121 thoughts on “iPad: My Very Early Impressions + Your Questions”

      1. Lack of Flash for consuming content is just one of the many missing features that makes the iPad fall short of being a really useful device. It’s larger, netbook-size, an oversized iPod Touch, and does the same things as a Touch. As for a really revolutionary machine interaction experience, maybe Apple should push the wearable technology envelope alot more. A virtual keyboard on a larger device is a poor mimic of a physical keyboard and mouse. For convenient information snacking on the go, just whip out the phone from your pocket. For more content consumption, and creation, there’s the netbook or laptop, and the desktop. The iPad just doesn’t fit the space between a Touch or a phone, and a netbook or laptop.

      2. So many people seem to point to lack of Flash support as a killer, which I continue to not understand. There isn’t a single site that I use on a regular basis that relies on Flash. There is no important content-rich site that requires Flash. If you want games, then of course, but the iPad concentrates on native-app gaming, for obvious reasons.

    1. Good point. One of the biggest strengths of the iPad is that it DOESN’T support Flash.

      It already has YouTube, as well as Hulu, plenty of music streaming and Netflix as I hear. Who needs Flash, again?

      1. thanks,
        That is impressive. Its still needs few names there, Discovery, BBC .. Overall it in interesting to watch APPLE forcing everybody to adapt HTML5.

      1. Josh, here’s the thirty million netbooks answer: It’s Saturday, April 3, 2010. You should go down to an Apple store or Best Buy and use the iPad to check out the bazallion websites that use Flash.

        Didn’t think so.

      2. Tim raises a good point, but not a good argument to back it up. 30m netbooks weren’t sold because of Flash. More important factors caused the sales, chief among them, the long battery life and portability of a usable mobile computer. Those happen to be two primary aspects of the iPad. Lack of Flash will bother some, but it clearly didn’t hurt iPad sales, just like it hasn’t stopped Apple from selling more iPhones than netbooks from all PC makers combined.

      3. You guys are kidding yourselves. The only reason netbooks sold were because of the price. And you know what? Once you actually played with them you found that they were underpowered and not really very good.

        30,000,000 netbooks sound like a lot. But not a huge figure when you split that across all the companies that sell netbooks. If you look at the iPhone however it has now cleared 42.48 Million units as of Quarter 1, 2010 which tends to cut down the success of netbooks buy over 25%.

        So Tim, keep telling yourself that the iPad is going to fail because of the lack of Flash and then consider that the iPad can view all the web sites that the iPhone can access.

        Flash is dead. It’s just thrashing around.

      4. They have sold more like 100 Million netbooks thus far. The netbook is about to be about 50% of the global laptop market. The main reason netbooks are popular I think is because they are cheaper than previous laptops. More than 60% of laptop and netbook users never take it outside their homes, so battery runtime is not an important factor.

        The ipad is not cheap at all, especially compared to the upcoming Android tablets that are going to sell below $200 and not come with any of the camera/usb-host/video-codecs/Pixel-Qi hardware problems of the ipad.

      5. Lack of Flash for consuming content is just ONE of the many missing features that makes the iPad fall short of being a really useful device. Steve Jobs compared the iPad to the netbook, and the netbook does more and cost less than the iPad. As important as long battery life and portability of a usable mobile computer (by the way, it can be said that iPad isn’t a computer when the iPad needs to be synched to a computer to even get it started for the first time), is also the more affordable price of netbooks. The 3 years of constant Apple overhyped hasn’t stopped RIM from selling more Blackberries than iPhones, nor has the iPhone OS toppled Symbian as the most dominant smartphone OS on the planet. And here comes Android.

      1. On a netbook, using the Chrome browser, since app version is inferior experience compared to using Chrome: Farmville, abs-cbn.com- 2 of top 3 would be unusable on an iPad. Number 3, of course, is Apple fan, gigaom.com. By the way, not very likely that Chrome nor Firefox will be on the iPad soon.

  1. Om – check out Zillow on iPad – really curious what you think of the new photo-driven home shopping experience built for the iPad

  2. Dear Om,

    Can you pick one up for me when you do manage to leave the house and send it to the UK please? I don’t think i can wait another month. Its killing me 🙁

    (more seriously, now that you’ve used it which is the model you think most should go for storage wise?)

