I bought it knowing it will have limitations in the beginning, and I’m expecting it to improve greatly over the next few years. Even with its limitations, it has been a much more enjoyable way to consume content. I’m hoping, as those limitations are lifted, it becomes an awesome way to create content as well.
The lack of Flash will only really become a problem if Adobe gets it running perfectly and Apple continues to disallow it.
I hoped to also use the iPad for travel and leave the computer at home. Major issues revolve around the lack of Flash; I hadn’t realized how many websites I frequent that need it. MAJOR frustration in that area. The built-in email app is a little clunky, but accessing my different mail accounts on the Safari is often not flexible either. For example, I can’t get Yahoo to scroll. Really hate that I can’t clear out my cache in Safari; I don’t like not having menu options in Safari. I feel unprotected when surfing the net. The Wi-Fi connectivity issue is also a major frustration. It drops it 3-5 times a day. Annoying when you are in the middle of something.
Visually, the iPad is stunning. The fingerprints aren’t as big an issue for me; I use a stylus or wipe it off. I am a Kindle owner, but bought this for the visual impact (Kindle is hard to read) and to be able to change the contrast and read newspapers/magazines (altho I’m waiting for subscription pricing). Hate that Jobs’ deal with publishers will cause prices on Amazon to increase. Users lose.
If it had printer support, a central filing system (instead of documents stored inside apps) and multitasking I would use iPad almost exclusively.
I am appalled by the AT&T change of data plans and the fact that Apple is allowing this to happen. I bought the 3G version when it came out to exactly ensure that I would have unlimited data coverage, and now this? This is grounds for legal action and I am thinking about it.
I can’t wait for app developers to blow my socks off.
I am not an Apple fan. If this device hadn’t been given to me to evaluate (at work for educational purposes), I would never have come to learn just how awesome this thing is. It’s small enough for my purse, but big and powerful enough to actually use to write quick emails, IM, and more. The BEST apps are Amazon Kindle, Netflix, NPR, YouTube, and local Weather Channel.
I would very much like to see more creative software for the iPad – mobile versions of Final Cut Pro or Logic Studio would be incredibly useful for me. The iPad has incredible potential as a creative tool, but the apps aren’t there yet.
A brilliant game changing product.
Not having a Mac, an iPhone or iPod Touch, the iPad is my first foray into Apple “magic”, and I find it more and more to be an entertainment device than a productivity device. Apple’s approach using iTunes for importing and organizing files makes it difficult to be flexible with work projects. Not being able to share files between apps is problematic. For example, I have to remember which app I used to import a pdf to be able to read it. I would prefer to select the pdf in a file system and then select the app I wish to use.
I’m hopeful that it will become more useful as time goes by. It’s beautiful and promising…but not nearly the “laptop killer” I was (sort of) hoping it would become for me.
Very good for a first gen but still needs major work around file/attachment handling. Also needs much better Exchange integration to truly replace my laptop.
I’ve had the iPad for about two weeks, I recently went out for town for a week left my MacBook home and didn’t miss it at all. I still need it for heavier work but for the most part .I use the iPad for everything in fact I use it MORE than my laptop and I’m reading more news, magazines and books as well. It’s an amazing product, simply amazing, and FYI I am not an Apple fanboy.
I feel a great feature of iPad that is routinely overlooked is it’s silence. It is so nice to browse the web, or read a book in bed without fans roaring, processors churning, or hard drives spinning.
Can’t use my iPhone as a tethered modem. You’ve got to be kidding!
I don’t normally buy first-generation products – I waited until the iPhone 3G for example – but the iPad doesn’t feel like a first-gen device; it feels evolved. Partly that’s to do with the family connections to the iPhone, and partly a sense that it went through a tremendous number of iterations before Apple was prepared to release it. A few of the Apps, including the iWork suite, feel like first versions and suffer in the comparison. In truth they’re exactly what we normally expect at this point in the cycle, but Apple has set the bar so high with the device and OS. I can’t wait to see what they do next.
Apps like iTeleport and AirVideo have completely transformed my iPad for me. For that matter, every app transforms your iPad and that’s sort of the brilliance of it.
