If you’ve read Pocketables for any amount of time, you will likely know that we have plenty of great editors covering Apple and iPad related news. I, however, have never been one to pay much attention to Apple. In fact, if you have read many of my articles, then you will know that if I mention Apple at all, it is in a negative light. As such, it may surprise you a bit to find out that I am typing this article from a brand new 32GB third-generation Apple iPad.

Now, if you are worried that somehow I have suddenly become an Apple fan, you can rest easy. I haven’t changed any of my opinions about Apple or their products, and am still personally a big Android and Linux fan. So, how did I end up with this evil Apple product in my gadget arsenal? Believe it or not, it is actually for eduction purposes. This year, my school is attempting to further integrate the iPad into their educational system with digital textbooks and online services, and as such offers the iPad for free to some students and faculty. After contemplating the decision for a while, I concluded that it wouldn’t hurt to pick up the discounted iPad both to see what the school is doing to integrate them, and compare the experience to the Android devices that I have used for so long.

I’ve only had the iPad for a couple of days now, so I can’t really offer a complete opinion yet. In fact, I still haven’t decided if I am going to try to publish a full review. For now, I’ll probably just publish my thoughts periodically as I notice the changes and differences in the OS and experience compared to Android. I may also do a photo comparison with the iPad, Nook Color, Kindle Fire, and Nexus 7, if there is enough demand, and can answer any other questions you might have. Basically, just go ahead and leave a comment if you want to hear a long time Android user’s opinion on the latest iPad.