Picked up my new iPad last night from the local Apple store. It was busy in there, but they had plenty of employees to help the eager customers! They had just received a shipment of iPads a few hours earlier, so I was in and out of the store with the little iPad box in just a few minutes.
I had been reading all the hype on the internet and thought it would be fun to try out this slick new device.
Both my kids have iTouches and love them, but I always thought the screens were too small to be useful for internet browsing, watching videos, etc. From what I had read from critics, the iPad was nothing more than a supersized iTouch... which I found is mostly true... but that big touch screen on the iPad is awesome!
First thing I did when I unboxed my iPad was to fire up Safari (the built-in browser) and see how well it rendered web pages. It did a nice job for web surfing. The pages rendered very well. It was easy to click on hyperlinks (using my finger instead of a mouse was a little weird at first, but it works great with that big screen. I only "fat fingered" a couple links.). Only thing I found it doesn't support is Flash content, but hopefully Apple will get enough flack and will eventually support it.
Next I tried to connect to our GoAnywhere Director product through the iPad's Safari. It took me right to the login screen. I keyed in the GoAnywhere user/password (using the touch screen keypad) and hit submit. Login Failed! Found out that I mistyped the user id, which is easy to do until you get used to typing on this thing. Once I corrected it, I hit submit again and it took me right to the GoAnywhere dashboard.
Besides using the browser, iPad is great for watching videos too. It has a NetFlix app that lets you watch movies real time, which is great. Eventually I hope most NetFlix movies are available to watch online so I don't have to goto my mailbox for DVDs any more.
At first I was thinking about giving away this iPad at the next trade show as a prize, but now I think I will keep this one for myself.. and buy another one for the giveaway :)
The iPad is addictive.