# Friday, 06 August 2010

If you do plan to buy an iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter for projecting stuffs to monitor or projectors, you better read this first to make sure that it can fulfill your needs.

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4108

I got one today, and it can work with Photos slideshow, and slide presentation using Keynote, in Keynote and when projecting to external display, the iPad screen would show some sort of control panel and not a dual display like what would happen with Windows.

I think it would also work with Video content, but those are not my main imterest, I just want to use iPad to help in work productivity.

Little disappointed with the way Apple limits the iPad capabilities, not only that you pay for overpriced accessories, the restrictions come in very offensive way, I think they should make the capabilities more explicit in the Apple Store page. 

Friday, 06 August 2010 00:16:16 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Saturday, 31 July 2010

I applied the Capdase IMAG screen protector today on my iPad, in general, putting the thing on is quite smooth, and the quality seems to be ok, it reduces reflections and does not affect the display quality, only caveat is the feeling at finger tip is a little "unnatural", as the surface is now little rough.

A lot of people does not like to apply screen protector, but I have seen how greasy an ipad screen would look like after a few folks checked it out enthusiastically, so I think a screen protector would allow you to wipe on it regularly and as much as you want too, or as rough as you want to.

Saturday, 31 July 2010 01:04:39 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Monday, 26 July 2010

I dropped by at Wan Chai today to purchase a portable hard drive, and found out that the original iPad case and Camera Connection Kit I purchased at New York are also available locally, but the price....

This is a price comparison:

iPad Case
- US Pricing USD 39
- Hong Kong Pricing HKD 550 = USD 70

iPad Camera Connection Kit
- US Pricing USD 29
- Hong Kong Pricing HKD 780 = USD 100

These are prices quoted by a shop, I believe the prices vary greatly among vendors, but since the official iPad pricing in Hong Kong is basically the same as US Pricing, why can shops set such aggressive pricing for the accessories? One possible explanation is the lack of supply through official channel, in fact, in my last visit to Apple Store during my US trip, the  Camera Connection Kit could not be found on shelf any more, so there is probably a shortage of supply even in US.

So I was lucky to have a presence of mind to get that while I was in US (while I was not able to purchase an iPad there at that time).

As of this moment, the apple online store in Hong Kong is not offering iPad yet, it is interesting to speculate if there are problems behind the production line, especially with the wierd news in recent months about the manufacturer of Apple products...

By the way, if you are checking on where you can buy iPad 行貨 in Hong Kong, the official list of sellers are here:

iPad 經銷商 resellers in Hong Kong
http://www.apple.com/hk/reseller/shop-ipad/list.php 

I would not suggest buying from unofficial channels, aside from paying much extra, there can be risk on support and warranty, you can call the official sellers for more information. Broadway is where I usually purchase electronics product from.

My earlier iPad related post with pictures (not a review exactly) : http://www.biginhongkong.com/2010/07/25/AppleIPadAvailableInHongKongNow.aspx

Monday, 26 July 2010 22:04:34 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Sunday, 25 July 2010

It is totally unexpected but I have not been able to find time to update this blog for months, well, it is not exactly about time, the workload is just too heavy that I have to frequently work over the weekend and late night, and updating blog is something luxurious for me to do.

But today I really have to write something, as I am finally able to grab an 蘋果 Apple iPad on Friday, I just came back from a trip to New York, and even the US has no supply of iPad at Apple Store, being able to get one (official stock with warranty - 行貨) locally is quite exciting indeed.


The New York Apple store, quite a landmark!

The competition to purchase was expected to be tough, as local news revealed that many failed to get one, I was lucky to be at the right place (there is an outlet close to my home) and right time (I did not get there too early nor too late), so I did not have a hard time queuing up, and in fact, the line at the outlet I went to, which is in the busy district of Causeway Bay, was not really that long, perhaps a lot of people were expecting stocks to be available abundantly soon, but since I failed to grab one in several Apple Stores in US Eastern coast, I am afraid that stock availability would still be tight in the upcoming time in Hong Kong, considering a lot of visitors from China would also come to buy iPad in Hong Kong.

One trick when queuing up is to show intent to buy accessories, although the accessories available at these outlet are not interesting at all (only third party hard plastic case and screen protector), buying a Capdase IMAG screen protector (like what I did) would give you a priority to get in, thus saving time and have the assurance of getting an unit (limited to 1 unit per person, which makes sense). I have not applied the screen guard yet, as I plan to use the iPad for a few days to be sure that this unit is ok before putting the screen guard on. And I am also wondering if I need to use one at all.

 

So what is inside the box? You get a Hong Kong/UK style plug, a cable and a small pack containing some simple documents a pin for pulling out the sim card bay, please note that the black iPad plastic case was purchased in US and not included.

