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This Thing Is Heavier Than I Expected

May 1st, 2010


I got it! Finally! Thanks to the efforts of a generous coworker, who not only got me the gear on their vacation back in the U.S., but brought it even with a broken wrist (there’s a friend for you), I’ve got my iPad–a month earlier than the Japan release, a month after the U.S. release, and about two years after I started wanting one <snark>.

First impression: damn, this thing is heavy. Second impression: OK, maybe not so heavy. Third impression: damn, this screen can get bright.

Well, there are just too many impressions to number them like that, but those really were the first things that ran through my head, at least after I got it set up.

Getting it set up was not very hard, especially if you don’t need to sync much, but there were a few small quirks. First off, if you own an iPhone, get ready to sort through all your apps. And I mean all of them–they are all added to the sync list automatically, every last one of them. You have to sort through to guess which ones you’ll want to have, and in the end, it probably won’t be too many–what they say about the pixelization when you double-size them is true. That said, there are at least a few where I don’t mind–more on that later. Another small thing is that adding photos takes a long time, as each one has to be optimized (I presume resized) for the iPad.

Once you get going, though, it’s just as sweet a machine as everyone says it is. Find the right apps, and you’ll be happy as a clam. (By the way, why exactly are clams happy? That never made sense to me.)

First item on the Wish list: arrow keys. It’d be nice not to have to place the cursor with the loupe every time I want to place the cursor inside a word (tapping will always place the cursor at the end of the word you tapped on). The original Mac back in 1984 didn’t have them either, but that was eventually fixed; hopefully, it’ll get fixed in the iPad as well.

Anyway, it’s late, we’re moving the day after tomorrow, and it’s bedtime. More later. LOTS more, you betcha.

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  1. Troy
    May 1st, 2010 at 06:37 | #1

    woot welcome to the future!

    having one in hand makes you want to move way out to Tochigi ใงใ—ใ‚‡!

  2. Tim Kane
    May 1st, 2010 at 11:28 | #2

    Congratulations on your new addition. You have a new puppy to play with, how fun!

    Questions: what are the dimensions. Especially for the screen. Just curious.

    Good luck with the move.

  3. Sean Derby
    May 1st, 2010 at 13:46 | #3

    The original expression is “Happy as a clam at high tide.” That might explain a little bit.

  4. Tim Kane
    May 1st, 2010 at 17:03 | #4

    Also interested in how it works out as an ereader for you.

    I’m likely to be buying an Ipod Touch in the next few months, and I’m wondering if I should get an Ipad instead. In Korea you can get an Iphone for only $15 a month plan but you have to sign up for 2 years. It is a bargain at almost any level of utility, and of course the Iphone has a very high utility level. My office mate has an ap that tells him when the bus is 4 minutes away from the University where I work – just enough time to walk over there. Amazing. Unfortunately, I can never commit to being in Korea for 2 years. Damn.

    So that leaves me with an Ipod or Ipad. I need the Ipad for studying for the bar exam in the fall and winter. Barbri offers courses and apps for the Ipod, so I’m assuming that they are also good for the Ipad and I should be in the states during that time. So at that point I have to decide, Ipad or Ipod touch.

    The ereader could be the deciding factor. That, and, as always, price.

    Incidently, it is currently against the law to own or possess an Ipad in Korea – it is undergoing radio frequency testing to ensure it doesn’t pose a hazard of some sort, I think to defense.

    (Another factor, I already have a netbook that I bought for $228 at Walmart (emachine d250 – same as acer one D250) so I already have a portable device for watching movies and I have two batteries for up to 9 hours of viewing.)

  5. Luis
    May 1st, 2010 at 17:13 | #5

    Actually, the ban on iPads in SK was lifted a few days ago:


    Currently, the iBooks app is the best free e-reader, but it requires EPUBs. I will be checking out various e-book readers when I have time (we’re in the middle of a move now).

    Stanza’s desktop app will save cleanly as EPUB from many other formats. Calibre is more flexible, but less clean in what it outputs (unless there are tricks I just haven’t learned yet).

  6. May 7th, 2010 at 20:57 | #6

    Ho, have you seen this:

    Illegal to use American iPad in Japan? Maximum 1 year in prison or 1 million yen

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