The much-anticipated release of Apple’s new tablet device, the iPad, attracted crowds around Apple stores and more than 300,000 sales on the first day alone, the company announced Monday. By midnight on Saturday, iPad users had already downloaded more than 1 million applications from Apple’s App Store and more than 250,000 e-books from its iBookstore.
It didn’t take long for bloggers in the real estate industry to weigh in. Broker and real estate speaker and trainer Brian Copeland gave his take on his iPad experience after 24 hours of use. He tested the iPad with his speaker system for listing and broker presentations and pronounced it "glorious" and "a marvelous professional presentation platform."
After playing with it throughout the day, the battery life "only went down to 86 percent" — Apple advertises the battery life at up to 10 hours. While the device doesn’t let users see Flash video or graphics, he didn’t seem too upset: "YouTube has most of the videos online, and Facebook video can be viewed with an iPad app for $2.99 called Facebook Video Viewer for iPad."
Speaker and technologist Max Pigman also gave his own 24-hours-later review. He lamented the device’s lack of Flash and webcam, but predicted those two features would show up in later versions — Flash, especially, as he expected advertisers to demand it.
Pigman also recommended waiting for the 3G mobile phone network version of the device scheduled for release later this month for greater mobility — the just-released version works only over wireless Internet. Indeed, there have been some complaints among users that the device’s Wi-Fi capability is problematic.
He stated that he is also looking forward to the upcoming release of a USB adapter that will allow the iPad to connect to USB devices and insert SD (memory) cards that would allow him to upload photos. Reviews of the iPad have also found fault with the scalability of iPhone applications used on the device.
Nonetheless, Pigman stressed that overall he enjoys using the device and foresees that it could be a very useful real estate tool. …CONTINUED