The iPad: Not Great for Work, Effective for Play, But the Start of Something Bigger
Due to a series of mishaps I didn't get my iPad till early Monday evening. So I am digesting the issues at hand (pun intended), with some slowness. I don't love it, and I don't hate it either. For a digital work junkie like myself it is clearly not a work tool. It is designed to push content at you and not the other way around.
The newspaper and magazine experience varies from title to title. The Wall Street Journal is pretty good, and the NY Times is fair so far. The USA Today was pretty good, too. I really liked the techniques and experience of the Popular Science issue, and time will tell how they handle the negative feedback from some of the blogosphere that $4.99 is too much for a digital issue. The same price reaction is being said for Time Magazine at $4.99 per issue. This will sort itself out very soon. But if I am willing to pay the newsstand price for a static dead tree, why would I baulk at a better and fuller digital version at the same price?
It is still very early in my iPad experiences, but the best periodical I saw to date, was Marvel Comics. Killer app. It is a very expensive substrate to read a comic on, but what a rewarding experience.
I tweeted this two hours ago:
BoSacks My Review of iPad-More TK. Heavy w/sharp edges that prohibit long holding. Great screen, easy istore, not effective for work, fine for play.
As I sit here now that about sums it up. I will be writing a full review of my experience soon. For now I will tell you this. With all my gripes about this product, it is surely the start of something newish. The real winner will be iPad-like, but perhaps not the iPad, unless the iPad is willing to change, too. The winner must be lighter and softer on the hands. It must have a reflective substrate (not LCD), and I think it must have USB connections.
It has to be able to print if I wish it to, and it has to multitask. All these "necessities" are not rocket science and are already available in the Wepad and others. But as I stated last week, all these products are mere new antiques. The devices that are just around the corner will blow your mind.
The iPad's greatest strength and its greatest weakness is the very tightly closed environment. Nobody sells anything as easy as the Apple iStore. The one-button system is a masterpiece of capitalistic simplicity. Special note to all you kids in the garages of the world trying to invent the next big thing, well there it is. The completely universal and simple one-button shopping experience. You kids get that licked, and goodbye Apple dominance of everything digitally buyable. There are or will be better touch pads, but there aren't yet better stores. Amazon is pretty good, but not great.
Try it and see how many actual clicks till you can buy something. I will continue to use it and write more later, but right now we are both still flirting with each other and neither of us has made the commitment of a full-time relationship. I'm afraid to say that I am still looking over my shoulder at all the other cuties.