Over the past week I had a chance to use the Apple iPad. The iPad is great computer for playing games, with Scrabble proving to be particularly addictive. I only beat the computer once at Scrabble, but I felt really good about it. I also have iBridgeBaron on my iPhone and would love to try it on the iPad.
The iPad is easy to carry and convenient. As an eBook reader or for quickly accessing the web, it is ideal.
I did encounter some limitations with the current iPad and am looking forward to improvements in the future. Version 4 of the iPhone operating system is expected this summer.
The iPad does not currently include the ability to print. HP has an HP iPrint Photo 2.0 application for their printers, but printing should be included in the operating system and available with all applications.
The basic ability to transfer photos and other files is limited, at least without the Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit. I did not have this kit and had a difficult time getting photos from my iPhone to the iPad. I downloaded a number of applications that are designed to transfer photos to the iPad, including Camera for iPad, BlueCam, Photo Transfer, and PhotoShare. The best I could come up with was to use PhotoShare to transfer photos one at a time to the iPad via blue tooth.
Once I had my photos on the iPad, applications are also limited. I tried a number of scrapbooking applications and was not able to find anything comparable to Creative Memories’ StoryBook Creator. I really don’t like applications written for the iPhone that do not effectively take advantage of the larger iPad screen.
The iPad, with its full-color display and touch screen, is useful and extremely intuitive. Over time, I expect it to become an essential tool.