And no, I’m not going to do a daily diary of iPad cool stuff but I need to keep writing to see how this is going to replace my Mac Book Pro for my walk around computing. I try and avoid doing anything remotely personal on my work machine. But I can’t leave my Internet addiction for 10 hours until I get home. So I’ve been toting my personal laptop to and from work every day.
So I’m going cold turkey on Monday morning with an iPad only day at work.
First the walk to work was considerably more comfortable without the extra few pounds of a laptop and the associated bits and pieces.
I chose to do a fresh sync with iTunes to my iPad so I needed to reconfigure all my applications on the iPad. (a sync of my iPhone backup would have brought all this over) So the names and passwords takes a little work but typing is so much easier that it is not a big problem. Only a few forgotten passwords.
Other than the significantly lighter tote, an interesting thing is the fact that I forget that I have a web browser. I think after a couple years of iPhone use i got used to special purpose applications for most things. YouTube, gmail, Google Reader, and other web apps are totally useable on the iPad.
The on screen keyboard takes a couple minutes to get the rhythm goings but after that it is not that much slower than my laptop keyboard.
The one limitation is the lack of a multiuser mode for sharing a iPad with friend and that seems to happen regularly.
The battery life is epic. As a portable device it beats everything I’ve ever owned short of a couple non-smart PCS cell phones I had. All day connected to WiFi and trying to push it whenever I though about it. From 6 AM to almost 7 PM I’ve gone through about half the battery power. Awesome.
The real punchline for the day is the snappiness of the device itself. I don’t doubt that other devices are faster but this just FEELS fast. Compared to my iPhone 3G is no contest but it even starts to feel faster than bringing up a application on my desktop (Mac or PC) or my laptop (Macbook Pro). The release of iPhone OS 4 will give the ipad even better capabilities but they better not loose any of this zippy feel that really defines the experience.
PS all this was written and edited on my iPad.