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UPDATED: First impressions with the Apple iPad
We got ours, did you get yours?  The iPad landed today and ours arrived safe and sound from the friendly UPS man.  We've unboxed it and taken a few quick snapshots for those that haven't had the chance to play with one yet.  Our initial impression is that it is pretty heavy.  It doesn't feel much different in our hand (and therefore our bags) than carrying around our six-cell HP netbook, which of course has a keyboard.  It is definitely sleeker though, there is no doubt about that.  The build quality feels top notch, as you would expect from Apple. As you can see from the pictures it is very shiny and reflective, but the screen is super bright to make up for the glare.  The weight and smooth aluminum back make us feel very cautious when holding it, as if it's going to slip out at any point and we can already see that there is a huge selling point for case manufacturers with the iPad.

We haven't had a chance to really test it out yet because we're sans iTunes on our mobile computer right now and, well, you need to hook up to iTunes before you can use the thing.  Check back later this evening once we've had some quality time with the device for a more in-depth hands-on with the iPad, and of course look for our full review very soon!

UPDATE
So, after some sign in issues and general iTunes problems we've had some quality time with our iPad.  This thing definitely has a place in the market, but we're still trying to figure it out.  We don't see how it won't be the best e-reader out there, and video has huge potential too.  The Netflix and ABC Player apps are pretty great, but video quality is far from HD.  The web browser is better than the iPhone browser simply because it's bigger and you have more real estate to work with. 

The iPad is not without it's drawbacks, and it starts with design for us.  So far it's been pretty uncomfortable to hold.  It's great for watching videos or reading in bed, but its weight is very noticeable after holding it for a while.  There's not a great way to hold it either, and oh man the fingerprints.  It's very wide, which makes the keypad large but uncomfortable unless you have big hands.  We were very accurate and surprisingly quick on it, but all the stretching left some fatigue.  The lack of multitasking is very apparent as well, though we knew this was coming.

Of course we have much more to dig into, so stay tuned for our full Apple iPad review soon!

Our Apple iPad Review is now published - read it here.


UPDATED: First impressions with the Apple iPad
UPDATED: First impressions with the Apple iPad
Apple iPad and HP netbook
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:45

1. tlang1064 (Posts: 47; Member since: 21 Feb 2010)


Yayy...I'm 1st to YAWN @ this..

posted on 05 Apr 2010, 05:24

39. droidman (Posts: 106; Member since: 17 Mar 2010)


I am not responding to the comment above but apologizing to donkeypunched and e.n. I was wrong about the speed of the ipad it must have been the wifi connection at best buy because I know it is faster than that what I experience there and maybe not a bad product if you have kids they would love that thing but it should have been a computer I can admit when I'm wrong

posted on 03 Apr 2010, 14:05

2. slashafk (Posts: 10; Member since: 03 Feb 2010)


Last time I checked this was PHONE arena.

posted on 05 Apr 2010, 08:37

42. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


Seriously... having the ability to make skype calls doesn;t make it a phone, I have a laptop that can do that and it has no place on phonearena either

posted on 06 Apr 2010, 03:57

47. DirgeInferno (Posts: 5; Member since: 25 Mar 2010)


Maybe they thought it was a giant iphone...XD

posted on 03 Apr 2010, 14:06

3. Gowireless (Posts: 85; Member since: 23 Feb 2010)


who cares about the ipad. this is all that engadget is about today the ipad hope this is the only post that phonearena does today

posted on 04 Apr 2010, 11:10

33. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 817; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


Don't forget about BGR too!

posted on 03 Apr 2010, 14:22

4. mattkl (Posts: 166; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)


Looks too big to fit between the panties

posted on 03 Apr 2010, 15:01

5. DonkeyPunched (Posts: 321; Member since: 10 Jan 2010)


Honestly, no one cares what all the haters have to say on this. I just got my iPad and I LOVE IT. I've had an iPhone in the past for 3 years, and moving on to this thing is awesome. Once you take it out of the box, you can already tell its gonna be amazing. All the new apps designed for it are great and more to come. Typing is easy. Navigating is easier. This thing is gonna do great no matter how many people on phonearena.com say it isn't (that's because you are all a small minority, like an iPod Nano, and you don't really matter :])

posted on 03 Apr 2010, 18:21

11. redmaxer (Posts: 6; Member since: 11 Nov 2009)


what gb did you get and why. i think i might go 32gb wifi.

