The fanbois out there whose lives have become a meaningless succession of days to be crossed off the calendar until the release of Apple's paradigm-busting iPad will be delighted to learn that they can fill the void by assembling their very own future of computing. And here's the proof, courtesy of visibly-fulfilled reader …
The creators of this have missed a trick here.
Simply by glueing the artwork onto the front and back covers of a pad of paper, and with the simple addition of an 'iPencil', it comes with apps already built in for making notes, drawing pictures, keeping track of contact details, doing simple calculations....
In fact, just as useful as a real iPad - probably more so since the apps aren't limited to what Apple allows you to use.
If you stuck together more that one sheet along one edge, perhaps with some sort of metal spring type of binding to enable flipping easily between desktops thus enabling multitasking, a notable feature that's lacking from the now trailing edge Apple product.
Can I register the name iReporter'sNotepad?
I have to admit I'm not an iFan but even I was tempted to sample the latest offering from Jesus Central and, wow, it's impressive!
It's fully drop-resistant - no, I mean it: I gave it the heave-ho from the multi-story car park here and it's still functioning (sure, it's rough around the edges but all my data's intact and that's the main thing)
The battery life has to be seen to be believed! Mine's showing no signs of fade after a full days' use.
Viewing angle: In a word: superb - but a word of caution - use the 'B' stylus to get the full effect
Virus-free. While I've been unable to test this fully, we all know Macs are fairly resilient anyway - but this has resisted all attempts to get at the data electronically. Having fewer I/O ports than the Air might have something to do with this, now I think about it.
Whisper it quietly but this is showing all the promise the iPhad would kill to have! Thanks for the head-up, Lester! When's the formal review due out?
... this works consistently, just like a watch with painted arms which displays the correct time twice a day. Battery life is also obviously not an issue, ever, which is such a big plus for a portable device that I'm very tempted to overlook any shortcomings, especially given the price. At last, a piece of kit which might do exactly what is promised on the tin.