My iPad arrives! A little trouble, as we were away from Captain Lord Mansion when it arrived, and for security UPS wouldn’t leave it – I realize now that I could have “pre-signed” for it online which might have solved the issue, but luckily we were just a few minutes away, Captain Lord called us (thanks, Michelle!), and the UPS truck driver was prepared to wait a short time (many thanks to that mystery man) …
I do think it’s strange, wrong even, that you can’t do anything with the iPad unless you have a computer to connect it to, and run iTunes – seems like a significant error in Apple’s concept there; maybe non-computer owners get the chance to set it up in the Apple store if they purchase there. Luckily, I did bring my Macbook Pro with me.
Right now, iTunes is busy syncing Apps, music and photos – but I can’t use the iPad while that’s going on; so instead I’m posting here 🙂
The iPad looks lovely, feels much lighter than a Macbook Pro, but rather too heavy to hold for long in one hand. The screen is much too reflective, so it’s nowhere near as easy to read as it should be, sitting here with an open window behind me.
Also, I’m still shocked that Apple didn’t change the screen layout to put more than four Apps across – as you see in the screen shot above, there’s a lot of wasted space. Finally in the “not magical” list, that background picture is awful once you realize that those scratches on the screen are just star streaks!
On the plus side, I can’t say much yet since sync’ing continues … the iPad successfully picked up WiFi and has visited my websites, so it’s all working fine …
I’m getting on fine typing one fingered on the virtual keyboard in portrait mode, sneaking a thumb in on the space bar. For a while I was hitting shift instead of delete, because I’m used to the iPhone version.
Just tried two hands and it was poor!
But lets try two fingers in landscape mode – yes, thats much better. I can type at full speed without neding to check what im doing. And see ere jysta. A few errors!
Or, there’s just a few errors.
What’s weird is that the auto correct to insert ‘ marks doesn’t seem to work when typing with both hands – do I overrun the corrections with new keys?
Apps tried so far; some iPad ones are really not good, while a few are very nice. In the free ones tried so far, I’m very impressed with the innovative styling of AP News. Still trying to figure which weather App is best, either Weather.com or WUnderground I think.
Oh, and this iPad version of WordPress is excellent 🙂
Another small annoyance – iTunes doesn’t continue downloads if you exit to another App … Did I hear someone say “multi-tasking”?!