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As today's launch progresses, iPads are starting to get into the hands of many across the U.S. As we get settled with our own iPads, here are a few first impressions:

- The iPad feels very substantial in the hand. At 1.5 lbs, it takes a bit of getting used to compared to an iPhone or Kindle.
- The screen is bright and crisp with wide viewing angles. Despite the oleophobic coating, it collects and shows fingerprints more than expected.
- The Apple logo on the back is black with a smooth finish, not with a chromed finish like on the iPhone 3GS.
- The iPad must be connected to iTunes in order to set it up. Out of the box, it shows a connect to iTunes screen (you must have iTunes 9.1).
- Set-up via iTunes is similar to that of the iPhone, allowing you to select the apps and media content to be synced to the iPad.
- The capacitive touchscreen is fast and responsive. Screen orientation changes take place almost instantly.
- The on-screen keyboard in portrait orientation is usable with two thumbs but the middle keys will be a bit of a stretch for those with smaller hands. The keys are nice and large so it's hard to miss the intended key and the predictive entry also found on the iPhone helps as well.
- Typing with two thumbs in landscape orientation is much harder and a case or some other way to prop it up to see the screen while typing with two hands is the best approach.
- Apps not yet optimized for the iPad are usable in 2x mode but leave much to be desired. iPad-optimized apps are really where it's going to be.
- Sound out of the iPad's speaker is richer and louder than expected and is sufficient for watching a movie in a quiet environment.
- The standard apps have been adapted very well to the iPad's larger screen. The iTunes Store and the App Store are a pleasure to browse on the iPad.

Just us in our iPad forum for questions/discussion. Meanwhile, other reader first impressions are still being collected in this thread.

TouchArcade is covering iPad gaming in detail, while AppShopper has a running list of iPad apps and discounts.



Article Link: More iPad First Impressions and Discussion
 

montycat

macrumors 6502
Mar 19, 2007
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Im still going to wait, it sounds great. I have too many other projects at home that require $$$$ right now.
 
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thetexan

macrumors 6502a
May 11, 2009
720
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This will decide if I get one or not:

Can the iPad use bluetooth DUN? I have free software on my Droid that will create a bluetooth host so I can access the internet from devices that allow bluetooth networking. Sorry for using the wrong terms, I'm not too familiar with bluetooth as I rarely use it.
 
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Digital Skunk

macrumors G3
Dec 23, 2006
8,035
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This all is wonderful information. Glad to hear that you need to hook it up to iTunes like I thought and tried to tell others.

I need to wait for Version 2 to see if Marketcircle and other devos make the apps I'd like for the iPad.
 
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mgauss7

macrumors regular
Apr 23, 2009
205
47
Miami
So few pictures with People holding it for perspective

What is wrong with people????

All pictures are of the iPad alone. No perspective of it in relation to a human. For sizing, perspective. It could be any size when shown alone! OK Steve Jobs held it. How about some attractive women holding it?

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125056-mipad.jpg


As today's launch progresses, iPads are started to get into the hands of many across the U.S. As we get settled with our own iPads, here are a few first impressions:

- The iPad feels very substantial in the hand. At 1.5 lbs, it takes a bit of getting used to compared to an iPhone or Kindle.
- The screen is bright and crisp with wide viewing angles. Despite the oleophobic coating, it collects and shows fingerprints more than expected.
- The Apple logo on the back is black with a smooth finish, not with a chromed finish like on the iPhone 3GS.
- The iPad must be connected to iTunes in order to set it up. Out of the box, it shows a connect to iTunes screen (you must have iTunes 9.1).
- Set-up via iTunes is similar to that of the iPhone, allowing you to select the apps and media content to be synced to the iPad.
- The capacitive touchscreen is fast and responsive. Screen orientation changes take place almost instantly.
- The on-screen keyboard in portrait orientation is usable with two thumbs but the middle keys will be a bit of a stretch for those with smaller hands. The keys are nice and large so it's hard to miss the intended key and the predictive entry also found on the iPhone helps as well.
- Typing with two thumbs in landscape orientation is much harder and a case or some other way to prop it up to see the screen while typing with two hands is the best approach.
- Apps not yet optimized for the iPad are usable in 2x mode but leave much to be desired. iPad-optimized apps are really where it's going to be.
- Sound out of the iPad's speaker is richer and louder than expected and is sufficient for watching a movie in a quiet environment.
- The standard apps have been adapted very well to the iPad's larger screen. The iTunes Store and the App Store are a pleasure to browse on the iPad.

