The first week or so with the new iPad was filled with the enthusiasm and excitement of a kid with a new toy. Setting it up, playing around with new apps, enjoying their expanded functionality and the iPads extra gesture controls. It was all fun and games for awhile but there was real work to be done and it was time to get down to business and put the iPad through its paces. Did that mean the honeymoon was over… well, not quite because I really did enjoy using the iPad. The primary goal now was to start looking at how this beautifully designed device constructed of glass and aluminum we call a tablet fits into my workflow. The best way to gauge this was to just use it like any other mobile device I’ve purchased in the past and watch where it lands. This way I’m not going out of my way searching for solutions to problems that may or may not exist. After all this is a tablet designed for the average user so why not start there and work my way up.
Apple’s third generation tablet simply called iPad, is an iterative upgrade rather than something completely new yet the upgrades seem to be solid and much more than a marginal change. Much like our mobile phones, which people tend to forget, it takes time and the right available technologies to completely redesign a product in order to make it look and feel like a totally new device.