Never thought about it, but the iPad is already an unlocked GSM device. Also the micro sim can be made compatible with the old standard, look at this:
The $30 all-you-can-eat data plan from AT&T for the iPad 3G is pretty decent considering it's a data-only plan. But what if you're in another country or on another carrier? You'd think this would be easy, the iPad 3G being an unlocked GSM device, right? Not so fast. Apple isn't going to make it that easy for you to switch. Sure, it's unlocked, and it's GSM, but you're going to have to find yourself a MicroSIM from your carrier if you want to use it with your new iPad 3G. Frustrating, huh?
It's not as bad as it seems, though. A GSM MicroSIM is pin compatible with a standard SIM. All you have to do is trim away the excess material and you'll have yourself a DIY MicroSIM. Now you can use your $5.99 T-Mobile EDGE plan or hop on to Vodaphone if you're abroad.
Last Tuesday, got an email saying my 3G iPad was available for pickup, when I get there I pretend I was just a regular customer, asked for what I wanted they said I would have to wait for up to two weeks...huh.
I was kind of busy lately I couldn't play much with it, but today. I recorded and watched the F1 Monaco qualy and launched my F1 timing app. Whoa, what was impressive on the iPhone turned out to be amazing on the iPad. Really the graphics are to die for. I could pause the tv and sync the app with the recorded timings and it was amazing. I had to use my tablet to post on the F1 forums though, because the app would pause (and so get out of sync) if I simply switch to the browser and post/read something. No multitasking there.
I'll spare you of the compliments, pretty much everything good said about it it's true. It's a great chick magnet too, so if you're single that's great. ;D
Couple of disappointments though:
1. It badly needs USB 3.0. Sync can take hours. Literally. And I have a quad core running at 3.2GHz+, I am transcoding music to 128Kpbs and it takes a long time. Very long. I was using genius playlists, so if I change the applications display order, or deselect a podcast, the whole freaking thing was apparently re-updating my whole library...again. And I had listenend to nothing yet, I thought iTunes kept track of that? I haven't been using an ipod for a long time, and didn't remember how slow syncing can be I guess. I bet USB 3.0 would be GREAT.
2. Surprisingly, the screen if actually readable under direct sunlight, despite it's glossy, mirror-like finish. The capacitive layer must have been optically bonded, and for sure they have used AG coating somewhere on the LCD panel, but they left the outer layer completely glossy. Apparently just to make it pretty. It's not perfect, but it works, kind of.
3. The iBook app, like the Kindle app, is a disappointment. They have absolutely no respect for books. That makes them unusable for students and professors, since you can't refer to a page number - they're meaningless. I'm not saying they should have used the scholarly standards throughout, like Bekker number for Aristotle's work (although that would be awesome), but they should have used whatever hard copy they based their version on, at least. Just a note where there's a page break with a page number on the sides. That would help things. What you're going to say now, p. 37 on the iPad and page 65 on the iPhone?
What I think they did is to get, say, a Gutemberg project plain text file and then just cut and paste into their zip like format. I wonder how a concrete poem will look like with all that care . Would it hurt to use a scanned .pdf, what format do they use at Apple? I thought Page Maker was big This should be simple as of now, for instance google is doing it, amazon store can display some of the books actual pages with the intended published format, why can't the ipad/kindle use this, instead of plain text? Mind you, this happens even with paid books, not only with the free classics.
To give you a real example. Wife bought a vampire book (New Moon, S. Meyer), page 8 on the iPad was actually page 3 on the actual book...funny thing is, when you turn it sideways into widescreen format, page 8 turns into page 10...WTF?! ROFLOL
I don't know why I don't see this criticism more often...Very angry at that. It's not big deal, they only saved file size, since the technology is easy (just scan the whole thing).
4. The iPhone apps actually look pretty tiny on the iPad screen. There's a "2x" to blow it up and fill the screen, but it does not look pretty at all. The font text gets huge, and you clearly see there's a lot of unneeded navigation involved. Same thing with games. So this 200K iPhone apps on the iPad is kind of lame.
I'm going to see if I can sync music with Media Monkey, maybe this way is faster.
Thanks for the list of cons. More reasons not to buy one yet.
Wow, great list.