posted on 04 Apr 2010, 07:45

22. DonkeyPunched (Posts: 321; Member since: 10 Jan 2010)


That's the one I bought. I don't see this version of the iPad being significant enough to go to paying for 3G yet. I had a net book and I found this to be a replacement, but I didn't see either important enough yet to go for a internet plan on a carrier. I think probably in the next model this will have more features that will bring more interest towards paying for 3G. Then again, this is just for me. Many of the apps we use require an Internet connection somehow, like Facebook, yelp, maps, ect. So it might be something more for people who really need the Internet. But if you use a laptop and just stick to wife spots like me or already own an iPhone, I would just recommend the wifi version. But honestly, this thing is bomb. I kept reading about it before it came out and seeing all the negative comments towards it, which some had a great point don't get me wrong, but this thing is something you have to experience to come to a final conclusion. It has similar features to an iPhone, but with the bigger screen, it makes it capable of so many more things and options. I've used some of the apps that were upgraded versions of the iPhone to make it specifically for the iPad, and taking advantage of the large screen, more features, options, and interest goes into it because of the size. And being able to navigate with your hands is so much more fun and easier than a net book. I know HP is making a slate, but I don't think it will do so great. If you want an example, try their touch smart pcs. Using your hands on windows just isn't as...what's the word...maybe easy? I'm not sure how to describe it, but i don't like it personally. Windows 7 + touch just didn't do it for me. Using the apps and your own fingers is just easier. I'm sure an android tablet would be great too since their stuff is very touch friendly. And this definitely replaces net books. I had an HP running both windows and Mac and I just really didn't enjoy the amount of big information for the small screen and how things didn't fit, obviously because operating systems usually run at least at a minimum of 1024 x 800, or something close to that. Anything smaller just looks crappy and more frustrating for navigating around.. So this is my review. I just recommend going to an apple store and trying it out, even if you already hate apple. It is just more unique than what it is presented as through the commercials and reviews. Update: 3 last things to consider. The battery - absolutely amazing. 2nd, the processor is great as well for the iPad. You know how macbooks have less ram and stuff than pcs, but tend to run just as fast, or sometimes even better? Same here in this product. 3rd, if you are deciding on buying it, it's definitely not something needed, honestly. If your broke and wondering how much this can benefit you, this thing is more like a toy to carry around and show off. But, obviously, if your reading this or the article, it's because you're somewhat interested and are probably a tech fanatic like everyone else on this site. This will definitely satisfy your technological A.D.D. Lol. At least till something else can prove itself worthy or another version comes out. Typed and reviewed via iPad :]

posted on 05 Apr 2010, 00:52

36. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


DP, I appreciate you comment here. You are actually insightful and intelligent when reporting about the iPad rather than Apple fanboy-ism where everything Apple is automatically worthy of Jesus/Allah himself. I personally do not like apple products so I will not buy one but I would like to play with someone elses to see what the hype is about. But I am going to challenge your comment about the HP Slate. The touch interface on the HP slate is 5 years in the making, and it is not going to be a Touch Windows 7 computer like their TouchSmart PCs are. HP.com/slate, there is a video about the experience and a recently updated video of an Adobe Programmer talking about the functionality and how the touch has been enhanced for the Slate. It will be totally different than a typical Windows 7 touch Tablet. The tablet you could be talking about is reflected in the Nav9 by Netbooknavigator (www.netbooknavigator.com) This is a W7 Tablet PC that throws a little bit of touch innovation to the OS, but nothing compared to how HP will. Others will follow suit. What I will like most about the Windows 7 Slates is that they will be a true PC OS. If the iPad ran OSX i think it would be a way better product.

