iPad – First Take

I picked up the Apple iPad Tablet (amazon affiliate link) the other day, so haven’t had a lot of time to get in deep. I thought I’d give you a sense of my first take after a few days, especially as I’m on the verge of travel, and I plan to test out what it’d be like to not have access to my Macbook Pro. This isn’t a review as much as it’s the setup for my future posts.

Very First Thoughts

For all the jokes that the iPad is a big iPod Touch, it pretty much feels like that. I’ve been using the Motorola Droid for my main phone since last November, and I love it. I love being able to run multiple applications. I love the deep integration to Google. By using the iPad as a device, I’m suddenly back to one-app-at-a-time. But that’s okay, I am trying to focus more on one thing at a time (see blur).

Immediately, the app that caught my eye were the iPad version of Keynote (Apple’s slicker-pretty version of PowerPoint), but that makes sense. I’m a presenter. I make presentations. It stands to reason that I’d give it a go.

Our client partners, Citrix Online, also released GoToMeeting for iPad, so I plan to try that out soon. I’ll be looking mostly at business applications, though because it’s so new and so many people ask to see it, I also downloaded some entertainment. I put six movies on it. I got the Netflix app, the iVerse and Marvel comic book apps, and I just bought a book or two.

I bought a Verizon wireless Mifi service (device is made by Novatel, and I like their hardware). This lets me hook my iPad to the Internet where I want and on my terms. That’s key, to me. I didn’t want to wait for a 3G version. I didn’t want to be hooked into AT&T. I wanted it to cost less (My calculations say that buying my own saved me quite a bit).

Beyond that, I bought the keyboard dock. I plan to try and use this for a replacement for my Powerbook while traveling. It won’t let me process media that I make, but it’ll let me blog, use my cloud applications, stay connected via Twitter and other such services, and more.

Stay Tuned

I’ll give you more as I find it. So far, so tentative. : )

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