Just got my iPadů

Posted by: zwei

Just got my iPadů - 03/29/10 02:33 PM

ůshipping notification.

Gonna be a S L O W week.
Posted by: Acumowchek

Re: Just got my iPadů - 03/29/10 03:42 PM

Teaser wink
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: Just got my iPadů - 03/29/10 04:07 PM

Teaser indeed!
Posted by: Jim_

Re: Just got my iPadů - 03/29/10 06:41 PM

Funny guy.

Posted by: zwei

Re: Just got my iPadů - 03/29/10 06:42 PM

Just winded ůI ran downstairs to tell you guys wink
Posted by: John Rougeux

Re: Just got my iPadů - 04/03/10 08:54 AM

almost noon here...and nobody has got an iPad yet?!
Posted by: MacBozo

Re: Just got my iPadů - 04/03/10 10:10 AM

zwei has his and Shawn King has scored one according to tweets. With my limited budget, I'll wait for the refurbs to show up at the Apple Store online.
Posted by: zwei

Re: Just got my iPadů - 04/03/10 10:11 AM

Hehe. Yeah, I have mines. Just been playing around with it and trying to figure things out.

typing isn't too shabby if you are sitting up!
Posted by: Papa

Re: Just got my iPadů - 04/03/10 10:58 AM

Our UPS driver at work is a Mac user. They had a few iPads show up at the local facility on Friday instead of today. As soon as the first one was found they had to stop everything and start looking for more. It was like they had found a dirty bomb or something.
Posted by: six_of_one

Re: Just got my iPadů - 04/03/10 11:31 AM

I have mine as well. I also purchased the VGA adapter but have yet to get to an external monitor to be able to check out how that performs. Video output I hear is limited to 1024 x 768, which I knew going in, although there's a "wide screen" option in the settings that sounds intriguing ...

Synced over Sherlock Holmes and it looks just gorgeous! Although I guess at this point the iPad doesn't appear to support the additional content that you can access on your Mac or an AppleTV ...

Bought and downloaded Keynote, since this was a main interest in my getting the device. Put a 170MB Keynote file on it and opened it up and was somewhat disappointed at all the graphics that had big ?s on them and the shifting of the artwork that did make it through the conversion process. I'll have to go through the original file on my Mac to se what the missing artwork has in common that the iPad doesn't appear to like ...

You have to use iTunes in order to xfer files from your Mac to the iPad, which means if you're going to be creating something using graphics, you'll have to synch over all the source images before assembling them in Keynote or Pages -- kind of a kludgy process if you ask me, and I'm not sure how one would be able to use imagery w/o and external computer from which to synch ...

Also, there are a limited amount of fonts available on the iPad and you don't appear to be able to add any, so content creation is somewhat constrained in that regard. Additionally, not all of the animation options are available on the iPad, so a lot of stuff just defaulted to a smooth fade. Long and short: it looks like a nice little version of Keynote right now, but one will definitely have to develop specifically to the iPad's relative restrictions in order to get something good-looking ...

Anyways, onwards!

I also grabbed the free iBooks app, which comes with a free copy of Winnie the Pooh! I had also synched over Classics, which I have been using on my iPhone. Suffice it to say that reading stuff on the iPad blows anything on the iPhone away. I have seen -- but not actually used -- a Kindle, which I hear is much lighter than the iPad, which I can see being a bit tiring if you're not resting it on something while you're reading (all the Kindle users I've seen tend to hold that in the air -- I would think your hands/arms would get tired lofting the iPad for any significant amount of time) ... But overall I can see actually reading a book on this, whereas (even though Classics is great!) reading something on the iPhone is reserved for moments of absolute boredom ;-)

Safari looks great and is petty speedy. I haven't tried any of the Apple-approved sites yet, though, so don't know how well the whole HTML-5 deal actually works in practice ... Typing on the screen keyboard is *much* better than on the iPhone, as one might imagine, and since I'm a hunter/pecker (heh -- he said "pecker") I don't mind the lack of tactile feedback of screen keyboards ...

Other than that, I really haven't played too much with it -- but the exploration continues =D
Posted by: zwei

Re: Just got my iPadů - 04/03/10 12:56 PM

You can see my quick first impression HERE

Back to experimenting. (my large content sync should be done now)
Posted by: Swatcat

Re: Just got my iPadů - 04/03/10 05:08 PM

Your not the only one !
Posted by: carp

Re: Just got my iPadů - 04/03/10 06:14 PM

LOL

We take it fast and then take it slow , way down in Kokomo laugh
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: Just got my iPadů - 04/04/10 06:22 PM

The clerk I asked at the Apple store said that the VGA adapter had to be used with the dock. Is that true?
Posted by: scottyb

Re: Just got my iPadů - 04/04/10 06:51 PM

I don't think so based on this statement:

"The iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter connects to your iPad or iPad Dock via the dock connector and to your projector or display using the VGA adapter."
Posted by: MacBozo

