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That’s No Toy

That’s no moon. It’s a space station.

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Black iPad Earlier I called my 2012 birthday present a toy. Well after a week and a day I can calmly declare that the 3rd Generation iPad is definitely not a toy.

For me at least, it doesn’t feel like a desktop replacement, but there are definitely some great features:

  • There’s enough screen real estate that Web apps are comfortable, although you may have to do a bit of zooming to make buttons big enough.

  • Mr. Reader, an iPad app for Google Reader, is delightful. Reasonably priced, a bit more functional, and definitely fresher, Mr. Reader is kicking NetNewsWire to the curb on the iPad.

  • Reading books, either through Amazon’s Kindle App or Apple’s iBooks, is gorgeous. Perusing PDFs is enjoyable, although I have to give iBooks bonus points for preserving URLs, whereas Kindle doesn’t.

  • Speaking of Kindle, the “Send to Kindle” app is very handy.

  • The device is a great size for watching videos.

  • Bonus I have the Verizon LTE edition, which allows you to use the iPad as a mobile hotspot for no extra charge.

I’m definitely starting to love this thing although DJay turned out to be a bit of a disappointment, largely owing to the fact that you need monitor speakers and a cable to handle pre-cueing. Sort of kills the “mobile” in mobile dj. And authoring posts will probably stay on the desktop, at least until I get to a higher level of performance with the keyboard. The iPad hasn’t found a creative niche for me, but it’s currently a great media consumption device. Of course that’s only after one week, plenty of room to grow.

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