Until yesterday, I had not used an iPad. I live about 45 minutes from an Apple Store, but it is always packed. I happened to be near the store last night, and I noticed it was a slow day (Only about 50 people in the store). I headed in, and I started fondling the iPhone 4 — it was great. The front-facing camera was nice. The display was crisp. It was everything I expected it to be. After dicking around for a couple minutes, I moved on to the iPad table. That’s when I was floored.
I was fully expecting to like the iPad, but I wasn’t expecting to be swept away like a princess in a fairytale. I couldn’t stop myself from using every single app on the device. It was such a fantastic user experience that I would have dropped the $500 right then and there if I had it on me.
I can’t even fully express how different using an iPad is from using an iPhone. Besides the same general appearance, it is vastly different. When I loaded websites, I felt like I was using the web — not a web browser. It is almost too abstract for words. Point being, go use an iPad. I promise you that you’ll be pleasantly surprised. You just don’t know how great it is until you’ve used one.