    1. Haha. Well hopefully I think you guys get one soon. I would say the 32 Gb is the perfect model in my opinion. Price wise. I do want a 3G version though — I am not sure if WiFi one is enough 😉

      1. I was toying with the 3G but i have an iPhone which i use constantly when I’m on the move, so can’t personally justify spending an additional $130 (or rather the pound sterling equivalent) plus the monthly rental.

        You’re right about the 32gb – that seems to hit the right spot, although the 64gb is so so tempting.

        I’m now going to go away to an ashram for the next month to avoid more heartbreak as I watch all you Americans cavorting with the device. And I thought the US and UK had a special relationship. Pah!

        Give us our Jonathan Ive back thats what I say! 🙂

  3. At least one reviewee suggests waiting for the next version (next year, perhaps) when the price should be lower and the features more robust. What do you think?

    1. Generally Apple keep the price point but up the specs. The iPhone is a special case in that it is still selling for the same price just the carriers are ponying up the difference.

    1. I would say it can easily siphon away about 3-4 hours of usage for me. I typically use computers for between 14-16 hours a day so from that perspective i see it becoming a pretty important device for me

  4. Om – how is the sound? We all know that sound on iPhone is not gr8. Curious about ipad sound. Also, how is the book reading on the eyes in the night?

    • thanks
    1. The sound is pretty robust and is good when watching a TV show or a movie. The sound on the music side of things is pretty stunning when coupled with a decent set of headphones.

  5. I so miss not being in US at this time. I would love to be in one of those lines for buying apple products and this would have been the perfect occasion. Michael Arrington says it is a perfect device for business use too, do you agree?

  6. Did you read the newspapers on the browser or thru’ their apps? is the WSJ app a better experience than the browser version ?
    Doe it ge hot when playing media ?

  7. Om, does the iPad support PDFs? I mean can you just drop a PDF file from the desktop to your iPad (via iTunes) or does it require conversion?

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Amit

      I have not tried it so can’t say. Will do later today and report later.

      By the way my tip on this ins pretty simple: drop PDF in ever note and we are good to go.

      Hope that helps

    2. I downloaded GoodReader for Tablet Edition – http://bit.ly/aUH1Ts

      It allows you to drag PDFs into iTunes (new feature that exists on the Apps Tab of the iPad in iTunes). The PDFs look really good. Organizing the PDFs looks like it will be a bit of work.

      I think the App is a $1. It is definitely a solution I will be using.

      I, also, want to look into turning PDFs into ePubs and using iBooks as the front end.

    3. The iPad does support PDFs. I think the easiest way of getting them on the iPad is sending them to the mail account you have set up in the mail app on the iPad. From there on you can open many types of documents including PDFs

  8. I haven’t used a touchscreen since 1985. I was selling/training AutoCAD on HP Vectras, then.

    I’m usually very keyboard shortcut-oriented with my left hand and mousing with the right; so, the iPad touchscreen will be a completely new experience. That will be the decider as my wife and I swap the first iPad we get to try – between us.

    I work from home; so, wifi, 16gb, will be fine. Just as I do with the first-gen AppleTV, I can move needed content forth-and-back over wifi. No need to store everything on the iPad.

    My wife may want the 3G [and larger drive] model to take to her IT gig in town. Not a lot of wifi in banks. :-]

    1. Have you tried Skype on the critter, yet?

    2. Are you using the iPad version of WordPress, yet?

    Enjoy the weekend.

  9. Hi, there are still some Q that I am missing in all reviews/previews:

    First, how does it work with files? I got known that there is an extra option in mail app to open office docs in iWork apps. Will it be allowed for other, non-apple apps? Let’s say QuickOffice, or other potential extenders? I can imagine open a picture in photo editing app, etc..

    Second, what is the sync possibility on PC? Namely pictures is a big question. I heard picasa is out.. so just only photoshop elements or a folder? Which would mean no faces/places/albums through PC sync? This would cause I would have just one folder as I got on iPhone right now with no option to create albums, etc.. This frustrates me so much!

