Anyone here actually had their hands on an iPad and if so what did you think of it ?
Not handled one (although I've had two offers from friends to pick me one up - but think I'll wait until the release on the 24th). Surprisingly though, all the reviews released so far have been pretty positive.
A waste of time and money on another gimic from Apple, save some money and wait for it's rivals to be released which will not be a locked down piece of hardware unable to view half of the internet and with no support for external devices. Apple, taking the world backwards one step at a time.
having problems with their wifi antennas it seems - quite a large &age keep losing connection
A less biased view from someone rather experienced with computer systems and who doesn't get a free Apple iPad to review (and keep)

It's rare that I have the kind of time it takes to wait in a gadget line anymore, but with both sets of parents in town we were able to negotiate some leave. I'm of the opinion that these lines are their own form of good, I am a proponent of their gentle society and only moderately restrained mania. I would attend such a formation even in the absence of desire to purchase, so unique is its social configuration. I can say without equivocation that I enjoyed the line as much, if not more, than the iPad itself.

The arc of my association with Apple has shifted perceptibly over the years, from nemesis to diplomat, and then from diplomat to a true dual-citizen. But I have never subscribed to that humming thread of inevitability people seem so willing to grant them. By way of example, reviews of the device had (at the launch of the product) been the exclusive domain of ******* lunatics. I urge you to avail yourself of Gizmodo's robust matrix, marking the names of those responsible for these idolatries, and vowing to calibrate their future statements with reality.

It would not be an exaggeration to say that the device was largely unusable the first day. This is why special people are granted them early, before the rush, allowed to take a crack at the stocked buffet before the gammas arrive. Partners like Netflix were swamped as well, and their "client" is little more than a hack. The iPhone has a well established milieu by this point. What it means to be an "iPad app" is still somewhat wooly.

As an eReader, the iPad doesn't match a dedicated machine for comfort. The iBooks narrative is strong, "does what iTunes did for music," but that's purely aspirational and doesn't recognize just how late they are to the table. They are like Pink suggesting that the party has not been a party prior to their arrival, they're wrong, and for a company of their vision and scope it's embarrassing. With the Kindle and Barnes & Noble apps, it might make a nice secondary node for your digital library even if it doesn't match the simple prowess of the specialized device. It's almost perfect for kids, as you can see, but I already know which animal is the one with the trunk. Where I can see myself making use of it is with periodicals - affairs which trade on presentation as much as content. I availed myself of the most recent issue of Time, savored the novelty, but quickly ran aground on strange glitches and required orientation shifts and other shit which does not factor into my pleasure reading equation. They'll figure it out, because they have to. The Marvel comic reader could very well make me a comic reader. But for long-distance, Endurance Reading, no. No, no, no.

As for everything else, you already know it. It's a large, heavy iPhone that can't make calls. Everything the iPhone excels at, this excels at also, and that includes the acquisition of human grease and filth. Every extended interaction with the device leaves it coated with smears of unknown provenance, like a stripper pole. From a narrative perspective, they've gone the wrong way: they've made a large, less general purpose device after a smaller, perfect one. You come out with the big one first, and then when you make the one that fits in your pocket, there is a gasp from everyone in the room. You may sense this also, upon using it: the sense that time has begun to flow backward.
I saw one at the local Best Buy Big Box electronics store and I couldn't figure out what the attraction was. When the reviewer said it was a big iPhone with none of the advantages of one (you cannot make a call for example) he hit the nail squarely on the head.
For the average person, I admit this is just an expensive gadget. But for students and academics this is a really useful device. It's got a longer battery life than a netbook, has a much better quality screen, and also runs my everyday word processor (pages). When connected to the external keyboard it probably makes a good laptop replacement.

It also runs a piece of software called Papers: http://mekentosj.com/papers/ipad/

But I have an specific use in mind for it: I've got a 13" macbook which I absolutely adore (especially when it's connected to the 24" LED monitor - of which when Apple released it, was half the price of similar specced displays) - except I've always found the screen too small (so I can't do any serious work away from the monitor), and I've even considered upgrading to the 17" model.

