In January we heard Steve Jobs proclaim that the new iPad would be a magical device. It turns out he was right!
I am actually blogging this post on my iPad using the updated WordPress for iPad application. My main complaint is that copy and paste within the app does not appear to be working yet, which makes it impossible to add embed codes for Flickr photos. That is an issue for the WordPress developers to remedy, however, and not a negative reflection on the iPad itself.
The most amazing thing about the iPad, in addition to its stunning image quality, is its weight. Wow. I would love to travel and work with a device this light! It DOES feel “just right” in my hands, and I can tell I’ll be reading and watching a LOT on it in the months ahead.
My biggest surprise for the iPad was the announcement on April 1st that a new Netflix streaming app is available. It works great, and I am SO pleased Apple allowed that app to be approved for the App Store.
Apple is selling a VGA adapter for the iPad. Some brief testing tonight showed it does work to show iPod videos on an external VGA device, but NOT video from applications like Netflix. So, iPad users can stream Netflix movies to watch on the iPad screen, but not on an external screen. For that, I am sure Apple wants us all to buy an Apple TV. The iPad VGA adapter is NOT compatible with the iPhone 3GS.
One big video difference between the iPhone and iPad is the iPad will play YouTube videos in their embedded location on a webpage. On the iPhone Safari closes and the YouTube app launches when you click on a video. That is not the case on the iPad.
I did spring for the $10 iPad Keynote app today, and used it to create a test preso. Reportedly the VGA adapter CAN be used to present from Keynote, but I have not tested this yet. I was very pleased when I clicked to download a Google Presentation in Safari on my iPad, it gave me the option to open it in Keynote. The iPad does support copy and paste from Safari for images as well as text into Keynote. The biggest limitation at this point, from what can see, is that the iPad does not support Flash. This means the embedded YouTube videos in my Google Presentations don’t show up or play, in either Safari or in the downloaded Keynote version. Slides without video look gorgeous on the iPad. I am not betting Apple will change this anytime soon. They appear determined to unseat Flash as the predominant web video format, and instead encourage developers to embrace HTML5 with MP4 videos.
The iPad onscreen keyboard actually works really well, and I am pleased with it overall. I am not sure if I will be able to type as fast on it as I can on a “regular” full-size keyboard, but I am fairly optimistic it may be possible. I hope MarsEdit developers create an iPad app.
iBooks looks and works great. The iBooks app comes with a free Winnie The Pooh book. All the Project Gutenberg books appear to be available through the store. The Kindle app looks great too. All our family Kindle books are available in our Kindle Amazon archive, and I downloaded several to the iPad. I wonder how my wife will like reading on the iPad versus her actual Kindle? The iPad can do SO much more than the Kindle, of course, I’d guess she will really prefer the iPad. We’ll see.
Some of the downloaded video podcasts I previewed today look GREAT. Chris Betcher’s K12Online09 video is amazing on the iPad. I downloaded several videos from K12Online and iTunesU to watch tomorrow when my daughter and I travel back to Oklahoma from Maine.
After using several iPhone apps which have not yet been updated for the iPad’s resolution, I can tell the developers are REALLY going to want to. The resolution doubling feature of the iPad is nice, but most apps look very pixelated with it.
Evernote’s new iPad app looks great and is functionally a big improvement over the iPhone version in several ways. I do like the updated WordPress app for iPad too. It will be even better when copy and paste works!
The patented multi-touch of the iPad is the thing I expect will set it apart from other tablet competitors, which are coming to market soon, in addition to the App Store. It will be interesting to see if Google or someone else comes out with an app which allows direct editing and building of presentations on the iPad. I don’t see the iPad as a complete laptop replacement at this point, but it certainly looks to be a great platform to replace a lot of the laptop’s functionality. It is fantastic as a media consumption platform, and more than passable for some content sharing as well as creation.
The iPad does come with a microphone built-in, but not a set of earbuds. The built-in speakers sound remarkably good.
My favorite web app on the iPad so far (not surprisingly) is Google Reader for iPad. Put an “i” after the URL to view and use the iPad version, which is different from the regular “m” mobile version.
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- Fun Scratch Projects Today in STEM Class - 2014
- Lessons on Suicide Prevention from Rich Van Pelt - 2013
- Digital Citizenship: Learning to Cross the Street in a Digital World - 2013
- Joys of iPad2 VGA Out - 2011
- PD at Wells Junior High School (Maine) - 2010
- AudioBoo will upload over EDGE - 2009
- College students: Win $$$ for developing social networking apps - 2008
- links for 2008-04-03 - 2008
- Head faking kids to love programming and change the world - 2008
- KidCast Podcasting Awards - 2007