    I hope I would get answers someday 🙁

    1. VFvisa

      Can you explain the question about files a bit more. For now you can transfer files via the iTunes sync process. There are separate folders created for those which allow you to sync files and even Word/Excel/Powerpoint are read by Pages, Numbers and Keynote.

      On the PC — since I don’t have one, I can’t tell you though will be able to let you know when one of my colleagues brings his PC laptop to work.

      1. Dear Om, thanks for reply.

        I am curious about the possibility of opening files ON the iPad, for example from mail, as it is possible by iWork apps. So lets say, I got an email with pdf file and it allows me to directly open it by pdf reader (for annotation, backup, or just save) from mail. Preview from mail is not a solution according to me. It would be great to have the option to open word in lets say quickoffice, image in image processing app, etc. It would make sense then to me to use laptop for less and less..

        Because I hate the necessity of syncing files with computer.. there is simply no option. Dropbox needs connectivity, box.net as well.. When I want to save the file from email, I have to forward it to special mail-in address of ReaddleDocs, or Quickoffice if I want to edit it. I hate this! I do not want a file browser, I just want to work with files..

      2. VFisa: I haven’t had the occasion to try this out on the iPad yet, but here’s how I understand it to work: iPad apps can register recognized file types with the OS, so if you receive an email attachment, you can long-press on it and receive an “open with X” option. Not sure what happens if you have multiple apps that can read the same file type, or if you have an app that reads a natively-supported type like PDF. Maybe someone with GoodReader can confirm that this works?

  10. nice review anyway.can you please post some more picture of your ipad then.a picture of apps that being used in the ipad.that would greatly help me understand what it’s like to use an ipad.

  11. might be stupid to ask but do we really need to connect to our computer to transfer stuff into it? I mean is there an iTunes app for iPad?

    1. It works with the iTunes and when it comes to transferring document etc, you cn do that during the set-up process. I am essentially using the ever note to transfer PDFs and reading them on the iPad. More to follow.

  12. How’s the integration with the rest of your local network? Sooner or later you might want to exchange data and a cable(?) seems a little off.

    What would you change on the backend infrastructure to make the experience better, email server, contacts, web site org (to mouse oriented (?), …. (?).

  13. Okay, I’ve been playing with mine for a few hours now and it’s hard not to think that everyone one of us from this day forward should tell our parents to not bother buying a computer, just get an iPad.

    So, now that you’ve used it are you (already) thinking of revising any 2010 sales estimates?

    1. So, you told your parents not to bother buying a computer, only an iPad, only a iPad. So, lo and behold, they first time they turn on that iPad, Guess what?: The iPad asks to be synch. (There’s even a picture on the iPad screen of some cable) Synch to what? Synch to a computer, that is. Whoa, but your parents did not bother buying a computer. There’s no computer around, since you did tell them not to bother getting one. Bazillions of your parents are gonna be mad at all of you’s and Apple. Those 2010 sales estimates need to be revised way downward.

      1. Funny. Troll or not.
        Yeah, gotta be synched. Seems odd that’s the case. But it’s just remarkably so much easier and better than the parental unit’s existing computer. Or anything I’ve ever used. I’ve already started lobbying to buy a second.

      2. If someone buys an iPad and doesn’t want to sync it to a computer, I would recommend connecting the iPad to a computer at the store where it is purchased.

        Otherwise, you would need a friend or relative to help you out.

      3. My parents already have a PC, but I would tell them not to bother getting a replacement. iTunes only requires a 1GHz Intel/AMD computer, so it will be at least a few years before their PC won’t work with another iTunes upgrade.

      4. Tim, the friendly folks at the Apple store offered to (and did) SYNC my iPad for me. It is possible to use this stand alone, especially if the user is not computer friendly anyway. I can see alot of first time users (children and seniors both) using this device stand alone. (Of course they will need wifi).

    2. Today, it requires a computer. Tomorrow, possibly with the Apple Cloud/Enhanced Mobile Me, no computer is necessary. Synching of files and media is done in your online storage space.

      Apple never releases the complete product in Version 1. Apple needs feedback from the early adopters.
      Btw, mine is on the way. I can’t wait.

