Two Weeks with the iPad

So if Apple asked me in to a secret clinic and asked what I’d change my answer would be something like this.

Don’t change anything about the hardware. It’s perfect.

I miss my Clock and Stocks apps. Please include them. I particularly miss the countdown timer. I’d like to be able to toggle location services, 3G, Bluetooth and Wifi via some sort of widget; maybe a wipe across the titlebar could invoke it.

Lastly, I’d like to have the option to have the Safari toolbar scroll off the screen like on the iPhone.

And that’s it!

All Things Considered

First my task manager of choice was Things, then I switched to 2Do, and now I’m back with Things again. 2Do was fun to use and it synced wonderfully with Toodledo for backup purposes; but it really was stand alone. I thought that would work out but what with using three devices in three different scenarios as I am now, iPhone when out and about, Mac when at my desk, and iPad everywhere else, I needed a way to keep everything in sync.

Things now does that.

Whenever I have all three copies of Things open at once they are constantly chatting to each other and keeping up to speed. Also, none has any more features than the others (with the small exception of repeat scheduling which is handled by the desktop version).

Things is the expensive option on all three platforms but the cost is soon forgotten as all the versions work so well together, and with such grace and clarity.

A Week with iPad

A week ago today I got up before sunrise, went across on the first ferry, and stood in the not too long line to get my iPad. It was worth the trip, and the hard-earned money.

I love this thing to bits.

How do they do it? How do they get a factory in far off China to produce a million a month (or whatever) flawlessly built and scrupulously clean devises? It never ceases to amaze me. It literally could not be made better.

Often when I get a new gadget I start out with a “Well, we’ll see if this is good enough to replace what I’m using now” attitude. This gadget not only blitzes what I was using before, it dragged me about twenty years into the future. That is how significant this is, and is going to be.

The Window to Everything

Glass. Glass. Say it often enough and it starts to sound really strange. If one word could define what differentiates Apple from all other computer and gadget makers at present it would be glass. First the iPhone, then the MacBooks and the displays and the iMac, and now the iPad.

The glass is the real “window” to the software—to the experience. The hardware disappears. The hardware is just there to support the glass. In 1984 the original Mac said that from now on you aren’t confronting a dark display with an impatient flashing cursor; you’re merely looking at a blank page—an empty canvas.

Now, in 2010 you are holding a real window in your hand; a window to everything. Go ahead and touch it. It won’t break.

That’s Thinking Different.

That’s the real difference.