On Saturday I wrote about how my desire for an iPad was reaching critical mass, and apparently those were truer words than I realized, because a few hours later I was sitting in the Montreal train station with my pants around my ankles and a new iPad in my hands. Actually, the terms weren’t that bad; not that I feel a need to justify it, frankly. I’ve only had it a day and I wonder what the hell I ever did without it. As I put it to one friend, it’s like an iPhone I can read.
I bought the 16GB Wi-Fi iPad 2, definitely a nice midrange device to put my phone back in the phone category and my Mac back in the work machine category while the iPad picks up the yoke of web browsing, short blog entries and other note-taking, messaging, email, playing music, whatever. My friend Anthony put it well today when he said that the MacBook is a great device for creating media; the iPad is a great device for consuming it. I don’t regret getting the Wi-Fi model, since Wi-Fi is pretty much everywhere I go and in the few places where it’s not, my phone can serve as a hotspot.
I find it a bit on the heavy side for reading books, but the smart cover folds up to make a nice angled stand. Speaking of, top tip: the box for the smart cover makes a dandy hardshell travel case. The book-reading experience itself is good so far, I read through some webcomic collections and browsed through some other stuff I had downloaded originally for the phone. I’m looking forward to seeing the potential for comics publishing.
That’s all I have to report for now, more to come I’m sure.