Yes, I have an iPad and love the thing. It’s a great addition but not a replacement to my regular computer. Still, I use it every day even when I am not on the go. I originally pre-ordered an iPad in March 2010 and was one of the first to receive one. Unfortunately my original iPad had a hardware problem with freezing video but Apple honored their 90 day warranty gracefully and replaced it. That was a confidence builder!
Technology is marching so fast, I already see a host of improvements Apple can make for version 2 of the iPad. Here’s my list:
- The iPad screen is a marvelous 160 dpi IPS beauty but it could be better. What I really want is the 360 dpi “retina display” that recently came out on the iPhone. Oh, and I want it to be OLED of course.
- 10 hours battery life is much better than I get with my laptop but still not quite good enough, especially since I don’t really get quite 10 hours in actual use. An OLED screen would help here. Also, it’s rumored that there are new battery saving technologies that Apple is considering. This includes capturing energy from Wi-Fi signals and solar energy capture. Great! I want it.
- I find the iPad to be a good book reader in many regards except for one thing. It’s too heavy. At 1.5 pounds it’s still too heavy for real convenience. Most of that weight is in the battery size, so that needs to be reduced. 12 ounces would be perfect. To do that Apple will have to lose the big battery and probably some of the aluminum.
- The iOS needs a upgrade to add a few convenience features. iOS 4.0 is coming out in November 2010. Great! This means multi-tasking support and ability to actually arrange/categorize desktop icons.
- The next iPad needs a camera. The same or better than the current iPhone 4 camera would be great! What’s really nice about the idea of an iPad camera is the size of the photo preview screen. iPhone 4 camera specs:
- 5.0 Mpixels (2592 x 1936)
- 1/3.2″ back-illuminated CMOS sensor
- 4:3 aspect ratio
- 35 mm film camera crop factor: 7.64
- Low ISO 80 (or better)
- 3.85 mm lens focal length
- f/2.8 lens aperture
- Autofocus: tap to focus
- The iPad also needs more memory. 256K just won’t cut it for long. Fortunately at present, the memory limitations do not slow it down, largely thanks to the solid state hard drive I imagine.
- Finally, the iPad needs a micro-card reader. Right now it’s just too difficult to get data in and and out over wi-fi networks. It’s not Apples fault but there is just too much security and inconvenience to worry about so everyone needs a quick and easy way to exchange and backup data.
Well, that’s all I want. I am not asking too much am I? I would like all this on the anniversary of the first iPad – April 1.