posted on 05 Apr 2010, 03:04

37. DonkeyPunched (Posts: 321; Member since: 10 Jan 2010)


Kilt, Good stuff. I'm looking into the Slate a little further. I do see a lot of Windows 7 OS on it as I described in my earlier comment though. I did take a look at the flash and I found that to be something significant that the iPad doesn't have, but what I'm wondering is how far is Adobe going to push itself to bring this Slate to life? Is their Adobe Air program going to really push this tablet through to distinguishing it from a regular laptop running Windows? Is this going to be an Adobe HP iPad with a Windows 7 OS that could possibly slow it down? Will the Slate have enough hardware to take on the tasks or will it run like a netbook? These are pretty much the same questions asked after the iPad was announced. One thing I definitely noticed as well is what I said in my last comment was that it is hard to view Windows 7 on a smaller screen, since it is really better for a higher resolution screen, just as any major OS is. I saw how they brought a small keyboard in it's own application, along with its size covering up the previous application we were trying to type on. Obviously, this thing is preliminary with videos of the preliminary model and the real release would turn heads. But I just hope this doesn't turn out to be a bust and that HP can utilize touch functions along with running the Windows 7 OS. We'll just have to see. But thanks for the info. It's something new I look forward to.

posted on 05 Apr 2010, 08:06

41. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i have severe tech ADD but the ipad isnt even on my radar. Like the iphone, it lacks too many things to be under my scope.. and its just too damn expensive for what it is... a big kids toy. If they had this in a windows 7 or android platform (android would be by far the cheapest id assume)i might toy with thinkin about getting one.. but what would i use it for? Im already up to my chest in computers, smartphones, and laptops. Im fine with browsin on my cliq for now (and its been hacked to have flash on it)... so, other than carrying around a big device i dont need, just so i can have a sense of "smug" when people notice i have it... what do i use it for?

posted on 05 Apr 2010, 10:40

43. DonkeyPunched (Posts: 321; Member since: 10 Jan 2010)


Well, like I said, it isn't something that is needed. It is more like a casual computer and something light and thin enough to take with you on the go. I don't need to do hardcore gaming, photoshopping, or super detailed editing all the time, so this is something convenient to take on the go when you don't want to bring your laptop. It has an amazing battery life, so you don't really need to take cords with it, but if you do, it has an iPod connector on the bottom. Many people already own iPods and have the cord, so it's easier to find a way to charge it. Since it has the App Store, you don't need a computer to sync to all the time. It is just for the portability and fun and has a huge screen to use touch functions. If you have extra cash to spend, this is one of those things you don't need, but want. I've been playing around with mine like crazy and making blogs and stuff. I really enjoy just having an easy way of browsing and emailing on my lap. I have a Moto Backflip, not hacked with flashed, but with the iPad, internet browsing is faster and better on it. And with my phone, which runs exactly the same system as yours, it definitely don't have the applications powerful enough to really satisfy tech ADD. Again, I just say experience the product first before making a final judgement. I don't see the price going down though, or at least till there is another version. That's how their Macs and iPods work.

posted on 03 Apr 2010, 15:30

6. masterkoifish (Posts: 3; Member since: 03 Apr 2010)


The only thing that would compel me to buy this is if it were running Apple's Snow Leopard osx as well as apps, then I would have a million uses for it. Till then I'll stick with my iPhone and MacBook pro

posted on 03 Apr 2010, 15:50

7. matt1q2aw3 (unregistered)


Great.... another piece of Sh1t from apple to clog ATT's network.....

posted on 03 Apr 2010, 15:58

8. BlackberryUser (Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)


I believe this is Wifi only...

posted on 03 Apr 2010, 16:58

9. Gowireless (Posts: 85; Member since: 23 Feb 2010)


matt1q2aw3 i had to give you a plus 1 for that. thats a good one

posted on 03 Apr 2010, 18:48

14. droidman (Posts: 106; Member since: 17 Mar 2010)


