Funny things happened on the way to the iPad ….

So I am obviously a mindless Apple fanboy who has fallen under the spell of Steve Jobs and his evil hordes in Cupertino and surrender my personal choice and freedom to their overpriced, locked in hardware and software.

Damn Straight!

Or as Maxwell Smart would say “and loving it”

I knew an iPad or something very close to it was on my shopping list for a while. I actually flirted with the idea of a Kindle or a Sony Reader. Actually tried the Sony out – didn’t get the job done. I current take my 13″ Macbook Pro back and forth to work with my MiFi for my personal use during the day. The same way I have a personal cell phone to go with my corporate Blackberry. While I can use the company stuff for personal items (within reason) I really chose not to. So the idea of something lighter and reasonably capable for that walk to and from work was really appealing.

But the killer application for me is as a information tool for my flying. I’ve been a private pilot for over 20 years. When I started they had something call A.I.P Canada – the regulations for all things flying in Canada. Updates would come regularly and you would have to take the old ones out and put the new pages in the binder. Likewise charts and airport information would get revised and you would throw out the old and stuff the new in your flight bag. hated that for so many reasons. Well the A.I.P got dropped and is now a PDF, and more of the supporting material is availible online or electronically.

So when this little box arrived, it was a happy day, for me and the several cubic feet of wood pulp I plan on saving each year.

As some have reported, it immediately feels a little heavy. Solid to be sure but it will be interesting to see how the fatigue factor might play into casual use. But that quibble aside for the moment the message with Apple products is clear. This is supposed to be an elegant experience. I nearly laughed at the instructions – both sides of it on a 3×5 card.

Here is the other side:

On startup you go through few questions, including syncing options. I have a fairly big library of music and podcasts so I’m always customizing that. But the only option is Sync (all) or not. Really need to be able to have a ‘custom’ but again that is neither simple or elegant so Apple leaves that out until you go into the options later.
I appears you can use your iPhone backup and use that to set up the iPad – interesting but not for me. Too bad, all the passwords, email set up, would have been nice start.


Given the recent Google ‘friction’ with Apple it is a little humorous to see a Google Terms of Service in the iTunes set up for your iPad


A couple more gratuitous unboxing shots

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