    3. But I still need the power/speed/memory of my Mac Pro for editing photos. I don’t think I can do that on an iPad.

  14. Hello Om,

    What are your thoughts of later generations of the iPad having USB connectors? Do you think eventually that an iPad could fully take the place of a MacBook Pro?

    Thank you, Steve Kuker

  15. Om,

    This device has been placed between the phone and the computer, which I think is a great way to look at it.

    However with the ABC, Netflix and other apps, I have a feeling this Product can sit between the Computer and the TV as well. If I am sitting on the couch and want to browse Video content in an interactive way, I might use the iPad.

    What is your opinion from that perspective? Would this device impact the set-top box market?

  16. After coding an iPad version of my app yesterday, running it on the simulator, I just had to go get one this morning. After waiting in line for 2 hours at the Palo Alto store, I was able to score a 32GB model. There was a father/daughter team ahead of me in the line who had flown in from Australia.
    I would have liked a 16GB model, though.

  17. Got mine.

    Big screen makes a big difference. If you like the iPhone experience you will love the iPad experience.

    Some software doesn’t feel quite complete and/or made for this device. Mail wasnt intuitive.

    Touch typing is ok, but requires a very steady hand and iPad. It doesn’t
    feel like something you want to do for more than short bursts at a time.

    Device doesn’t get warm to the touch.

  18. Om, for those of us sticking with the iPhone form factor, maybe you can turn on the mobile WordPress plugin? The site isn’t super mobile friendly. 🙁

  19. Hi Om
    Thanks for asking for questions, Heres Mine
    As you sit with the IPAD on a lets say living room chair , is it awkward to hold and type on at the same time? When standing is it difficult to type as you hold the unit with one hand and type with the other or can you type while holding with two hands iphone style?
    thanks om
    tony vitale

    1. it is a little awkward at first to hold and type but then the two thumb typing takes over. secondly in portrait mode, you can do full keyboard typing as long as there is a surface to place it on. such as knees.

  20. This product(which I do not have or plan to buy) has a few big problems for me
    1)non replaceable battery
    2) being wired irrevocably into apples ecosystem

    1. I can understand the first 2 complaints. The “hype” problem I just don’t get. That is more of “I don’t want those grapes anyways” type issue.


  21. I have an iPad and I like it a lot. I am looking forward to an Android tablet with this sort of experience but without the walled garden.

  22. iPad is a new breakthrough in technology for the future of this tool allows people in their life whether work, school, or the other will hopefully soon be sold around the world

  23. “One, it will re-define how we consume information and how we interact with information. And two, it will surely make us think differently about the very idea of computing.”

    (1) Aren’t you hyping too much? (Yes you hype very very effectively. I fall for it)
    (2) Isn’t it true for any new device? I mean, desn’t any new device chagne the way we consume info and computing services?

  24. I love the first photo of you with the iPad Om, it looks like you’re posing for a book cover.

    “Om Malik: How I Built a Blog Empire and Had Fun Doing It” 🙂

  25. Hi Om,

    I’m interested in the Email aspect of the iPad. How was the experience of reading emails on the iPad ?

    thanks in advance,


    1. Varun

      reading emails is a great experience and frankly you can get through a lot of email very quickly. I still wish there was a unified inbox.

      The google mail html5 version is pretty awesome and easy to use.


      1. Great feature yet. But Apple’s acquisition of lala.com will mostly likely lead to iTunes purchased in the cloud streamed to all your devices. That will greatly enhance iTunes experience on all devices.

  26. You say, “you will start out looking for the keyboard, the mouse and essentially a less interactive experience with this device”

    Why is a mouse “less” interactive than touch… it may have greater level of abstraction but it’s highly interactive, ditto for the keyboard.

  27. Om,

    Have you tried Pages, Numbers and Keynote ?

    Seems more than a bit duff that you can’t pull content for those apps from the internet, iWork, iDisk and that you have to tether the iPad to your laptop. Also its not good that Numbers cant export to Excel – not even via iWork and Keynote cant export to PPT.

    1. Don’t you think the 4.8″ screen size of the Archos 5 Internet Tablet with Android is a more useful for factor outdoors? 4.8″ screen device can fit in anyones pocket, thus would be much more usable on-the-go and still is 2x larger than the iphone with 2.5x more resolution than the iphone.

