Thoughts on the iPad — Day One

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Yesterday was iPad day, and an early start was in order. I headed out to my local Apple store to pick up the 32 GB iPad I had reserved online. I arrived an hour before opening time, and was seventh in line for Reservations. Apple had the crowd divided into two lines, one for reservations and the other for those who wanted to buy an iPad or two on the fly.

The time in line passed quickly, as the party atmosphere in the air made sure everyone had a good time. At precisely 9 AM Apple opened the door and started letting both lines of people in the door. Each person with a reserved iPad (or two) was assigned an Apple representative to aid in the transaction. I left the store with my iPad in hand a mere 10 minutes after the doors opened. It was very well organized and it is obvious Apple is getting a lot of practice doing these launches.

Once home with the iPad, it was out of the box and plugged into my MacBook via the provided cable. The iPad was activated through iTunes and the initial sync ran, bringing all of my music, photos and videos over from the MacBook. I was impressed with the speed of the transfer, it only took about 15 minutes for over 20 GB of data. When the sync was complete iTunes installed all 20 of the apps I had downloaded from the App Store prior to getting the iPad.

Reports have surfaced that the iPad has trouble charging via USB while plugged into some computers. This does not surprise me, as many USB ports do not supply enough power for charging another laptop. The iPad’s battery is obviously pretty substantial to provide the 10 hours that is claimed, and I am not surprised at all if many USB ports have trouble providing ample charge for replenishing the battery of the iPad.

I spent the entire day yesterday exploring every facet of the iPad, the interface and all included apps. I am impressed with the attention to detail that has been given for it all. Using the iPad seems very fluid, and I have yet to run across something that doesn’t feel natural. It is all intuitive and easy to do. While it’s common with a new gadget to want to play with it, the ease of use plays a role in hardly putting the iPad down for very long.

Initially I was surprised how heavy the iPad is when holding it for extended periods. My hands would get tired pretty quickly. I either got used to it or adjusted how I was holding it as it got lighter as the day progressed.

Rather than write a full review of the iPad, since there are hundreds of them on the web already, I felt it better to offer my impressions after a day of using it. I’ll cover the things I like, and the things I don’t. I’ll extend these observations to the apps I am using so far, and share which ones I like and don’t.

The iPad Mail app is great to use in landscape orientation. The two pane approach gets us back to the old desktop app days, and it as productive as desktop equivalents. The single pane display in portrait orientation is OK, but the pop-up mail folder box is not as clean as the two pane method.

Web browsing on the iPad is a real joy. A lot has been said about the lack of Flash, and this is a shame. Truth be told, I have spent hours browsing the web and I have not missed Flash at all. The browser on the iPad is quick to render pages, much faster than on an iPhone. It handles even complicated web pages nicely, and the touch manipulation is really good.

The only area where the browser falls short for me is in the WordPress blogging editor. The editor is a complex web page and while not surprising that the iPad browser can’t handle it perfectly it’s still a shame. The visual editor doesn’t work well at all, although blogging can still be done in HTML. I’m still experimenting with this as I’d like to be able to blog on the iPad in a pinch.

The new WordPress app takes advantage of the bigger screen on the iPad, and I have been using it. I can type the post contents and then save it as a draft for final cleanup on the desktop. It’s working pretty well and I’m enjoying using WordPress.

Speaking of blogging on the iPad, I should mention the on-screen keyboards. It is easy to use the keyboard in portrait orientation with either one or two thumbs. Typing is pretty quick and the auto-correction is very well done. I wouldn’t do a long document this way, but it’s decent for everything else.

The on-screen keyboard in landscape orientation is very nice indeed. While it’s not quite wide enough for touch typing, with a little practice I have gotten pretty good with it. I could see doing short to medium length works on this keyboard with no problem. This surprised me I will admit.

I bought the Apple case with the iPad, strictly for the stand that is integrated into the case. It allows using the iPad in a “typing friendly” configuration by tilting the iPad up a little over an inch. It also is a good stand for watching video hands-free. It’s a nice case, although the iPad is very difficult to remove from it when you want to go bareback.

