From the time the Apple iPad was announced I stated this device had little purpose in my personal bag of gadgets. When I travel I fly with a 13″ Apple MacBook Pro, as well as Apple iPhone 3G and Blackberry Curve. When I need significant battery life and a portable computer, I have an EeePC 1005HA netbook that does what I need, as well as a T-Mobile 3G modem to get me on line from remote locations … so with all of these tools at my disposal, the iPad 3G seemed like a gadget I simply could not justify.
Well as it turns out a week ago a client asked me if I’d be interested in undertaking a project that involved me receiving a 32gb iPad 3G to test to their specific requirements. I have done work with this client before and was familiar with their very unique needs … not to mention, I certainly wasn’t going to turn down the opportunity to be given a brand new technology toy to play with.
This evening my 32gb iPad 3G finally arrived, I activated it and set it up on the drive home … and after an hour of use all I can say is this … it seems my first assumptions were wrong. There are quite a few immediate features of the iPad that leapt out at me as I started using it, such as the light weight, the ultra bright screen, the ability to access a 3G network without the need for an external 3G USB modem and the fact that the keyboard is easier to use than any netback keyboard I have ever used.
My iPad 3G will certainly get a workout over the next few weeks as it travel to work with me down to New York, over to Paris, out to San Francisco, a hop off to London and a day in Chicago, as well as some other stops. I am sure the iPad has some flaws, and I cannot compare it to the MacBook Pro, but the field-testing of the iPad should be interesting.
From here on out I plan to incorporate iPad App of the Week reviews along with my established iPhone App of the Week reviews as I continue to use the iPad 3G … but for now I am off and running with one week to undertake all the required field-and-travel testing requirements my client has handed me.