I agree with the syncing issue and the time that it takes. However, I haven't experienced the same delay that you have. My entire music library is loaded into iTunes, so the transcoding is already done (?) and therefore doesn't eat up time. When I add music now, I'm rarely adding more than 2-3 albums, so that sync is relatively quick. The initial one, of course, is more time consuming as you're adding thousands of songs.
I just finished the paint match on my bezel, so I'll now be driving around the iPad completely integrated. We'll see how much the glare will be a factor while driving.
I will actually disagree with you on the iBooks app. Yes, the pages will obviously change #s as you scale, but that's the only sensible way to do it. An applicable example was buying a Kindle for my 89 year old grandfather who loves to read, but is near legally blind -- we couldn't do it as the text size wasn't large enough and there wasn't enough contrast. On the iPad, not only can we make the text large enough for him to read (in a font that he prefers), but the contrast is sufficient and it's intuitive enough for him to understand. He won't read a book in one sitting, so having page numbers that scale to his reading size is fantastic, especially when my mother also reads books on it, but has no need for jumbo font. I think it's one of those situations where one person's "perfect" situation is another one's undesirable. Apple likely went with the approach they deemed would satisfy the most people.
And yes, iPhone apps on the iPad look ridiculous -- but they're often a placeholder until the iPad versions get developed. I'm not entirely happy with the way the scaling works. All apple products (especially Pages and Keynote) have taken such great care to make sure that scaling still looks smooth and attractive. That attention to detail was missed on with the brute-force (2x) button.
I see your point with the iBook apps, but they should have set a "standard" scale size that would match the printed versions. As it is, I can't recommend my students to use e-books for any serious work, because they won't be able to participate in discussion, nor cite them as reference. However the potential was there to eliminate having to carry lots of heavy, expensive books everywhere...Not even at the book club level this is acceptable I fear...
Couple more observations:
1. I trully miss some kind of palm rejection software. I got used quickly to touch the screen everywhere on my LE1700 and I think this is pretty cool. On the iPad you feel you have to "respect" the screen more, look for where and how you touch it, etc.
2. So far my impression is that if you want to be "productive" it's hard to beat the stylus. Writing, drawing, producing or editing a new document, whatever it is. Now web browsing and using software where you access data, then I think the iPad is better. Plus, it has a lot of apps available, like the Formula 1 real time GPS based timing software I mentioned in my previous post (which must be seen to be appreciated, it's absolutely fantastic - you feel like an F1 manager). Mind you, this is my first impression I have yet to test (and find!) more productive software.
Also, the fennec firefox browser for touchscreen might be good enough to provide a similar browsing experience, and I hope that's the kind of feel we're going to see in the future Tablet, not only for browsing, but other apps as well.
Now I'm ****ed off!!!! Some dumb kid coming out of finals at SIU Carbondale had the nerve to ask me if my TabletPC was those new iPads and to add insult to injury wanted to know where he could download that "Neat Theme" (my RR Skin). What's left of him is running into the local sewer drain.
Its bad enough that the noobs in this thread wanna call an iPad a CarPC without doing anything to it - throw it in any kinda way and bluetooth the audio to your headunit (Poof, instant CarPC)
HARDWARE: Fujitsu Stylistic ST5111w/WiFi and dock, internal Hitachi 500G HD, external 1TB HD, Sierra Wireless Aircard 550, DVD-RW, BoomzBox HD radio, XM Commander, Delorme GPS, Saitek X-52 Pro joystick, BluSoleil Bluetooth, TPMS, FB, Elm327
*Takes GizmoQ's hand and offers counseling*
There is a chance he may have infected you with Appleitis. We are going to have to rush you for emergency anti Apple vaccinations. Otherwise you will start saying super PDAs are better then a tablet and netbook. You will start making illogical statements and swear the earth revolves around the iTunes app store.
Nirwana Project, the Android/Win 7 hybrid system!
1X Ainol Novo Flame Tab
3x Perixx Touchpads
3x 7 inch Screens
1X 7 inch motorized Screen
1x Win 7 PC
i would have told him it was a prebeta test of the next gen ipad, with a "app-mobile" screen setup
anyway, check out this weeks foxtrot comic strip: it had me laughing for a while: