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.

I’ll wait until the iPad 3GS is on sale

Would I buy the iPad, just days after it’s official launch? NOPE.

I’ll wait until it hits, iPad 3GS; then I’ll fork out the cash to buy it, because by then the application would have matured and all the apps would run swell on it. And maybe there would be flash support and a web-cam thrown into the package. And once jailbroken, I can run OpenSSH with it and update my web-server via command line. Wouldn’t that be great?

With all things Apple, they get better with the latest incarnation. So buying the first generation of any Apple product is for collectors. Yup, collectors of gadgets. The serious users will pile in by the 2nd or 3rd revision of the product. So hold on to your cash and wait until the geeks all agree that the iPad is really worth buying. Heck, the iPad 3GS may even be cheaper than the recently released iPad.

At least these guys agree with me : Why You Shouldn’t Buy an iPad (Yet).

Jailbreaking the iPad – it’s possible says hacker.

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When I finally am able to buy an iPad, then jailbreaking would be the first thing I do to it.

For newbies, “jailbreaking” refers to act of unlocking the iPhone from it’s restrictions. Allowing the iPhone to run on various carriers and also to run unauthorized software – say themes and stuff. So jailbreaking is in fact a step forward in customizing your iPhone to run whatever you want.

George Hotz, known as the guy who first unlock the iPhone, believes it can be done to the iPad.

It’s plausible to believe that an iPhone OS jailbreak will also work for the iPad. While the iPad will support apps that are exclusive to the device, its OS shares the same DNA as the iPhone’s.

Read More http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/03/jailbreak-iphone-ipad/#ixzz0jWPzgbck

I’m not sure when the iPad would reach Malaysia, but I reckon that if the jailbreak works with the iPad, we would see it here sooner than the official launch dates, as what happened with the 2G iPhone.

The iPad is slated for launch next week in America, so it would be no surprise to see it here late April or early May.

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Mods on my iPhone

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Someone asked me over FaceBook if the iPhone is a good phone. HELL YA!! Once you got your hands on an iPhone, there’s no looking at any other phone. It becomes an extension of your personality. A tool of zen-like quality.

Anyway, I’ve been busy with it the last few weeks and this is the current state of my trusty iPhone; I call ‘It’.

2G Model, 16GB HDD,
Firmware Roadmap: OS 2.1 to 3.0 to 3.1.2 to OS version 3.1.3.
2G tethering, bluetooth and MMS enable via OS patch.

Favourites I can’t live without:

  1. biteSMS,
  2. Notes,
  3. Mobile Terminal,
  4. WinterBoard,
  5. SSB Settings,
  6. TweekDeck
  7. Facebook

There you have it. What? You think the list is too short? Minimal. That’s the approach I’m taking with this phone. If I don’t really use it for two (2) days, then the app gets a spot on my 2nd screen. All games are on the 3rd and 4th screen respectively. And my HomeScreen holds just four (4) apps.

I’ve currently got SMS Delivery Notification running but it’s bloody annoying. Appearing as a text message each time a SMS is delivered. A good way to represent this is to have an icon indicator on the SMS itself, showing that it has been delivered. Something I bet someone else has thought of.

Well, there you have it. A look into the friend I call ‘It’ who gets an upgrade every time something new pop up on the iPhone hacking bulletin boards. And I must say, an iPhone is a Geek’s best friend.

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Minimalism approach to my iPhone. Less is More.

About a week ago, I embarked on a quest to see what apps would take up residence on the HomeScreen of my iPhone. And up till now, only four (4) apps have made the cut and they are:

  1. Contacts
  2. Calculator
  3. Notes
  4. Calendar

On my Dock resides :

  1. iPod
  2. biteSMS
  3. Phone

The Calculator app is close to being kicked out and I may have only three (3) apps residing on my HomeScreen. It basically shows what the iPhone’s main task is in my life.

  1. Texting
  2. Answering Calls
  3. Scheduling my meetings, appointments
  4. Taking down notes

Playing games and tinkering with apps take a backseat ride on this boat. So isn’t that what we all use our hand-phones for? So no matter if you have a below par handphone (non-smartphone, brick-like and lacks MMS), you still do the same things as an above par handphone user (smartphone, web browser, push email and ability to make coffee).

Cheers!

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Rumor has it – multitasking on iPhone OS 4.0. I don’t think its needed.

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I was away at a workshop discussing the future of the web, namely Web 2.0 but I did manage a peek at my FaceBook and post an entry on this blog but I did not manage to comment on this article by Apple Insider, where it was reported that Apple’s iPhone 4.0 would deliver multitasking.

It has been a screaming point for most users of the iPhone, that we can multi-task as compared to the other Windong powered smartphones out there. I screamed along with the We-Want-iPhone-Multitasking posse for a while until I started to seriously use my iPhone.

Currently, I’m trying to get MMS to run on my legacy 2G iPhone via hacking the plist rather then running 3rd party software. Anyway, multitasking on the iPhone. Do we really need it?

Switching between applications, without the need to switch one, seems like a great thing especially on a computer but on a hand-held device such as a handphone; it may not take the cake. I’ve own Nokias for a long time and the Symbian OS is a joy when it comes to multitasking. You could run several apps and switching between them is a breeze; but you tend to forget how many apps are running at one time and this hampers performance. On the Symbian, you have to manually turn off the apps, if not they will run in memory for as long as the phone is still turned on. This eats into your battery life.

Hence, the main reason multitasking is a bane to hand-held devices is performance and battery life.

Iwill not need multitasking if it eats away at my battery life and hampers the performance of my iPhone.

Secondly, humans are not multitasking beings. We have to be focus and single-tracked minded; if we are to be really productive. Sure, I would love to switch between my game and checking my latest text message with ease, returning to my game without the need to restart the game, but it’s still a single-tracked process. Some would argue that having a radio app running in the background while you surf or check email is valid enough to have multitasking, but would you spend a huge amount of time doing that?

I would argue for semi-multitasking. Make it easy to switch between apps and have the current state of the apps reside in memory. Long enough for one to switch back. But having 10 apps running simultaneously in memory may not be good for the iPhone.

The real reason games and apps run brightly on the iPhone is because all the iPhone’s resources are focused to run that singular game or app as you play it or view it. Being focus on one app at a time actually gives back better images, sound and performance.

So would you sacrifice performance and battery life, so that your iPhone can be like any other multitasking phone out there?

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What would I use the iPad for?

Seriously, I can’t wait to get my hands on an iPad. Why?

I’ve purchased iPods, iMac, iBook and iPhone; why not get myself an iPad. Add that to my list of all things Apple lying around on my desk.

For the moment I saw the Steve Jobs’ keynote presentation at the unveiling of the iPad, I have had day-dreams of wiping it out during a meeting or typing away on my next novel on it or updating my blog at StarBucks, etc,etc. The point of total geek coolness, is having this gorgeous piece of hardware on your lap and you are surfing the internet. Best web-surfing experience, they said…

But that’s as far as it will go. Because seriously, what would you use the iPad for?

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