iPad first impressions

I had a go on a friend’s iPad last weekend.

First thing I thought: what if I dropped it?

It’s hard to believe an iPad would survive falling off a kitchen worktop, or getting trodden on.

Having said that, the iPad feels really solid – or, you could say, quite heavy.

It’s smaller than I expected – I imagined something like a tablet PC, whereas it *seems* not much bigger than a couple of iPhones side by side.

This might mean you start seeing iPads on the Tube (or the Metro or the subway or…)

The complete lack of ports is very striking when you’re actually holding the thing. People have been grumbling about this, but I think the emphasis on wireless connectivity to peripherals and the internet really makes sense. (I’m old enough to remember when people complained about the original iMac’s lack of built-in floppy drive!)

Battery life is apparently excellent – my friend told me it’s way better than his iPhone.

Video quality is fantastic. This could be the major selling point: for use on trains and planes and by kids on long car journeys.

Sound, for such a tiny speaker, is actually pretty good.

Having a large, shiny dark screen means it’s prone to paw prints, especially with kids around. But so what?

Usability outdoors is reasonable but not great.

The interface and apps feel like they’re not quite right for the screen size, though it feels very fast and responsive.

All in all – still not sure what the iPad is for. Is this the ‘kitchen’ device?

About Sam Dutton

I am a Developer Advocate for Google Chrome. I grew up in rural South Australia, went to university in Sydney, and have lived since 1986 in London, England. Twitter: @SW12
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