See last night’s post: My iPad Decision
I went over to the Apple Store in SOHO. All told, maybe 1,000 people went it to buy the iPad in the two hours it took me to wait to fondle one. I wouldn’t get on the line with the purchasers until the line was small. I didn’t want all those Apple employees applauding me. I would have felt like a fraud because I wasn’t there to buy.
I think I had maybe ten minutes on it. I didn’t have any goal other than to try YouTube and iBooks. I should have had an agenda, because in the hours since the fondle, my head is filled with questions.
I sent myself screensnaps. See them after the break.
That’s it for iBooks Settings! Strange!
I’d like to see book covers fill the entire screen, so they really feel like covers. I expect this will happen at some point.
I went to the smallest size of type to see what it would look like to read and what the spacing would be like. It’s sharp and readable. If you look closely, though, you can see there isn’t any hyphenation table in iBooks. I hope that will come too.
Really, just look at this next snap:
That’s really the first on-screen book that really looks like a book! All of you who are holding fast to your eInk screens — how can you debate that if you really love books?
Apple did the right thing: the backlight setting in iBooks takes it down to nearly totally off! This should be splendid for those of you who read in bed in the dark!
This was curious:
Text can be copied?! One screensnap I did that didn’t make it to me — I don’t know, maybe in my haste to get these mailed out, I missed it — would have shown me selecting an entire paragraph to copy. Hmmmm.
And then YouTube, which is glorious on the iPad:
An Apple employee also showed me some program that shows the night sky. And then she coaxed me into trying an HD racing game. Yeah, my game spazzness is unbroken: I crashed into the wall in less than a minute. Not even an accelerometer can save me.
I also opened a sample Pages document. That is what should be used to create digital books. The sample document I looked at was for all intents a digital book — except it scrolled, not paged.
I also did typing. Both in portrait and in landscape. Portrait while I was holding it. And landscape with it set down on this great stand the Apple Store has for it — a slanted lucite base with a silicon ring on the top. I could type very easily and nearly-accurately both ways. The “nearly” because in both cases I was stressed from waiting for two hours and I was standing up. I don’t see any problems typing on that screen at all.
Two things I noticed:
1) I was very confused by the Mail program. I couldn’t find a way to access the Sent folder. And there was no balloon with a number next to Sent in the pop-down menu to indicate the emails I sent to myself had been dispatched. I never had a problem like this when I molested the iPhone.
2) Photos confused me in that there was nothing to indicate where the screensnaps had been placed! The iPhone has a Camera Roll folder. I couldn’t see anything like that in iPad’s Photos. I had to open all the photos at once — over 200 of them — and quickly scroll through to discover them. I still have no bloody idea which stack of photos the screensnaps went in, either.
Those two puzzling things aside … it was so hard to walk away from that iPad.
It’s not just everything I expected — trying it, holding it, I felt the future.
Just as the original Apple microcomputer (that’s what they were originally called; we didn’t call them “desktop” computers til years later — and not “personal” computers before IBM horned in) was an overthrowing of the existing computing system, so is the iPad.
Except it’s not just an overthrow, it’s a rout!
I’d really like to be able to spy on all the people who now have the iPad. I’d like to see their usage patterns over the next week. I suspect that many of them are going to be using the iPad more than any other computer they own.
But they won’t notice this!
The transition will feel so natural, they’ll be shocked when they wake up to the fact they’ve basically abandoned the computer they used to use.
So, that’s about it. There were maybe ten iPads out for fondling and people really wanted their chance. I didn’t want to hog a unit especially since I did YouTube and iBooks as I had wanted.
I don’t know when the 3G model will be available, but I want that day to hurry the hell up and get here.