I could write about my adventurings at the Vancouver Art Gallery, my bike trip to the fishing village of Steveston, and my delightful weekend in Victoria, but I’m just not motivated to share. I mean, I could describe in very flowery prose the arrangement and colour compatibility of florets at Butchart Gardens, or how I had to shoo away a curious pod of chubby harbour seals because I was too selfish to share my steamed oysters at the wharf.
What am I trying to say here? Lost in thought for a bit just now.
I have to be in the moment and then share the moment at the same time.
With another human being.
I get a weird sense of accomplishment by travelling to places on my own, setting the camera on manual mode, and taking nice pictures, but for what? My memory card is filled with pictures of emotionless urban landscapes and buildings.
Maybe I just have to stop travelling to all these romantic places alone.
I bought it on the day it launched in Canada on March 25th. My Dad and I took turns standing in queue for seven hours at the Apple Store in Richmond Centre mall. We had to wait outside of the mall because the line was already snaking out of control inside. It was cold and uncomfortable but Apple employees did their best to pacify us with free umbrellas and Starbucks coffee. The wait wasn’t so bad. Tim Horton’s was next door.
$619 for a 32GB Wi-Fi only black iPad 2; toss in a $49 polyurethane Smart Cover and AppleCare warranty and the after-tax grand total comes to a staggering $833. Even as a Mac/iDevice user my whole life, I still raised as eyebrow at the receipt. $800+ is a lot of money to drop on a piece of aluminum and glass. I could have gone on an all-inclusive trip to Hawaii for a few days.
First Impressions (Switched Off)
I didn’t do ‘unboxing’ photos because I was so unexpectedly excited/aroused that I shredded my way through the packaging.
Holding the iPad in front of me for the first time felt like holding my future newborn son. No complaints here; he’s a handsome fellow. Solid, slim, and sexy.
Heavier than I thought.
You can use it as a mirror.
Setting up the device was simple enough. I just had to connect it to iTunes on my computer, and after a few registration and survey questions, it was ready.
(Gorgeous really. Even now when I’m done using it for the day, I just want to hold it and flip it around, and hold it a different way.)
First Impressions (Switched On)
No surprises with iOS. Actually, after seeing this interface and layout for so long I wasn’t particularly impressed with anything at the get go. It felt like giant iPod touch initially. The first thing I did was connect to Wi-Fi and customize settings like mail, Apple ID, MobileMe syncing, wallpaper, FaceTime, etc.
And then it stopped behaving like a giant iPod touch and started becoming a whole different kind of machine. The first app I downloaded was the official Twitter app and from there, Flipboard, then Pulse News, then Infinity Blade… and then I knew I had an addiction.
Many more credit card transactions and giggles later I glanced up looking for my Macbook only to find a 13th-century abacus there in its place instead. Strange.
I’ve been losing sleep because of this thing for roughly 3 weeks now and my budget for apps is, well, I don’t even remember what the budget was.
It’s now my nightstand/alarm. I wake up to my own music, to a background picture that I took on my camera, and the weather is right there too! It’s my newspaper, my magazine, reading library, and radio as well.
I’m not in school at the moment, so no critical productivity or note-taking features have really been tested. I’m dying to though, but it won’t be tested until this autumn when classes restart.
Gaming is fun, I don’t really need a PSP anymore. None of the hardcore games I play have a ‘level of graphic detail’ setting; they all just play on high setting, with no hiccups. I’m thinking Infinity Blade and RealRacing2HD here.
My Dad and I talk a lot more often because we both can FaceTime each other, and soon my Mom will be joining in.
Battery life lasts 2-3 days with everyday usage as described above.
Lots of fingerprint and smudges on its glossy screen but I don’t mind because it’s not something I notice when I’m constantly touching it.
I bring it into the kitchen and watch videos while I cook.
Yellow blotching/screen bleeding/light leakage. The iPad I’m using now is my second unit, but it still has the same problem. I need to exchange it for a none defective one.
Multi-tasking management is slow and tedious because you have to hold and individually close down apps you don’t want running anymore. You can only see one app running at a time too; there’s no grid layout.
The touch keyboard is not bad but I think it needs the inverted-T arrow keys, like on a normal keyboard.
File management/storage isn’t very effective. iDisk needs internet to retrieve new files. Sometimes I wish it would just function like a USB drive.
Where are the rest of the default apps? No default calculator!
I can rant about the low quality cameras and the odd solo speaker but those are hardware issues I knowingly forfeited. But as a hardware related issue, I don’t like how it can sometimes overheat. I want the aluminum side to stay nice and cool to the touch.
No Flash is irritating. I have to watch Family Guy on my computer.
That’s all for now. (Pictures in the following post.)
This guy I met at the sushi bar kept ordering the most expensive pieces of fish like otoro and sea urchin etc. Then I glance at the girl next to him and I think to myself: Why him? And then I’m blinded by her massive 4,000 bazillion karat diamond ring.
Reason: Microsoft. He helps design Xbox and Windows Mobile 7 software.
Sometimes I don’t even know why I bother going to the gym…
Last weekend, I was reunited with my father of whom I had not seen in almost three years. I took the Friday off to spend a long weekend sightseeing in Vancouver with the old man. He was waiting for me at home already by the time I got off work on Thursday evening, and I’ve never been so excited at the thought of seeing another human being again. I sped home on my bike at maximum speed while running hypothetical scenes through my head of the moment of our meeting. Would he be outside waving at me as I turn the corner? Would he be taking a nap instead? Would there be tears?
He was not outside as I reached the house. I braked and abandoned the bike, coded in the key for the main door, dropped my bag, ran up the stairs, caught my breath, paused, silenced myself, turned the knob and glanced in my room to see a wonderfully familiar face with the most genuine smile I’ve seen from him. We hugged manly hugs, and gripped and patted each other’s shoulders long enough to make up for all the lost time. Dad then started rummaging through his luggage to hand me three years worth of birthday/Christmas gifts from home. It was a great moment. No improvement with regards to his combover however.
Over the next couple days of father-son bonding, we stood in line together for the launch of the iPad 2, savoured a delicious seafood lunch with white wine, and window shopped at IKEA for the new apartment. He’s still the patient father I know who loves his clam chowder and has an eye for ergonomic furniture.