Question: Should you buy an iPad2?
Yesterday I waited in line for 4 hours at the Rosedale Mall to get my very first iPad. A friend and I ended up in the 40-50th spot in line when we showed up at 1PM. When it was all said and done, about 300+ people showed up to wait in line… Note: I did take vacation time to stand in line and not everyone was able to purchase an iPad2.
I finally got my hands on my black 16gig wifi iPad2 at about 5:30PM (only 30 minutes after the Apple store opened up, again) – yes, I opted to get the cheapest model possible. Why? I already have an iPhone4 that contains my music and podcasts. Everything that I need to access with the iPad is all in “the cloud”.
Now for the fun stuff… My first impressions of the iPad2:
- Awesome display.
- Speedy response time.
- Loving the Blackberry-esque magnet response to the Smart Cover.
- Super thin and light.
- Battery endurance is awesome. I have yet to charge mine after taking it out of the box and I’ve used it for at least 5+ hours and I’m at 41%. To be honest, I don’t remember what percent charge it was at when I opened it.
- Keyboard is super easy to use. I can easily respond to emails faster on the iPad than I can on the iPhone.
- It’s a giant version of my iPhone that gets better battery life and enables me to be more productive.
- Smudges on the screen – this is going to happen.
- Didn’t come with headphones like the iPhone – oh well!
- Various iPhone apps are not yet available on the iPad.
- Even if you paid for an iPhone app does not mean you get the iPad app for free. Note: I paid another $4.99 for the Reeder app – It’s worth it!
- Portrait mode of the Mail app is confusing. I think I’m too used to the iPhone version…
- Facebook doesn’t have it’s own app. This is not Apple’s fault but it is Zuck’s fault.
- I was eligible for EEP (Employee Pricing Program) but I was not able to take advantage of this in the store. However, I could use my EEP online but then again, I would have had to wait 2-4 weeks for shipping…
An iPad is a very useful tool/toy that gives you the functionality of an iPhone sans the calling and bigger. I plan to start using mine more as an e-reader and as an extension to my iPhone.
I’m sure I’ll have later posts about the apps that I like/dislike and various other uses for it.
Thanks for reading!