A few (more) words on Apple's iPad

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Everyone's talking about the iPad right now. So I'm not going to pretend I have anything to add that hasn't already been said at some point during the last 18 hours or so. But for what it's worth, here's my take:

  • This past year I moved my reading habit to my iPod Touch. I'm the first one to be surprised by this because I've always been a book junky. You know, the kind that likes the smell of books. I like how they feel, how they look in a room. I'm a book addict. But I've now read over 25 novels on my iPod and I'm completely hooked. So I wanted a bigger iPod Touch so I could read more comfortably. Check.

  • I also wanted a bookstore that felt right and was a pleasure to browse (sorry, the Kindle App's not it). From what I've seen of the iBookstore: check.

  • As a photographer I've often used my iPod Touch to show off my portfolio to potential clients. The iPad is going to be a serious asset for this task. Check.

And that's it. Honestly, that's all I was looking for. Everything else is icing.
Lack of Flash? Don't care. I was a Flash developer for a long time and now I just want to move away from it as fast as I can. I don't seem to be alone there. I love the UI in the new apps (Calendar anyone?), I love how everything seems to flow. I love that I'll be able to use my iPhone apps (Bento, Soho Notes, 1 Password) out of the box.

Other notes of interest:

  • The custom designed A4 processor. This is the first product to result from Apple's purchase of PA Semi and, according to John Gruber, the payoff is gigantic. interesting move for the future. Maybe Intel's days on the Mac are counted.

  • iWork. I use Pages extensively. This is a very nice surprise. I like how they've de-bundled the suite too.

  • The potential for enhanced gesture interactions. When demoing Nova, the guys at Gameloft showed off a three-finger rotation to open up a hatch on -screen. As noted by iLounge, this is very Minority Report and could hint at an interesting future as developers start taking advantage of the technology.

And of course the price point: $499 to get your foot in the door is pretty impressive as far as I'm concerned. I paid $650 for an iPod Photo some years ago - remember those? We've come pretty far since then.

So naysayers aside this device has me excited because it does exactly what I needed, both professionally and personally.

I'm now waiting to be notified.