With the on-screen keyboard working better than I thought it would, this got me thinking about the possibility of using just the iPad when traveling. I can see the iPad replacing a notebook entirely on short trips, but even so it would be nice to have a travel keyboard along just in case. I dug the Stowaway Bluetooth keyboard out of the drawer in which it was hiding and tried to pair it to the iPad. I didn’t think it would work, but I was dead wrong.

The iPad saw the keyboard right away and prompted me to enter the pass code on the keyboard to complete the pairing. I do so and was all ready to go. The Stowaway fits in a pocket but opens up to a full-sized keyboard, so it’s perfect for my “just in case” scenario. The keyboard works flawlessly with the iPad, so it is a viable option for a portable keyboard.

The battery life of the iPad is simply wonderful. It’s rated at 10 hours, and while I haven’t run benchmarks I can tell you with certainty it will last at least that long. I watched the battery meter all day long, and with constant use it barely crawled toward empty. This is definitely an all-day computer.

All of the iPad apps work as expected, and you can check out the many videos Apple has produced if you want to see how well they work. I will add that every single app has been optimized for use with touch, and it shows throughout the entire iPad user experience. All controls open where you expect them to appear, and manipulating them by touch is intuitive and natural. I recently bashed Microsoft for not taking the same care with its products, and I stand by that more than ever. I believe that Microsoft should give an iPad to every software engineer at the company so they can see first-hand how these things should be done.

The iPad is by design a device for consuming media, and it shines in this task. It is so easy to listen to music, watch videos and read content from a number of sources. What has surprised me is that I find creating content a lot easier than I thought it would be. This is the result of the great interface coupled with the on-screen keyboards as detailed earlier. I am doing more than I thought I would with the iPad, and that’s a very good thing.

I am testing a lot of third party apps, and like most of them. I should point out that iPhone apps that are run in the pixel doubling mode to fill up the screen don’t work very well. Oh the apps work fine, but the display is blocky and ugly and not something anyone will want to do for long. I am sticking to iPad apps which are great on the bigger screen of the iPad.

The iBooks app is nicely done, and is typical of e-book readers. Apple’s attention to detail is evident, as iBooks is pretty. I bought a book to test it out, and the purchase process was easy as a click on the screen.

Kindle for iPad is just as good, and so far it is my favorite reader. It has all of the functionality of the Kindle apps for other platforms, and works with the Kindle library as expected. It features the Kindle Whispersync technology, so books and reading locations are synced across all Kindle devices in use. It’s not quite as pretty as iBooks, but it’s just as functional. More so, if you count the ability to make annotations in books being read.

All three of the iWorks apps are outstanding examples of how a production app should work with the touch interface. Nothing in the interface gets in the way of seeing the work on the screen, yet is easily invoked when needed. The attention to detail in Pages, Numbers and Keynote is incredible. I had doubts whether these could turn the iPad into a productive work device — those doubts are gone now.

I spend a lot of time in Twitter during the day, it is a good source for breaking news and keeping up with my friends. I was anxious to give TweetDeck a go on the iPad, as it is my favorite Twitter app on the desktop. The extra screen real estate on the iPad over the iPhone makes it a perfect TweetDeck platform, at least if the app had been done right. For some reason, in portrait orientation the program takes up over a third of the display for creating new tweets. It takes up that space even when not creating one. It’s a terrible waste of resource, and while alone not a reason for me to drop TweetDeck it’s close. Coupled with the other design flaw the app is too limited for daily use, at least for me. The program will not let you tap links in tweets in the river of tweets. You have to select the tweet first, which fills up that third of the screen, and then tap the link which is now active. What makes this a fatal design flaw is that means you cannot tap links or photo links in tweets unless you are in portrait orientation. The app designers made a decision that forces you to change display orientation to access this common function. That’s a big no-no on a handheld device.

I have gravitated to Twitteriffic and while it’s not as useful nor as pretty as TweetDeck, it works as expected and does everything I need. I’m sure there are other choices available, or will be soon, so I’ll keep an eye on this for the future.

