My son Tyler reviewed the first netbook two years ago and now he’s back with his thoughts on Apple’s iPad. Is it “magical and revolutionary” to a kid that’s grown up in a world that always had personal computers?


So my son Tyler saved up, sold a gadget and did some extra chores for his Apple iPad. Somehow his arrived before mine last week — go figure. In any case, he’s got a week under his belt with Apple’s new device and wanted to share his thoughts, just like he reviewed the first netbook over two years ago.

Although I don’t think Tyler will convince anyone to buy (or not buy) an iPad, he offers an interesting perspective — he’s grown up in a world that’s always had personal computers. Plus he likes to be on camera. ;)

A YouTube version for non-Flash devices is here.

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  1. distortedloop Friday, April 9, 2010

    You’re right, he didn’t convince me to get one – I just don’t see the use-case for the WiFi only model, if any model at all, in my life.

    However, it was delightful to watch you two interact, and makes me miss the days when my now 30 year old son was 12-ish and we’d geek out over which computer game was better (I said Wing Commander IV, he thought Tie Fighter) and other debates over early 1990s video games and hardware. ;-)

    Thanks for sharing this.

    1. And I would have said it’s F-19 Stealth Fighter from MicroProse. ;)

      If I didn’t already have a MiFi for 3G, the Wi-Fi model wouldn’t be for me. For as much as I create content, I consume it even more, and in a wide range of places, so that’s where the device is fitting in best for me right now. Totally understand your use-case and requirements.

      1. I’m using it with the Sprint Overdrive and the combo is amazing.

      2. what about the wifi version not having 3G, dont you think that is a significant disadvantage especially in this location based era we are entering?

        how come you guys dont just get laser eye surgery? could make it a family event kinda thing.

      3. Since I have a MiFi, I didn’t need a 3G version of the iPad. No point in paying twice for connectivity or for a 3G radio in my case. And the location functionality of the WiFi model is far better than I expected – surprisingly accurate for LBS functions in my testing so far. Most people would think there’s a GPS radio inside the WiFi model.

  2. borax99 (AlainC.) Friday, April 9, 2010

    Five buttons, eh? Very good.

  3. Gabe Little Friday, April 9, 2010

    Too bad I can’t watch the video on my iPad!

    1. Video is nearly uploaded to YouTube, so hold tight. And here’s a little secret scoop — in the not too distant future, we’ll have our videos available in mobile-friendly formats as soon as we pub them. Stay tuned… ;)

      1. Since I have been bugging you about those flash videos being (ironically) unsuitable for many mobile devices, just a quick thank you for addressing this :)

    2. Hehe. Beat me to the punch. Anywho, awaiting YouTube upload.

      @kevin Html5 for video or another service (ie vimeo)?

  4. Can’t watch it on my Nexus. Fail

  5. Nick Ricketts Friday, April 9, 2010

    Funny that this review is about the iPad and the site is dedicated to mobile devices. Yet I cannot watch anyone the videos on this site with anynof my mobile devices. They all require flash!!

    1. That’s a bonus.

  6. Regular Reader Friday, April 9, 2010

    What a great child! Children are the future. Gadgets are fun. Children are a whole ‘nother level of fun.

  7. Kevin, ask Tyler if that touch grind game is two player. I saw two kids playing it on the same screen at the bestbuy that I went to check out the iPad. At least I think it was touch grind.

    1. Kevin C. Tofel netwiz Friday, April 9, 2010

      Tyler says yes, it is a two player game, using a split screen view.

  8. Nice work Tyler!
    This is probably the best information I’ve seen regarding how the iPad actually is to have. I definitely want one and the apple promotional material is nice but this video gives me my first decent idea of what it would be like to have.


  9. Nice job, Tyler!

    I wonder what my daughters would think of the iPad? They’re only 7 and 5, but already quite comfortable navigating around my iPhone.

  10. Kevin, can you adopt me? I’d like an iPad too. ;)

    1. Kevin C. Tofel Zatz Friday, April 9, 2010

      I suppose I could adopt you, but you’d still have to save up for your gadgets. ;)

      1. You guys are better negotiators than I. I sold my 1st gen iPhone last summer for only $120.

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