People assume that I have an iPad and start asking me about it before they’ve seen me with it or that I’ve even told them I have it.
I think the biggest misconception is that many think it is just an iPod touch but bigger, one they try it they see that it isn’t. For a start the screen is much bigger and many apps are being designed to take this into account, but it is not just making the app bigger they take advantage of having more space to add more features.
It is also easier to use as there is a bigger keyboard which means I can type on it a lot quicker and have certainly got used to typing on it fairly quickly. Probably not that much slower than on my laptop.
One of the most popular questions I get asked is how long does the battery last. Well it lasts a lot longer than the laptop. Considering I use it consistently throughout the day, a fair bit of emailing, looking up things on the Internet, using apps like Pages it seems last a couple of days before it needs a charge. It is not on all the time but if I take this morning I have used it for doing a lot of emailing and Internet browsing and it still has 73% battery life left.
Another thing is I get told I can’t do documents on it, not true, I have pages which is the word processor on here. It is not bad at all I can do pretty much everything I would do with Word. I can save it in a Word, Pages or PDF format, copy to my computer or email in any of those formats. An it was reasonably priced too.
I doesn’t replace my laptop, but compared to the iPod touch or iPhone I am doing things on here that I was only doing on my computer.
As there seems to be so much interest I am going to start recording additional podcasts to specifically cover the iPad from getting started to using it and looking at some of the better apps.