Saturday April 3rd saw the introduction of the much anticipated Apple iPad.
News sites and tech blogs especially will be providing tons of coverage of the new device and macfanatic is no exception here. I just purchased a 32GB model from my local Apple Store earlier this morning. In fact, I’m typing this review in the updated WordPress application for iPad.
I had not actually planned on purchasing an iPad on launch day, and had not taken the time to pre order or reserve one at the apple store. However, after making my way through a crowd to get to a device and play with it for a few minutes, there was no question in my mind about purchasing one.
My first reaction when picking up the gorgeous device was how heavy it was. Apple lists the device at over a pound, which doesn’t sound like a lot. But when picking an iPad up, the weight is more than one would expect. Not that this is a bad thing. Actually, it gives the device a very expensive and secure feeling. I wouldn’t intentionally harm the device, but i think it could take a pretty good beating before giving up the ghost.
The aluminum back is simply superb. The feel of the device in your hands is what the whole experience is all about. Just holding such a huge touch screen device and having the content be your entire focus and “experience”.
The keyboard is quite easy to get used to, in landscape mode. It’s very close to a real life macbook keyboard, but just off enough to make me keeping making a few typos. I’m having to train myself to think where the key would be on a normal keyboard and not on my iPhone keyboard after all these years of typing on an iPhone.
Overall, the device is absolutely stellar so far. I highly encourage everyone to pick up a $40 Apple branded case. It’s actually quite a wonderful case and all the positions it allows you use the device in makes it an absolute must. My local apple store was actually about out of this accessory already. I picked up one of the last 5.
You still might have time to pick yourself up an iPad if you didn’t pre order or reserve one like me. This is a purchase that I’m looking forward to playing with for time to come. If you are one of the lucky ones to already have yourself one, I’d love to hear your first impressions!