Despite my trying to relax over Easter, I fear it’s going to be a busy time as we experience iPad overload on the wee web. This morning the first reviews of the iPad are in and the overwhelming view is that the newcomer will be a success. Apart from the usual gripes of missing Flash, lack of multi-tasking and sparcity of ports, reviewers claim the iPad is an advance on the way users interact with computers:
“The iPad is an advance in making more sophisticated computing possible via a simple touch interface on a slender, light device,” says Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal. Our old podcast friend, Andy Ihnatko of the Chicago Sun-Times gushes: “The iPad is pure innovation – one of the best computers ever.” He goes on: “The iPad user experience is instantly compelling and elegant. It’s not every computer and not every function. It’s a computer that’s designed for speed, mobility, and tactile interaction above all other consideration….it feels as if the iPad is filling a gap that’s existed for quite some time.”
I’m grateful to MacWorld for their comprehensive review of the first iPad reviews. TechCrunch has similar coverage and highlight’s David Pogue’s comment: “It’s no laptop replacement, but as a giant iPod Touch, it’s a huge success.” And if you want a bit more graphic detail and action you can watch Stephen Fry, clearly one of the Chosen, unboxing his new iPad. MacRumors covers this piece of brazen ipadography as well as featuring PC Mag's video showing how the built-in applications run on the device.