iOS 4.2.1 on the iPad: First impressions

Even though I had told myself I would not update my iPad on the first day after iOS 4.2 was released, I did.  I could not help my self. I was altogether too curious about it.  So I took the plunge and pressed the update button.

Now, after a day using iOS 4.2.1 I have some mixed feelings about it.  We get lots of new features such as multitasking, folders, AirPlay, AirPrint (if you have one of the 11 compatible printers), but we loose a bit of performance.  Once I had the new iOS installed the first thing  I did was to start organizing my Apps into folders.  They make one hell of a difference in how you find things on the iPad.

Multitasking… This is one highly overrated feature.  I haven’t really changed the way I use the iPad except for the fact that my instant messaging applications now work in background as I use the iPad.  This is definitely the most significant use I’ve made of the multitasking capability so far. The now free Find My iPhone service is very interesting.  It was certainly a great move by Apple to make this available to everyone with a last generation iPod, iPhone or an iPad.

I haven’t had a chance to try out the AirPlay or AirPrint features yet.  I’m looking forward to trying out the AirPlay feature in special. This is one feature that certainly has the potential to change the way we interact with all types of media.  The price point ($99) for the new Apple TV places it conveniently in the range of an iPad accessory.

The new features in iOS 4.2 are certainly a leap forward in functionality.  There is a slight but perceptible drop in responsiveness when using the mail application with a unified Inbox on the iPad.  Hopefully a future update will restore the absolute snappiness of the iPad to the mail application.  This was the only drawback I noticed so far.

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2 Responses to “ “iOS 4.2.1 on the iPad: First impressions”

  1. David Chin says:

    Which instant messaging app do you use on your iPad?

    I feel that my iPad is much more responsive, overall, with this new iOS 4.2.1 update.

    I did restore to factory settings and set it up as a new device, instead of updating the OS, so I’m not sure if this is a factor.

  2. Mauricio Longo says:

    I use Microsoft Messenger and Skype.

    Perhaps reseting the device does make a difference. In general I only noticed a drop in responssiveness in mail. It is not a big deal, but everything is so responsive on the iPad that it stands out.

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