Sunday, April 18, 2010

OMG...


NO BOOKS for me at all for me last week, but I am still squealing with delight! An early Mother's Day gift from my husband!
I looked like this cat when I opened the surprise box!

So what do I think of the new iPad? 

I am in heaven I think! All of my Kindle books are now on the iPad.  Finally a back-lit ereader (the lack of this feature was a disappointment for me with the Kindle, despite using the Kandle Book light). Books look gorgeous on the iPad, as the cover graphics and illustrations are displayed in rich color. The book pages have a paper like tone, and you turn the pages by tapping or sliding your finger (awesome). Page turns happen so fast, so you can quickly flip both forward and back through pages. It also has an easy one touch dictionary, and the high quality color screen makes me drool. There is great light without straining my eyes with the way the screen is back lit for in bed reading, and it automatically adjusts, accordingly,  to in added light in the rooms.
 

My model is the 16gb WiFi (not 3g) model....$499+tax.  Some owners have complained that they keep losing their connection, but that has not happened to me at all. It works at home, on my deck, at work and the coffee shop perfectly. The keyboard is a dream, and all of the Apps available are awesome and, many of the Apps are free or inexpensive. The gaming capabilities are amazing as well.  Apple say the battery lasts for 10 hours on a charge, but I must tell you,  I have kept track of my usage. (6) hours since it arrived this week and there is still 60% battery life on that initial charge, and this to me, is a HUGE plus.

What do I plan to use the iPad for mostly? ebooks, email, movies, photos, various Apps, and some games.  Instead of buying a sleeve to protect it for $40.00, I found that it fits perfectly in the secure central compartment of my Vera Bradley Hipster bag, and there are still (2) more separate pockets one on the front and one on the back for (keys, wallet etc). So the quilted purse now serves multiple purposes and protects my new toy in the process.

64 comments:

  1. WOO HOO! Thats exciting! Have fun with that..... I want to hear more about it once you have been using it :)

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  2. Diane, congratulations!! I hope you really enjoy it. Lots of bells and whistles it sounds like. :-)

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  3. Sweet!! Someone at work has one, and I had a moment of regret that I bought a Nook. That page flipping feature is amazing.

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  4. OMG!!!!!!!! I am SOOOO green!!! That is sooo awesome!! Congrats!! :-) Enjoy your new baby! I'm sure you'll love it!

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  5. Oh my gosh! That is awesome! I'm thinking of getting my hubby one for our anniversary.

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  6. Diane, that is so funny--I posted that same video on my Facebook page last night because I thought it was so funny. My husband bought us an iPad and it's great--I love playing Scrabble on it! Enjoy!! :)

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  7. Yay for you! I was shopping it for one of my kids and fell head over heels for it. Had I not just received a kindle for my bday in December, I would be figuring out some desperate way to afford that iPad because it is a thing of beauty ;-) . Enjoy it!

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  8. I guess the guy like you, huh :D
    Enjoy your new toy, Diane!!! Can't wait to hear how much you like it as you use it more.

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  9. That's great!! You must be reeling from excitement.

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  10. What an awesome surprise!! Definitely keep us posted on your views! It looks amazing! Have fun with it!

    BTW, if you play Words with Friends, look me up: js1997 (that's the number 1). I love playing that game on my Touch!

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  11. Jen...thanks so much, I am looking for some fun Apps.

    Susan...I LOVE Scrabble; I'll have to find this App.

    Mary...I guess the Hub does like me (most of the time, but like most we have our days..LOL)

    Sheila, Kay, AThs, Jill, Kathy, Jenny and Beth ...I'm sure I'll be learning of more new amazing things that I am not aware of, but I need TIME, to explore, really.

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  12. btw I am going to be releasing a book in the next couple of weeks digitally--more details later. But now you can get it on your iPad ;-) (although there might be an exclusive w/ Kindle first--I need to find that out)...I LOVE this book and I can't wait to get it out there!

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  13. OMG indeed!!!! That's a "sick" present. Totally awesome!!!

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  14. Thanks for the info. I haven't taken the technical plunge yet. There is something about holding a book in my hand that I find it hard to move away from.
    Ann
    Ann Summerville
    Cozy In Texas

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  15. Diane, your husband is toooooooo sweet! That's an awesome gift! Have loads of fun with it. Tell us all about your experience with it!

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  16. Your hubby is wonderful...can I borrow him???? Have fun with this and tell us how you're liking it!

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  17. Awesome! And, I'm so jealous :) After I started raving about the iPad (while reading your post) to my boyfriend, he's now thinking about selling his seldom used PSPgo so I can get one sooner rather than later. Enjoy! I'm fully on the side of e-readers after reading this (I don't have one at all yet).

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  18. How fun for you! Congrats on your new toy! Makes me want to check them out too.

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  19. Congratulations! I was playing with the iPad and the nook this weekend. I won't be getting anything anytime soon, but it was fun to dream! Enjoy!

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  20. I must admit, this is the first gadget of it's time that looks like something I could get excited about. Have a blast with it! :)

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  21. As my kids would say, "You lucky duck!" I'm so happy for you, your joy knows no bounds, I can tell! It seems this would fill all of our blogging/reading needs. And then some! Congratulations!

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  22. Wow, so jealous! It looks beautiful and so fun to use!

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  23. Looks like an awesome new toy! Have fun with it.

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  24. WOW - WOW - WOW --- Happy Mother's Day to you!!!

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  25. Awesome! The husband and I bought one for our anniversary on the release day and are having fun with it. I haven't really read on it but the kid has -- there's an awesome Alice in Wonderland book app that has movement and beautiful colors. It's a really fun device!

