“I need to talk to a lawyer. I think I have already said too much.”—Sage Robert Wallower, the person who sold the prototype iPhone to Gizmodo, in a (short) interview with CNET. This thing keeps getting crazier and crazier.
“We think it will eventually ship, but we’re glad we didn’t hold our breath.”—Steve Jobs on Flash for smartphones. This is my favorite quote from his 1,700 word post. He managed to italicize ”think” without italicizing it.
The details sound good. An easy way to view how much data you’ve used, and notifications when you’re running low. I’m still very much debating getting the 3G version. I have a WiFi test unit, and it’s great, but it would be nice to have the option to use it anywhere.
My biggest holdup, of course, is AT&T’s shit network. I could use a MiFi unit I guess, but that’s just another thing to charge/worry about. Keep it simple, stupid.
Of all the things that impress me about the iPad so far, definitely one of the biggest is its battery life.
Most of the time when companies (including Apple) claim a certain battery life, actual product usage never comes close to that because those are under optimal conditions using minimal settings. For example, I have one of the new MacBook Pros which Apple says will get 8 to 9 hours of battery life on one charge. In reality, using it as I normally would (screen about 60% brightness, two browsers open), I’m seeing more like 5 to 6 hours (still great for a laptop, IMO).
With the iPad, Apple claimed it would get 10 hours of usage on a single charge. In my usage this past week, that’s absolutely true. In fact, it might even get more than that.
Other reviewers noted this early-on too, but I had to see it to believe it. Now I have. And now I do. It’s awesome.
So. I finally have an iPad. As you may remember, I was in Japan when it launched, so I had to watch from afar as everyone went ape-shit over it. Now I have mine. And while I’ve used it before (for about 20 minutes after its unveiling at the Apple event in January), I’m going to throughly use it for a while before I do any sort of definitive review. The hype is still just too strong.
But I do think I’ll jot down a few (okay 20), quick initial notes here.
Sounds good to me. I never liked the iPhone’s plastic back. It’s the one part of the device that looks and feels somewhat cheap. The first-generation aluminum was much better, but yes, probably raised some radio issues.
Yes, that sounds lame, but I wasn’t sure how easy it would be to not work for 16 consecutive days since I had never taken a real vacation before. And at times, it wasn’t that easy to just not work. But it was definitely worth it. And I hope to do the same thing at least once a year from here on out.