The Pain Of No iPad

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.

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That’s it for iBooks Settings! Strange!

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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.

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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.

16 responses to “The Pain Of No iPad

  1. I really want someone with an iPad to do a heavy-duty test of the Kindle for iPad app so and tell me about it. I’m waiting for the 3G version (which are mysteriously available on ebay–how do people get these things????), so I won’t have a chance to play until the end of the month.

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  3. Follow @jane_l on Twitter. She has the K app for iPad. Says it can do highlighting and notes, unlike iBooks. (I suspect those will be added to iBooks when Apple upgrades iTunes so they can be synced over and saved.)

  4. I pre-ordered my top-of-the-line 3G iPad. It is suppose to come by the end of April.

    I am salivating all the way. Perhaps I can waste some time buying up iPad apps. Looks like I’m going to have more than 300 total on this one.

  5. Answer #1 – to access the sent folder, all you have to do is click on the account name, which is also a back button. It will then switch over to the folder view.

    Answer #2 – when in photos at the to there’s three buttons. Click on albums, then there’s an album named “Saved Photos” – that’s where your screenshots are saved at.

  6. Aha! Thanks much for that info.

  7. Ouch! More than 300?! I’d easily have that with books and photos … but apps?

  8. Andrew Meit

    Correct, but K is a walled garden too. As for as I know, you can’t export/copy the annotations to the clipboard or to a file Pages could open. I have, over the years, talked with some high level digital rights folks at publishers; they are frankly scared of copying from their books for direct quotes. They seem to prefer you hand copied/retyped the content! So why use a computer then I say. I get silence or polite hang ups.

  9. They better not get it into their dim dinosaur brains to disallow screensnaps!

  10. Andrew Meit

    As for K, oh damn yes they will lock out that. Apple might allow it as long as its remains on the DRMed blessed machine. However, some of Apple’s patents hint at tech that might watch what your doing with content. Yes, my suggestion for a free 1984 was a jab a Jobs. ;-) Apple is more concerned with who owns the content then who creates the content. But the law might force changes, if only.

  11. Wow, great review and screenshots! The books look terrific. Thanks.

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  13. Susan Eichler

    OK…It is May 25th and I have the 3 G IPAD. Love it, but as you mentioned in the article, I have NO idea how to access the SENT or TRASH folders! HELP!

  14. I don’t recall offhand, but poke around some. It can be done.

  15. Susan – see my entry above. That will show you have to access the sent and trash items.

  16. Susan Eichler

    Thank you Brandon. I finally did the smart thing and called Customer Service! They helped me immediately. THey did suggest that I email apple support feedback and give them my suggestion regarding better guidance as to how to do this. Also, they encouraged me to add my thought about how much we would appreciate being able to empty the trash (or sent) folders with a shortcut (in otherwords not having to touch each email to delete).
    Thanks again!