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Playing With the iPad

Published January 5, 2011 - 3 Comments

I finally had a chance to play around with an iPad the other night.  Other than a very brief look at it in FutureShop, this was the first time that I’ve gotten to really pick one up and see what it’s capable of.  My initial thoughts?

It’s a lot of fun… I still want one… But I wasn’t completely blown away.

For starters, it weighs more than I would have thought.  It’s not “heavy”, but it just seems to weigh more than it should.  And certainly if you were trying to hold it for any length of time, I think that it would probably start to strain your wrists.

This particular one also seemed to have a problem with staying connected to the WiFi signal.  It would say that it was connected, but it would stop surfing the internet until you reset the wireless adapter.  This isn’t a problem specific to the iPad.  My iPhone does the same thing when I’m home sometimes.  I accept it because wireless is best thought of as “best effort”, so I’ve learned to accept the good with the bad.  But I was a little surprised that this particular iPad needed to be reset 2-3 times while I played with it for a couple of hours.

So if those two points are the “bad”, then what is the “good”?

For starters… it’s just damn fun!  Music videos look awesome on it.  Words With Friends looks much better than on my iPhone (which isn’t a big surprise, considering the size difference of the screens).  If you’re interested in games, they look quite addictive!  For me, I picture myself laying on the couch scanning through my blogs, online newspapers, or watching music videos.  I’m not much of a gamer anymore… there isn’t a single game on my iPhone, so I don’t expect that to change with an iPad.  Although in fairness, Simon Says is pretty damn addictive!

I definitely do not think that this is the best time to be buying an iPad, though.  There are just too many rumours of a, iPad 2 coming as early as next month.  Even Steve Jobs sent a tweet before Christmas saying that he’d hold off on buying an iPad.  Then again, Steve Jobs says a lot of things.

I opened an online savings account last year nicknamed “iPad” and have been slowly adding to it.  There’s no rush.  When the time is right, I will make my decision.  They’re not cheap, but I’ve learned from my financial mistakes of the past.  Don’t buy anything that I can’t afford.

It definitely was fun to play with though!  🙂