A few minutes with the iPad

As many of you already know, I have had high hopes for the iPad from the start. My hopes and dreams post was luckily not all that far from the actual product, so you can perhaps guess my excitement. Well, it’s finally here, or has been for a week or so, sitting in Stockholm waiting for me. And I must say I like it thus far. The screen is great and while it is a bit of hassle buying apps for it from Sweden, where the product and hence not the iPad AppStore has yet to be launched, bit that is all minor inconveniences.

What’s worse is the lack of support for Swedish keyboards. This is a real shame since I can’t just map the keys, it is a soft keyboard onscreen after all, and using a bluetooth keyboard won’t solve the problem (but working perfectly well other than that) either. Hopefully the iPad is due in Sweden soon so that this problem will be remedied.

There is another thing that I really miss too, and that’s a decent word processor. I know, I’ll probably end up buying Pages but it really is too much. Luckily WriteRoom is on it’s way and it can’t arrive fast enough. I want to write a book on this thing, so get it out there already! Yeah I’m a fan, you guys already knew that.

That being said, I must say this works pretty well after all. I’ve written this whole blog post on it, using the WordPress app, and I can see myself getting used to this. However it is way too early to pass judgment yet, so I’ll just settle with the fact that I’m impressed and happy with it thus far. A few minutes in, that is. We’ll see how it stands in the long run, but I’m obviously optimistic.

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Have you read Haunted Futures yet?

I’ve got a story in the science fiction/near future anthology Haunted Futures, together with the likes of Warren Ellis and Tricia Sullivan. Check it out!