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  26. OMG is right!! You are the first person I know that has one. Can I touch you?

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  27. Wow! Enjoy playing with your new toy! I look forward to hearing all about how good it is for reading books.

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  28. Im soooooooooo jealous ;) seriously though what a great present!!!!!!!!

    Jess

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  29. Super congrats! It looks awesome! Thanks for posting a bit about its features as I have been curious about it.

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  30. VERY nice Mother's Day gift. Lucky you!

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  31. wow! I am behind in the e-reader area - still reading paper! But this looks awesome - I love Apple's products because they tend to be so intuitive. Enjoy!

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  32. Oh my! What a wonderful surprise! It looks wonderful and I bet you are going to have a blast using it! I would love to get one as well, but I think I am going to have to wait. Congratulations on being a new ipad owner!

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  33. OHHHHH!!! I am sooooo jealous!!! But thrilled to pieces for you! Can't wait to hear more about it as you explore and use it more - please keep us posted on how you are liking it!!

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  34. Wow, congrats, I envy you:) Hope you'll enjoy it!

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  35. What a great gift! I'm sure you'll enjoy it a ton, and it's kind of like getting a bunch of new books, in way!

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  36. I'll be interested in more and more details as you've used it more. I'm really happy that you love it so much!

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  37. so I take it you are a fan? lol
    I don't know anyone that has one yet, so I have not seen it in person.
    I think I might wait awhile anyhoo. until they come out with the inevitable version 2...and 3.

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  38. Diane..Loved hearing about your iPad...I can't wait to get one..waiting for my son to get his and maybe 3G..though I'm not a Kindle lover I still want this! Will miss you terribly on WR but will check your blog often to keep in touch..glad your new position is working out so well..take care...Jeanie/KY

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  39. Even though I'm not a fan of ebooks, I think this looks way fun!

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  40. I am SO jellus! One question: can the font size be enlarged? I'm already at the top size for the Kindle and am having trouble with it.

    Congrats on you new toy—I think those things are selling like hotcakes on a cold morning.

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  41. A great Mother's Day surprise, have fun with it.

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  42. So neat! My husband just ordered an ipad for work and is very excited about it arriving. He told me he would share it with me when we travel so I don't have to haul books around.

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  43. JEALOUS!

    Gonna wait for the 2nd generation
    :(

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  44. Lucky girl! I was in the Apple store a week or so ago and drooled over these but I am getting a new MacBook Pro so I guess I can't whine too much :)

    Enjoy it!

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  45. Congrats! That is an awesome Mom's Day present! I'm jealous!

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  46. Charlie,

    To increase the font size, photo size or email text size etc, you just kind of pinch your fingers against the touch screen and it's like you are stretching the text larger with your fingers ...sounds weird, but just a move of the fingers increases the size....LOL

    Staci...My husband is not available for loan, but "money talks"...LOL

    Ti....you are too funny!

    Iliana...My daughter just got a Mac Book Pro, and she loves it! I have not seen it yet. Enjoy.

    Jeanie...thank you for the kind words, and hope we can keep in touch.

    Lilly, Ann, ALice Joanna,Myckyee, Jen, Suey, Dolce, Kim, Wonderbunny, Molly, Kristen, Jackie, Jess, Chris, Heather, April, Gautami, Viv, Steph, Nan, ReaderReads, Viv, Nan, Alyce, Caite, Bibliobabe, and anyone I may have missed.....I'll keep you posted if I discover some new and wonderful features of the iPad.

    Thanks for all your comments.

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  47. You are one lucky lady! The features sound wonderful and I love that it fits so nicely in your Vera Bradley Hipster. It sounds like it's worth going the extra money for the ipad instead of the other ebooks. Keep us posted on how you are enjoying it and any special apps you like.

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  48. What a fantastic Mother's Day present! Lucky you Diane. I think I'll be getting one of them next month when they make it to Canada. Have fun with it!

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  49. So jealous!! I have heard mixed things about reading on the iPad but you have sold me, I'm going to buy one...in my dreams where I'm rich.

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  50. What? Really? the iPad? It sounds wonderful. Luxurious. You must keep us posted on how you love it. I'm not an "apple" girl but hey, I can be influenced, especially when it comes to books and e-toys and getting my hands on reading material...I saw the guy demo it on Jay or Jimmy or one of those shows on the day it came out and watched with interest. ANd then tried to ignore it's allure.
    What a wonderful gift!

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  51. Congratulations! I hope you enjoy it. My husband won't buy one until the next generation is available so I might be waiting for a while. That's okay for now, I'm not sure what one does with an ipad other than read but I know it does more than hold books. I'm envious!

    We need a weekly update on all things ipad until you the excitement wears off.

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  52. Ooh what a lucky girl you are!

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  53. What a great gift! It's out of my price range at the moment, but it does look like a fun toy.

    --Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

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  54. Fun! I think my husband is going to get one of these. He's planning on using it as an e-reader too. For now I'm good with my iphone!

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  55. Wow, congrats on your new toy! The only reason I am keeping my Kindle is because of the non-glare screen and living out here in California, I do read quite a lot outside. Otherwise I would be right on getting an Ipad!

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  56. OMG is right!!!! You lucky girl! I wondered how it compared to the Kindle ... thanks for answering that question. Now you can read the book and see the movie all on the same device!! I want one!!!!!!

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  57. Wow! Happy Mother's Day to you!! You're the first 'real' person I know to have an iPad (not a professional gadget-reviewer I mean, you're still an imaginary friend).

    So cool! I love the Apple technology, and am an iPhone devotee. This may be in my future (Christmas?) ...

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  58. Congrats on your new toy. I almost bought my husband one, but decided to wait. Maybe I shouldn't have...

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