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The iPad Review – From a Toddler

I buckled.  I had told people in the office that I wasn’t getting one.  I lied.  Saturday morning came, and I got up, drove down to Best Buy Roseville, didn’t wait in any line, and was out in 5 minutes with the 16GB iPad.  I had left the house with the intention of getting one, if there were any left, for my wife.  I’m more interested in how my wife and kids use the thing, especially my 2 1/2 year old.  She has a lot of experience with our iPhones, so I was really excited to see how she used this bigger screen, and boy was I surprised.

Here’s the thing.  Most of use grew up with using the traditional mouse input.  One hand performs multiple tasks, and at most, two fingers are used.  This is why the iPhone / iPod Touch were an easy transition.  There’s a couple gestures to learn, and you’re off to the races.  The iPad has the ability to throw that all out the door, but the app developers haven’t caught up yet.  We haven’t caught up yet.  My 2 year old, immediately wanted to use both hands, and all her fingers.  No dice!  The SketchPad Pro app is wonderful, but it only recognizes 1 finger while drawing.  To be fair, there are a few other drawing apps that do recognized multiple finger inputs while drawing.  We’ll all have to re-learn how to interface with the computer to unlock the potential of this 9.7″ screen.  It’s going to take some time, some tears, and a little bit of patience.  I can tell you that my youngest children probably will never use a mouse, and it’s about time.

  • markpwagner

    I knew you were lying last week. I knew you were going to get one. I just knew it.

  • http://www.buzz-issue.com/an-apple-launch-that-thought-differently/ An Apple launch that thought differently | Press Release – Buzz Issue. provides a Free Press Release Distribution service to Online Media Portal

    [...] Saarinen, a Minneapolis father of two, posted a blog entry of his gleeful two-year-old playing with an iPad that he said he almost didn’t buy in the first place. “I’ve read all the pros and [...]

  • http://twitter.com/n13 nikolaus heger

    fantastic, I have a 2 year old too can't wait for him to get his hands on it. he's already astounded us by hard-crashing the iPhone multiple times – something I've never been able to do, but then I apparently don't do the things he does to it.

    i want to write toddler apps too…

  • erik456

    bitch

  • http://twitter.com/amazingamanda Amanda Congdon

    oops! I commented on the wrong post. I love the video of your 2 year old! I want to use my whole hand to manipulate the iPad like Elle!

  • taulpaul

    Haha. Some day you will Amanda. Hope everything is going well with both you and Mario. It was nice seeing you at the gdgt party.

  • taulpaul

    My kids find features I never knew existed. It's like this fringe benefit you never knew you had.

  • http://thinkgeek.com.au/43400/an-apple-launch-that-thought-differently/ An Apple launch that thought differently — Think Geek Australia

    [...] Saarinen, a Minneapolis father of two, posted a blog entry of his gleeful two-year-old playing with an iPad that he said he almost didn’t buy in the first place. “I’ve read all the pros and [...]

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