Quick impressions after a month with the iPad

Some quick overall impressions. I’ll cover apps and details in future posts.

The display is very, very good. I’ve watched some trailers from the iTunes store, and they are very high quality, with good pixel refresh and a smooth, bright, color accurate picture. This is going to be a big improvement over our portable DVD player for trips, and perhaps most importantly, does not have the off axis viewing problems of the DVD player – two people in airplane seats can both have a good picture!

It has been very disruptive when brought to business meetings. Not always a bad thing, as it was a nice icebreaker with a new client – something to talk about before a meeting that opened up the bigger conversation. It’s been too disruptive in other meetings, where it co-opts the conversation making it difficult to track back into the business portion of the meeting.

I have managed to take some effective notes using the touch keyboard. It was actually easier to adapt to than I thought it would be, though its clear already that being half as fast as working with a full sized traditional keyboard is probably going to be the max for speed. That said, 30-40 words per minute seems achievable, which is fast enough to take fairly effective notes. The ability to add sketches and diagrams, then email is a real feature.

Overall, it functions well and for anyone with an iPhone or iTouch, will be very easy to operate.

It also attracts and shows fingerprints like nothing I’ve ever experienced – when the display is off, it isn’t pretty, so keep a cleaning cloth in every room.

The form factor is good, although at 1.5 lbs or so, the thin hard edge makes holding it without a case awkward – it just doesn’t have a natural position in my hands. The folio case looks to be the way to go.

Did I mention how good the display is?

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