The past few days have been a roller coaster of emotions regarding the Apple iPad. The first half of this blog is going to update you on my thoughts of the iPad, with the second half being on recent iPad developments. Being a UK resident up until last Sunday I had not touched, played with or indeed been in the same room as Apples new device, however GadgetShow Live changed all that. I got to touch and experience the wonders of a 9.7 inch touch screen in my hands – it was breath-taking.
My initial thoughts of holding the iPad was that it was heavier than I expected it to be, however by no means excessively heavy. It’s true that you wouldn’t want to be holding it out at arm’s length for any serious amount of time, however I don’t expect anyone will be. This device is to be used when sitting down when it can be rested against either a table or leg, so that issue never occurred to me.
Speed wise it was fast, very fast indeed, it was so fast it had already computed every possible option of what I wanted to do, before I had even decided what I was going to tap on. Apps were clean, fresh and fully functioning, I only tested a handful of apps that were designed nativity for the iPad, and one iPhone which was run ‘up scaled’. With regards to this, I wouldn’t even bother putting iPhone apps on an iPad, it’s a waste of space as quality is bearable, once you try an iPad app you will never be able to use up scaled versions and the blotchyness that goes with them.
I had decided a few months back that I was going to purchase an iPad, on day of release naturally, and I had opted for the WiFi only model. The reason being for this is that I would purchase a Mifi (which I have done, review coming tomorrow) which would then allow me to connect my Macbook Pro to the internet if I were out and about. The expense of £70 to get a MiFi was therefore in my mind, better spent than getting the 3G model, and still having no method of connecting my Macbook Pro to the internet should I desire.
Watching the US launch was unreal, I must have watched over 25 iPad unboxing videos on Youtube, I followed virtually every twitter stream that mentioned the iPad, and naturally read all the reviews. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one.
Rumors had suggested that the iPad would be available internationally on the weekend of the 23rd April. International Apple stores were also stating that the iPad would be available ‘Late April’. However today we received a massive blow, the launch would be delayed.
I am very pleased that Apple have hit the nail on the head with the iPad, I really am, however I feel that they are delaying international availability to fulfill US orders; which doesn’t sit well with me at all. The US have had its share of iPads, and I didn’t agree with the ‘tiered’ release date in the first place, however to push back availability for international customers, so that the US can keep selling is not a good enough reason.
Apple could have given international customers some good news today by announcing pricing, however this and pre-order availability will now have to wait until the 10th May 2010.
Come on Apple, it’s a great product, let some out of the US so we can all have a go.