When iPad was first announced, I was one of those many people who said, “Oh, they made the iPod bigger”. It was quite disappointing since a lot of us were expecting for something astonishing from Steve Jobs and not some enlarged version of a product from his junk yard.
Anyway, some of these “disappointments” were alleviated after I was able to try the (Mike’s) iPad last Saturday during our shoot for Blog na Pinoy.
The iPad gained its popularity because of its size. And true enough, the browsing experience in iPad is way better than any hand-held devices. The size of the screen makes web browsing more exciting. The display is sharp and the multi-touch feature is very responsive. The iPad can also rotate the screen in all four positions.
technogra.ph viewed on iPad’s Safari browser.
I don’t like the keyboard though. It’s too big that you can’t type on it the same way you type on an iPod or an iPhone. Also, the iPad is a lot heavier as compared to the Amazon Kindle.
I only get to try the WiFi version of the iPad. This kinda sucks though ‘coz it defeats the purpose of absolute mobility for this kind of device.
The eReader functionality of the iPad is great. The texts are crisp black and sharp and the overall display is clear. The text’s font face and font size can also be changed easily. Flipping through pages is also a breeze and a fun experience.
The battery performance of the iPad is also good. The device was 100% charged when the guys started using it. After around an hour and half of usage (was not used for the entire duration), it only consumed 1% of the original battery life.
All in all, I had a good impression on the iPad despite the short moments I had experienced using it. It may be a good device for reading and browsing but it can never replace the most basic functions of a normal laptop or netbook. The size also makes it inconvenient if you’re really after a mobile device for internet and reading. It’s not also a good substitute for iPod or iPhone. Hence, the iPad may open a new category of its kind.