My Initial Thoughts on the iPad After Observing it in the Wild

Until yesterday the only thing that has been intriguing to me about the iPad is the ability to create drawings and digital paintings mostly due to James’s posts on iPad Creative, so screen size would be paramount.
After watching Valdis Krebs and Shawn Joyner use their iPads this week at the Nokia workshop event, I must say that I am not that intrigued.
For some reason, it must have been the angles of Apple’s adverts, I thought that the actual screen size would be larger more like a sheet of 8.5×11 / A4 paper and not the size of a medium-ish moleskine or my current small-ish Wacom tablet. Why pay $499 for an animated version of my 7 year old Wacom tablet?
I would be much more intrigued by a mobile device the size of a Nokia N97/N900 or an iPhone that had a 8.5×11/A4 sized screen that folded out, so that it could both fit in one’s pocket and also fold out to a full paper sheet size for drawing, writing, multiple apps open at once, plus a larger viewing area.