Remember the WordPress blogging problem I covered where I have to write draft posts on the iPad and finalize them on the desktop? That’s true, but I have gotten around that shortfall using LogMeIn Ignition on the iPad. I have been experimenting with tapping into my MacBook and a Windows 7 system from the iPad, and while it’s not something you’d want to do for hours it works well for short specific tasks. There is literally nothing you can’t do on the iPad as you can “run” Windows or OS S using LogMeIn. IT support folks who use it on the iPhone now are going to get giddy when they see this in action on the iPad.

You may remember how I recently instituted a file backup/ syncing strategy using SugarSync. It’s been working great and one of the first iPad apps I installed was the SugarSync client. It has worked well, and I have access to my entire document file structure for use on the iPad. It’s not the only solution that will do this, but it’s working good for me so far.

I am a heavy user of Google Reader to keep track of thousands of news items each day, and I spent a lot of time coming up with a scheme to do this on the iPad that works well. The Safari browser does a good job handling the full web version of Google Reader, but you can’t scroll down the page of news items and have them auto-flag as read. You have to tap the little Next Item button at the bottom of the screen to move from one item to the next and have them tag as read.

You can get around this by using the mobile version of the Google Reader site, but this is not as productive as a full version. I tried several RSS reader apps, and so far have settled on NetNewsWire. It syncs with Google Reader so it doesn’t add a layer of complexity to keep my feeds in sync across platforms. It takes full advantage of the iPad’screen, and is fun to use. In landscape orientation the right pane shows the full news item, and I do mean full. It’s actually a mini-browser that handles everything like it should. You can even play embedded Flash video in this browser. It’s working well so far.

I will be continuing my evaluation of the iPad for a while, and sharing pertinent discoveries along the way. You’re probably wondering if all is perfect on the iPad, and if not where does it fail? That’s going to vary from person to person. This is highly personal technology and as everyone’s needs are different there are no doubt some who will not like some things about the iPad.

The biggest shortcoming to me by far seems trivial but it’s irritating the heck out of me. The USB cable supplied that is used to either connect the iPad to a computer or to the power adapter for charging is too darn short. It’s only about 3 feet long and for charging with the adapter you have to be really close to the outlet. It sounds trivial but when you have to rearrange your working environment to accommodate that it’s a fail.

The screen of the iPad has supposedly been coated to prevent smudges, but it is a fingerprint magnet in any case. It’s not noticeable when the screen is displaying, but turn it off and the first thing you say is “ewww.”

Don’t get me wrong, there are things I wish were different and I’ll be sharing those going forward. But for a first effort with a totally new device, Apple has scored a win.

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edgy

how about : :Thoughts on the ThinkPad EDGE 14 — Day 20 ?????

William Winthorpe IV

I am amazed at how wicked fast the iPad is, that Apple A4 processor rocks. Best device for web browsing for sure. Best Ebook reader no doubt. Best portable gaming device ever. Once Apple unleashes the iPad on the rest of the world sales should skyrocket. I hope they have enough manufacturing capability to meet demand.

I would invite all the Microsoft types to give the iPad a serious try and see what this magical device can do for you. I am just gobsmacked about how good this device really is. Seriously give it a try and see what your missing.

I have already made up my mind to buy another iPad, this time it will be the 64GB with 3G and GPS. I am also going to hire a crew to develop some serious business apps for internal use at my company. The iPad has the potential to be a very good business productivity tool of epic proportions.

Also I can see the iPad being a mandatory device for all college students and just eliminate legacy paper books altogether.

Anyway that is my take after just one day of use. The possibilities are endless really. My hand is tired and need some rest but boy was it fun to use.

York

Thanks for the article. I have a question about the Apple case (which will be here on Tuesday before my 3G iPad). Does the case make the iPad much larger? I am planning on putting the iPad with Apple case into another bag for transporting and I’m curious about the overall dimensions.

Jasen

I second this, I have only seen one random comment on Gizmodo or Engadget where someone stated that their Ipad would NOT fit on the charging cradle with the Apple Case fitted. This would seem to be a problem for as JK stated “it’s a pain” to remove the iPad from said case.