But I think this device will be a pretty elegant solution to keeping the 13" macbook, and using the iPad when I need the extra screen estate to view PDFs and work on a document at the same time; conduct literature searches etc. I also like the idea of being able to annotate PDFs using a stylus (which you can buy from a third party) and keyboard - both of which can be done using apps that are available on the app store. Although I think when I've got light work to do - like simple note-taking, document editing, literature searching, or reading - then I'll probably just use the iPad.
Or you could get a netbook that does more for cheaper? ;) Need to write something with a keyboard? There's an app for that, yeah or you could just use a normal keyboard which is far faster. :)
vampireuk said:
Or you could get a netbook that does more for cheaper? ;) Need to write something with a keyboard? There's an app for that, yeah or you could just use a normal keyboard which is far faster. :)
The iPad is pretty much what I wanted when I heard Apple were releasing a tablet. I don't want a netbook as I already have a macbook. I wouldn't want a tablet running full OS X, as it would have be too expensive for my needs. Whereas I have a lot of use for a large iPod touch. One that I can connect to my existing macbook keyboard when the need arises :)
I'd honestly hold off and wait for the alternatives rather than an extremely locked down piece of hardware. You may as well rent the hardware from Apple they have so many restrictions upon how you can use it.


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hmmm...'lack of Flash support, lack of multitasking, lack of a removable battery, lack of a camera, lack of standard USB ports, lack of an SD card slot, and any other lack you might want to mention.'

so it's a big Iphone that you cant make calls on and without lots of useful stuff you might actually need? heres my money...

What?! No SDslot at all?!!!! What a ridiculous omission..

The only reason to buy IPad it is to be able to read periodicals or ebooks. But.. As I understand its screen is just a common Apple laptop stuff - so it would make your eyes hurt and tired after some time. No comparison with the dedicated Sony electonic paper surface of the eBook reader line - you can use it for hours without exposing yourself to the monitor radiation.
Very disappointed with the outcome of what could have been a nice tablet.
vampireuk said:
I'd honestly hold off and wait for the alternatives rather than an extremely locked down piece of hardware. You may as well rent the hardware from Apple they have so many restrictions upon how you can use it.
But none of the alternatives will ever be capable of running an OS X only application called Papers. It's basically iTunes but for scientific journal articles meaning you can read, file, store and even search online for them using a single piece of software.

So an alternative company could make a tablet as powerful as a NASA supercomputer & give it away for free, and it would be useless to me compared to the iPad :)
I think they've really dropped a bollock with releasing this. The reason the iphone is so popular is because it is a phone, media player and internet surfer in a device you can fit in your pocket. Because it looks nice and works ok people forget that the battery life is lamentable.

You can buy a 3G netbook for 300 quid with a 7 hour battery life and considerably greater functionality. Or, if you are a beardy mac freak, a 13" macbook pro.

The ipad isn't robust enough and the battery doesn't last long enough for stock control, use in field surveys or other commercial applications. The only people who will use it for anything other than poncing around on the internet are town councils, whose procurement methods have nothing to do with the bottom line or practicality.

I really believe that if you buy one of these through your own volition you should be banned from voting, driving or raising children.
I've got a netbook but it doesn't really inspire.

iPads will only ever appeal to those that want something new. I'm far from an Apple fan, I've had a mac and sold it extremely disappointed, for next to bugger all I was that let down.

Most people only want to access the internet and a few other services, full on connectivity appeals to only a few.

If I'm working I will use my laptop or desktop, if I'm away for the weekend and just want to check the news and my email I'm sure the iPad is for me.

I've never quite understood the passions aroused by people who don't want you to use a particular piece of hardware. If the iPad works for you then buy one, I will, if it doesn't then don't.


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Ord_Sgt said:
I've got a netbook but it doesn't really inspire.
poor you, not feeling inspired. :cry:
Never liked apple. There products are far from intuative (which has akways been a big claim), they're expensive and the customer service is appalling.
Soooooooooooooooo..................nobody has actually played with one yet :wink:
Macbook pro and a 24" mac here, plus a 32gig touch - so its fair to describe me as a bit of a fanboy...

I think the functionality is just too limited - no flash video for one, thats an absolute shocker!
vampireuk said:
Or you could get a netbook that does more for cheaper? ;) Need to write something with a keyboard? There's an app for that, yeah or you could just use a normal keyboard which is far faster. :)
Whatever happened to those... stick things? You know the ones we would slash paper with in funny patterns and shapes?

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