Wifi now in month or so att 3g enabled

posted on 03 Apr 2010, 19:25

16. droidman (Posts: 106; Member since: 17 Mar 2010)


I think a donkey kick you in the head buddy that thing SSSSSSSLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just like a fanboy even when he knows its garbage can't admit it.

posted on 03 Apr 2010, 19:25

17. droidman (Posts: 106; Member since: 17 Mar 2010)


I think a donkey kick you in the head buddy that thing SSSSSSSLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just like a fanboy even when he knows its garbage can't admit it.

posted on 03 Apr 2010, 19:26

18. droidman (Posts: 106; Member since: 17 Mar 2010)


I think a donkey kick you in the head buddy that thing SSSSSSSLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just like a fanboy even when he knows its garbage can't admit it.

posted on 03 Apr 2010, 19:27

19. droidman (Posts: 106; Member since: 17 Mar 2010)


I think a donkey kick you in the head buddy that thing SSSSSSSLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just like a fanboy even when he knows its garbage can't admit it.

posted on 03 Apr 2010, 20:44

20. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)


AT&T 3G enabled. Does anyone else see the humor and tragic failure in that already??? Just a jumbo iPhone. Overpriced too. 3Genabled is going to crash AT&T's already p.o.s. network. Put it on a network with reliability or actual speed. Say verizon. Duh.

posted on 04 Apr 2010, 07:50

23. trevor83 (Posts: 19; Member since: 07 Oct 2009)


You can. Get the wifi iPad and then buy a Mifi from Verizon. Problem solved.

posted on 04 Apr 2010, 07:55

24. DonkeyPunched (Posts: 321; Member since: 10 Jan 2010)


Lmao you talk crap till you mention verizon. I have been with AT&T for 3 years and haven't had a problem with 3G, connectivity, or speeds. I don't get why everyone says it's overloaded. It might be, but I haven't seen any decrease in anything.

posted on 03 Apr 2010, 17:41

10. pingpong (Posts: 145; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)


Couldn't this article have waited until the iPad is turned on and being used so we know how it works?

posted on 03 Apr 2010, 18:24

12. jrcrow79 (Posts: 477; Member since: 02 May 2008)


lol..nothing more than a VERY pricey Kindle+email+net device..and YES thats b4 the monthly ATT internet subscription!!

posted on 03 Apr 2010, 18:27

13. jrcrow79 (Posts: 477; Member since: 02 May 2008)


Heres the IN DEPTH Ipad review...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Luj263H_56A

posted on 03 Apr 2010, 19:04

15. droidman (Posts: 106; Member since: 17 Mar 2010)


I went to best buy to check this thing out it is the biggest piece of garbage I've ever used its sluggish and slow that 1ghz a4 chip that apple made is worthless they can't make processors they should have put another arm cortex processor I feel sorry for the people who bought it on pre order any who buys this thing is a complete moron

posted on 04 Apr 2010, 07:59

25. DonkeyPunched (Posts: 321; Member since: 10 Jan 2010)


Actually this thing isn't slow whatsoever. I haven't had a single bit of lag on it, or at least yet, but I'm sure you didn't even use it long enough to notice anything that I could have. And also, no one will take your comments against apple seriously. You are obviously just a droid fanboy hating on apple products. This is obvious because of your name. You should just leave the article alone and stick to your google products you are so biased about.

posted on 04 Apr 2010, 08:08

27. droidman (Posts: 106; Member since: 17 Mar 2010)


It wasn't slow in scrolling or launching apps but in loading websites slower than the 3gs and it shouldn't be and it should be a computer not some half ass toy.

posted on 04 Apr 2010, 09:02

28. droidman (Posts: 106; Member since: 17 Mar 2010)


I'm sure you own a 3gs donkeypunched why don't you but it on wifi and do speed test with your ipad bet the ipad loses and thing is it should beat the brakes off the 3gs period but it won't.

posted on 04 Apr 2010, 10:32

29. E.N. (Posts: 2223; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Ummm, I'm pretty sure the ipad would win.

posted on 04 Apr 2010, 11:06

31. droidman (Posts: 106; Member since: 17 Mar 2010)


