I’m usually up this early for work so it was no sweat for me to get up at 3:00 a.m. and have breakfast with a group of Twitter enthusiasts to get the new Apple iPad.¬† I was one of the few people in the group who was actually not sold on the iPad.¬† I have an iPhone.¬† Why do I need an iPad?¬†¬†I¬†listened to¬†Steve Jobs¬†and watched¬†Apple’s series of videos but¬†nothing so far¬†convinced me to buy one.¬† I knew I had to have it in my hands to know if I really could use one.¬† So, I tagged along.

Apple employees were willing to let me try the device even though I told them I had no intention of buying it.

Unfortunately the Wi-Fi at the Apple Store I was at in Hawaii was so flooded I couldn’t use apps on the iPad that needed the internet and I couldn’t browse Safari.¬† But, there was still plenty to check out.

I immediately wanted to try a racing game and the iPad I was using had Real Racing HD [iTunes link].¬† I actually didn’t like Real Racing on the iPhone and preferred other racing apps like Asphalt 5.¬† I found the learning curve to be tougher.¬† But, on the iPad I quickly learned how to drive well.¬† I didn’t even read the instructions so I didn’t even use the brakes.¬† Plus,¬†the more recent racing games are notorious for slow loading (especially on the iPhone 3G) but the iPad handled the game with ease.

Another¬†highlight:¬† Pianist Pro [iTunes link].¬† I know how to play a variety of instruments including the piano.¬† And the iPhone has been almost worthless when it comes to simulating a real instrument.¬† But, Pianist Pro comes pretty darn close to at least a workable toy keyboard.¬† The touchscreen was sensitive enough to handle the chords and arpeggios I threw at it.¬† A drum machine¬†is built-in.¬† There’s a dual keyboard mode for playing both the left hand and the right hand notes.¬† The only real drawback to the app is that the white keys¬†will only trigger when¬†hit¬†below the black keys making a chord like A-flat a little harder.¬† Pianists¬†and keyboardists will know what I’m talking about.¬† If that can be fixed, it would be a¬†near-perfect piano app for the iPad.

My favorite new¬†native feature¬†is the ability to use your photos as an animated picture frame when¬†your iPad is locked.¬† It’s called Picture Frame.¬†¬†Use it and love it.

I’m definitely a lot more intrigued by the iPad now that I had a chance to have one in my hands.¬†¬†If I do get one, ¬†I’m more inclined to use the iPad at home and¬†use my iPhone when I’m out on the road.¬†¬†If I do get an iPad I would rather get¬†the 3G version so when I go on trips¬†I’ll always have the internet.¬†¬†Family that I visit¬†in the continental U.S.¬†doesn’t have¬†Wi-Fi.¬† I can¬†just activate the unlimited 3G for that month since there is no contract required.

Leave a comment to let us know what you think about the iPad after trying it out.