As you may have heard, I received my iPad 3 days ago. That was 1 day earlier than its official launch date in the UK, thanks to the fact that I shelled out my money merely 8 minutes after the Apple store accepted pre-ordering 2 weeks ago. Anyway, here’s the tl;dr version of this blog post: the iPad is an amazing device and I wouldn’t think twice before recommending it to anyone.
First thing first: the hardware. The iPad is smaller than I expected, and it’s as heavy as people say on Twitter. Holding it requires me to use both hands, and it becomes quite frustrating after a while. Letting it rest on my lap is a workaround, though I’m not totally satisfied with it. On the other hand, the black bezel that some complained about is the least of my worries when I use the device. All apps are gorgeous and grab my full attention.
The rotation lock, being a hardware button, is great - I really hope my iPod has had one. I’m aware that a software solution would be added to the 4.0 firmware, but my 1st generation iPod doesn’t have the pleasure to enjoy it. Anyway, I digressed.
The volume button is quite confusing, given the fact that I can hold the device in any directions. Keep my iPad in portrait mode and it makes sense that the upper button increases the volume, while the lower one decreases it. Keep it in landscape mode and things become awkward: When the home button is on the left, pressing the left volume button decreases it. When the it is on the right, pressing the left button increases the volume. Feeling lost? You aren’t alone.
The iPad’s display is times bigger than that of an iPhone. While it offers the apps much more room to breath, it also multiplies the constant annoyance of leaving my fingerprints on it. And I don’t want to cripple the display by putting a screen protector there.
The cable that goes with the iPad works best when being plugged into a wall socket. It shows as ‘Not charging’ when I plugged it along side with my iPod into my MacBook, which means I mostly depend on the wall socket for my recharging need. It isn’t much of a problem, since the battery life has been very good.
While many have criticised the lack of a camera, I don’t feel it to be an absolute necessity. I guess the next iteration of the iPad will come with a camera, but I am not too excited about it. Maybe it’s because i’m stuck with a camera-less iPod for so long.
Enough about the hardware. See you in another post, brother.
P.S: Have you watched the Lost Finale? I love the ending so much, especially the scene in which Christian Shephard opened the church’s door and the light started pouring in. Keep watching it again and again.