Re: Just got my iPadů - 04/04/10 07:01 PM

Looks like the dock connector on the iPad is the port of choice.
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: Just got my iPadů - 04/04/10 07:32 PM

Why do you say that, Michael? Scottyb's link seems to say you can choose which to use, the port on the iPad or the port on the dock.
Posted by: Jim_

Re: Just got my iPadů - 04/04/10 08:13 PM

The port on the iPad is called the dock connector.
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: Just got my iPadů - 04/04/10 09:49 PM

Oops.
Posted by: Jim_

Re: Just got my iPadů - 04/05/10 05:19 AM

I'll say. grin
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: Just got my iPadů - 04/05/10 07:35 AM

The problem began with the person a the Apple Store in Chicago, Reboot. I asked her "Can I connect a VGA dongle directly to the iPad or do I need to use the dock?" She said "You need to use the dock." I meant the separate dock device. She may have meant the dock connector. I'll never know for sure!
Posted by: Jim_

Re: Just got my iPadů - 04/05/10 08:05 AM

I figured as much, I was just messing with ya'. Hard to believe you didn't get the full story from a $6 an hour employee. grin
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: Just got my iPadů - 04/05/10 09:09 AM

She was very nice, though. Smiled a lot. Can't trust these Midwesterners, though.

wink
Posted by: MacBozo

Re: Just got my iPadů - 04/05/10 03:00 PM

'Cause it says that it connects to the iPad's or the dock's. Seems the iPad's dock connector is the preferred port.
Posted by: Jim_

Re: Just got my iPadů - 04/05/10 07:00 PM

Originally Posted By: MacBozo
Seems the iPad's dock connector is the preferred port.
Other than the headset jack it's the only port. smirk
Posted by: Jim_

Re: Just got my iPadů - 04/05/10 07:03 PM

Originally Posted By: yoyo52
Can't trust these Midwesterners, though.
Yep, I wouldn't turn my back if I were you.
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: Just got my iPadů - 04/05/10 07:27 PM

laugh

Being in Chicago reminded me of how great Midwesterners are. It's the part of living in IL that I miss.
Posted by: Jim_

Re: Just got my iPadů - 04/05/10 07:49 PM

Chicago is my hometown so I am partial. 13 Aunts and Uncles in the area at one time. Probably at least half of my relatives are still in the area. We moved out here at 3 years. I get out there about once a year or so.

A large number of my family out there are quite fluent at dis dat dese dem and doze. grin
Posted by: Acumowchek

Re: Just got my iPadů - 04/05/10 09:30 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted By: MacBozo
Seems the iPad's dock connector is the preferred port.
Reply By: Reboot
Other than the headset jack it's the only port.


Ya know, the only reason I'm replying is because of the smirk smiley.

I don't see the smirk smiley very often.

And so I asků

Are you implying that Apple creates an "open standard" device, but must then buy Apple-Branded docks, and plugs, and cords, and adapters, and, and, andů You're not implying that Apple does that on purpose are you?
smirk
Posted by: SgtBaxter

Re: Just got my iPadů - 04/06/10 05:53 AM

Well in Apple's defense, the "dock" connector is kind of a standard, in that it's the same connector that's been in use since the very beginning. The iPod touch charges and docks on the same dock my old 3G iPod sits in (if hooked up to USB that is).

Also there are plenty of 3rd party cables/docks/chargers/whatnot. For instance, there's no way in hell I'm paying $30 for a USB charger from Apple when the one that came with my video cam does the same thing - which BTW if it hadn't been free, Kodak sells for $9.
Posted by: Jim_

Re: Just got my iPadů - 04/06/10 06:12 AM

Originally Posted By: Acumowchek

Are you implying that Apple creates an "open standard" device, but must then buy Apple-Branded docks, and plugs, and cords, and adapters, and, and, andů You're not implying that Apple does that on purpose are you?
smirk
Funny guy. grin

Logic would say that it would be kind of hard to fit S-video, composite, VGA, and component ports on a device as thin as an iPad, or iPhone etc, along with the audio out and standard USB ports. So they have one output that can go to many other formats.
Posted by: Acumowchek

Re: Just got my iPadů - 04/06/10 06:23 AM

Just trying to keep the conversation lively wink
Posted by: Jim_

Re: Just got my iPadů - 04/06/10 06:29 AM

Another fine mess you've made. grin
Posted by: SgtBaxter

Re: Just got my iPadů - 04/06/10 01:38 PM

Originally Posted By: Reboot
Logic would say that it would be kind of hard to fit S-video, composite, VGA, and component ports on a device as thin as an iPad, or iPhone etc, along with the audio out and standard USB ports. So they have one output that can go to many other formats.


WHAT??? Apple hasn't figured out how to warp space time to fit those ports onto the iPad? TEHY ArE TeH SuCK!