James Kendrick

The case is very thin and adds little to the bulk of the iPad. I am using it more than I thought I would as a result. I don’t have a dock but I doubt the iPad would fit in the dock in the case.

G00ber

Wit 700,000+ iPad sold on first day it be a roaring success. Too bad the mainstream PC makers couldn’t think of a device like this, where are you HP, Dell, Acer, Sony…huh…????

You ignored netbooks and now a unique tablet is kicking your butts. Everyone now knows to never look at the big PC makers for leadership and innovation ever again. Apple is now officially the computer industry’s undisputed leader, the rest of you are just lame followers.

Brad

MS and other PC makers really dropped the ball on tablets.

I literally have bought just about every tablet device out there and they have invariably been bad because the MS tablet PC OS interface is both terrible and on devices like UMPCs battery life is abysmal.

I really bought into the origami/UMPC ideas of a $600 ultraportable. However these devices never ended up being cheaper than $1500 and I have not found a UMPC yet that gets more than 1.5 hours of battery life. With these stats and the general slowness of UMPCs they have never even a workable solution. I have bought 5 different UMPCs and with all of them they ended up in a drawer and then on ebay because they were so terrible.

Despite a few minor quirks (that will probably be fixed soon), the iPad is just about everything I every wanted In a slate or ultraportable.

Hoot69

Dumb question of the day, but if you want to move PDF files and such to a folder on the iPad, couldn’t you use an app like Air Sharing? I’ve used the app on the iPod Touch, and it seems to do the trick for what I need.

AlanS

Hi James. I have always enjoyed your insight. I used to be a dedicated listener to OnTheRun with Tablet PCs. I just received my iPad yesterday (UPS guy didn’t even have to knock on the door). I have been giving my thoughts on a new blog (http://techsavvysalesguy.squarespace.com/) and would love any feedback. I am a salesperson in Houston and have always seen the utility of the TabletPC but the drawbacks always made me leave them home after a while. I am hoping the iPad will finally fit the bill. Keep up the posts. Thanks – Alan S

Robert

Re: longer charging cable. I recently needed a replacement cable for an older iPod. My local Best Buy and Staples wanted $20 for a little 3′ cable, which seems ridiculous when you can buy a 75′ heavy duty electrical extension for $7.95.

Then I checked with Amazon and found a six foot iPod cable for about $10. It’s not an original Apple cable, but it’s well made and works fine with the iPad.

Scott

That’s helpful – thanks! I still think that Apple should have included a longer cable standard with the iPad though. They must have known that it would be difficult to charge the iPad over most standard USB ports, especially for Windows users, so many people will be using the wall charger as their main charging method. And if you bought a dock and want to use it in your living room instead of with your desktop/laptop, you’d better hope it sits really close to an outlet….

Robert

Here’s my iPad review after 24 hours. I was expecting it to be nice, impressive even, but I’m really blown away. The responsiveness to any touch, the speed of opening apps and rendering Web pages makes it a pleasure to use. I’m not a touch typist so not a very good judge, but the landscape mode keyboard in particular is very easy to type on.

I might watch an occasional movie, and probably never play a game – I’m mostly looking at business applications – WebEx, iSSH/VNC, LogMeIn, Skype, Evernote and WordPress, in addition to the built in Exchange sync for Google calendar, contacts and e-mail. All of that works great after my limited testing so it’s entirely possible that I could use the iPad to replace a notebook in many circumstances.

Here’s my take on two of the most prominent complaints:

No multi-tasking: That’s not really true since the most important multitasking applications, music and e-mail, really do run in the background. While listening to music and browsing Web sites, I can hear a faint sound telling me that a new e-mail has arrived. Clicking the “home” button and tapping on the e-mail icon brings up the new message in less than a second. After dealing with the mail, tapping the home button and the Safari icon brings me back, again in a second, to the Web page I left off on. Likewise, if an incoming e-mail interrupts me writing something in Evernote I can switch to e-mail, and instantly come back to exactly where I left off in Evernote. In many situations this works just as well as real multitasking.