    2. Are you aware of the Android Tablet alternatives that dozens if not more than 50 competing manufacturers have announced and shown at consumer electronics shows those past few months? Marvell even announced a $99 Android tablet for education. Don’t you think the iPad is hugely over-priced? At least the iPad doesn’t require a $3000 2-year contract, which is a good start.

    3. Do you know about the Pixel Qi LCD screen technology? (Pixel Qi is the LCD spin-off company of OLPC) I don’t think anyone is going to want to read books for a long time using a transmissive LCD screen like on this first generation iPad. Dozens of tablets are rumored to be coming out very soon with Pixel Qi screens, which means competitors will have tablets that can actually be used for reading books for hours and hours on a 100% reflective sunlight readable Pixel Qi LCD without it feeling like staring into a light bulb.

    4. Don’t you think it is terrible how the iPad does not support the kind of files people downlaod from BitTorrents, like DivX, MKV, Flac and Ogg Vorbis audio? The hardware could perfectly well play all those formats, but Apple decided that consumers should not have that option. Instead, they force people to use iTunes and have to use Apple products when syncing the contents in iTunes. Don’t you think that is evil?

    5. Basically, how soon do you think there will be a whole bunch of $200 Android Tablet alternatives completely replacing the iPad on the worldwide market. And how bad do you think that is for the stock holder who have invested more than $200 Billion in Apple?

    1. Geez, leading questions much? I understand that you worship at the
      altar of all things Android, Charbax, but this seems a little over the top even for you. Clearly the market doesn’t think that the iPad is overpriced, or they wouldn’t have moved as many units in pre-order and at launch. Or did you forget that the pundits were estimating a $700-1000 price point? No doubt there will be Android tablets which are cheaper, and which provide some of the hardware options that Apple left out of the iPad, but competing on price has never been Apple’s philosophy: they compete on usability, and I strongly doubt that anyone who’s slapping together tablet hardware and throwing an Android build on top will come close to Apple’s user experience. Even the much-heralded Notion Ink Adam has no announced release date and no demos of its user interface apart from a generic Android build. I’m totally in favor of a rich tablet space with multiple devices and operating systems, but I have no illusions that Android tablets will kill the iPad in the marketplace.

      1. Not even the competitively priced Android phones have reached the market yet, outside of China. Once the sub-$200 unsubsidized, unlocked Android phones arrive on the US and EU markets, the iPhone will be finished. About 50 sub-$200 Android phones to be released pre-paid-only, without contracts are just about to come to the worldwide markets.

        Same thing with out-competing the ipad. Consumers care more and more about price. Notion Ink is just one early announced example of a Pixel Qi and Android tablet, there are going to be 50 alternatives on the market by 50 different brands and manufacturers. You will have sub-$200 Android tablets, and once consumers see those next to the ipad in stores, none will buy ipad.

    2. The $499 price is for the iPad. Add dock, keyboard, case and power adapter plus tax and it’s $750. IF the same features AND RELIABILITY were to be available for $200-300, that would be nice.

      One problems with Android on smaller screens is that every time the browser screen refreshes, the object of my attention has to be re-selected/centered/magnified. If anyone solves that problem, life would be much better – at least as far as myTouch goes.

  28. I just went to the Seattle University Village Apple Store and used a demo iPad.

    Store setup:
    The store setup was two big tables – one on each either side of the store at the entrance. There was question of whether iPad would be positioned as an iPod or a Mac product (the stores are very binary) but putting them on both sides was an easy solution without a mass-revamp of the store setup.
    The demo tables had these circular wedges made of glass-like plastic with white rubber on top. They were actually a fantastic ‘rest’ for the iPad – I think Apple should sell them!

    First impressions:
    I’m spoiled with the Kindle 2 which is extremely light. Even though it had been stated in reviews that this is 1.5lb and heavier than the K2, I was still surprised at how heavy it felt versus my expectation.

    The screen was very crisp – seems like a similar quality to my 2007 Macbook Pro (LED backlight). screen is a smudge-magnet.

    I like the hardware design itself. Very solid feel and very fluid. I hope the next iPhone will have as much of a metal casing as possible.

