iPad 2: First Impressions
Many of you know that I’ve been chomping at the bit to get my hands on the new iPad 2, and so I have. This is my first experience
with an iPad…I didn’t buy the first version because history has taught me to never spend money on the first version of anything, technology-wise.
I’ve spent about a week with my 16GB, Wi-Fi only iPad 2, and have learned quite a bit about these devices even in this short time. I imagine this will be the fist of several posts on how the iPad 2 factors into my life as a fashion blogger, technophile, and all-around Curious Georg(oulakos).
What I love…
- It’s tiny. But not too. It’s smaller than a sheet of notebook paper (!), but easier to surf on than a smartphone. Which means itreally is ultra-portable. No backbreaking laptop (that has to be lugged out at airport security) will be accompanying me on future trips. Have iPad, will travel.
- It’s sexy. Seriously! If technology turns you on, iPad 2 most definitely will.
- It’s convenient. How many times do Hubby and I Google something or pull up Fandango on our iPhones while sitting on the sofa in front of the TV? Um, too many to count. The iPad is a happy medium between running to your PC and Googling via the iPhone. It’s so much easier to do a quick Web search on the iPad.
- The Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit. Totally worth the money. Easily transfer photos from your iPhone 4 to your iPad, from your SD card to your iPad, and from any camera (via USB) to your iPad.
- Apple’s Smart Cover. It really is smart. Flip it open and your iPad automatically turns on. Close it and it turns off, all courtesy of magnets, which are also used to attach the cover to the iPad. It is as streamlined as you could possibly get. No bulk, and it can act as an easel too.
Of course, if a photo is worth a thousand words, video is worth many times that. So here is a little clip I shot using an iPhone 4, and edited using the iMovie app for iPad (totally want to wax philosophic about this fab little app and many others—and I will—in a future post). Forgive the tight cinematography…would loved to have had wider shots, but it’s kind of hard using one hand to record and the other to show off iPad 2!
PS: I know someone is bound to ask…I did my nails myself using Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Misbehaved. Pretty cool, huh?
What I’ve learned so far…
It may be a quasi-mobile device, but it’s not recognized as one.
This was a surprising discovery for me. Below are screen shots of my blog when accessed from my iPhone 4. You can see the Mobile Theme toggle button at the end of the standard display (on left), which gives users the option to view the mobile version of my blog (on right). Note: I use WP Touch for blog mobilization.
Grit & Glamour via iPhone—standard display on left, mobile display on right:
Grit & Glamour as displayed on my iPad:
Notice on the iPad, there is no option for a mobile display version? Is having the option for a mobile display on the iPad a big deal? Perhaps not, since the iPad interface is large enough to surf comfortably. But I wonder if, for the sake of speed and load time, a mobile version would be a benefit for iPad users. And for commenting and sharing. Read why below.
Tip: Wondering how to take a screen capture on an iPhone or iPad? Navigate to the screen you want a shot of. Hold down the Home button and On/Off switch at the same time. The shot will automatically be added to your photo gallery.
Safari doesn’t really like Disqus.
Safari, which is the default browser for Apple products, is the browser Web pages will automatically launch in on the iPad. I’m currently testing another browser, Terra, but will discuss any revelations I have about it in another post.
This past weekend, I was reading tweets via Hootsuite for iPad, and I jumped over to (adorable, brainy) Tony Wang’s post.fashionism after he sent out this tweet:
I typed up this long comment to leave on Tony’s post:
Astute realizations, Tony, but this is no surprise coming from you. Since I am commenting via my new iPad 2, I can attest to the fact that tablets are indeed changing the face of computing; I was never compelled to go the netbook route but tablets marry the ebook and mobile computing in a streamlined and totally portable way.
Anyway, I think your observations are excellent! The 3D stuff is here and doesn’t seem to be lessening in the least. Looking forward to your future posts on tech and fashion…yay!
But Disqus would have no part of it. I could never submit the comment—the system just froze, so I copied the comment and emailed to myself so I could share it with Tony later…and here with you all, as a lesson learned. Be warned: Disqus (on iPad) does not like wordy comments! Truth be told, I have actually commented successfully via Disqus while on my iPad, but it was a one-liner comment. Literally. So if you plan on leaving a long comment via Disqus while on your iPad, you may want to wait until you’re in front of your computer so you don’t risk losing your carefully crafted comment.
PS: Thank you, Tony, for allowing me to share this experience with others. You’re the best!
==A Sidebar on Blog Commenting Systems==
Not that long ago, several bloggers in my sphere asked about Disqus vs. inherent commenting systems in WordPress and Blogger vs. Intense Debate. This has been my experience: for WordPress specifically, the inherent commenting system spanks every other one for spam control, reliability, comment management, and the ability to comment via computer or mobile device. As a commenter, I have regularly experienced problems with Blogger’s system, Disqus, and my least favorite, Intense Debate. If you’re a WP-user, just because Disqus is offered as a plug-in doesn’t mean you should use it. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
I don’t think the battery really lasts 10 hours.
I have factory-setting brightness and use my iPad with Wi-Fi, not 3G. I feel like I’m getting about six hours out of a charge, maybe eight. And that’s just for everyday use—some emailing, tweeting, a little bit of video editing, moderate Web surfing.
When I uploaded the video above to YouTube straight from the iPad, my battery had only 16% of full charge left. When the charge hit 10% and got a low battery notice, I plugged it in, terrified it would die in the middle of uploading and I’d have to do it all again. So I don’t really know exactly how much that kind of task saps battery life, but to drop that much indicates some pretty rapid battery consumption, especially for a video clip that’s barely over a minute long. Bear that in mind if you plan to use an iPad extensively, while away from a power source.
Downloading apps and charging takes longer than the iPhone.
I guess that’s the trade-off for a bigger display. If you think you can throw your iPad 2 on a charger and zip out with a full charge in an hour or so, think again. It takes several hours. But a built-in battery percentage indicator makes it easy to know exactly where you stand.
Apps do take a lot longer to download. And digital subscriptions? You better pack the fastest Internet downloading speed possible. I tried to download the March version of Elle magazine (I’m already a subscriber, so it’s free), and it took so long I finally quit. I imagine it would really chew up my paltry 16GB of space too. Good thing I prefer paper mags.
Overall first impression of iPad 2?
There are some limitations, yes. But all-in-all, iLike.