No USB ports: I can’t figure out why anyone would need them on a device like this. Dropbox, Box.net, MobileMe, Google Docs, Zoho and a thousand other storage options make it really easy to share/exchange files. Try some of these options, I think they are all free for 2GB of storage.

thenikjones

2GB isn’t that much when backling up photos and videos form business trips and vacations though. I also like to back up my SD card to 2 separate USB keys – maybe over-cautious but I like to do it and it is easy on a netbook. I could pay for more storage on Dropbox but that’s not ideal – I already have all the hardware.

I also hope Apple make a more seamless experience for the iPad’s SD/camera adaptor – in 2006 it was painful and unreliable.

I dope hope th Gen 2 iPad has a webcam, as that is probably the biggest stumbling block for me to replace my netbook.

Joshua

I have a couple questions about the file system. Since it’s not a “true” file system in the way of files and folders, how do things work in the way of migrating files cross platform to a laptop or desktop, such as documents, spreadsheets, etc? Can content created on the iPad be emailed as an attachment? Can i upload docs to GoogleDocs? And I’m curious as to how GoogleDocs works on the iPad, and whether document creation in possible via the browser. And lastly, (I said just a couple questions, right ;) How’s notetaking and highlighting on the Kindle app?

I’m done now. Seriously.

Robert

As far as I can tell, Google Docs doesn’t work on the iPad. If someone knows different please provide details.

I’ve only tried this with Pages, but files can be imported from Web sites very easily. I use Dropbox to share files among Windows, MacBook and Linux computers so on the iPad I opened the Dropbox Web site, selected a Word document and opened it in Pages. It works, but the formatting can be a problem.

Both Dropbox and Box.net have iPad apps, but they only seem to allow me to preview the files. That works well with Word and PDF files, but neither one will allow me to preview OpenOffice odt files (even though both claim that file format works). I haven’t yet figured out how to open files from these apps with Pages.

Files from Pages can be e-mailed, shared via iWork, or exported to PDF or Word format (and then shared).

steve

Great outline article, James. Very useful.

I note back on 3/8/10 you wrote: “Of Course You Can Tether the iPad”
You suggested the MiFi method.
Have you had time to confirm this yet?

James Kendrick

Oh yes, this works well. It has me strongly considering a Sprint Overdrive to replace the MiFi. A 4G iPad would be cool.

Mark

I have used both the MiFi and Sprint Overdrive with the iPad. Works great!

Bob

James – gee thanks for the blow by blow of what it was like to wait on line. Nothing more exciting or relevant as hearing stories of line waiting. Especially from folks I don’t know.

Bob

spinedoc

I enjoyed the wait in line part, sheesh. It’s interesting to note how not of a big deal it is to preorder though.

Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm

Hi James: congrats on your new device, and thanks for sharing (as always) your very insightful comments.

Now for my ask: I am sitting on the fence on this purchase primarily because of 2 things. One I think you can elaborate on is the usefulnes of the iWorks suite for “real production” on the go. My question there is: can the iPad replace a laptop for on-the-road/on-travel productivity on producing (not just seeing) documents, sheets and presentations?

My second question goes back to inking (and I know you don’t have this as a priority): but I keep wondering whether there is an app for inking on the iPad that works comparably to the Tablet PC I use nowadays to do A LOT of my work.

Thanks for any further insight you can provide, enjoy your new iPad and happ easter sunday.

MikeB

The desktop version of Google Reader will scroll in the article frame if you use a two finger swipe.

HG

I picked up two cases to try out with my iPad. One was the Incase and the Apple brand one. My wife got the Apple brand one as this keeps everything pretty slick it’s like the one James has. What I like about the Incase is that you have 3 positions to angle the iPad and plus another when you just want to lay it on a desk it tilts it from the back at a nice angle. The Incase case does make the iPad thicker, so I am still trying it out this week and decide which one I will pick. Here is a picturenof the Incase. http://hggadgets.blogspot.com/2010/04/ipad-cases.html

Also for those that want to transfer pictures from a SD card you could get the adapter for $29.99 which not ideal but can have in your laptop bag when needed.

thenikjones

RE the SD card reader – I bought the Apple camera adaptor for a 2006 iPod and it doesn’t work on any later version. Can you be sure Apple won’t screw customers again and not have it work with a Gen 2 iPad?

