The iPad Is Cool But…

Posted: April 6, 2010 in Entertainment, Social Media, Websites
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The first iPads flew off the shelves last weekend. Apple announced that it sold over 300,000 iPads in the US as of midnight Saturday, April 3. iPad users also downloaded over one million apps from Apple’s App Store and over 250,000 ebooks from its iBookstore during the first day. Lisa Jacobs, a student in my Intro Class, brought hers to class on Monday, April 5, 2010, and we all gathered around for a demonstration.

I must say that the iPad is incredible. The graphics are so clear and bright – you should see a comic book! It’s so easy to use, and the touchscreen is fun and fast. Plus, the screen is obviously much bigger than a blackberry or iPhone. The keyboard will take some getting used but seems to work just fine.

Then, we called up a book on the iPad and flipped through the pages. All I could think was that the Kindle is dead. First of all, you actually see both sides of an open book, and when you turn the page, you actually see the page turn. With the Kindle, you only see one page at a time and when you click the button to go to the next page, it takes a couple of seconds for the next page to appear. The page turn is instantaneous on the iPad. There are also buttons at the top and bottom of the iPad’s book screen that allows you to go to just about any page in the book, and it’s fast. There’s also a button at the bottom that allows you to scroll through the entire book. Unfortunately, the Kindle doesn’t have that feature, and you have to click a series of buttons to get to a different page than the one you’re currently on. If someone wants to buy a book reading device, and they compare the iPad with the Kindle, there’s no question that the iPad wins.

While the iPad is freakin’ cool, I probably won’t get one. I already have a Kindle, Blackberry Storm, an iPod, and I just bought a new laptop for school. Between all these devices, I can either do everything that the iPad does or get access to the apps or information provided on the iPad.

But I am waiting patiently for Verizon to get its own version of the iPhone. When that day comes, I will dump the awful Blackberry Storm (texting on this phone is a nightmare) and get an iPhone.  Then, since I’ll probably be so enthralled with the iPhone, the next step will be to get an iPad. Hopefully by that time, the price will have come down and a ton more apps will be available.

  1. Blake says:

    I have to admit, Lisa’s iPad did look pretty cool. Apple has done it again…
    But I’m with you Jessica; I think I’m going to wait until the price drops. With HP jumping onto the bandwagon, it’s bound to go down sooner rather than later (I hope).


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