The new iPad
Nope. I kept it. Here’s why:
- I found some apps to replace the Android counterparts
- I found some iOS only apps that rock (Tapose for example)
- The on screen keyboard
- Its fast and smooth
- Mirroring with Apple TV
- SCREEN. SCREEN. SCREEN.
I have to admit, the first week I was ready to take it back. I probably would have if the Apple Store was closer. I figured I’d at least use it until my 2-week return window was up and then return it. On Friday,
March 30th, I found myself at the Apple Store again — to buy an Apple TV.
My biggest complaint was not being able to find apps that I use in Android. The killer ones? A functioning Google+ app, (sorry, the one in the app store sucks), Google Music, and Chrome.
To get around these problems, I started using the Google+ site instead of the app. It works better, but isn’t as good as its Android counterpart. Hopefully Google fixes this.
To replace/supplement Google+, I started using iTunes. When I rip CDs, or buy music from Amazon, I just put it in my Music folder. iTunes imports it, Google Music Manager finds it and syncs with the cloud and my phone and iPad sync. Everybody is happy. 😀
Chrome is still a little tough. There isn’t an app to replace it right now. I primarily miss the syncing functionality though – and Apple has promised this is coming in OSX 10.8 in Safari.
Aside from the iOS apps I started using, there are some new ones I really like.
Tapose is a note taking/scrapbooking app that is in version 1. I’d call it beta, but whatever. It is one person’s realization of the Microsoft Courier and it seems to work alright. It is version 1 though, so they are working a lot of kinks out. It’s a pretty sweet app though and only $3.
FlickStackr is the app I started using to organize my photos on Flickr. It works a lot better than the official Flickr app in the Android store. Its nearly fully featured and runs really fast.
On Screen Keyboard
This has been a big deal for me. At first I was missing Swype and Swiftkey. After using the keyboard though for two weeks though, I’ve grown to love it. Its fast and fairly accurate. I wish I could long press certain things and get numbers and symbols still, but everything else is very nice.
Smooth. Like butter. On pancakes.
The iPad is smooth. Everything just runs fast. I’m never stuck waiting for an app to launch, or my app drawer to open, or watching stuttering transition animations. It hauls.
Going between my iPad and my Nexus S makes me want an iPhone or Galaxy S II.
This is the coolest thing ever. I never imagined that there would be enough bandwidth over WiFi to pull this off, but Apple did. Watching YouTube or anything else is super easy to do. If I wanted, I could open the WordPress app and type this up on my TV.
The killer app here is just being able to show people stuff. Web pages. Music. Videos. Pictures. Anything I want. Its all there. Plus I feel like I’m in the future controlling stuff on the TV with a touch screen. So cool.
That was my thought when I first read the rumors about the new screen. 🙂 I wanted to end on my favorite feature.
Pictures look good, but text is awesome. I’ve always liked sans-serif fonts because they’re easier to read and seem more sophisticated. It turns out, I liked them because serif fonts look like crap on the low DPI screens that I use.
When I read books in Kindle, or the news on CNN, or anything else, I like to have serif fonts. They look nicer, and I think they are even easier to read now.
Three weeks ago, I never thought I’d be raving about fonts. :p
There are some Android tablets coming out *hopefully* in June that I would be tempted to buy had I not bought an iPad. The Transformer Infinity 700 is my favorite so far. The screen isn’t as good though, it likely will cost more, and I’d have to wait. Do I love Android that much? I thought I did, but after living with the “The new iPad” for a week, I’ve changed my mind. I wish I could buy another one.