What We Think of the iPad

Photo Credit: Apple.com

The day the iPad came out,  I bought one.  I’ve been playing with it for the last month and have discovered a few areas in which it is useful, and even fun, as well as some limitations.

As a gaming device, it is one of the best I’ve seen.  The picture quality is fantastic and the screen is very easy to interact with, making games quite addictive.  I’ve already finished Plants vs. Zombies.  This attribute makes the device fun for the family; my three kids, whose ages range from the very young to pre-teen, have all used and enjoyed the iPad.

The iPad makes a decent e-reader as well.  The best part is that major e-reader companies (Amazon’s Kindle, for example) have free applications for the iPad, making your list of possible titles to purchase somewhere in the hundreds of thousands or even millions, I’m sure.  You effectively can combine all the stores together to practically ensure your book is available.  Of course, Apple has their own store now, iBooks, but it seems to be in its infancy and has not been able to amass the same number and quality of books as the large book stores. Once you find your book, reading on the iPad is a pretty good experience.  The large screen and the ability to adjust the font size make reading easy.  In the shade, it works quite well.  In the sun, however, it’s impossible to see, as the shiny screen reflects just like a computer.

Photo Credit: Apple.com

For traveling, the iPad can make a decent laptop replacement, especially if you spend the extra money and buy a wireless keyboard.  Our project manager, Trae, has traveled with only the iPad and keyboard and done very well answering emails and Skyping with his team.  It’s also good for surfing the Internet, and the app store has a lot of great applications that can help you get your work done on the go.  Other editing and productivity apps available in the iTunes store, such as the Keynote presentation software app, make the iPad a great business tool.

And, of course, you can store your iTunes songs on the iPad and listen to music.

All in all, I’m really excited about and impressed with the iPad.  It has some limitations and is not perfect for all situations and all places, but it works great to play games on your couch, read in the back seat of the car on long trips, or meet with clients in a conference room.  The iPad is the first of its kind, and it’s setting the stage for even more innovation in the form of updates and competitive tablets.  As other companies get into the market, we will see great advances in the usability of tablet devices, and that is exciting.  (The Android tablets coming out later this year are pretty hot!)

Developing apps for the iPad is also exciting to me and to everyone at HDI.  Using various technologies, we’ve begun building applications to help iPad owners use it to its fullest potential.  When we have some completed, we’ll let you know!

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