Somebody asked me today, "OK. If you're the Everyday Sage of the Digital Age, did Apple send you the new iPad so that you can see if you like it?" I said that we didn't have one yet but it's probably because Steve Jobs doesn't have our mailing address.
In the meantime, we went here to see how the iPad can be used for the web, email, photos and video. We have an iPod so the iTunes store looked familiar (and we learned that Apple has sold 250 million iPods!). We also saw that Apple now has iBooks.
My friend Serge deFault went here to learn the iPad's technical details — he's impressed that the iPad is really thin — only half-an-inch! The iPad has something called iWork, which Serge likes because he creates lots of spreadsheets, and has an "Arsenic-free display glass." That scared us! What do we own in our house that has arsenic in the glass? See specs.
We're a big fan of Tamara Chuang, The Gadgetress at the Orange County Register, who published a collection of comments about the iPad here.
Another friend of mine, DotComplicated, told me that other experts are speaking up! Gizmodo has an article entitled "Apple iPad Just Tried To Assassinate Laptops" (gosh, are they allowed to do that?).
Daring Fireball by John Gruber points out the iPad won't even ship for another 53 days. Stephen Fry, who likes the iPad, started his article this way: "Well bless my soul and whiskers. This is the first time I’ve joined the congregation at the Church of Apple for a new product launch." C.C. the Cat liked the reference to whiskers! See "iPad About."
If Steve Jobs will send us an iPad, we'll send him a Valentine's Day card that we designed ourselves! See Valentine's Day cards for guys & geeks to give — cards without the 'L' word! — at The Computious Gift Gallery.
This posting is written by Computious® — The Everyday age of the Digital Age! — and friend of DotComplicated, MeiMei, PingPong the Panda, Sweet & Sour the Pig, C.C. the Cat, and Elman the Elephant. What a group of characters!