The idea behind this review of Pages for iPad was to see how quickly someone could get something done without having used it before. In the interest of full disclosure, I have used Pages on Mac, so your rate of adoption may vary. I tested two different types of documents, a text document and a poster.
The Text Document
The text document was a simple invoice for one of my customers. I emailed an old invoice that had been created in Pages on my MacBook to my iPad. Once I opened the attachment in Mail I was given the option to “Open In Pages.” It shows as a button in the top right corner of the document if you have Pages installed.
I updated the document, including a header field, saved it and emailed it to my customer as a pdf in less than 5 minutes. I was pretty impressed.
I took the inspiration for the poster from a conversation with my 4 year old at her brother’s soccer game. I used one of Apple’s templates almost without modification. I was able to type in the new text, replace the images, alter the number of points on the stars/blasts and email a pdf version in less than 6 minutes. Though I didn’t make many changes to Apple’s template I am still impressed with the speed at which I was able to create my first poster in a new application.
So what can I tell you after a very quick look at the product? The app and the iPad are fast and there were no crashes. The slowest part of the test was me. Though I didn’t put Pages through enough testing to do a comprehensive review, I did use it enough to discover it is worth it’s $9.95 price tag. Other developers are going to have to work hard to deliver a better value to performance ratio.
Pages for iPad is available in the App Store now, and is priced at $9.95.
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