No one needs this device. It’s a slick, expensive, browser, reader, calendar, mail, notes machine. IT NEEDS MICROSOFT OFFICE TO BE USEFUL FOR BUSINESS.
For me the weight is the worst issue, as it hinders its portability. I canot hold it in one hand for too long.
The UI experience is incredibly intimate and satisfying. Also, I can fly on the virtual keyboard. Touch-typists just need to get used to not resting your fingers on the glass, and voila! Last, the iPad response is like lightning!
My only real disappointment with the IPad is trying to use it outdoors. In the sun, it is useless and it shut down on me in hot weather several times. I will keep using my Kindle at the beach and the pool, unless I am in the shade. The overheating problem is something no one has commented on yet that I have seen.
The iPad feels like little more than a toy. It’s true usefulness is limited. It can not accomplish the tasks I need, which leads me back to my PC. The kids love it, but then they are only playing games or surfing the net. Even they have complained about it while surfing because a majority of sites they visit require Flash.
The iPad is not worth the price. It is too locked in: Must use the app-store, must use AT&T.
Browsing the web in Safari suffers from the touch screen keyboard, which is awkward to use in landscape mode and cramped in portrait mode. Text input is very slow compared to a standard, roomy keyboard with tactile cues. Automatic page reloading forces extra work on the user because they have to find their former place. Managing multiple page windows forces extra steps on the user — opposed to desktop browsers, the user must enter a “switching mode”. There is no way to glance and see open tabs. Safari automatically removes and replaces the 9th window with the 10th open page and gives no confirmation prompt.
Wi-Fi reception fails several times daily. Always fails when opening the Netflix app and must be switched on and off.
iPad software doesn’t do anything better than a laptop or a smartphone. The form factor benefits from its small footprint, which makes it easy to pass and observe in group settings.
Software developers (I’ve made some iPhone apps) should focus on unique hardware features — the accelerometer, its ergonomics (which support use of both thumbs much better than the iPhone), and multi-touch capacity.
Don’t think of it as a laptop. It does several things very well in situations the laptop can be considered unwieldy. It has a ridiculously long battery. No maintenance virtually. Absence of folders and files is a major blessing.
It’s the best piece of electronic equipment I have ever owned.
A really great first-gen tablet, and will only get better with time. My 4-year-old loves reading and playing games on it, even moreso than the iPhone. Not perfect for all computing tasks, but I’m finding more and more uses for it every day.
It’s the future. Period.
I use mine mainly for business purposes. I have now gone 99% paperless. Printing when needed would be a huge help. Waiting for QuickOffice instead of the Apple apps. Use WritePad for notes, fantastic app!
Probably not as useful as I expected it to be. I still would rather use my iPhone for much of what I thought I’d use my iPad for. I expect to use it a lot for reading books, but I haven’t really had time to do so. The brief time I did use it to read, I found the screen a little harsh on my eyes, and the iPad a little heavy for reading (without craning my neck to read in my lap). I do expect that over time I will use it more, especially for reading as I get used to it.
One of the things that very few people in the tech community have commented on is the iPad’s instant-on capabilities. I replaced a netbook with the iPad, and haven’t looked back, because in the span of time I needed to power on the netbook, the iPad has already accomplished the task I needed it for.
This is the first device that’s truly bridged the gap between a smartphone and a PC/Laptop for me.
I replaced my netbook with it and it’s worked out so much better. Text at small sizes could be sharper. I hope OS 4 doesn’t slow it down like OS 3 slowed down my iPhone 2g. I really fear that.
The low memory is apparent is Safari but was a compromise on the price. Activation via iTunes is a bit silly, I rarely sync my iPad to it. Wish MobileMe worked better with Windows because now I need to rely on 3rd party solutions (like Google or Dropbox). Still waiting for apps that are primarily written for the iPad and take advantage of its capabilities – and are not iPhone ports. Enough ranting – I’m loving it!
It only does everything. And it does it incredibly well. It’s amazing.
Many thanks to everyone who took the survey. Let’s do this again with another major new product soon–maybe in a few weeks, once iPhone 4 owners have had a little more time to form opinions…