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Played with an iPad Today

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

We went to the Apple store today to see/play with the new iPad. Much to my surprise, we had to wait in line to get in the store. Apparently, it was fire code compliance, but I think I’ve seen the store more crowded before. Despite the line, we were inside in under 5 minutes. Then we spent about 15 minutes with a demo unit. In some ways it was like big iPod touch, but the extra screen real estate can be put to great use. I’m primarily looking at it for web surfing and for that purpose it seems to excel. The vocal critics citing a lack of Flash is not something that dissuades me. Having had numerous BSD/Solaris/Linux systems without Flash over the years, it just doesn’t bother me. Maybe I just don’t spend enough time watching embedded videos. I’m hoping this device gives critical mass to HTML5, and the decline of Flash (but I’m not holding my breath). Being that the base OS is shared with the iPhone I thought the Thai support would be the same, but it’s not. Thai does appear to be supported in Safari. I pulled up Thairath and did a bit of browsing. Wow, that’ll be perfect for grandpa. Going into the settings applet there was no Thai option for setting up an additional keyboard like I can on my iPhone. That’s not a dealbreaker, but I hope it returns. So, I’m looking forward to probably picking up the 3G version when they come out later this month.