Well it’s finally arrived, after weeks and weeks of teasing via the iPad page on apple.com.au the iPad is now available in Australia……wait a minute, no it’s not, well not unless you are prepared to import one from the US via eBay.
And that’s exactly what I have done
So this review is going to be in a number of parts, today I will give you my initial impression, then after the weekend I’ll give you another update regarding how useful it is without a wifi connection, and then in another week or two I’ll give you more of a detailed account of my experience with the iPad as I’m planning on making it my daily computer for a couple if weeks.
Let me give you my initial impressions
The iPad is awesome!
After the “ahhhh” unboxing moment, and an initial sync with iTunes it was all systems go. Oh, and for the record I’m writing this blog on the iPad with the WordPress iPad app.
I have a small number of iPad compatible apps already, however when I tried to use my iPad to connect to the App Store I was promptly informed that it wasn’t available in my region yet. Hrmm hello, back to ebay for an iTunes US gift card.
So I’m still waiting for the iTunes gift cards to arrive, but I figure I’ll push ahead with using it with the web apps that I use regularly, namely Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, etc. plus the couple of compatible apps that I already installed.
Connect it up to an existing computer with iTunes on it, register your iPad, and then get hit the web. Yes it’s really that easy. However there is a small problem with that process, the fact that you cannot register the device any other way could potentially be a problem, specially if you’re looking to use an iPad as a laptop replacement. I’m guessing this might change once the 3G version arrives, but it’s in the wait n see basket for now.
Ok so we’re all registered up, connected to our wifi access point, let’s get surfing.
Mobile Safari on the iPad is actually quite similar to regular Safari, you can sync your bookmarks and pretty much just start surfing the web in your usual manner. It’s quite a fast browser and pretty much every website I’ve been to works without problem, yes I know flash doesn’t work on the iPad but seriously who cares, HTML5 is the future!
And now that I have some US iTunes cards…
App wise I’ve mostly be tooling around with Twitteriffic, Things, WordPress, and a handful of photo editing applications. So far all of them have performed very well, and it’s been a lot like working on a normal desktop which is a big win.
We don’t need no stinking cameras
We all know that the iPad doesn’t have a camera right, well some enterprising app developer out there has made an application that allows the iPad to connect to the camera on your iPhone via Bluetooth and / or wifi which completely gets around the lack of camera in the iPad….assuming you’ve got an iPhone of course. It’s simple to setup, takes pretty decent snaps, and saves them to the iPad. Simple as a dimple.
So will it replace my MacBook?
At this point my MacBook still has a job to do, it’ll be my go to machine for more intensive photo editing, video editing, and for audio recording, but for pretty much everything else I can see me going to the iPad more often than not. That said, ask me again in a week or two when the honeymoon is over.
Welcome to the future of simplified home computing!