The Stock Apps - revisited
Starting at the top left and working our way through the stock apps, we can see that Apple did spend a little time to make these more than just ports from the iPhone.
The Calendar app is quite attractive when you are in landscape mode. I like the way they have made it look more like a planner than just a bunch of dates. The inclusion of a small line with all of the days of the month is a nice touch.
When you rotate to portrait mode the calendar looks a bit silly; I would have almost preferred them to limit it to one page instead of just stretching the book.
The List view is also a great idea and shows all of your upcoming appointments in a list form. As you tap each the details appear on a page to the right.
Here we again see Apple making the most of the extra screen size. The contacts app is clean and nice to look at. It is nothing spectacular, but it is functional and looks good.
I really like the new Notes application. One of the problems I had with the one on the iPhone was the way that it handled multiple notes. Again, you had to tap multiple times to get back and forth between notes; it was a pain and made the app of little use to me (and many others I know of). I might have used it a handful of times when I did not have a piece of paper and a pen handy. But I honestly think that I used it no more than 10 times since I bought my first iPhone (original model).
Now with the iPad, I have used it several times and even used it to take notes during a phone conference. I do with that Apple would drop in a hand writing tool (like you find in a few other smartphones), but maybe we will see that in iPhone OS 8....
The iPad does have a form of GPS (WiFi Assisted) and could potentially be used as a GPS device for driving instructions (although I think I would wait for the 3G version before giving that a try). For the most part the maps app is identical to the one you are used to on the iPhone.
As we mentioned above, movies and videos are in their own app like on the iPod Touch. I guess this makes sense, but as I have been used to the iPhone having them in the iPod app, I was a little surprised to see this. I guess I was wrong in my statement that the iPad is a giant iPhone; it is more like a giant iPod Touch. Or at least the WiFi version is at any rate.
The Videos App does give you a nice layout with an image of all of your synced or downloaded movies. If you grab them from iTunes you can see all of the information about the movie including a synopsis, who is in it, who it was directed by etc.
For all of us that like to put our own movies into iTunes for use on our devices, I have some good news. The current version of Videora for the iPhone 3G S has support for the iPad in a roundabout way.
I stumbled across this quite by accident when I was making a file; I found that by using the Apple TV H.246 720p setting you get great quality video for that nice clear screen. So you can get your movie collection on your iPad right way without the need to wait on a new product.
The layout of YouTube is also different from the way you see it on either the iPod Touch or the iPhone. It is a little cleaner and much closer to the way you would see it on the web. Of course, it is not exactly the way you would see it when you are looking for something, but when you get to the end of the video you are watching then things begin to look familiar.