Is the iPad “magical”? No. Is it pretty darn impressive? Absolutely. After picking my iPad up this morning at the Portland Mall in Maine, I got right down to business seeing just how well this thing can blog, and in so doing, put it through the paces that everyone wants to know. I’ll let you be the judge based not just on these words but by the recognition I’m doing it all on the iPad. So where to start? Setting up MobileMe is just like the iPhone, Settings > Mail > Add Account > then enter your MobileMe account info and you’re in. You set it up to connect to the internet just like your iPhone or iPod Touch. And if you’re a brand new convert to the iPhone OS, it’s about as intuitive as you can get. Just go to Settings, > wifi and select the wifi signal (there’s free wifi in the mall) where you are. No surprises with taking a screen shot either, just a quick press of your Home and Power buttons simultaneously and it’s done. Going onto the iPhone Life website, logging in and writing. Just like on my (former) MacBook sans keyboard. Uploading a screenshot and a photo off my iPhone via Mover + ($1.99) http://bit.ly/dq8v6k and I’m done. It is indeed a LOT snappier than I thought it would be, having been conditioned by my iPhone 3G where there’s some lag when your on the web. None to speak of, with the iPad. This will take some getting used to, the keyboard, it works like on a MacBook except you’re using your finger for a mouse. Thinking about this, it strikes me that using the keyboard/charger is going to be a hassle because there is no mouse! You better get ready to do a lot of typing ala Jobs – on your lap. Downloading apps from iTunes is again, just like the iPhone, though I have to say that I’m loving typing into Pages ($9.99) http://bit.ly/a3mZUl it’s smooth! This was indeed a smooth, albeit quick posting, so I can’t really say how great this virtual keyboard is, though it is going to take some time to get used to because you’re typing on a flat surface with all your fingers. The risk I see here is a potential, if you’re blogging all day, imaybe developing carpal tunnel syndrome. But I’ll have to type more to figure out where the risks are. The iPad isn’t magical, but after many years of using PDA’s, smartphones and iPhones I can already tell you getting rid of my MacBook was a good decision. Enough for now. I’m off to see if my 80 year old parents will give this thing a try and get their opinions, hopefully they’ll let me video tape them and I can post a video blog.