For goodness sake! I think I've written enough at this point, having no official "hands-on" experience with the Apple iPad. Time to let some of the others wax poetic on the day before the release. Actually I am at the beach with the family, so I don't much feel like writing, but I do want to read some of the stuff I've actually linked to. So here's a micro best of the best.

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My favorite tweet of the day so far (it's 9am CST): netflix for ipad hits app store! FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE http://tweetphoto.com/16796873

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From David Pogue of the NYTimes:

Q: Should I get the iPad or not?

A: Well, I thought I made it clear that it depends on your mindset. It's a brilliant machine, a category-creator, a joy to use. I think it will be a big hit. The apps coming out for it represent some of the most exciting software ideas in a long time.

If you need a laptop, though, get a laptop

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And the NYTimes again did a stunt with a hands-on review and showed the Times on their iPad. Andy I does a great job of dispelling the no-Flash-is-a-deal-killer myth.

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Hulu.com, the Web’s headquarters for free hit TV shows, won’t confirm the rumors that it’s working on an iPad app, but wow — can you imagine? A thin, flat, cordless, bottomless source of free, great TV shows, in your bag or on the bedside table?

Speaking of video: Apple asserts that the iPad runs 10 hours on a charge of its nonremovable battery — but we all know you can’t trust the manufacturer. And sure enough, in my own test, the iPad played movies continuously from 7:30 a.m. to 7:53 p.m. — more than 12 hours. That’s four times as long as a typical laptop or portable DVD player.

The iPad is so fast and light, the multitouch screen so bright and responsive, the software so easy to navigate, that it really does qualify as a new category of gadget. Some have suggested that it might make a good goof-proof computer for technophobes, the aged and the young; they’re absolutely right. – David Pogue's State of the Art Review of the Apple iPad.

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And Fast Company wants to play both sides with a "Why You Shouldn't Buy an iPad this Weekend."

In one year the iPad will be a much better device, and an entire ecosystem of competitors will offer you more choice and features for your money. When the heat of the iPad launchlust cools, and you've still got your 500 bucks in the bank, you'll be glad you stayed out of the Apple store this weekend.

[The problem with this thinking is, in one year, if you HAD an iPad, you might be helping create the new apps and exploring the new uses for the iPad. On the sidelines, you will be merely one year late to the party. By that time, I'll sell you my 1st-get iPad as I upgrade to the next one.

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Mobile research company says 1-in-4 apps are for iPad: iPad Developer Support Continues to Soar

Screen shot 2010 04 02 at 7.06.30 PM Dawn Before the Dawn of the Apple iPad Launch: Best of Others Bits

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