With the iPad 2 being recently released, I've updated an article from last year on the original iPad. A lot has happened in the past year and there's more to come with the iPad 2.
I've been a PC user for as long as there have been PCs. So it was with a bit of trepidation, I bought an Apple iPad last May. As I pulled the thin, very light device out of its box, I really wondered if it would be at all useful. There was no real manual and no physical keyboard. And since I use a Blackberry, not an iPhone, I had little experience with Apple's touchscreen interface.
Why did I get an iPad? I've been a private pilot longer than I've been involved in the computer business. To be able to make landings in poor weather, there's the necessity to carry instrument approach information (they are called approach plates) for every airport that we fly to. This information is updated about every month and traditionally has been purchased via subscription from the FAA. The ones that I use come in bound volumes that are over a foot thick when piled together. With the iPad, the costly subscription and hard copy books disappear and is replaced by an "app" that contains all the approaches for all airports in the US.
So, for this PC user, what's it been like: