UPDATED: First impressions with the Apple iPad

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!

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.



1. tlang1064

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 21, 2010

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

39. droidman

Posts: 106; Member since: Mar 17, 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

2. slashafk

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 03, 2010

Last time I checked this was PHONE arena.

42. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 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

47. DirgeInferno

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 25, 2010

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

3. Gowireless

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 23, 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

33. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Don't forget about BGR too!

4. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

Looks too big to fit between the panties

5. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 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 :])

11. redmaxer

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 11, 2009

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

22. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 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 :]

36. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 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.

37. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 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.

41. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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?

43. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 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.

6. masterkoifish

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 03, 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

7. matt1q2aw3 unregistered

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

8. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

I believe this is Wifi only...

9. Gowireless

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 23, 2010

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

14. droidman

Posts: 106; Member since: Mar 17, 2010

Wifi now in month or so att 3g enabled

16. droidman

Posts: 106; Member since: Mar 17, 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.

17. droidman

Posts: 106; Member since: Mar 17, 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.

18. droidman

Posts: 106; Member since: Mar 17, 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.

19. droidman

Posts: 106; Member since: Mar 17, 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.

20. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 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.

23. trevor83

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 07, 2009

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

24. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 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.

10. pingpong

Posts: 145; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

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

12. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

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

13. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

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

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