So what exactly was my thinking in buying an iPad this late in its first life cycle? The easy answer is: “I needed to buy myself a birthday present, but that is also basic geek gadget justification and logic.”

Practically knowing for certain that the next iteration of the iPad is just around the corner in say March 2011, and knowing that it will most likely sport great new features like a retina display and camera were simply not reason enough to stop me from buying an iPad just last night.

I think of it this way: There is just too much functionality that I aim to use to get my money’s worth out of this thing even if I decide to buy a new one in 6 months. If I do, then I will do what most other people are planning to do: Give the current iPad to my mother as a way to introduce her to the internet proper.

So I went with a 16GB 3g model. When my friend The8thSign asked me how it was going with my new iPad, my response was “It’s Love”. The things I wanted to do most like browse blogs on Flipboard, read my Kindle library, and have the internet all up close in my face have been fantastic.

Here’s the GOOD first:

1. Battery life is as good as people say it is.

2. Apps like Flipboard, Zinio, and the Wall Street Journal are great and make you think the apps will only get better over time.

3. The landscape keyboard is very good. I was able to type some long form pieces on it with few errors.

Here’s the BAD:

1. The only computer that I own that will charge the iPad via USB is my Macbook Pro. My “honking” Dell Precision workstations will not.

2. It is a rude awakening when you realize how gimpy iOS was before folders and multitasking. November is a long wait.

3. No Voice Memos app. Just seems like a weird omission. As of this writing, I am running 4.2 beta 2 and it is still not present.

4. App Store selection is not as vast as I expected it to be. I have purchased hundreds of apps for the iPhone, but only about 30 for the iPad so far.

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