iPad Second Impressions

I’m working on a fuller discussion of my use of GoodReader on the iPad that I will post soon, but as I continue to put the Apple tablet through its paces, I thought I would post notes as I go.

First, I should note that I am in fact composing this on the iPad and that typing on it, while in landscape mode, is far easier than I would have imagined. I can actually imagine doing some serious work like this. It’s a little difficult to get the iPad proposed just right in your lap, but once you’ve achieved some ergonomic compromise, you can type pretty well. (Note that I am not a touch typist and so I may be more open to alternative keyboards than better typists are. I know that my typing follows no best practice ever devised.)

Second, the iPad needs a case. Either the Apple case or something like the MarWare EcoFolio case. If you are using this thing around the house especially, it just doesn’t feel quite right to lay it down unprotected — this will make more sense to those readers with children and/or pets. The smooth aluminum back feels too “slidy” and the glass top just a hair too nice and fragile not to have something to flip over it when not in use. Something that stays attached is going to be better precisely because the iPad is so easy to use that you find yourself moving about with it, and chances are you’re going to put it down in a different place than where you started … And where did you leave that slip case.

I bought an inexpensive Kensington slip case to use while waiting for something better to come available — it was $5.99 on Amazon — but using a slip case on the iPad is not the same as using one on a laptop. The primary problem is that the controls of the iPad remain exposed while you are putting the slip case on, and while the unit is inside, and so you can too easily turn it on.

## Surfing Mobile Safari

Web browsing in mobile Safari on the iPad is as amazing an experience as many observers commented. There really is something quite … Er, magical? … to touching a link with your finger tip rather than clicking it with a mouse. And all the other features of the multi-touch user experience really come to life on this size screen/UI.

Given this, this lovely touch interface, it boggles the mind that *Show Top Sites* is not a built-in part of the Mobile Safari interface. There’s room in the toolbar.

The second question mark for Mobile Safari is the lack of *Find* functionality. Again, there’s room in the toolbar.

More observations as they come.

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