Entry 0248

*Not an iPad

For two weeks now, I’ve been an iPad owner. I’m sure you’re all tired of hearing about the device – trust me, so am I – but I’m gonna blog about it anyway.

It’s my blog, I’ll do what I want. :p

First off, don’t expect me to answer the question of who it’s for. I don’t know – I know I like using it, it fits my needs pretty damn well, and I’m really happy I bought one. Beyond that, I don’t know.

I can say that most of the folks that have spent any time using mine seem to enjoy it, and can begin to see how it might fit into their life – and the others think it’s a neat toy, and then dismiss it. Which is how it should be, really. It’s not something needed, it’s something wanted.

The iPad really is a big iPhone, not a small laptop. That’s both it’s greatest strength and it’s biggest weakness. What I mean to say is, that allows it to be dead simple to use and maintain, but not near as easy to modify or personalize. This is something I knew going into it, and not something that’s been an issue – I can set my wallpaper, which is more than can be said for any netbook running Win7 Starter. I can’t use Flash, of course, but that’s not something I rely heavily on anyway.

It’s great for email, Twitter, Facebook, Google Reader and text/image based internet in general. It is awesome for video, and pretty good for audio. The built in speaker is okay, but I’m very glad for the headphone jack. The screen makes reading easy and enjoyable (I’ve read two books already on it), and the ability to use Amazon Kindle is a major bonus.

The keyboard takes some getting used to, much like the iPhone. It’s pretty good, and close enough to fullsize that there’s not much of an adjustment. The lack of tactile feedback does make typing a lot slower than on a keyboard, but it’s at least as fast (if not faster) than using the iPhone.

It has supplanted my laptop, and is a great second computer – for those who don’t actually need a portable computer.