Quick iPad Impressions

I’ve been a bit limited in the ways I can use the iPad this week, because when I buy Internet access from the hotel I can only put it on one device.  Thus, I need to have the Internet on my laptop, and I don’t get the full experience of the iPad.

However, I did have Internet on it for one day, and it was pretty easy to use for surfing the web, downloading books, and even using Skype to make calls.  I only did a little email with it, since I’m still getting used to the glass keyboard.

Since that day, I’ve used it mostly for sharing and discussing photo collections.  Also, in the evening, it’s been great for watching rented movies and tv shows.  Basically, I rent the movie or buy the tv show through iTunes on my laptop, and then I sync them to the iPad.

The first night I did this, I checked out the movie 2012.  (It seemed appropriate at the time.)  I watched the first third on my laptop screen, and the image quailty was pretty unacceptable.  It wasn’t that there was a lot of pixelation, but the blacks were all wrong and it didn’t look right.  I played with the video settings some on the laptop, but it didn’t help.

After that, I learned I could switch a rented film to the iPad, and the image quality and sound were much better.  In fact, it was a fun experience to see the full letterbox movie on the iPad screen.  I’ve seen other movies and tv shows since then.  Nice.

Lastly, the Apple leather case for the iPad finally showed up in the Fifth Avenue store yesterday, and I picked one up.  I’m glad I wait for it– it is very sleek and thin, and I like how it has a cover that folds over the screen to protect  it, but can fold to the back of the unit when not in use (or work as a stand or angle device for typing).  It’s great.

I haven’t had much time to read on the iPad yet, but I like how I can download sections or first chapters of books to read before deciding to buy the full books.  I downloaded the first chapter of some New York guide books, and they were helpful.  In the end, though, I bought a paper version of a guidebook, because I didn’t like the idea of flashing a new iPad all over the streets of the city as I walked around.  Also, I’m not sure of the images or maps in the books were really optimized or useable on iPads/ereaders yet.

So far, so good.

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