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    The people who were lucky enough to receive early preview iPads have begun writing about their first impressions of the new device. And it's little surprise that they're mostly positive, and in some cases positively excited about their iPads: Apple chose mostly writers who were already Apple fans. However, some of the most prominent reviewers - such as David Pogue from the New York Times and Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal - have not shied away from criticizing Apple when they fell short in the past. The computer maker needed those high-profile pundits to come out positive for the iPad, and so they have.

    Pogue calls the iPad "fast and light,' and extols its "bright and responsive" touchscreen. Saying that the new device is a "goof-proof computer for technophobes," he notes that it's not as good for creating content as it is for consuming it. He says that the iPad is "so easy to navigate, that it really does qualify as a new category of gadget." For techies, though, Pogue pointed out that you can get a lot more power for a lot less money with a laptop.

    Mossberg, for his part, claims that the "wicked fast" iPad could "change portable computing profoundly." He found the interface, which he called "a pleasure to use," to be so good that it might "propel the finger-driven, multitouch user interface ahead of the mouse-driven interface that has prevailed for decades." He agreed with Pogue that the iPad is lousy at content creation, though, and had some major problems exporting documents created in Pages to Microsoft Office and PDF formats.

    British actor Stephen Fry is such a fanboi that when he did the cover-story interview with Steve Jobs for TIME, he forgot to turn on his tape recorder while he asked his first question, "a nervous babble that lasts five minutes." After the interview, Fry got ten minutes alone with an iPad, and appears to have bonded with the device in a somewhat creepy way. He describes his reaction from switching it on, noting that "a little sigh escapes me as the screen lights up." Fry managed to get an iPad of his own after the interview and "it goes with me everywhere… like a gun lobbyist's rifle: the only way you will take it from me is to prise it from my cold, dead hands."

    The emotional responses seem to show that the device is good enough and fun enough to use to make it worthwhile for people who either don't need to create stuff, or are fine doing it on another device. For the large segment of consumers that don't have an opinion, though, and would just be using this as a sort of plaything, it's quite possible that reviews like these from friends and other people they trust will be enough to make the iPad fly off the Apple Store shelves.

    We'll see in a couple of days.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Previewers Love Their iPads started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 40 Comments
    1. rickybobby's Avatar
      rickybobby -
      I still see no need for this for people who already have a Iphone or a iPod i will only have one if its a gift but to each its own i say after the iphone come out this summer this will fade down a little
    1. adrian1480's Avatar
      adrian1480 -
      ^ there is no "need" for this. It's purely a "want".

      yes, it's getting rave reviews all around.

      as long as people understand it's not really for "content creation" so much as for "content consumption", people will have the right expectations and will enjoy it more. those who need computing devices principally for creating things need not apply.

      not excited about having to buy that expensive BT keyboard...but I don't see a choice. lol
    1. rickybobby's Avatar
      rickybobby -
      you are right it is a want and people will shell out big bucks for a impulse want only APPLE product i have is a iPhone and its gonna stay that way
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      for the people who own iphones and ipod touch's kno that the screen is small and the iPad has more screen luxury, is faster then any iphone or ipod touch...so clearly, for the people that is doesnt suite their lives and have negativity towards it, should only share it with themselves and leave the people that will actually enjoy their device alone from such negativity.....

      right now there are rumors of the iPad getting netflix which i kno people would really want! and that alone on that device will kill! all...
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      I'm excited the reported battery life actually EXCEEDS Apple's 10 hours by about 20% under super heavy load testing. I totally agree with the above comments that this is for content consumption and "light" content creation. For those like me who surf, read a lot, social networking sites, and want to be highly mobile without the need for a power supply this thing is perfect. I bet my iPhone car charger will work just fine on this thing too which means I wouldn't need one anyways! 2 more days!
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      yea! exceeds darnit! do you kno how many movies i have waiting for this! and if that netflix rumor turns out real, then its a wriiiiiiizzzzzzzzzaaaaaaapppppp!
    1. iPhone3G[S]'s Avatar
      iPhone3G[S] -
      I just got an email that says no Saturday delivery in my area!!!!!

      Guess I will go to the local apple store and get a second one on Saturday.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iPhone3G[S] View Post
      I just got an email that says no Saturday delivery in my area!!!!!

