09/15/2011, 07:11 PM
Yeah, really. I won a free ipad. So what I intend to do here here is compare it as a new user. I have never owned an apple product before. Its my intention to come back to this thread as I get used to it and compare it to my Touchpad.
Its 16GB wifi only ipad. My Touchpad is 32gb. The ipad was delivered to me in the form of an apple gift card so I could have a receipt in my own name. I had $11.92 left over after purchase, so I invested $3.08 of my own money and got a $15.00 gift card for the app store.
I took out of the box and the only instructions were to install itunes on my computer and hook it up. o.k. I dont really want itunes, but ok. The ipad just sat there asking for itunes hookup. Do I want to sync all my music, no, I have over 30GB of music, so not, I repeat NOT sync all my music.
It is thinner and lighter, but not so much that I can really say it matters much to me.
After a couple minutes the ipad was up and running. Getting into setup and connecting to my wifi was easy, setting up my work exchange server and isp (at&t) email was easy.
There were 17 native apps, nothing terribly interesting so I started poking around the app store. I wanted my favorite apps, The local newspaper, skype, kindle, spotify, box.net, so far so good. There were a few I wanted I knew about on ipad, the app for the New Yorker Magazine, Netflix, Nook. I ended up downloading a total of 18 apps, haven't spent a penny yet. I gotta say the app store has a lot of stuff, but very little I have actually wanted to download or spend money on yet.
When I push the home button, I go back to the app screen and the app completely disappears. It seems to quit running (no surprise). If a download (i.e. a book on kindle or nook) it stops downloading while gone.
There is no unified method of going to setup in an app, no swipe down from the left corner. While navigating around has not really baffled me too much, its not as intuitive as my TP. One my apps didn't show up after I downloaded it and it took me a while to figure how to do a restart. I had the same problem on the TP, Audiophille HD once completely locked up my TP and it took about the same amount of research time to figure out how to force a reboot.
It seems pretty quick, but not noticably different than the TP (Uberkernal, overclocked at 1.5 GHz).
The sound quality out of the TP is quite a bit better. The virtual keyboard on the ipad is not as good, I miss having the number row as part of the basic layout. It makes typing codes or passwords with a mix of numbers and letters a pain. There is also no "@" in the basic layout.Sometimes it seems to know I am expected to type an email address and gives me an @ without having to switch character sets, but gets it wrong often enough to be noticable.
Basic web browsing seems pretty good and it renders pictures pretty quickly. Changing pages checking new messages here on p|c suffers the same fat finger problems as the TP in picking the next page.
All right, so thats it for now. I am about 2 hours into playing. Based on that limited amount of playing, if HP had brought out the TP with more apps ready to go (especially Quickoffice and Kindle) and at price point politely, but not radically, below the ipad, I think the webos world might be in a different place today. Well, maybe not, Leo would have still managed to totally mismanage things.
So, now, in closing, an email comes in and I got the pre2, the TP and the ipad all going ding pretty much in unison.