Joshua

I like it. I’ve tried to convince myself to get one. I really have. But I keep running into shortcomings that are plain dealbreakers. The lack of multitasking and webcam are my roadblocks to the Apple store (actually, to Best Buy. Apple stores annoy the snot out of me). Flash missing is a bummer, as a lot of sites I frequent use flash. But it’s not the dealbreaker, since there are plenty of workarounds through app solutions. USB port are nice (wouldn’t happen with an Apple product) as would an SD card slot for easy file transfer (not gunna happen either) but these aren’t necessary either.

Overall, I’m bummed and quite disappointed. Disappointed because I wanted a new gadget to play with, but also because of shortcomings that Apple could easily have corrected. Sure it’s great at what it does, but that’s not a good enough argument for purchase, at least not in my case. It just seems like it’ll be another typical Apple move to release a good but limited product from the get-go, only to release a “2nd Gen” model with what the first one should have had all along. This is annoying but almost excusable with the iPods. But with a $5-700 device, it’s downright mean. sigh So many good things about this! But the bad ones are, unfortunately, too weighty for me.

MikeB

Multitasking appears to be coming in iPhone OS 4.0, which should be out this summer when the next model of iPhone is released. Flash is rapidly becoming less of an issue, since many websites are converting to HTML5 for video, at least as a fallback. The lack of a camera is a real issue for some, like yourself, but maybe it’ll be in next year’s model.

Joshua Blankenship

Like I said, Flash is an issue, but not a deal breaker for me. It’s mainly the multitasking and webcam omissions that make me pause. Sure, iPhone 4.0 might fix this, but it’s not here right now, and from past experience it’s not always a good idea to buy a device based on what it “will be” rather than what it is. Is LogeMeIn smooth on the iPad? That might be a good solution to some problems.. hmmm.. go ahead guys. Try to convince me! ;)

Richard

Thanks for sharing these initial impressions!

I’d be curious to hear if the lack of a centralized file system (e.g. to access PDF’s) bothers you in the long run. That’s my main concern at this point

davesmall

The biggest shortcoming to me by far seems trivial but it’s irritating the heck out of me. The USB cable supplied that is used to either connect the iPad to a computer or to the power adapter for charging is too darn short. It’s only about 3 feet long and for charging with the adapter you have to be really close to the outlet.

Easy solution James. Put the power charging adapter in your travel bag and forget about it except when you are on the road. It’s better to charge by connecting the iPad to your computer because you get the automated backup and syncing of your files in addition to a recharge.

I’m at about the same place you are in terms of the user experience and really liking the iPad.

Scott

That’s no help to me – I sync to my desktop computer, which is at the far end of my house from the living room, and whose only reason for existence right now is to manage the hard drive that holds my iTunes library. And it’s a 7-year-old Windows machine, so the USB port doesn’t cut it for charging anyway. I agree with James: a longer cable is really a necessity for the iPad under most circumstances.

Raghu

James,

Hows the Logmein Ignition working on your iPad. Do you have to drag screen up and down for the mouse pointer? Did you like working around with it?

Scotty

James, I have another previously unknown “Getting Ready for iPad” tip: update album cover art in iTunes. I just got most of my album artwork updated to fantabulous iPad resolution!

And even if you don’t like Popular Science magazine, the user interface they have for the Popular Science+ magazine is, for wont of a better term: Star Trek. It truly shows what the platform can do once you get tired of polishing the animating of a page flip and move on to exploit the platform to facilitate knowledge exploration.

One last thought: buying the 64GB model may buy you more speed for data transfers. I’m flipping 1.8GB movies onto my 64GB model like they’re Jelly Belly’s.

