I’ve just graduated from my first Wifi only iPad to a 3G model. I absolutely love my iPad but it was frustrating to just use it on Wifi. With the 3G I can be connected anywhere and have access to everything I need.
I had the iPad3G sent over from the US, and followed the process to connect to Telecom’s XT network. I had to manually trim the SIM but that wasn’t too hard and took about 15 minutes to get going, while making me feel like Tim the Toolman Taylor.
It’s liberating to have instant on Internet access anywhere I am. The XT network is fast all over the country so the iPad hums. I’m on a 4GB plan which should be OK. As I have a BlackBerry, TStick and now an iPad all on XT it would be great to be able to consolidate them all into one account and hope that comes at some point. I was tempted to get a Mifi to share connections but the instant on nature of the iPad 3G makes it much more useable.
Having had an iPad for a while now I’ve settled into using it at home and work.
My personal experience is very much like described here. iPadTV. I’m watching less broadcast TV on the 46″ in the lounge, and more downloaded US shows on my chest when traveling. The quality is stunning but an hour of hi-def TV from iTunes is 1.5GB so you need to be careful where you get your downloads. I’ve already spent $US150 on content so I think this reinforces that FTTH initiatives need access to TV content to create the base demand for subscribers. With good content consumers will spend.
My most used app is NewsRack. An RSS reader than works great with Google reader, so you are always in sync between Mac and iPad.
With my work hat on I have my iPad with me at all times. The killer application is reading board papers. Being able to download 200 pages of board materials as a PDF and read them when you can, is much easier than carrying papers in your case. In a board meeting the iPad is low profile and not distracting. Because you can search within pdf’s it’s very efficient. I use GoodReader, where you upload files through iTunes, but it works even better with DropBox. You simply drop your files into DropBox and GoodReader on the iPad can grab them down whenever you have an Internet connection.
GoodReader does not yet have annotations, but Steve Job’s iOS keynote showed a new version of iBooks due later this month. iBooks will support PDF’s and annotations. Not sure how you get content in yet, but annotations will make the iPad just ideal for doing Board meetings.
For note taking I use Things, which links nicely with the mac version. Rather than just take notes I take actions.
So far though the best iPad app has to be Angry Birds. Best way yet to kill a late night flight home.
What’s on your iPad?