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Thursday, May 6, 2010

My time with the iPad

Over the weekend, I had a unique chance to test out an iPad through a friend at work. She dropped it off on Saturday afternoon just when I was planning to doze off for a little nap (that didn't happen!) and picked it up on Monday morning.

My first impression was that it was smaller than I expected, but a good size. It really does just about everything that my iPod Touch does, but with a full size bigger screen. I did the stuff I usually do on my computer -- browsing blogs, making comments, facebooking, and checking email. I had a good time and after a few hours passed it over to my husband to play with. He had a good time too. As I headed to bed, I thought I could probably wait until the second generation comes out, but definitely still wanted one. The only downside at this point was the inability to play games on facebook b/c flash isn't installed. Not sure if you can install it, but if so, that would be a big plus. As I pondered a little more, I realized it wouldn't be great for blogging because I couldn't load pictures right on it. If only I could plug in my SD card like I can on my laptop, it would be almost perfect.

On Monday morning, I woke up and started reading some blog entries through my google reader gadget on my google home page. Well, Joan at Lazy Girl Designs, was showing off a new pattern (Margo) and pictures of her made up in different fabrics. Imagine my surprise when I came to discover that I couldn't scroll down to the second screen of her post! All I could see was the handles for the second purse! So, I thought it was maybe an issue with the gadget on the google home page, so I went over to the google reader page directly and the same thing happened. Deal breaker! If I can't read my blogs completely and quickly, I am out. I can easily do email and facebook on my iPod Touch. I can read blogs easily, but typing out a comment is usually held until I get to a full size keyboard.

So, the end result is that I am holding out....at least until the 2nd generation. And if they can't get the google reader to display all of a blog entry, I'm out. I must say though, that the video on it was excellent! If you're a movie watcher, it would be great for that!

Let me know in the comments if you have any other questions about it and I will let you know if I know the answers (chances are no, but a girl could try, right?)


Regina said...

It will never have Flash - Steve Jobs has killed that relationship with Adobe and they will never be Flash capable. That's the deal breaker in our house.

jillquilts said...

Hmmm.... Interesting!! I'm very glad that you were able to try it out before buying it! The blog reading would be big issue for me, too.