On Saturday I did something I didn’t even know I wanted to do. I bought an Apple iPad. Before I get into the review proper, I will preface by saying I’ve never been so happy after buying something. It is easily one of the nicest things I’ve ever had my hands on, and remember, I’m married to a seriously fine lady.
Sales of The Knot were, thanks to you, high enough that suddenly I was sitting on some extra money. I have an ancient laptop, I spend a lot of time online between my work here on World’s Strongest Librarian and Walk The Road Less Traveled, and, we’ve all been there…I was in the mood to buy something. I also learned, at work, that the ipad doesn’t cost nearly as much as I had thought.
So after getting off work I headed down to the Apple store and stood in line. 15 minutes later I was getting back into my truck with the greatest thing I’d ever purchased. There are many, many more things that I could add to the review below, but there is still a lot left to discover. So I’ll talk about the things I loved immediately.
Apple iPad – Pros
The display is absolutely gorgeous. It’s really fun to interact with, and I won’t lie–I’m more interested in the fun I can have with this thing than its practical applications.
I quickly downloaded the ibooks application. About two minutes after that I had a $5.99 copy of Dune Messiah (the second of the Dune books)and was reading it in the most comfortable format I’d ever seen. Remember, I say this as a librarian, a book person, and as someone who never thought an electronic book could appeal to them.
I was wrong. I was so, so, sooooooooo wrong. I never thought I could be convinced. I am convinced and then some.
Videos on the ipad
Stunning. As I played round with the youtube feature, I checked out a video clip of myself pressing an upside down kettlebell. Other than seeing myself on the screen, it looks extremely sharp, my questionable camera skills notwithstanding. I spent some time watching other videos. Awesome.
I also downloaded the free Netflix application, which lets you immediately download movies into the iPad. haven’t tried it yet, but will be doing so very soon, as I’ve got a plane ride coming up.
Typing on the ipad
This is going to take some getting used to for me, but the interface is very sharp. I just have gigantic hands. I also have sent fewer than 10 text messages in my life, so this is new for me. I still have a desktop, and that will probably receive the bulk of my “work” correspondence online, although I do see that there is an iPad keyboard that I could get.
Music on the iPad
I put a bunch of songs on there from iTunes and they all work, no problems at all. I’ll be playing around with this much more.
Bad things about the iPad
Nope, other than the fact that it isn’t two iPads. I’ve never been happier with a purchase. My main concern is that I’ll spend so much time gazing into it that I’ll go blind. Or that I will drop it into the toilet on accident.
I’m not a natural product reviewer, that’s for sure. At least not for technical stuff. That’s why I usually stick to books and fitness products. But the iPad is going to have a massive impact on me and the way I interact on the web. It is also so fun to use that I can barely stand it.
Anybody else get one? Thoughts?
And if you’re looking for some real reviews by people who know this stuff, I’m a big fan of the TestFreaks website. Following that link will take you to their iPad page.
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