I enjoyed a long and sunny week-end in the south of France at a friend’s place (Gordes, Provence). I spent many hours near the swimming pool toying with the Ipad (the first Apple device I’ve ever bought).
I like the sexiness of the hardware but plenty of little things keep annoying me.
Intended home usage:
- read my RSS feeds
- browse Oreilly Safari
- read kindle books
I’m still looking for:
- A better browser, because Safari lacks some really obvious features such as tabs or page text search.
- A1 Perfect browser: would be great if it didn’t reload the last page every time you switch back to it.
- ICab Mobile
- To be tried
- a RSS Feed reader that compares to Feedly. I use Feedly on the desktop but it does not exist on the Ipad yet so I looked for alternatives:
- the experience is similar to Google Reader, hence functional but a bit boring.
- Reeder: could not install
- Early Edition:
- Visually pleasant although not as much as feedly
- Very slow to refresh
- imports feeds from Google Reader but does not sync automatically.
- No mark for later function
- Doesn’t remember what you read.
- Displays original posts with embedded browser instead of opening Safari (which a good thing).
Some random observations:
- You can’t see anything on the screen if you wear polarising sunglasses. :D Not a problem but it’s the first time I notice something like this on any device…. Update: (12/09/2010) When using polarised RayBan sunglasses, the IPad screen becomes invisible if you hold it in portrait mode. In landscape mode it’s fine.
- The absence of notice means you have to play around to discover some features of the hardware/OS/virtual keyboard, that’s actually quite fun.
- The WIFI issue
- I observed that my Ipad loses the Wifi connection if the connection is unused for more than 5 minutes (does not occur at 4 minutes).
- Router tweaks I tried with no success:
- Disabled security
- Changed the wireless channel
- Switched down to 802.11b.
- Used a static IP address
- Updated the firmware of my Belkin F5D8635v1 from 1.00.17 to 1.00.23
Safari Books Online plans on releasing an app for the Ipad this summer.