A friend of mine spent some time in the Apple store, played with the iPad, became hooked, and then emailed me asking for my thoughts to help him decide whether to pull the trigger. I’ve been meaning to to publicly post my thoughts on the device so I figured sharing my reply would be a good start.
This email really only addresses why I chose the model I did and some general thoughts on usage, and omits some more specific thoughts I have on individual features/aspects of the product. I’ll try to post some more of my perspective at a later date.
“I went with the 32gb (mid) Wi-Fi only model- the one you’re looking at. I too didn’t see a need for data everywhere that justified the extra $130 price diff plus $30/month service fee. Most of my usage has been at home or at school so this has worked fine.
I’ve found that I mostly use it for web/apps/games and not as much for other media. Most of the video I’ve watched so far has been streaming (via Netflix or ABC apps). So therefore I haven’t really been constrained by the space. I did load a few movies on it with file sizes between 600mb and 1gb, so there’s definitely sufficient room there (note: these were bootlegs of questionable quality, so perhaps ‘legit’ movies are larger). Finally, I already have an iPod/iPhone so while I loaded some music on there just to see how it was, I don’t use it for music listening at all.
I think the most interesting thing has been how much it has changed how I use my phone and computer. I really only use my phone now for tweeting while in the bathroom or in the car, and I only use my macbook when I’m doing heavy-duty work. Everything else in the middle – reading/writing emails, surfing, facebooking, gaming, etc – is now done on the iPad.
I think its a phenomenal device and you should definitely get one. Yes – like the iPhone there will likely be updates every year that improve on the specs and features, but I say you just go ahead and get it now :)”