KGB

James – definitely the go to guy for all things mobile! Thanks for your insight!

What model Bluetooth keyboard are you using that interfaces so easily?

Jack wilson

It would be nice if Apple would make pdf’s a native format so you could sync and drag & drop them.

Perhaps they will.

note (it also might help to ease some of the tension with Adobe ) :D

slbailey1

Also, how do Microsoft Live work on the iPad – Skydrive, Office, Groups, Spaces, Pictures?

slbailey1

Is anyone with an iPad is part of the Office Web beta? If so, how does the Office Web applications working on the iPad?

Ross Wirth

Woot – my Tweet made it into the screenshot! It is a fun toy indeed, and as my first Apple purchase in about 5 years well worth it. The biggest annoyance for me is the lack of cursor arrows on the keyboard – a must to correct errors on the touch screen, now I have to do way too much deleting and re-typing. James you must try the imdb, and netflix apps, they’re awesome!

KevinC

So did mine! (@kcinci)
You can move your cursor by touch and just delete the mistake and retype in place… but yes, arrows would be very kewl.

Saniko

Try the good reader app for PDFs. There are tons of ways to get PDFs onto the iPad using it and it has a wonderful PDF reader. I find it better than any of the e-ink devices I’ve used in the past AND my laptop.

My kindle has been replaced!

greg.

Turns out the Ipad will charge when connected to a computer, but only when it’s in “sleep mode” (screen off)

RB

Hey
I read a lot of Docs on the comp, so i was thinking you know how this handles PDFs(mainly catalogs filled with images) and Word docs so I could use this to read them instead of the Laptop as it appears that it would be much easier and faster.
Apple also has not explicitly stated if PDFs and Word/Excel can be previewed in mail, could you clarify this point.
Also is there a way to save the PDFs and Docs to some folder to be accessed later like images can be saved to the Photos app on the iPhone.
Any other thoughts that you have on using this as a reader for mainly PDFs and Docs.

HG

PDF files that are attachments show up in the iPad email just fine as well as Word documents. At for me it does. I haven’t tried a excel file in email but will give it a try unless James has tried it already. About saving a PDF I haven’t found a way to do that unless you create a folder within the Mail app and just move that emal that contained the PDF file you want to save.

James Kendrick

I’m pretty sure you can read PDF attachments in the Mail app, one of the video demos from Apple shows that off.

Word docs can be opened and viewed/edited in Pages. I believe it will output in PDF or Word format too. Numbers and Keynote will output in PDF.

You can’t save in folders, but if you bring in docs they are accessible in different locations depending on the app used.

Scott

I just opened a preview of an Excel file in the iPad email client, and it worked fine.

HG

James I am also enjoying my iPad. I am very surprised how well everything is working; by the way I am thumb typin this on the iPad and for me it is working very good.

James check out Padnotes app. I have downloaded it and working very good to do inking on the iPad. You can edit PDF files and transfer them from PC or Mac over to the iPad. It’s like you can fill out PDF forms right on the iPad. It has many other features as well. You can go to the website and check the demo first. It will give you a idea how it works. It cost $2.99 from the app store. Now back to my iPad. ;)

James Kendrick

I don’t need to take ink notes on the iPad. It would be nice but not essential for my work. MobileNoter for the iPad works great, though. I can read all my OneNote ink notes on the big screen.

HG

I also have loaded MobileNoter, since I did have this on my iPod Touch. Hopefully the app can be updated to remove the sync of a document or folder containing more than 5MB. It will not sync at least not on the Touch. This is a great app because I use OneNote daily for work so would be nice to have all synced.

Ray

James,

Congratulations on the iPad purchase. I’m typing this comment on the one I scored yesterday.

I don’t know if I’m doing it wrong or if I’m doing it right and you already changed it, but I think the flap next to the iPad in the case needs to be tucked under in order to keep it in. Like I said, part of the reason I’m leaving this comment is just to make sure I’m doing it right.

James Kendrick

It does tuck in. I had it out as I am removing and inserting the iPad in the case a lot, for the photos. It’s a real pain, too. :)

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