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30 days of iPad use: a review

by on September 17th, 2010

Well it has been just over 30 days since I finally got my hands on the iPad and I thought it would be a good time to write a quick review of my experience so far.

What I like

The format of the iPad (size, weight) is great for working, surfing or playing on a bigger screen without the bulk of a regular computer. I also like the battery life which allows for prolonged use without having to recharge. It can easily be travelled with and has the added bonus (sometimes anyway) of being a conversation starter.

I have found some interesting apps and games and the large format makes it a more enjoyable experience than on the small screens of a phone.

I’m sure the list could go on and I invite others to contribute in the comments…

What I don’t like

I bought the iPad so that it would be a “family” device to be shared among multiple people. (Yes I know, I’m sharing the iPad…) So although reading e-mail is possible on iPad I don’t like the fact that once it is configured it is not password protected to prevent others from reading or more importantly deleting e-mails from my account. Yes I can turn the account “off”, but turning it on doesn’t ask for the password again and it is also impossible to remove the password, so short of deleting and recreating the account each time it is as good as available to all.

In the same line of thought, some games I have installed are not exactly meant for young children and short of putting the games on a separate page, far away from the stuff they usually use, there is no way for me to prevent them from starting those games if they ever encounter them. Yes I am talking about some level of parental control.

The number of Apps is overwhelmingly large and the search capabilities, categories, etc. on the App store seem to be inadequate to say the least. Yes you can browse through some interesting stuff, and yes there are genius recommendations, but sometimes I think that there must be a better way to find interesting stuff. (BTW, if you know of a way let me know!)

What I eventually want to try

I have used the iPad for some work (blogging mostly), but I eventually want to explore more of the business environment uses for it. Mind mapping, taking notes, presenting and whatever else that might be of business interest. For that I will have to find more business and productivity apps…
My questions to the readers:

  1. Is there anything you don’t like about the iPad?
  2. What are your recommendations for business apps?

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