Just us in our iPad forum for questions/discussion. Meanwhile, other reader first impressions are still being collected in this thread.

TouchArcade is covering iPad gaming in detail, while AppShopper has a running list of iPad apps and discounts.



Article Link: More iPad First Impressions and Discussion
 
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murkurb

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Mar 19, 2010
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Got My iPad!

I arrived at Best Buy around 8:15 this morning and was 5th in line. With a flood in Kentucky causing some brief shipping delays, I was able to buy the iPad at noon.

I played around with a floor model before. It's real nice. This is going to be fun.
 
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rdowns

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Jul 11, 2003
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I played with one for over half an hour but still didn't buy. Pretty sure I want one but I want to see how people feel after the newness wears off.
 
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HLdan

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Aug 22, 2007
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Lots of positive comments so far. Why are there so many negatives on the articles? This one already has 7 negatives but all the comments are positive? Odd. I'm waiting for the 3G model. I need it for work and while on the go, not just for home and local cafes. :)
 
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CZSZSZ

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Jan 27, 2010
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Speakers : iPad vs Macbook Air

Can someone say how the speakers perform in comparison with MacBook Air ? I would expect better sound, just from comparison of physical dimensions.
 
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broncopde

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May 12, 2007
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Wirelessly posted (iPod touch: Mozilla/5.0 (iPod; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_1_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.18 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile/7D11 Safari/528.16)

FYI:

iPhone 3GS weighs 4.8 oz. (0.3 lbs.)
iPod touch 3G weighs 4.05 oz. (0.25 lbs.)
Kindle 2 weighs 10.2 oz. (0.64 lbs.)
Kindle DX weighs 18.9 oz. (1.18 lbs.)
 
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Chaos215bar2

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Jan 11, 2004
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The standard apps have been adapted very well to the iPad's larger screen.

Indeed. That's because they didn't include the standard apps that they haven't been able to adapt very well.
 
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GoKyu

macrumors 65816
Feb 15, 2007
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The iPad is awesome - better than expected :)

The eBook reader is fast, it's very easy on the eyes (aside from potential glare...I have an anti-glare sheet in the mail, hopefully I'll get it today.)

Apps load super fast, the screen is *crystal* clear - Better even than my iPhone.

LogMeIn Ignition is a FREE update (so you don't have to pay another $30 for an iPad version), and you can set the colors to high quality with no penalty (I didn't notice ANY sort of slowdown going from the default "compressed" to "high quality".)

Some of the iPhone games still look great in 2x - Lightbike, Assassin's Creed (I was waiting to see this on the iPad - looks better than I expected), Doodle Jump...

iPad versioned games like Plants vs. Zombies HD looks amazing too.

VERY glad I bought the iPad :)
 
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Velin

macrumors 68000
Jul 23, 2008
1,641
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Hearst Castle
iPad = iTunes vending machine.

Enjoy continually plopping quarters into your iPad so you can actually use the damn thing to accomplish something.
 
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inkhead

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Mar 3, 2005
206
1
Using it

I'm using the iPad right now at the apple store


I need a way to upload my screenshots to the web
 
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GigaWire

macrumors 6502
Dec 25, 2001
386
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Stop typing with two thumbs! Put it in your lap and type proper, it doesn't skip a beat! Make sure you trim your finger nails first though.
 
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wovel

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Mar 15, 2010
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Stop typing with two thumbs! Put it in your lap and type proper, it doesn't skip a beat! Make sure you trim your finger nails first though.

Try holding a netbook in portrait mode and type with your thumbs, now that is challenging!
 
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zacman

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Jul 11, 2008
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Is it true that it really only has 256 MB RAM for apps? Every phone now comes with at least 384 or 512 MB but the iPad only supports 256 MB? :confused:
 
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