Thursday, May 06, 2010

May '10 Haulage

Dropped by Toy Workers last week and picked up these:

Justitoys WST Shockwave



SDCC Baroness (G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra)



Passed by a mobile repair shop and bought a new screen protector for my iPod Touch and lo and behold they sell the iPad. I was apprehensive at first since they didn't carry a model in-store for testing but bit the bullet and paid a deposit of RM100. 5 hours and a trip to the ATM later, BOOYAH: i has iPad :3

As posted on Facebook, a review requested by a friend:

i was looking forward to this when it was announce (being an ipod touch fan/early adopter) - not so much because i'm a mac fan (most work apps i use are pc-based) - but because i like the touch screen technology. i've had experience with a BB storm and apple's touch UI just feels 'right'.

my ipad is the 16g version. no 3g. bought for 2k plus (note that US price is actually less than 2k, hopefully apple MY keeps it that way) from a local 'free-enterprise' importer.

initial impression:
good battery life. nice ergo/feels good in your hand but the alum backing is a tad slippery. no hot laps with this. keyboard layout a bit sparse. great novelty, even amongst people already familiar with ipod/iphone. decent sound.

apps:
comes with the following
maps: works great but not as cool if you had 3g
notes: basic note writing. can copy pics from album/web and paste pics in it. can save to either ipad or sent as email.
calendar: with organizer/planner functions. can add events/reminders and stuff.
contacts: duh
youtube: works great. got multi pane function now so can see info/related/video in same layout

and it has ipod/photo (album)/video function. the ipod function can see more stuff like you'd see music collection on the pc/mac, video you'd need to ramp up your usual encoding to something like 600x400+px from the usual 400x300+px. i use dvdvideosoft.com by the way, which has nice presets.

free apps from itunes:
- there's adobe ideas, which looks pro sikit, but for non arty type paperdesk is good. u can combine diagrams with text to be saved or directly emailed within the app.
- freebooks has some lit classic like art of war, dickens, etc. havent tried ibooks tho.
- games: nice for novelty but nothing to shout about
labyrinth - nice for showcasing gyroscoping capability
godfinger - strategy type game
- you can store and display doc, excel, pdf, ppt using smileydocs
- edit photo with photopad

summary:
cool gadget to show around. especially in my line if i want to show folio. no need boot up laptop, just whip it out like a handphone. good for recreational use to (browsing, video, music) which works even better than a regular laptop for informal use. its got a bit of heft tho so you cant hold it single hand for so long like you would an ipod. if never use ipod or iphone before dont jump into it tho. the streamlined functions may be oft-putting for some.

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