Ars Technica and others review the iPad
Ars Technica review: the best review of the iPad I’ve seen to date; long, detailed and comprehensive.
Slate’s Explainer on the legality of Apple restricting the software that runs on the iPad.
FontFeed on how the iPad is missing good typography.
I played with an iPad for half an hour in the store today. Initial impressions: Much heavier than I expected, and probably too heavy for extended holding and reading. Would be nice as an ebook reader, but for $600, wildly too expensive. Actual work – typing, editing – seems like it would be a pain in the ass. Safari browser = ok, but not great; lack of flash support annoyed me in just my ten minutes of web browsing. Plus I would miss synching my bookmarks through Xmarks on firefox (and I’d also miss the Echofon firefox add-on). Speed: I had heard the iPad was quite fast, but it suffered in comparison to my MacBook Pro. Sound: very poor. iPhoto: very nice, as was video. Think I’ll wait for a cheaper, hopefully lighter, android/chrome/windows tablet.