Good luck. Be sure to research a good iPad client. There are several.
Thanks lungpai. The iPad is working out great. I don't like Mac computers; I used a Mac mini for years, and worked many a Mac book belonging to my friends. But this was the thinnest, fastest, nicest tablet there is out there.
Mocha VNC lite has been a free experiment so far in using my PC desktop with a thin client like this. I bought the iPad for the sheer aesthetic factor, and I can still play games, visit my chartrooms, and pretty much do my normal PC routine on an iPad.
I emailed the mocha people about upgrading to the full version of their software. They say that NO iPad app has full Bluetooth keyboard compatiblity, so I wouldn't, for example, be able to use the F1 through F12 keys on my PC screen. Can anyone confirm or deny this?
My two cents. Just got an ipad 2 32 g wifi. Sexy as you said. But, I am starting to think this thing is more hype than substance. Don't get me wrong. For a tablet type device, it is nice. but at the end of the day it is a big ipod touch.
I dont have any netbook experience. Personally, I have a laptop that is a little old. Still gets the job done but I wanted another laptop or possibly a notebook. Instead I picked up the ipad. Only been a few days, but I am starting to think this ipad is not going to see enough use to justify 600 bucks.
For 600 bucks, a netbook is not the competition. You can get a pretty solid laptop for that. I would dare say if you are savvy enough, you cant get a higher end one.
Thoughts on the ipad:
1. I miss a keyboard with the ipad. I am actually debating if I should list this on ebay. But I think I will just stick this out and see where it goes.
2. I think my droid x does just about everything this thing does.
3. Goofy interface. Maybe I don't have enough experience with apple products. But, auto fill is annoying. The virtual keyboard should be better in my opinion and is cumbersome.
4. Website compatibility. I have already ran into sites that don't run well. Obvious mouse pointer flash related so I wont dwell. Just surprise that it annoys so much.
5. Most of the apps are made for iphone not just the ipad.
6. Searching for ipad apps sucks.
7. Battery life - awesome. This is a huge plus imo.
8. Quick boot. I read somewhere that it was a 10 second boot. Not the case. It is basically instant on. Another huge plus.
I could rattle more perhaps but I am lazy. I will give it more time and a decent shot to be a regular device in my line up. But I feel this will end up being a toy for my 5 year old or my wife.
1. I have an Apple bluetooth keyboard I keep around in case I want/need it. Nice to not have to lug it around when I don't.
2. It's not about what it does, but what it does better. For some things the Droid X is better, I had one. For others there is just no getting around the advantages of a bigger screen. And I find I like the apps better, overall. I do miss the notifications. Widgets, only slightly.
3. You can turn auto-fill off. It's in Settings, under General, Keyboard.
4. It's a case by case thing. The only thing that affected me was missing a few videos on CNET, but that is a very small part of my browsing.
5. Only because there are so many apps. There are 80,000 iPad apps. Enough to keep you busy for a while at least.
6. On the computer you can turn on the iPad filter at the top of the screen for general browsing. Search results come back with separate lists for iPad and iPhone results. Recent changes both on the iPad and Computer have made it possible to refine searches somewhat. Still, you might want to check out appshoper.com, think if it as appbrain.com for iOS.
8. This is sleep mode to awake. To actually turn the device off you have to hold the power button down until you get the power off slider. Actual boot from off is 10 seconds, or occasionally a bit more. You'll want to do that now and then. Even iPads need an occasional reboot.
After 2 full days, I'd agree with you that there are things it doesn't do as good as a netbook. Yet my desktop is my main computer. Once I manage to wake on LAN and connect to it from school, I'll basically have the thinnest, coolest VNC client possible. So I'm hoping this works out better than my attempt to replace my old school laptop with a palm pilot. A lot has changed in 10 years....
Also, I can finally watch American tv, since iswifter is based in the united states. Its pretty sweet! Hulu and comedy central and such!
Still waiting on the bluetooth keyboard!
The ipad 2 may not be a good replacement for your laptop. If you have another computer, then you can go for it. If you want an independent computer, then you need to look elsewhere. The iPad 2, with its many outstanding features, is still far away from being a laptop replacement.
Happy to be Appy to be iPaddy to be iPoddy