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I’ve had a good time messing with this iPad. The hype is justified I’m afraid….

It’s true many of the ideas coming to life in the iPad aren’t new but like so many apple products they just put them together better than anything we’ve seen before.

Touch screens
Manipulative interfaces
Long battery life
Tablet format
Simple, controlled ui
Virtual keyboard
Wireless connectivity
Spelling correction
Universal access features
Ereader
And so on…

Bits and pieces have been tried before. This is just a whole different package.

Sure it’s got some things that can be improved… I keep pressing the caps lock key, sometimes the screen mode gets weird, and the screen gets dirty quickly like the iPhone (dorritos aren’t a viable snack anymore). This are things that can be refined overtime.

One major concern I do have… The iPad doesn’t seem rugged. It’s so pretty and so smooth but I fear moving it out of my lap. Reminds me of holding our children during their first week of life…

Apple takes a lot of criticism for lack of multitasking and closed os. Frankly though it flat out works. I think if you don’t have constraints on a system it gets sloppy quickly. My droid phone has all sorts of oddities that my blackberry and iPod touch do not. I’m not saying one approach is better than another on os and devices… Different devices different needs. I want the iPad to work well on my most common tasks and it appears to do that. I will take some loss of functionality for a great experience on key elements. Also I noticed that most good apps include the right functions so that multitasking in the os isn’t really that important. E.g. Code editors including a browser an FTP function in app.

The economics of the ipad will change the industry. The hardware is so functional it’s hard to believe you can get one of these for 500 bucks. And this is gen 1. The software In the app store is already very good. And it’s easily 80% cheaper than typical laptop / desktop apps. The fact that you can attach a bluetooth headset to this and run Skype pretty much could do in landlines and typical voip. When the 3G models ship with their decent data plans the cellular economics have got to change.

I played a few of the games. They are very fun and very good looking/sounding. Beyond being a very big threat to other gaming machines like the ds and psp, I think the iPad will do what the Wii did – bring about a whole category of gaming and a whole new category of gamers. Board game dynamics are going to be much more interesting on this platform than in any other platform. At the controller less experience with a screen as part of the interface is very enjoyable. And unlike the iPhone the experience is bigger in every way.

My favorite apps so far are Wolfram|Alpha, iWork, brushes, word press, AIM/life stream, and Theo Grays The Elements.

Civ revolutions and Tap Tap radiation are awesome games.

And my ultimate test for whether this will be a long term device for me… Can I type fast and in great enough quantity to be able to write emails and script/program? Yes! Both the keyboard and the text editors are very functional.

By Christmas time the consumer software, gaming and computer industry are going to look very different. New companies, new economics, new approaches…. Yes, it will be that fast of transition…

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I warned you that I’d do it… just as I did with the iPhone…  I’ve already invented the LiPad.

Here are highlights from my launch video.

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4-8 weeks max before someone puts linux on iPad.

Maybe I should do it?  I did, after all, invent the LiPhone several years ago.

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HP Slate vs iPad

Perhaps a more apples to apples competition is HP/Microsoft vs. Apple for the yet to be valuable category of “tablets”.

The HP Slate and Apple iPad devices are remarkably similar.

Here’s the Slate:

Here’s the iPad:

That’s right… the same basic concept and function.

you know why Apple will sell more than HP?  Marketing.  Look at how Apple polishes everything up from the product design to the silly video.

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It’s on….

digital books just got way more interesting.

Here’s the big differences between the devices and services:

Kindle

Basics: Low powered device that can run for days without a recharge.  Black and white epaper / eink screen.  3g connectivity.  Ability to add storage via SD card.

Pros: Closest thing to a real book out of all the devices and digital book ideas.   Amazon ebookstore is huge.

Cons: single purpose device.  read books.  and make sure the books don’t have pictures, diagrams or anything other than text.

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Nook

Basics: Similar to Kindle.  It’s a slightly more functional kindle.  Has a nice color screen for media browsing.  Books through Barnes and Noble.

Pros: Nice feel to the device.  Color is nice.

Cons: Single purpose device.  BN ebookstore is not as robust or easy as Kindle bookstore.

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iBooks/iPad

Basics: Apple’s fully featured tablet.  Basically a decent computer with eBooks reader software.

Pros: Multi purpose device.  Can actually compute.  Beautiful screen.  Possible to have nice reading+interactivity.

Cons: Battery life is more like a phone, less like a book!  Glossy screen.  Not quite as “rugged” as kindle.

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Pricing:

Kindle and Nook are around $250.  Entry level iPad is $499.

Pricing on all of these are within $150or so.  Amazing that iPad is that low.  Almost impossible to pick a single use device that costs as much.

Conclusions

For me, what wins is the best book/publication selection.   Amazon is really hard to beat in that area.

Prediction – Kindle app on iPad pretty quickly!  I think Amazon will have to give up on the Kindle if it doesn’t come out with something the publishers want to push hard.  You can’t beat Apple at hardware on a grand scale.   not yet.

[UPDATE 4/25/2010:   I’ve been using my iPad for several weeks now.  I haven’t turned on my Kindle since I got my iPad with the Kindle software.  There’s simply no need.  I’m amazed by the iPad battery life.  I also didn’t anticipate how useful it is that you don’t need light to read on the iPad.  Like duh!    iBooks isn’t quite good enough to compete with the Kindle store based on inventory but I suspect that will change quickly.]

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