As developers for the 3 major smart phone platforms (iPhone, Android and Windows Phone) we really shouldn’t show favoritism, and we’re not. The truth is we need our iPads are for development and testing (mostly) and this was a business purchase. Now time for the honesty, I can’t seem to put this thing down!
Every time I pick my iPad up I still expect to learn something new. As a current owner of an iPhone 3G, iPod Touch 2G and most recently a Nexus One my expectations were high, well guess what so far, in my book, Apple has a “home run”.
Here at BustedAppZ! we see a lot of gaming potential and that was my first focus. I started with 3D games like Real Racing HD and Gameloft’s Real Soccer 2010, they are both nothing short of stunning. Not only are they clean and well designed applications, the iPad has crisp, vivid colors and the graphics processing in this thing is amazing! My 16-year-old son had me go to multi-player in Real Soccer and we didn’t even need a wi-fi network, it used peer-to-peer bluetooth. At this point the accelerometer and the large screen size makes games like this enjoyable even for a 37-year-old.
My next test was going to be video so I installed the ABC Player app and used the trusty YouTube app (pre-installed). Keep in mind for the first 20 hours I owned this thing I was using public wi-fi or tethering with my Nexus One, so bandwidth wasn’t the best. Other than the normal buffering issues (due to bandwidth) the video looks unbelievable. We should all applaud ABC for offering such an awesome app on launch day (did I mention it’s free?). Dont think that your going to launch the ABC app and get an episode lineup of old, out of date programming, it’s all current! In fact the first episode I watched on it was one of our families favorite shows, Modern Family (the iPad/Birthday episode). Well done ABC. The YouTube app is a lot like the one on the iPhone or iPod touch, it allows you to search for any video or browse through the featured and top rated ones. Pretty standard by todays terms but honestly beautifully designed and implemented.
Up next was possibly my biggest challenge, getting my wife to understand why these things exist (guys, you understand). I quickly went out and got Facebook (the iPhone version) and Epicurious (a pretty amazing food/cookbook). She doesnt cook very often since she’s a vegetarian and prefers raw food so I went on a hunt, beyond Apple’s Featured list and found WordSearch Lite HD. Her initial feedback was pretty much what I expected, in our house technology seems to flow in and out on an almost daily basis. One of her first questions was “is this something we’re going to have for 2 months and then you’re going to get rid of it?” my response was an honest one “probably” and “remember it’s for business so it will be at my office during the day”. I knew I was in trouble at this point.
In a bit of a panic I launched “iBooks” and started to explain to her what it was. She uses and iPhone too so I handed her the iPad and she proceeded to search for one of her “Raw” books, they had it! Over the next few minutes she browsed the sample version of the book. It seemed intuitive to her, easy to read and wow she could read with the lights off (lucky me!). Next thing I knew we were hiking back up 5th Ave. with the hopes that Apple was not sold out. Needless to say we got on our flight home to LA with 3 iPads between us.
To wrap up I think the question for anyone out there who is on the fence about getting one of these things I can help. Let’s step through this logically. Here are some questions (and answers) you need to ask yourself:
- Do I want one? (duh, YES)
- Do I need one? (probably not)
- Do I want one? (yep, even more now!)
- Can I shell out the $500 bucks and still make rent? (you have to answer this one)
- Is it really just an iPhone (or iPod touch) but bigger? (No Way! You can’t play great 3D games on an iPhone, easily view .PDF’s on your iPod Touch, watch movies in HD on that old thing, and don’t get me started on how cool the Weather Bug HD app is)
- Will this replace my computer? (hmm, my wife asked that and it’s a loaded question. Simple answer is NO, but honestly once you set your iPad up, sync your photos and music you can pack that computer up and store it because the iPad is so convenient you will only use your computer for business from now on, HONESTLY)
OK keep in mind that the title of this post is “24 Hours With An iPad” there’s a reason for this. Today is Easter but it feels like Christmas! All this may wear off in a couple of weeks but the truth is the iPad is well-built, fun to show off, has excellent battery life (10-12 hours), thousands of simple & useful apps and is so portable I’m trying to decide if it will make it to the gym with me this week.
–Take a minute and install our apps on your iPad, they really look great, even at 2x view–