iPad is not cool. IT’s PUNK ROCK, HIP-HOP, BALAD-ISTIOUS way cool!

First, I have to apologize. I have posted before this : I’ll wait until the iPad 3GS is on sale and stated I will not buy the 1st Gen iPad. Well, I am taking that back.

I will buy the iPad, 1st Gen; the moment it reaches Malaysian shores. I’ve already set aside an iPad-Fund.

Yesterday, I finally managed to have a full hands-on experience with the iPad and I was blown away. Especially by the capabilities of the iPad as a book reader. I was flipping through pages of Winnie the Pooh as if it was a real paper-based book. The whole process felt so right and so natural.

As a multimedia tool, nothing surpasses the iPad. The speakers were clear and loud, and if that was not enough then you can plug in your own earphones. The iPad is a gorgeous movie player and akin to having your home tv sitting on your lap.

Is it a writing tool?

The built in Notes app can double up as an app to write your novels but since it can run iPhone apps, then WriteRoom would run fantastic on it. The possibility of writing a full novel on the iPad is there and I won’t be surprise if someone comes up with a port of a full fledge novel writing software for the iPad.

What is the iPad?

This is where things get tricky because once I get an iPad, where does it sit in my family of gadgets? So I asked my friend, where would the iPad sit and his reply was simple, “The iPad is in a class of it’s own. It will define a whole new field all together.”

So the iPad would sit in between my iPhone and my iBook. Most likely, the iPad would serve as my satellite device, which I take around and then sync to my iBook especially if I need to generate Word DOC reports and such. But I see the iPad totally taking over the role of my iBook in the near future.

When will the iPad be available in Malaysia?

It may come round to Malaysia by June but pricing is still un-known. I’m looking at a range from RM1,500 – Rm3,000. It all depends on whether the government will levy tax on it. If it is classified as a multimedia-device then tax will be levied but if it is considered a computer, there may not be tax.

The iPad is truly an enigma. It’s not a computer neither is it a phone so it’ll sit in between my iPhone and iBook but when the apps gravitate towards the iPad platform, I am sure great things will happen. Slap on a video cam and it will make a great tool for video calls. Put in flash (if Apple ever wants this) then it’ll be a great platform for online games and Adobe AIR applications.

The iPad is here to stay and it may have just defined a whole new genre of hardware.

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