The iPad 32 GB Wi-Fi, The HTC Hero and the HuaWei E585
It’s been almost a week since I bought my iPad in Hong Kong. It’s a wonderful device and unlike other gadgets that I previously bought, I did not experience buyer’s remorse whatsoever with the device. For those who read my blog – I think you will know by now that the biggest disappointment I experienced with gadgets is with the Nokia N97. The latter had a lot of promise but apart from taking good pictures and being able to make phone calls, it fell short of my expectations.
The iPad on the other hand was a device I have been lusting over since it was introduced. Why I wanted the device:
- Battery Life – 10 Hours of usage and more on Stand By. I have an iPod Touch and after using it to surf the net for one hour, I have to plug it into a power outlet.
- Portability – I have a Ferrari One 200 – a very powerful and Handy PC. However – it is still heavy and bulky. The iPad can fit into the sleeve of my Brief Case.
- Applications from Apple – I discovered that I can install the Applications I bought for my iPod into the iPad. They are wonderful iPod applications and the experience was just made “bigger” with the size of the iPad.
All of these needs/wants for the iPad are met wonderfully by the device. I know that there are a lot of features that the gadget does not have. Let’s start with the features that I opted out from:
- 64GB of Storage – I opted for the 32 GB of storage. I have an iPod Touch. Up to now, I have not filled up that gadget with Music, Videos and Photos. I recognize that with a bigger device – the same content will fill up more space. That’s alright, the iPad is too big to be an MP3 player – so I don’t foresee storing my Music on that device.
- 3G Connection – I did not choose to get the 3G model. I got the WiFi model. This lack of 3G connection is addressed by my purchase of the Mobile WiFi router – HuaWei E585. With the Mobile WiFi – I can connect – not just the iPad – but also my other devices.
- Apart from the Mobile connection – the only other feature that 3G has is GPS. From my experience of the other devices I have – GPS does not work well in Manila. For some reason – the GPS Satellites can not pinpoint well where I am. The “triangulated” location from the Wi-Fi network is accurate enough for my needs.
My Other Gadgets – The ACER Ferrari One 200, The HTC Hero, The Nokia BH503, and the Nokia N97
Now on the missing features on iPad and why it is not a deal breaker for me.
- Camera – I don’t do Video Chat. I have a WebCam on my laptop and have never used it.
- Good display under the Sun – I stay indoors most of the time. I cannot stand staying outdoors – unless I’m on vacation.
- Flash Support – I never missed it in on my iPod Touch – and it is actually refreshing when I don’t see the FLASH based advertisements on Websites.
- Open Environment for Applications – I can Jailbreak my iPad if I want to. I don’t see the need for it. I have Jailbroken my iPod Touch and it seems to be running slower. As for downloading applications for free – Come On – I work for the IT industry. I support paying for applications for our enterprising brethren.
I guess it’s clear – I love my new iPad 32 GB Wi-Fi. It is exactly what I wanted – so for now, I’m in gadget heaven.