The Real Deal 206: iPad Road Test

Tom and Rafe review the iPad after a couple weeks of using it, plus take comments and questions from iPad users.

Tom and Rafe review the iPad after a couple weeks of using it, plus take comments and questions from iPad users.

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Episode 206

What it’s good for
Media
Email
Recipes
Books
Games

What it’s not
Writing
Media editing, management

Annoyances
http://news.cnet.com/8301-19882_3-20002550-250.html
April 3: No chamois
April 4: A hobbled New York Times app
April 6: Where’s the kickstand
April 7: Missing apps
April 8: A pretty-but-dumb calendar
April 9: No user accounts
April 12: No arrow keys on the keyboard
April 13: Does not play nice with Google Docs

Tom’s most-used Apps
Comixology
MLB At Bat 2010
WeRule
Plants V Zombies
Netflix
WeatherBug
Desktop
Camera-A

Rafe’s apps
Tweetdeck
Evernote
Things (but $20… ugh)
Epicurious
email
ABC (man do I want Hulu)
Galcon Fusion
Harbor Master
Implode
Kindle
Promising: NYT; Zinio

Where the hell is…
Hulu
Facebook
Alarm clock

QUESTIONS

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Hey guys, hoping you can help me out here. Here’s what I’m looking for:

An internet tablet that I can install in my kitchen, preferably flush in the wall, or even mounted on a small bracket, that I can use to pull up recipes when I cook. Some recipes I would pull from the web (using WiFi in my house) and some I want to scan on my home computer and send as a document to store on the tablet. I hate having a recipe book or even my laptop out on the counter when cooking cuz it always gets covered in flour and sugar (I’m a messy cook). Something mounted on the wall will be much less likely to get dirty.

I was thinking of getting an iPad for this purpose, but the only problems with that is that 1) Apple is evil, 2) The iPad doesnt have “folders” so all my recipes would be one giant laundry list, 3) I don’t know how I’d get my scanned docs onto it and 4) Apple is evil.

The Joo-Joo is getting pretty ho-hum reviews, and jury still out on the new HP “Slate”

Do you have any suggestions as to what kind of device I can mount in my kitchen that might help me so I can organize all my recipes that I have scanned, plus pull up new ones through the internet? Or am I more likely to find a leprechaun riding a unicorn with 3-D glasses on. Thanks!

-Adam
-San Diego

Answer: iPad probably isn’t right. A Netbook might work better for you.

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