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First Impressions of the Apple iPad

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Mostly, I feel that much of the hype is justified.

They did a really good job of engineering the device and keeping the price down. You can find plenty of people talking about that. I recommend the reporting from Consumer Reports, since they're totally trustworthy. (That's why I personally joined up with them).

You do want to be aware that the iPad has unusual USB charging needs.

I'd like to see multitasking, and have confidence we'll see it. I'd like it because:

  • I want to listen to stuff in the background, like NPR.
  • Many apps need to do a lot of work to restart properly, like Twitter apps, and the extra work, not so good.

Again, a really good job of engineering.

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