    The app icons were bigger than I expected.

    There’s no way to distinguish iPad apps from iPhone apps until you load them and see how pixelated they are due to the screen-doubling. It’d be nice if there were a tiny indication on the icon of ‘legacy’ apps. I’ve noticed that several apps which already exist for iPhone are adding ‘HD’ at the end of the app title if it’s an iPad app but this is not even close to a consistent practice.

    It’s kind of difficult to find the apps I wanted to play with. I ended up using the search feature to find apps like maps and wsj.

    The iBook app is pretty cool. Only a 1-2 hour reading session could say whether I would be able to do long-form reading in the app. I wanted to play with the Kindle App but you cannot download new apps onto the demo device.

    Everything is fast. I was disappointed by the browser – when you scroll it seems to do a lot of the checkered filler until you stop scrolling then it displays the web page.

    The “keyboard” is better than I thought but no where near the speed and quality of a physical keyboard.

    Use cases:
    My primary uses for my personal computer (15″ Macbook Pro) are:

    • web surfing (usually multiple tabs)
    • gmail
    • finance management (multi tasking between excel and various financial websites and Finder to manage PDFs)
    • picture management (download via USB, managed via Picasa)
    • music (download from Amazon.com/mp3, managed via iTunes)

    I expect iPad would be pretty good for all but the finance management part although I don’t think it’d be better at any of those versus my laptop.

    I think this is where the iPad would actually be best for me. Lots of reading emails, some responding. checking lots of web pages. Viewing word docs.
    The silent keyboard would be better in meetings so it’s not distracting. the form factor would make it easier to refer to your screen (since it can lay flat) without distracting the other folks in the room and without covering you up. Light enough to carry to all meetings without being the guy that’s always carrying the laptop and power cord everywhere.
    I’m not sure whether the iPad supports corporate exchange and I’m guessing my company won’t support it. They won’t allow ‘unauthorized’ devices onto the wireless network so I would have to get the 3g version.

  29. We own two netbooks at home. They have all the power we need since we don’t play any games on them. I’ve used everything for email from 15 year old flip phones, to smart phones, laptops and desktops.

    The way Netbooks are better than any of the devices I mention is that you can actually do work with Word/Google Docs, Excel, etc. I’m taking some graduate classes and you can write a 3-6 page paper for MLA formated references on your smart phone or I would guess your iPad. But you can easily do it on your netbook. You can “touch type” and you can watch the screen. Something you really can’t do on the iPhone and I doubt you can do well on the iPad which is clearly great for Read-Only, lite comments, small edits, etc.

    1. You can connect a keyboard to the Ipad. And so you can get work done on it. Apple didn’t show off iWork for the iPad for no reason.

      Better screen on the iPad than on any netbook as well. Battery life is better than any netbook too. Can’t comment on speed.

      Another advantage is software is designed for the Ipad specifically while netbook software is all designed for faster more powerful computers with larger screens.

      That being said, I recognize some advantages to the netbooks. You can theoretically do what you can do on any pc. It is often just going to be alot slower. Basically like using an 8-10 yr old desktop. 🙂

    2. I own two ASUS Netbooks. I feel like throwing them in the garbage after buying the iPad. I just know I will hardly use the netbooks anymore.

      Even my newest ASUS netbook will not play HD video or the Hulu app without stopping constantly. The iPad puts it to shame. I never would have though this, but I can actually type faster on the iPad then the netbooks!

  30. Connectible keyboards are great, but they can be hard to travel with getting lost, misplaced or damaged. I think the iPad form factor and resolutions are great. Its something I would love to use in the home, or pull out of some slot to use in a car (while someone else drives).

    It’s not something that I want to do real knowledge work with like writing, programming, or managing.

  31. Lack of Flash for consuming content is just ONE of the many missing features that makes the iPad fall short of being a really useful device. Steve Jobs compared the iPad to the netbook, and the netbook does more and cost less than the iPad. As important as long battery life and portability of a usable mobile computer (by the way, it can be said that iPad isn’t a computer when the iPad needs to be synched to a computer to even get it started for the first time), is also the more affordable price of netbooks. The 3 years of constant Apple overhyped hasn’t stopped RIM from selling more Blackberries than iPhones, nor has the iPhone OS toppled Symbian as the most dominant smartphone OS on the planet. And here comes Android.

  32. Just weighing in on the Flash as deal-breaker issue.

    I live most of my life on the other side of the screen. I am a graphic and web designer. A content creator, as it were. So I have a severe love/hate relationship with Flash. You can do some remarkable things with it, many things that are impossibly technical or tedious via other methods. But on the other hands, you have to have the skills of an designer, animator AND programmer to effectively use the program. And the authoring environment is unforgiving, mistakes beyond trivial errors in the Flash timeline are essentially an invitation to start over from scratch. And yes, the Flash player is glitchy, resource-hungry and crash prone on the mac. So Apple’s (read: Steve’s) resistance is coming from an honest place.

    What I resent is the NECESSITY to HAVE to use Flash to achieve reasonable cross platform and cross browser reliable playback for media files. Even using as much XHTML, and CSS with JQuery modules as I can, the majority of these solutions still access a flash PLAYER to actually handle the playback. muttergrumble It’s that or program the playback coding from scratch myself, and/or create custom versions of my sites for each individual browser AND OS. An unreasonably costly approach for small business clients with snug budgets.

    While I have some optimism that HTML 5 will over time become more prevalent and eventually displace Flash for rich media, but that does not address Flash animatons, interactive apps, games or interface effects, and the nearly ubiquitous flash ads that annoy us all. But since the iPad’s announcement, a lot of media heavyweights have announced HTML5 / H.264 versions of their sites or direct iPad apps. So things are accelerating. But like IE 6, Flash will surely linger on the ‘Net for a while yet.

    If you are a heavy user of Flash content, or Flash Games, or Flash dependent sites– yes, it’s a deal-breaker. And apple seems content (or at least accepting) abandoning those users – for the moment. But if you’re a more casual media-consuming user, the iPad might just be fine, and the a lack of Flash an annoyance. Will be interesting to see how FaceBook responds. “Facebook Ultimate” has not done well…. See elsewhere in this hub.

    As for the wee beastie itself, it’s a rather amusing little slab of electric crack. Got to play with one for about an hour at an Apple Store Saturday. And it’s pretty much as advertised. What it does, it does rather well, and very snappy and slick. I am a little offended by the word “magical”… it’s still technology, folks. NICE technology, but it’s still a machine. Calm the frak down.

    Still, clever box… er… slab, as it is, I don’t think I am getting one in the immediate future. I have a studio to maintain and a perfectly good MacBook Pro to go on the road with. I think I might be a little short of a fanboy (Sorry, Tim); so while Apple has a fair chunk of my tech loyalty, Adobe has me by the proverbial short ones. The next free $600 I have for tech will probably go to the next Creative Suite Upgrade…. including Flash, love it or hate it.

    Peace out, I have to get back to work. …on the other side of the screen

  33. Om, how does reading for long periods of time on the iPad compare to the Kindle? Do you think e-ink technology will eventually die away?

  34. Probably the subject of a different essay, but I’m interested in your final thought:

    “I am not yet convinced why I should really pay for the apps for these outlets, though.”

    How to interpret this? Should the app be free, but the content not? Does the technology allow me to pay for only the content I consume? By the amount of it or the time I spend with it, etc.

    If the content provides value, which clearly it does since you read multiple outlets (organs?), why the hesitancy to pay (for the app, the content, whatever?).

    I think this is an interesting point you shouldn’t have brought up without some POV on it. Especially given the swirl of discussion around the iPad (and I assume the ensuing other similar devices) and its predicted positive impact on publishers’ sustainabilities.

    More on this subject, please, either from you or from someone who’s economic/business expertise you might trust.


  35. The legacy of computing thing will be hard old habit to die as we get used to the ipad.
    I note from your post that you found reading newspapers on the ipad interesting and from your tone it is safe to say you enjoyed reading newspapaers on the ipad.
    This is where I see the real value of ipad, infact I cannot wait to get my hands on it when it goes for sale in Canada later this month. I have a six month old son and I see the ipad as a great value in using it as an educational tool for him. Imagine him sitting on my lap and I download educational materials which we look at and read together on the ipad, priceless indeed.

