iPad First Impressions – Hardware

iPad on Dock

I’ve been getting to know the iPad a little today, and taking lots of notes along the way of course.  I figure I’ll share my thoughts on it in smaller chunks – partly because there are already plenty of all-in reviews out there for it, partly because I’m a lazy sod and it just feels easier to do things this way, and also because over these last couple of months we’ve already learned so much about the iPad and I don’t want to go over too much old ground. 

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Two Major Apps with Bugs on iPad


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I’ve noticed two major apps that have some big problems on the iPad, at least on my iPad anyway.  The two apps are Evernote and Things.

Evernote – this is a favorite app for me on the iPhone, the Mac, online, everywhere basically. It was one of the first few apps I installed (the iPad version) and it was looking very nice the first few times I used it.  I loved being able to add a new audio note from right within a text note for example.  The only problem is … after several uses the app began crashing back to the home screen each time I launched it.

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My First iPad Wallpaper

iPad wallpaper

OK, call me superficial and shallow – but after a good while of tending to more serious matters on the brand new baby iPad, I suddenly realized I had an urgent need to ‘make it mine’.

So I grabbed the free Cool Wallpapers for iPad app, browsed around briefly, and chose this one as my first iPad wallpaper.  Applied it to both home screens and lock screen.

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Still waiting for the iPad

Today the iPad went on sale in the United States of America. Nowhere else. Is that a bad thing? Course not! Not for the lucky ones who wanted and got one. But there’s certainly lots to pout about if you’re like me, observing events from the Old World, feeling left out of the party. Continue reading

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The iPad Buying Experience – at an Apple Store

New iPad

That’s my shiny new baby right there. A quick shot taken with the iPhone while getting checked out earlier this morning.  My iPad buying experience – at the Apple store in Barton Creek Mall in Austin – was superb today.  It really couldn’t have been much better.

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Number 7 in Reserved Line

image1776862317.jpgHurrah. Got to the mall entrance outside my local Apple store here in Austin at around 6:30. We got let into the mall at 7:00.

There’s a separate line for people who reserved one and I’m number 7 in that line.

Everyone is in good spirits, Apple staff are handing out coffee, all is good.

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Countdown to iPad – Bedtime Story Reading (Use Case 48)


Once upon a time there was a man named Jobs, Steve Jobs, and he was the man who created this magical, revolutionary device that we’re reading our story on tonight …

Bedtime story reading is always one of the most wonderful blocks of family time – enjoyed by kids and parents alike.  It’s educational and fun, it’s a great way to bring energy levels down at the end of long hard day of being a kid, and it fosters a love of reading – which is such a great thing.

And the iPad is going to be a big contributor to this bedtime routine.  It will not – any time soon – replace printed books.  But it will be another great option on certain evenings when the mood strikes.

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Featured (upcoming) iPad Accessory: Substrata iPad Box

SubStrata iPad Box

I have to say, I’ve never been one to fancy a wooden case for my mobile devices – but this iPad Box case from Substrata looks very good to me.  Here’s a tad more about it:

The SUBSTRATA iPad box with hinged lid is shown prototyped in Walnut, Zebrano and Wenge. The final design will feature microsuede lining, a magnetic lid and sliding catch.

They’ve got two very smart looking iPad cases made of wood.  Both are still at prototype stage right now, due for release in June.  No word on pricing yet.  You can check out more details and pictures at their site:


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App Search Results Divided Nicely in App Store

App Store search results

One new thing I’ve noticed in the App Store, now that iPad apps are live in it, is that search results are divided nicely – so as you can see in the screenshot above iPhone results are labeled as just ‘Apps’ and iPad results are labeled ‘iPad Apps’.

I like this – it makes it easy to spot what you’re after.  I wish they’d do more clear divisions like this throughout the App Store now – so that it is easy to browse apps in only or other group when you want to.  It feels clumsy in this respect right now.

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Hurrah – HomeRun Battle 3D for iPad Is Out


Oh hell yeah!  HomeRun Battle 3D – my all-time favorite iPhone sports game and winner of the Best Sports Game at the 2009 Best App Ever Awards – has already got an iPad version out.

HomeRun Battle 3D for iPad will definitely be among the first apps I try out tomorrow.  I just have to see my tape-measure shots flying out of the park on that lovely big screen – and online head-to-head matchups should be even better as well I hope.

This one is in the App Store now – priced at $4.99.

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Recommended: David Letterman’s Take on the iPad


I’m guessing Dave’s not a big mobile devices kinda guy.  A couple of my favorite lines in here:

Even little Jimmy Fallon doesn’t have one.

For people who don’t like kids, or don’t like the kids they have, it comes with photos of a family.  So you’re not buying an unnecessary electronic device … you’re buying a family.

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