So is the iPad good? I think so, the form factor is optimized for what it is supposed to do, fast and efficient viewing of photos and multimedia content, using two fingers to quickly zoom in and out on contents effectively would give people with poor eyesight a pleasant viewing experiences, I would also suggest people getting a model with 3G (3G版) and not just Wi-fi, as mobile efficiency is what iPad works best for, being able to browse the web for real time information anywhere while on the road with this device will be very helpful.

At present I think the accessory supply for ipad in Hong Kong is still limited, fortunately I purchased the important ones during my trip to New York last week.


The official iPad case from Apple is expensive at USD 40 but it does look good, the hard plastic case being sold at the local outlet is a ridiculous thing to buy as it would offset the value of iPad, which is being stylish and lightweight.

Although you can sync content to iPad using iTune from your computer, but if you are travelling for fun, having the camera kit (USD 30) will allow you to quickly import and view your photos either through a USB connection to the camera, or through a SD Card reader (USB纜線或直接從SD卡輸入), without this, you would need to carry a computer with you, this can even be true if you are just using the iPad in daily use, ipad can be a netbook/Notebook replacement and be the sole device you need for casual daily travel. Although for work, I would still need to use a powerful notebook running Windows.


The iPad Camera Connection Kit

Apple iPad Accessories (iPad 配件) link for Hong Kong: http://www.apple.com/hk/ipad/accessories/ 


By the way, you get this nice bag if you purchase Apple stuffs in US Apple Store.

iPad is great, I used it yesterday on the road and it was a pleasant experience, with 3G + wifi, connectivity is key, and the extra money for getting a 64GB version can easily be justified, I think with the way we consume information, 16GB is way too little to be practically useful.

But is iPad without fault? I think there are a few negative things that I would point out:

- The language support is a strange thing, I can't understand why Simplified Chinese (简体字) input is supported but not traditional Chinese (繁體字), it seems to be a sign of pure financial calculation with no regards to culture and community factors!

- iPad is great for content consumption, but poor at content creation except that you can post things online, I still yet to figure out what I can do on this pad for rich content authoring, which can be for the purpose of instant online sharing or work collaboration, especially when Apple is trying to use iPad to penetrate into Enterprise market.

Anyway, iPad is a very helpful tool, and it may help to bring the Apple stock price soaring if the market goes fine as well, my next interest would be to see what the next generation of iPad is going to be.

Sunday, 25 July 2010 20:14:51 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Friday, 21 August 2009

The Computer Festival in Hong Kong used to be a must-go event for me, but as the fair turns from a venue for seeing new cool stuff into a dump site for old stock, going there is ok only if time allows, I went there today (the first day) and there were not many people. As expected, I do not see new innovations (I heard about 3D LCD monitor from Viewsonic but missed it) and it was simply a noisy night market like place.

But considering it a night market for low price tech items, there sure are a lot of things to hunt for, I only bought a hard disk though. My years of I.T. Technology experiences tell me not to buy something for low price, as the price will always only drop, and usually within very short time, the rule is, buy something only when it is needed immediately.

I was actually looking for a new notebook too, I use Fujitsu notebook computers for years, and is very happy for the quality and durability, I once dropped it hard and at another occasion, had it accidently turned on inside the bag and "baked" for at least 3 hours, but the notebook still works flawlessly, being "made in Japan" is another great drive for this brand, however, at the festival today, I only see old models being sold, all with only 2GB of memory, 2GB? No, I am looking for something with at least 6GB, hey, this is 2009.

At Sony's booth, I found a new series of notebook that looks very interesting, the VAIO Z series notebook features 6GB built-in memory, and the top end model has options for either SSD drive or a blu-ray drive (but not both), but considering the price point, I think the VAIO TT series would be even more attractive, as it offers a light weight computer with good power in good price. Here in Hong Kong, size and weight is very important, unlike I.T. folks in North America and Europe, most of us do not drive, so excessive weight will cause trouble moving around. Looks like I may betray my loyalty to Fujitsu this time. 

Another interesting find today is the Disney Notebook from Asus, interesting but not my choice, I do doubt the value of such marketing gimmick, a Disney notebook? Not for me definitely...

But the computer festival is really great if you are not looking for the latest and coolest, Hong Kong is probably the best place to buy I.T. stuffs as the shops here offers very competitive pricing, much more so in the Computer Festival, I may go there again on last day (Aug 24, Monday) and check things out, but I sure would abide by my own rule, I'll only buy what I really need, and not for the price. The problem is, however, I am a little lost on what I really need.

Fair | I.T.
Friday, 21 August 2009 19:52:13 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)