My husband just picked one up yesterday after he took the kids to the Apple store. He told me since I took his iPad that he thought another one was necessary buy he left me the new one and took the old one with him. I'm still in the hospital so I think it was meant to cheer me up. They made a whole day going to the Apple store, went for pizza and then saw a movie, Gravity. I'm so happy that they are doing things together to keep their minds off of my predicament.
Anyway here is my mini review as well. It's beautiful, gorgeous, a work of art, the most handsome looking tablet I have ever handled or seen, it's also very thin and light. 100's of adjectives will never be able to do it's justice. Fast, very fast, everything opens up instantly and streaming video is a real pleasure, I don't think there is a faster ARM tablet out there. The screen is of course absolutely sublime looking with sharp viewing angles from every direction. iOS 7 though new is still looking a little archaic to me. There is no doubt a lot of changes took place from iOS 6 to iOS 7 but I think Apple missed an opportunity to completely overhaul the UI. I would have liked them to introduce widgets like in OSX and custom home-screens. Not a big fan of just seeing a grid of apps, what's the point of having a nice looking wallpaper if you can't see it, I want at least one screen where I just see a clock with weather data. Another missed opportunity is better communication between apps. I like MS Skydrive, it's features and speed outshines iCloud in my opinion by a large margin. It's just a better service, since I am in the hospital the kids have been uploading movies to my Skydrive account, I have 200GB which is 145GB more than you can have with iCloud, the kicker is their both the same yearly price, 100 dollars (Apple needs to adjust this if they want to stay competitive). Skydrive has an online video viewer, the Skydrive app for iOS also has it as well and streaming videos from your collection couldn't be easier or quicker, zero frame drops even videos that are 720p.+ Default apps, it absolutely boggles the mind that I can't set Chrome as my default browser. This is anti competitive behavior at it's worst. As I use multiple platforms Chrome is the only constant between them, whatever I'm doing on my desktop can be continued on my mobile or tablet without having to reopen anything, passwords and bookmarks are also updated when changes are made from any platform. I know Safari has this as well I just prefer Chrome because it's available on Linux, Windows, OSX, iOS and Android.
The camera is actually pretty nice as well, pictures are crisp and the videos show very little in the way ghosting when panning the tablet around quickly. Apple always puts great cameras in their gadgets so it's no surprise. HDMI out is still a little sloppy, the adapter needs to be redone to support native 1080p. I have a little pocket projector Vivitek Qumi Q5 with me while I'm in the hospital which only has a native resolution of 1280 x 800 so it's not such a big deal right now but when I get home and connect the iPad to my TV that's going to be whole different story. I will probably just continue using the projector as it seems to be the best partner for the iPad, it really is and I highly recommend one for those who need/want an external monitor solution.
I love iPhoto, never used it before this iPad, not sure why I thought 5 bucks wasn't worth it I guess, it is, very worth it and if you don't have it yet get it. I also bought Pages, it's just okay not sure why everyone around here likes it so much. The fact that I can't use Dropbox or Skydrive with it is a big minus for me. Yes Apple is pushing iCoud here for that purpose but again like the default app issue I find it so uncool that Apple doesn't play well with others. Not sure if any of you have used Kingsoft Office but I find the interface and features to be a little more in line with my needs, you have access to Skydrive, Box, DropBox, GoogleDrive and WebDAV. It also has a spreadsheet and presentation but I have no use for such things on a iPad. This is just my opinion, so don't jump all over me for it.
Siri is still my buddy, as I get weaker my motivation to type disappears even more. So I use Siri a lot for posting in forums like this and read my eMails. The only thing that I think could be made better is the ability to control apps, open, close, edit settings, ect. "Siri, open Skydrive, play video Monsters Inc.", that kind of thing, oh and I would like to just say Siri, not hold down the home button to use. That's just a little wish for the most point it works quite well.
Can someone suggest a good case for it, I'm so afraid I'm going to scratch because it's just so darn pretty.
I'm going to play with it some more and let you guys know what else I find. Thanks for reading.
Edited by Relic - 11/1/13 at 6:53am