  36. I think a few of you are missing some key points.

    The “flaws” in a device/platform don’t really become apparent until the device has been out for a while, until novelty has worn off, and until the competition has come out with some alternatives.

    What I mean is, it takes contrast to determine the degree of worth of a feature or degree of impact (on user experience) of a lacking feature.

    Even Apple cannot fully predict how much people will adjust their consumption patterns to fit the device or how well the device will substitute for other means of consumption. It’s a game of watching the consumer react, no matter what Apple’s intention is for adopting the iPad into a “lifestyle product;” the consumer ultimately decides (by virtue of majority feedback) how the iPad will fit into their lifestyles.

    If anything, Apple is great at setting precedence in a niche market.

    I’m personally curious to see the Tegra2 chipset-based tablets that are coming out, like the “Adam” by Notion Ink, which is Android-based and looks amazing.

    Finally, Apple always leaves room for incremental upgrades in order to respond to market pressure. That’s another fine art that Apple has mastered. The company would make a great Texas Hold’em player.

  37. Currently 75% of all videos across the web are flash. I spose you can cross your fingers every time you want to watch a vid. But the odds are against you with an ipad.

    Flash is far from dead at this point.

  38. what about the file system? how much interaction can you have with local volumes? is there support for form based file uploads in safari? if so what open save dialog box action is there? what kind of files can you move with sync? can safari “save as” binary files?

  39. Network PROBLEMS! Keeps dropping off WiFi with WEP turned on. I have reentered my keys, a zillion times. Getting really annoying! Am sure apple is aware of this, but rushed the delivery, anyways.

  40. Nice write up Om. Here is my question:

    When traveling, under what circumstances would you take the iPad only (and I guess a smart phone/iPhone) vs. taking your laptop? And under what circumstances would you take both your iPad and laptop?


  41. One discussion I’ve not heard is what size iPad to buy. I know how much storage I need for my iTunes and photos, but what about ebooks? How much storage is there in a Kindle? Do I really need the biggest iPad?

  42. Crapple is trying to control your web experience. Don’t be a fool. Buy an HP Slate if you’re really pretentious enough to need one of these dumb toys.

  43. I really don’t think the lack of Flash support is a bad thing on both the iPhone and the iPad.
    To be honest, I actually hope for non-flash devices to become so popular that they effectively draw the line for this proprietary, limited, and reactionary format once and for all, because all content providers now using flash will have to go for something standards-compliant like SMIL, SVG, HTML 5,…
    And, by the way, I hope the same goes for the “Windows Media” format, which we already can watch, after a short rise, going back to where it came from.
    There are several reasons why flash is bad for today’s online applications. There is only one software vendor offering tools to reliably create content in that format. Touch screen support is virtually nonexistent. A flash app is an island in a box, mostly unable to make use of the content around it without dirty scripting hacks. Flash is also primarily used for all those annoying, flickering ads jumping into your face the very moment you open a web page. Flash doesn’t support the idea of “The Web”, where you can link to virtually any piece of information globally available. Flash doesn’t support the “semantic web” paradigm.
    There are many more points why the end for flash should come rather sooner than later.

  44. Nice review! Check mine at the below link..

    Gear Lust (part one) iPad –first impressions


    Like so many other Apple users I’m enamored with each deliciously-designed product that they release. But I understand what they are doing to us – they are changing the way we think, compute, consume and buy. As a futurist and early-adopter of most technology I’m ok with these changes. But Apple seems to be single-handedly launching us into new markets long before the public knows what to do with them. On one hand it’s the entrepreneur’s dream to have a new wild-west to conquer. But as consumers we are easily tricked into putting money back into Apple, AT&T and so many other companies’ products to feel like we are on the cutting edge of technology in this brave new age of computing. My first impressions of the iPad are exactly these thoughts. It’s not a matter of is it cool (it totally is) or do I want one (couldn’t wait.) It does everything I wanted and more. It’s got a few limitations I find frustrating. But once I got my hands on it I was drinking Apple’s kool aid once again and didn’t put it down for about 14 hours. Below is a brief review of the product and some initial impressions of the philosophy behind the technology, some questions about productivity and some excitement about the possibilities.

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