I got the device today, mine came from a nearby Best Buy store that opened at 10AM. I stayed in the store until 11AM and talked to the sales clerk right before I left – she was helpful and ran the inventory numbers for me – they sold 112 iPads in 60 minutes – that’s pretty impressive… I’ll do a lengthy post with my first impressions a bit later – for now check out the torrent of news that keeps pouring from engadget, gizmodo, traditional media and alike – here it goes:
Should I buy an Ipad
NY Times, by Lisa Iaboni – Should I buy an iPad
In the days leading up to the arrival of Apple’s iPad, New York Times reporter Claire Cain Miller hit the streets of New York City to find out if consumers are willing to carry yet another gadget.
Doing the iPad Math: Utility + Price + Desire
Another expose on the “to buy or not to buy” dillema.
On Lines at Apple Stores
NY Times – hit the link here.
By all accounts, the lines for the iPad were shorter and more subdued than those three years ago for the iPhone — although this time Apple has allowed people to order the device online and have it shipped to them.
…The iPad has been generally well reviewed, although there are features noticeably absent: the ability to run more than one application at a time, for instance, and lack of support for Adobe’s Flash, which means video on many Web sites will not play.
Spreadsheets, Presentations, Utilities
Engadget has a lengthy post on ipad productivity aspects.
Bottom line? My first impressions of the iPad as a productivity tool are pretty good. The XGA display renders it much more usable than many netbooks and its performance proves quite capable of handling complex tasks. In addition to Office tasks I also used SketchBook Pro and PhotoGene to both create and edit graphics and photos. Both allowed a degree of sophistication not found in their iPhone counterparts.
In depth review
Engadget has a lengthy post with an In-Depth Review of the ipad.
Unboxing the iPad
Engadget unwraps a new toy
Essential iPad Apps listed
This one comes via Gizmodo, a nice collection of apps is reviewed by Gizmodo
iPad Compatible Site Version
Gizmodo has a new site in html5 – it’s iPad friendly
Gizmodo sheds more light on iBooks app.
iPad vs iPod – a Speed test
iPad kicks butt (the link is here)
Top iPad Games
Kotaku reviews dozens of games for iPad
This is a Consumer Report post on the issue that many (including myself) experienced when trying to charge iPad via non-Mac USB port… Ahhhh…
If you’re used to charging your phone, music player, or device in the USB port of your computer, take note. So far, we’ve been unable to charge our iPads in any USB port on a non-Apple Computer. Apple Tech Support has told us that the iPad is designed for the 10W AC adapter that comes with it, so if you want to use anything else, all bets are off.
Lines shorten quickly
WJS on long (or not) lines at Apple stores
WSJ notes that while interest into product is high, cords seems to be more an exception than a rule.
Random House is Absent from iBooks
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Titles published by Random House, the world’s largest consumer trade publisher, were unavailable for sale directly through Apple’s iPad iBooks app on Saturday morning.
A Buyer from Down Under flys to New York
Wall Street Journal
Conde Nast’s add strategy is a bit more clear after the first review of their editions.