After reading my blogs, I think only the Taliban and I have resisted (so far) the siren song of the iPad. I can’t speak for the Taliban, but my justification is I would want the 3G model, and that won’t be available until “late April” per Apple. Frankly, I also want to read the reviews. This is one time I feel no urge to be “the first.” In particular, I am concerned about inking handwritten notes.
Sumocat of GottaBeMobile (source of the cool picture) has posted Why I’m still holding off on the iPad. His point, seemingly overlooked in the hysteria, is that the iPad being a great touch device does not necessarily make it a great inking device.
For most buyers, inking likely is a minor issue if it is an issue at all. But for me, a long time Tablet PC user, inking is important. I would not expect that iPad to be as good an inking device as a Tablet PC. The iPad does not have an active digitizer, doubtlessly because that would drive up its price. But is at least a decent inking device? Is vectoring a problem? Dare I hope for handwriting recognition?
I’m not the only one. Inking coming to Evernote for the iPad points out that the Evernote blog indicates that handwriting support is still a “to do”: “Handwriting is just too much of a tactile-based experience to develop purely on a simulator.”
So in reading the reviews, I will be especially curious about feedback on inking.