Voice over IP technologies in a large, corporate setting. He started working full-time at the tender age of 14, even before there were PCs, and will probably be working and trying to finish “just one more project” as he’s lowered into the grave.