Never,I believe fanboys are brainwashed into believing this is a good product I know you guys are not stupid just wake-up and take your head out of Steve job's ass

posted on 04 Apr 2010, 14:24

34. Nobodey (Posts: 29; Member since: 03 Jan 2010)


It is a good product. I don't own a single apple product and I know that. The question is, is a good enough product for the price paid? The answer of course is a resounding "Hell No.".

posted on 05 Apr 2010, 03:11

38. DonkeyPunched (Posts: 321; Member since: 10 Jan 2010)


You are very right about Apple. That is something that actually makes a logical attack to Apple. Their products are good, but just very overpriced. @droidman I actually don't have a 3GS, I have a Moto Backflip, so I would only be able to test against Android, which I already have and found the iPad to be faster. I'm sure someone on YouTube would be able to test those two out and see if your conclusion is fact.

posted on 04 Apr 2010, 01:52

21. cmatthews (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Apr 2010)


Its all about personal preference, I happen to like mine. As for it being slow and sluggish, maybe it was the person using it, because mine isn't slow by any means.

posted on 04 Apr 2010, 07:59

26. droidman (Posts: 106; Member since: 17 Mar 2010)


Let me make myself a little more clear on this issue not sluggish in scrolling or launching apps but in load websites the 3gs is faster at that I think it should be the other whey around.If if had laptop capabilities it would an awesome device but it doesn't because apple knows all fanboys will still buy this product and not take away from their netbook sales that's why i hate apple they don't give you what you want and still make money off of jackasses who don't know any better no offense I'm glad your happy with the product but HP is coming out with touchsrceen laptop where you can connect your Droid or iPhone and root,jailbreak or download anything you want to it you can't do that with the ipad.

posted on 04 Apr 2010, 10:40

30. becazican (unregistered)


I am not an apple hater, i love my droid phone, reason i dont own an iphone is because in my area at&t sucks(dropped calls) i do own an imac and own a hp tablet touchscreen, both i love, have to admit since windows 7 i dont seems to waiting forever for my laptop to start. i also own a kindle which i dont go anywhere without. Now i am a gadget person, so i was interested in the ipad (hate this stupid name) i just cant seeem to see the purpose for this expensive toy. it wont replace my kindle , (if you have read a kindle and than read a book on ipad you will see the difference, backlit screens are not good for reading a long time. kindle wins. my hp tablet is great and has alot more power than an ipad and i carry it everywhere. Disappointed that apple rushed this out , camera would of been nice, paper technology would of been nice,so many things its missing. i own stock in apple so dont get me wrong i love when their products take off, i just cant see this one.

posted on 04 Apr 2010, 11:10

32. droidman (Posts: 106; Member since: 17 Mar 2010)


Thank you,a person with some sense

posted on 04 Apr 2010, 15:20

35. xtroid2k (Posts: 319; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


Apple does have its place in our world; problem is they think they are the world and that the world revolves around them. Unfortunately even with its subtle differences from the Ipod touch/ phone I still can't seem to stray away from my original reaction which is. "HONEY I BLEW UP MY IPHONE" Steve jobs wants to talk about ADOBE being lazy well; I must say this was apples Laziest execution at a device yet. So what if you have a word processor and that you included a new ebook store. I would much rather stick with my Droid and possibly get the Android tablet.

posted on 05 Apr 2010, 07:31

40. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)


A month or two from now, there's gonna be about 80 million people pissed of in this country. Why? Because the 3G version comes to ATT. -que the network crash-

posted on 05 Apr 2010, 10:43

44. whocares (Posts: 235; Member since: 19 Dec 2009)


doubt it.

posted on 05 Apr 2010, 16:19

45. ajac09 (Posts: 1336; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


ipad is a cell phone? Thought Id ask since this is called PHONE ARENA

posted on 05 Apr 2010, 19:24

46. ajac09 (Posts: 1336; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


sadly they sound so excited about this device but in all honest who really cares? the icrap part of a long line of apple garbage

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