iPad, Early Impressions

Posted on 10 April 2010, Last updated on 10 April 2010 by

Photos App and Places View

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This won’t apply to everyone but one of the things that I really love about the iPad so far is the Photos app, and specifically within that app is the ‘Places’ view. For someone with geo-tagged photos, this is probably the best way to share photos yet conceived. Sort your photos by places and you’ll see a map of the world with several pins representing the places that you’ve taken photos. Zoom in toward any particular area and the pins split out and become more specific as you get closer. Tap on any pin to see the images that were taken in that location. It’s one thing to find out how to plot all of your photos on a Google Maps map, or put them on Google Earth and show someone on your computer, but the experience that Apple has created for this sort of geo-tagged photo sharing is currently unmatched as far as I’ve seen. There is something intimately awesome about nearly holding the map in your hands, zooming right down to somewhere you went on vacation, then pulling the photos up right from that place on the map and showing them on the iPad’s crisp screen. I can’t wait to show my friends some of the adventures I’ve been on over the last few months, and you can bet I’ll be using the iPad to do so.

That’s just a little taste of our experience with the iPad so far. Be sure to check back for our upcoming long-term review to get an honest account of the iPad after more than just a day or two of use!

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