I have been using the iPad several hours now and I’m happy with my first impressions.
Of course, the first thing I had to do is sync it to get going. Once that was done I was ready to see what the iPad could do.
The first thing that impressed me was the display. Photos look amazing on the iPad. I was able to see things in photos that I have not seen before. The photo app makes it easy to browse through a large amount of photos.
Browsing the internet on the iPad is a pleasure. The safari browser is similar to safari on the iPhone. The 9.7 inch screen and the speed of the iPad make surfing the internet a much better experience.
Watching videos and movies on the iPad is wonderful. The iPad will be my first choice when I want to watch movies on a plane or a car ride. The movies from iTunes appear to be in near HD quality on the iPad.
Games on the iPad are even better than the iPhone. I have been using some that are not optimized for the iPad but they still look great on the iPad. The large screen opens a lot of doors in this area.
Typing on the iPad takes a little getting use to. It’s definitely easier than typing on the iPhone due to the screen size but not quite as good as a physical keyboard.
If you are wanting a physical keyboard I recommend Apples wireless keyboard over the keyboard dock. If you already have a wireless keyboard, then the choice is easy. The main reason I prefer the wireless keyboard is because the keyboard dock only works with the iPad in portrait mode and lacks the freedom of the wireless keyboard. Most people will get by just fine with the touch screen keyboard.
The first app I downloaded was iBooks. Apple has done an amazing job with this app. They have made buying and reading books fun. I will admit that I am not an avid book reader but I will be reading more thanks to Apple and the iPad.
Email on the iPad works as one might expect. Again it is similar to the iPhone only better because of the screen size.
The iPod music player on the iPad is the one thing I’m a little disappointed with. I am surprised that I can’t browse my music with coverflow. Coverflow would look great on the iPad but for some reason that is not an option. I expect coverflow will be added with the next OS upgrade.
Overall I am happy with my purchase. I am most impressed with the speed of the iPad (it is blazing) and the battery life. Once multitasking is added with the 4.0 OS upgrade, the iPad will be on a new level.