About time I shared my experience of the form factor I believe will be game-changing in the way all our tech is designed. So purchase was a wi-fi only 64G iPad, couldn’t justify 3G version when mi-fi’s are the price they are. So thoughts:
Screen: excellent resolution. OK in bright light, though hard to read in bright direct sunlight due to reflections. Screen gets awful dirty so a micro-fibre cloth is essential.
Case: essential. I didn’t go for the apple case but instead got this one which I’m happy with. It has a stand for raising the screen enough to watch videos while it rests on a surface and sits low enough to rest on a table for typing. When working on your knee the case also works well as I find the ipad too heavy to hold up like a book for reading for long periods.
Battery life: excellent – I’m looking forward to travelling just with it (to date I’ve needed my laptop too).
Size: smaller than the power packs from a couple of vendor folk’s high end laptop power packs 🙂
Weight: is ok but you wouldn’t hold it unaided for long like a small book.
Sound: excellent, I’m not too much of a music snob so the speakers are great for games and music and videos. I just use normal headphones and they work fine too.
Video: great. youtube good (though I need better bandwidth at home – come on BT!). Other videos good too.
Wifi: I’ve had some trouble initially with this at home and had to disable 802.11n on my BT Home Hub (I hear the howls or derision already!). Haven’t been brave enough to re-enable n yet.
Keyboard: Fine but in meetings you need a case which allows it to stand at a shallow angle.
Touch screen: good for navigation and using sketch packages to show ideas. Forget writing with it, this is no tablet PC device (that is one thing that lets the device down for me but as I have a tablet I’m not too concerned).
Drawing / writing: I bought penultimate but found that without a stylus it doesn’t meet my needs for meeting note taking. Even with a stylus all the videos I have watched lead me to believe that for note taking the experience just won’t be enough – so I use the keyboard for note taking.