Having played with my new iPad for over a week, I have come to the conclusion that while it may not yet replace the laptop, it creates a new category of tech devices.

The large format screen and familiar iPhone OS were easy to get acquainted with. The touch interface and keyboard is much easier to thumb type with. The A4 CPU feels much faster and scrolling is quite smooth. I am still trying out different apps to find what works well for my needs but so far the redesigned mail application is truly an experience.

Netflix has a free application for the iPad and iPhone that allows subscribers to watch their instant watch library via the app. It is a great way to watch movies on the go or without turning on a computer. The built in Youtube app is also great for those who like independent content.

Drawing programs are another breed of fun applications. There are many to choose from, but a good price to feature app is ArtStudio. The $0.99 price belies the advanced features found on this app. With layer support (up to 3 layers), brushes and image import/export, you can save to your photos or email them to others.

News readers are another really excellent group of apps. Many newspapers have free apps allowing easy access to their content. I haven’t gotten a chance to check out most of them, but the WSJ app is pretty nice. The interface takes a little getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, it is far superior to searching thru the printed version. SkyGrid is another news aggregator and allows searching multiple sources for recent news.

Back to the post topic. WordPress is a popular blogging software (which powers this blog), and this post is being written on their iPad app. The app is open source as well, so if you are interested in developing iPhone/iPad apps, you can start by checking out the code. My complaint about this app is the save feature is a little broken. This is my third attempt at writing this post. When you click the home button, it seems to recover your changes, but when you hit save, it reverts to the older version. So hit Save before you go play a tune.