I find the various comments about iPads and Apple products that discount them as "toys" quite interesting. While all products have their limitations, I've been quite pleased with my iPad. For example, I was speaking at a conference this last weekend that was a few hours drive from my home. After I prepared by Keynote (Powerpoint) presentation on my Mac (that included both audio and video files), I exported it to the iPad via iTunes. No big deal, synced it through iTunes using the USB-30 pin connector.
We then drove up to Blaine (about 3 hours in the lousy weather), listening to music
and monitoring road conditions all the time (using the iPad's iTunes and 3G for weather
, and GPS
Drive HD for driving directions). Checking email
When I got there, after some conversations with folks, I did a few modifications to the presentation, on the iPad. I did the 2-hour presentation the next day, hooked up to a projector with the iPad - VGA connector. It did the presentation without a hitch, including the video.
I kept track of my time and billing information and prepared an invoice, which was then emailed, all on the iPad. I also did some other work, reviewing PDF documents on a case, using GoodReader and made notes on what I read, using Notes Plus, which I then emailed back to my main computer.
While at the conference, we reconnected with some old friends and shared photos of one of our recent trips, as well as playing some games.
The next day, we drove back home (about a 3 hour drive), again listening to music
along the way.
When I got home, I still had 15% of the battery
power left. All of this, over 3 days of activity, all on one charge.
I'll take a toy like this, any time. "Phad" or not, I'm finding it a darn useful one.
Oh, BTW, total elapsed time from power off to browsing the internet
? 7 seconds. Can you show me a laptop/netbook that can do that?
It is also now my backup GPS/chartplotter for the boat, too. As well as entertainment center. Even plays movies on the big screen
on the boat.