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I got an iPad. Now what? First thoughts.

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“Beautiful!” I thought to myself as I started slowly and deliberately opening the iPad box when I finally got home from work. Twasn’t easy distracting myself all day knowing that my shiny new toy was waiting for me at home. But finally! Here we are. Seems smaller in real life. Smooth. Solid.

OK let’s get this party started. Not much inside the box. Sigh! It used to be such an experience just opening the box to a new Apple product. Much less wow now. No real goodies. Thank God for the charger – I do keep on losing those. I’d love one of those black microfaser slip cases they used to ship with the iPod. If I touch it will it smudge? I’ll take that as a yes. But you make me want to touch you, dontcha. Can’t-re-sist-touch-ing-you.

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iPad First Impressions – Sofware

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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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iPad First Impressions – Hardware

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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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Stephen Fry’s First Impressions of the iPad

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Stephen Fry – the comedian, actor, novelist, Guardian Technology columnist, blogger, cricket fan, and all-around fantastically brilliant person – has a great blog post up with his initial thoughts on the iPad.  He was one of those fortunate few who were at the iPad launch event last week and got a chance to give it a spin after the presentation.

He was more than a little impressed by the new device.  Here’s a little slice of his thoughts on it, which followed on from some talk of how, as with the iPad, there were plenty of naysayers when the V1 iPhone was launched:

… could they not see that this device was gorgeous, beautifully made, very powerful and capable of development into something extraordinary? I see those qualities in the iPad. Like the first iPhone, iPad 1.0 is a John the Baptist preparing the way of what is to come, but also like iPhone 1.0 (and Jokanaan himself too come to that) iPad 1.0 is still fantastic enough in its own right to be classed as a stunningly exciting object, one that you will want NOW and one that will not be matched this year by any company.

As far as recommendations go for mobile gadgets, one from Stephen Fry is always one that’s worth its weight in gold in my book – very glad to see he’s keen on the iPad.  Whenever you have a chance, go read all his thoughts on the iPad and its launch event, here:

http://www.stephenfry.com/2010/01/28/ipad-about/

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