Unexpected iPad

Unexpectedly—and delightfully—I have an iPad. Some quick thoughts.

Unboxing, setup, speed

  1. The box it comes in is far bigger than the iPad itself to accommodate the power brick, small as that is. Maybe Apple want to start with a big box so they can boast about reducing its size in the next update. (And, less cynically, it's easier to invent a not-so-small box first and then put in the effort to shrink it later.)
  2. None of Contacts, Calendars, Mail accounts, Bookmarks, or Notes are automatically synced. I find that strange.
  3. I'm finally going to need to sort out a multi-computer solution for email. I've been using local mailboxes in Mail for years.
  4. Finally have a reason to put movies into iTunes. Speaking of movies in iTunes, I can't stand the often false distinction between "Videos", "Podcasts", "iTunes U" content, and so on. Please let me organise things as they make sense to me.
  5. Apple's Remote isn't native??
  6. Processor speed is fine but not blow-me-out-of-the-park. Can stutter on PDF scrolling, for example. (Not that my MacBook doesn't have troubles sometimes, too.) I figure if you think about it as a large iPod, the speed is impressive. If you think about it as a small Mac, the speed just feels like what you'd expect.


  1. It's annoying when iPhone apps sync in their iPhone form, and you have no idea that there's an "xyz-app for iPad" waiting to be bought in the app store. Almost duplicate iPhone/iPad apps are not so great.
  2. Dropbox is a great method for light-weight file organising. They should really work their viewing features so that other apps such as GoodReader don't have a reason to exist/eat their lunch.
  3. Badly need a BibDesk-like application for less light-weight file organisation.
  4. Instapaper is absolutely fantastic for translating casual browsing on my MacBook into long-form reading for some time later.
  5. OmniGraffle is A$60? I'm so tempted but that's a tough call.


  1. iBooks not available for Australia. Bum.
  2. Amazon Kindle app is very nice, even the buying process is easy despite going though the browser.
  3. I want to start reading magazine/periodical/newspaper content, but I don't really know where to start. I feel like my reading tastes are too varied/particular to subscribe to entire magazines-worth of content.
  4. Pretty impatient for ebooks to take off in a big way. I access to any book whenever I like. E.g., three random books I've always wanted to read but have never seen in bookstores: Momo, Mr Pye, Broom of the System.
  5. I dislike but will accept using different apps for different stores. It would be nice if there could be a universal interface to all ebooks regardless of their origin.


Preface: I'm not a game player, usually. I used to play Peggle, until it ate up too much of my time.

  1. Totally hanging out for Mimeo. Any suggestions in the meantime?
  2. I would love to play the old Warcraft games on this thing. Warcraft 2 was the last game I really played intensely.
  3. Typing with thumbs in landscape mode is bareable. Haven't tried real typing yet.
  4. I just found Prince of Persia from the old days. Oh wow, gotta go now.