I spent some time over the weekend using my neighbor’s iPad. Â He had bought and loaded it up with some cool apps. Â I had a chance to check it out with all of the main apps.
First off, the iPad is amazingly fast and responsive. Â The recent teardowns show that the iPad’s memory is directly on the processor. Â I tried to induce some scrolling lag in Safari, but couldn’t. Â The iPad was able to keep up with someÂ significantÂ load.
The iPad’s touch accuracy is nice. Â I generally have a problem with the on screen keyboards choosing the wrong key. Â I didn’t have this problem with the iPad. Â This could have been due to iPad’s larger keyboard.
It does have its downsides. Â If you go to Amazon’s front page, they are gradually updating it with “the Kindle can do this” kind of jabs. Â As of yesterday, it said something like “can be used in direct sunlight and only weighs 12 ounces”. Â In my opinion, the direct sunlight and weight are two big strikes against the iPad. Â The third strike is the lack of multi-tasking.
If you are used to using a Kindle or E-Ink based hardware, you will notice the iPad feels significantly heavier. Â I have read some books on the Kindle and it doesn’t feel heavier after a while. Â The iPadÂ definitely does. Â I am not sure if I could read an entire book with the iPad. Â In spite of the weight, the color screenÂ definitely helps. Â I looked through the Marvel comic books app. Â The comics looked clear and crisp with good color. Â This is a definite edge over E-Ink based hardware.
Apple is supposedly going to announce a multi-tasking iPhone OS. Â I haven’t read if this update if for the iPad too. Â If you are really going to use the iPad, you need several applications running. Â At a minimum, I need a chat program and one application. Â If single-tasking we acceptable, we would all be running single-tasking operating systems like MS-DOS 5.0.
Is the iPad the next big thing? Â Not yet. Â It is a good start, but I am going to wait for the 2nd generation for Apple to improve things. Â I think it will be similar to the leap between the iPhone’s 1st generation and 2nd generation. Â They had the time to go back and fix what was missing in the 1st generation.