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But this gizmo is something new. The world is full of people who formed fierce opinions about the iPad not only before they’d used one but before they knew annihilation for sure about it. In the end, you have to try it for yourself. And if you think you can come to any conclusions about it by cerebration of it as either a giant iPhone or a netbook with the keyboard chopped off, you’re wrong.

I was out the door with a unit in hand at 9:15am, and spent the blow of Saturday (and Sunday morning) with it in hand, exploring the built-in apps, downloading a gaggle of third-party ones, and generally trying to form more definitive impressions than I was able to get during my brief hands-on time with an iPad at January’s barrage event. I woke up at 5am on Saturday, drove to my neighborhood Apple Store, and ended up near the front of the queue of first-day iPad buyers.

I’m just activity to tell you eleven cogent things I know about the thing that I didn’t know-at least for sure-on Friday night. This isn’t a comprehensive review-I’m not activity to bemoan the abridgement of Flash, multitasking, and a camera, or repeat any impressions that you can come to after spending time by yourself with an iPad.

The basic interface is so abuse good, and the achievement is so zippy, that it disappears in your hands-to abduct a phrase from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos that he’d probably prefer I didn’t apply to the iPad. We’ve called carriageable computers “notebooks” for a quarter century, but the iPad is the first one I’ve used that truly feels like a notebook. It really is a new type of device.

The iPad’s booklike form factor, beautiful screen, touch interface, instant-on ability, and general artlessness make me think it’s activity to be superb for reading Web pages, e-books, and digital magazines-at least if you stay out of absolute sunlight. Steve Jobs said that the iPad was “way better” than a netbook for browsing the Web, and if he was talking about the Web, he has a strong case. And even though we’ve read on computers (portable and otherwise) for decades, computers have never been very satisfactory reading devices.