Ok, I freely admit I was a skeptic about the new ipad from Apple. However, now that I have had some quality time with the ipad, I am in LOVE with it! Here is why:
It works very similar to my iphone, only in a larger package. I downloaded about 6 or 7 apps to try out. The Labyrinth 2 App was very addicting and hooked me quick.
The ibook feature is first rate! Apple is bound to give Amazon (kindle) a run for their money since there are obvious limitations to the kindle. My kindle is not back lit for reading; but the ibook/ipad is. You turn a page easily with the ibook/ipad; with the kindle you push a button that makes an annoying “click” sound. I predict that the ipad will take significant market share away from the kindle. Time will tell if I am correct.
I didn’t want to cook for dinner (what else is new?) so I searched restaurants in my area for ideas. A quick trip to In & Out Burgers for a protein style burger (that is lettuce wrapped for the In & Out uninitiated) sounded yummy, so off Joe went to pick up dinner for us.
I next decided to experiment with some basic drawing programs. I first tried out a few free apps and read up on several paid ones. Draw, a basic drawing app shown above, was actually pretty good for a free app. You draw with your fingers, though I did find a special stylist pen called “Pogo,” that was designed to work with iphones and the new ipad.
Also relevant to quilters who have taken my Quilt Whisperer class, many of the apps will allow you to import in a photo, then draw on it. Obviously, this is now a cruder application than using photoshop or PS Elements, but still you can do it.
The next drawing program, Adobe Ideas, had more potential for quilters who want to practice quilt designs:
What I liked about this app is the automatic smooth line function in the software. It is a helpful feature. This is actually more of a note taking App, but could be used for quilting designs.
There are some more professional paid apps worth looking into: Sketchbook Pro looks to be a desirable professional program that I would get, along with the Pogo stylist pen (mentioned above).
The only complaint/ suggestion for Apple would be how they organize art and drawing apps. There are separate categories for Music apps and Photography apps, but they organize art, sketching and drawing programs into their generic Entertainment app section. IMHO, they should create an Art app section.
The bottom line is I will order the 3G model and have it shipped when it is released. Buying the non-3G model does not make sense, especially if you are used to the 3G functionality of the iphone. This product is innovative, interactive and downright fun!
Off to play a few games on the ipad before I have to give it back. The owner might have to pry it out of my hands to get it back. LOL