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May 24, 2010 / jadettman

Things I've Learned Using My iPad

I got my bluetooth keyboard to work with my iPad tonight so, clearly, it was time for a new blog post.

I’ve had my iPad for about two weeks now. I’m still pretty happy with my purchase, early adoption be damned. During the last two weeks, I’ve learned a few things:

1. I really enjoy the multi-touch interface and I’m happy I waited for the iPad rather than getting a iPod Touch. The touchscreen is really snappy and it’s a very nice size. If I’d gotten a Touch I probably would have learned to live with the smaller screen but I’m very happy with the size of the iPad’s screen.

2. Typing anything longer than a very brief message using the on-screen keyboard is kind of a pain. I typed my last post using it and it took me a ridiculous amount to time to do so. That’s why I haven’t post anything else recently (also because I couldn’t get my bluetooth keyboard to work the first time around).

3. I’ve missed Flash once or twice. It’s lack doesn’t bother me much. The only thing I used Flash for on a regular basis was watching TV on Hulu (mostly Castle, really). Since I can get Castle through the ABC app, I’m not missing Hulu much.

4. It’s great for consumption. I love surfing the internet, reading my gaming PDFs, and playing games on the iPad. Up to this point, it hasn’t been so great for writing (see #2). Now that I’ve got my external keyboard working that may change, though.

5. When it comes to Apps, i’m cheap. I’ve got maybe twenty apps of which I’ve paid for perhaps three. Plants vs. Zombies turned out to be as addictive as expected but otherwise nothing’s really grabbed me.

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  1. Dan / May 26 2010 7:17 am

    I’m trying to determine some means by which I can legitimately claim that an iPad is a research tool and thus would be a useful use of equipment money on a grant.
    Do you think it’s good for reading on? The main thing I can imagine it being really useful for is reading articles. The ability to bring up articles anywhere, along with text books (for that matter) seems awfully useful. So that seems like a pretty reasonably justification.

    Thoughts?

  2. J.A. Dettman / May 30 2010 8:46 pm

    I find it works quite well for PDF reading, Dan. I haven’t ready another other books on it for any real length.

    I totally think you can justify one to read articles. 🙂

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