iPad Fever Hits the US

By Craig Buckler
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Apple iPadIt’s I-Day. You can’t go anywhere on the web without reading about Apple’s new iPad following its launch in the US. Take a glance at Twitter’s #iPad stream — it’s receiving around 300 tweets a minute from eager buyers standing in queues outside Apple stores or unboxing their beloved gadget.

Although the iPad has a few notable omissions — no multi-tasking, no USB, no camera, no Flash plugin — the reviews have been universally gushing in their praise.

David Pogue of the New York Times writes:

the iPad is so fast and light, the multitouch screen so bright and responsive, the software so easy to navigate, that it really does qualify as a new category of gadget

Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal:

If people see it as a way to replace heavier, bulkier computers much of the time — for web surfing, email, social networking, video- and photo-viewing, gaming, music and even some light content creation — it could be a game-changer the way Apple’s iPhone has been.

Ed Baig of USA Today:

The iPad is not so much about what you can do — browse, do email, play games, read e-books and more — but how you can do it. That’s where Apple is rewriting the rule book for mainstream computing. There is no mouse or physical keyboard. Everything is based on touch.

Xeni Jardin writing for The Times (UK):

No one really needs an iPad, but it turns the web into what we wanted.

Apple’s iPad hype has already been a success and 250,000 people have pre-ordered the PC. Unfortunately, those of us outside the US will need to wait a month or two longer before we can examine the iPad for ourselves.

Tablet PCs have been around for many years, so I’m yet to be convinced it’s a transitional device that changes people’s perceptions of computing. However, I can understand the appeal — this could be the first tablet which offers a truly intuitive interface designed for touch-screens and web browsing. It could be a better alternative to a netbook for entertainment and lightweight computing tasks.

I’d really like to hear from anyone who’s got their hands on a new iPad. What were your first impressions? What did you think after a few hours? What will you use the device for? Is it a capable web browsing machine? Are the reviews correct?

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  • dawgbone

    Do people seriously view touchscreens as a better way of typing or navigating? Aside from scrolling, touch interfaces are quite inferior. I’ve clicked more wrong links with touch devices than I ever have with a mouse, and most mouse-over properties just suck on touck screen devices as do most javascript drag and drops.

  • Michael E.

    Overall I have to give the iPad a very strong B rating, but only because there is so much potential that has yet to be tapped within the device itself. Browsing is an absolutely beautiful experience (even if Google Reader isn’t quite up to snuff on it), much like looking into a pure window of information. The Netflix app is amazing, and the extra size makes things like the Epicurious app really shine where they would not have on the iPhone. I’m actually typing this mini review from the device itself and while there is some lag (due mainly to the commenting system and its implementation within safari, overall the experience has an initial luster like have never experienced before in a C.E. device.

  • AAA+ on Marketing… B- on features. iPad is going to sell well… but isn’t going to replace any netbook or laptop… Targeted to web browsing and some… restrained applications that maybe cool on iPhone but I think they are going to leave more to be desired on a device like this. Apple iPad… Magic or just Not good enough?

  • Jean-Nicolas

    I believe that this device will revolutionize the computer industry like the IPhone did with the phone industry. I think people are just attacking Apple without any valid arguments. What ever people say, this new device will be a game changer.

  • Wakeup
  • Too many gimmicky products, too quickly, too much hype..

    – iDontCare

    – iAmNotInterested

    – iAmNotEntertained

  • Capnkid

    I’m in bed, reading this article on my iPad. I absolutely love this device, and while it has some limitations, the intimacy of browsing the web with such a beautiful display (using just ones fingers to drag, zoom, etc…) it just is a joy to use.

  • jeffgtr

    I purchased an Ipad as an ereader. I wanted something that would properly display pdf’s. To that end it has worked great, I am glad I waited and didn’t buy a kindle. What I didn’t expect is for it to be so useful in so many other areas. There is a great app for doing website wireframes, Numbers works great for spreadsheet applications. The keyboard, for me works better than expected. The device is almost effortless to use. It does weigh a little more than expected, but really it’s not bad. Everyone that was on the fence post where I work has ordered one after trying mine this morning.
    You owe it to yourself to at least try this thing out. Just reading about it doesn’t do it.

  • Ok… this is not for the faint hearted… I’m sure you all have seen more or less what iPad can do… but have you seen it in a blender?

  • astrotim

    I am not in the US, so I can’t speak from hands-on experience but it does seem clear that this is pure innovation. Yes, tablets already exist but are they as intuitive? I think not. Does the iPad have all the features everyone wants? No, but it is a first gen device. My iPhone is often horrendous at being a phone, but I can do some much on this little pocket computer that was never before possible, that I am prepared to live with it shortcomings. Apple are pioneering technology again, and I can’t see anything wrong with that.