Instant gratification can be exhilarating…but like first impressions, they often leave you wanting more or a deeper insight. So while others on blogs, sites, forums, etc. rode this introduction like a firehose rodeo, we thought we might wait a bit and give you a themed examination of the iPad.
In this installment, we wanted to see what various team members here thought of their iPad after having it for a week and the roar of the hype fades quietly into the night. The really cool thing about this one week insight summary is that the users represent a wide diversity of personal and professional traits. So there’s sure to be a reviewer with whom you can relate. Without further adieu, here’s the blogroll of OWC’ers Tim, Mike H., Erik, Ron and Jamie. Article Continues…
It’s been only 5 days since the iPad launch, with one of those days being a holiday, and the iPad has quickly made an impact on OWC’s site traffic by accounting for 1.23% of macsales.com traffic. Granted, it’s not surprising that we got some iPad traffic as we’ve been part of the Mac community since 1988, but the amount of traffic we got so quickly was surprising nonetheless. One neat tidbit is that we got very light iPad traffic pre-launch as well, likely from reviewers and perhaps Steve Jobs himself – it’s possible right? Hi Steve.
Being the OWC Web Manager I’m always looking at the customer experience, and I must say Apple did a phenomenal job with Safari on iPad. Using the iPad you get the same full OWC web site featuring: memory for nearly every Mac made, external / internal storage, accessories, software, cables, batteries, adapters, tips, and install videos, for your Mac, iPod, iPhone, and now the iPad. All supported by OWC’s US-based on-site experts from our LEED Platinum Campus in Woodstock, Illinois powered 100% by our wind turbine.
Our videos worked without any modification… just press play! For all the hoopla over not being able to view Flash-based video, OWC customers weren’t impacted at all since we’ve used QuickTime friendly video codecs from the start for all our videos. (Note to other web site managers: there’s other video formats out there… just re-export your vids, it’s not a big deal.)
On iPad the OWC web site just works, but now you get to experience OWC with the gorgeous iPad display with its superior font rendering, along with the future of computing that is Multi-Touch.
One caveat: anywhere we say “Click here” on the site… feel free to interpret that as “touch here” ;)
Of course we expect the iPad numbers to grow as more people are exposed to this paradigm of computing and we’ll welcome you all with open arms and a fully working web site.
Back in 2007, I wrote an Executive Review of the iPhone that stated the device could possibly foretell the “Future of Computing”. After three generations of iPhones, two generations of iPod Touch, and the forthcoming iPad, I do think my original sentiment was correct and that the groundwork established and subsequently refined by the iPhone and Touch brought us to where computing as we know it is heading. What’s it look like or is called?
Multi-Touch. And it’s coming to you in a bigger way with the iPad.
Unfortunately, that interface significance got lost in the hype machine and over-expectations of certain groups for the iPad. I’ll admit I was slightly disappointed too, as I wanted it to also have phone features, but it’s probably better that it not be a phone…I like to not cram as many large things as possible into my pants.
The most important thing I saw that I think everyone missed (even though Apple hinted at it over and over) the iPad is the world’s first large scale Multi-Touch computer that consumers can actually afford. The large screen size IS what makes THE difference as Apps can now be made extremely rich in interaction and features. The possibilities are high if not endless. Article Continues…