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The surprising iPad
After all the previews, reviews and hype, by the time UPS delivered my iPad just after noon there seemed little room left for any surprises. Still, there were plenty of unexpected pleasures and unanticipated concerns. Here’s a selection:
The screen is stunning. Colors are breathtakingly beautiful.
The screen is worrying. Your iPhone might survive a naked ride in your pocket or a gentle drop to the floor, but the sheer size of the iPad screen lends it a feeling of fragility. It will be interesting to see how long it takes for reports of breakages take to come in and what impact that will have on undecided customers.
I’m less sure of its uses than I expected to be. I’ll be taking my iPad on the bus to work on Monday, but I’m not convinced it will be as comfortable a read as I’d hoped. Remember how Steve Jobs rested it on his crossed leg at the launch event? You can’t sit like that on my bus.
Netflix is going to get a whole lot more love from its subscribers The Netflix app streams DVD-quality video over wifi from the company’s on-demand library. I’m not sure where I’d use it — in bed? at an airport? — but the service suddenly looks a lot more attractive, despite the limitations of its library.
Comics will never be the same again The iPad could be to comics what the iPod was to music. Even if you haven’t picked up a Spider-Man comic since you were 14, it’s hard not to be impressed by the way the Marvel app renders the work of its artists.
One day soon, we’ll laugh at the first-generation iPad It’s a touch on the heavy side and cries out for a web camera. Early adopters may regret not waiting for the second version, whenever it comes.
What surprised you?