      Guess I will go to the local apple store and get a second one on Saturday.
      Which area?
    1. ClerkDante's Avatar
      ClerkDante -
      Quote Originally Posted by rickybobby View Post
      you are right it is a want and people will shell out big bucks for a impulse want only APPLE product i have is a iPhone and its gonna stay that way
      Then why, for the love of god, spend so much time commenting on it?
    1. iPhone3G[S]'s Avatar
      iPhone3G[S] -
      iPad Unboxing x2!

      original post with more vids

      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Which area?
      Salt Lake City, Utah
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      I have nothing negative to say except that this is a forum... for people to share their opinions. I am about as sick of hearing people try to defend the damn thing as I am of people trying to bash it. If all that TRULY matters to you is your own enjoyment then why does it matter so much when people say "this thing is not needed"? Same posters arguing virtually the same points over and over again in various threads.
    1. iPhone3G[S]'s Avatar
      iPhone3G[S] -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      I have nothing negative to say except that this is a forum... for people to share their opinions. I am about as sick of hearing people try to defend the damn thing as I am of people trying to bash it. If all that TRULY matters to you is your own enjoyment then why does it matter so much when people say "this thing is not needed"? Same posters arguing virtually the same points over and over again in various threads.
      And you are the guy we are sick of hearing from that's trying to defend "you like it, or you don't and to shutup". well then the forum becomes empty because we can no longer share our opinions.
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      i cant wait to get it on saturday,and for all you haters i have one advice for you people.you only have one life to live so if you work hard and your bills are paid for the month of march and you like this device go out and get it.tomorrow is not promised to you or me,or to anyone in this site. i have been on this planet for over 43 year and i have yet to see anyone take their money with them when they die,so my advice to you all is life is short and saving all your money wont do you any good. at the end you will leave it here for someone else that did not work hard for it to spend it for you.take it from me i know, recently my aunt pass and left some insurance money for her daughter. well this girl is been spending money like there's no tomorrow well that could be anyone of us here hahahahahaa, so enjoy life and stop crying about other people's money and how they spend it.
    1. stfudvs's Avatar
      stfudvs -
      what's the possibility for an app via app store or a possable jb community that will allow me to manage my iTunes on the ipad and sync my phone via my ipad

      a jb community turning out apps to ssh into my iPhone from my ipad, manage my iTunes on the fly, torrent downloading, could see the ipad buying well worth the price
    1. jordanemmet's Avatar
      jordanemmet -
      it just got really deep, really fast.
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      i can't wait till saturday! i will read books all day!
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by stfudvs View Post
      what's the possibility for an app via app store or a possable jb community that will allow me to manage my iTunes on the ipad and sync my phone via my ipad

      a jb community turning out apps to ssh into my iPhone from my ipad, manage my iTunes on the fly, torrent downloading, could see the ipad buying well worth the price
      The possibility is zero b/c the ipad is not capable of running any version of iTunes that will sync to another device. It can only run the iPhone/iPad app version. It would also not be legal to take iTunes which is owned by Apple and re-write it in a way that would allow this.
    1. iphoneguy.'s Avatar
      iphoneguy. -
      I'm still haven't made up my mind on the iPad. Just like the first gen iPhone, I wanna play with it before dropping that kind of money on it. Anyone know if they'll have them on display at best buys on Saturday?

      Btw @the people raving about netflix, what do you like about it? there steaming library is just horrible and it's 15 bucks a month when you have iPhone exclusive streaming sites...
    1. jordanemmet's Avatar
      jordanemmet -
      really? does everyone NOT know that the netflix thing was an april fools joke??
    1. reznor9's Avatar
      reznor9 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iphoneguy. View Post
      I'm still haven't made up my mind on the iPad. Just like the first gen iPhone, I wanna play with it before dropping that kind of money on it. Anyone know if they'll have them on display at best buys on Saturday?

      Btw @the people raving about netflix, what do you like about it? there steaming library is just horrible and it's 15 bucks a month when you have iPhone exclusive streaming sites...
      some of the content is good. Boondock Saints was on there...there are some cool standup stuff... a lot of classic stuff... Saw all the Ninja Turtle movies on there with my little boys and the Superman ones too... I think you can even stream shows, like the office and stuff... I like it.