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Apple iPad Shows Its Strength with Hardware AND Software

  • Jan 30, 2010
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It's difficult to write a review of a product that I've never used, but I'm so excited about Apple's iPad, that I couldn't help myself.

I will admit, I've been watching the rumors of the iTablet/iSlate/iBook/iPad for months, and I got swept up in the predictions that this would be the Magic Do Everything device.  So when the actual iPad was finally revealed, I was initially disappointed.  However, after some time to absorb the details, as well as take the price into account, I can't wait to see how the iPad takes off.

The iPad is not about "specs" or cramming as many phone and laptop features into a single device.  The iPad will create an entirely new product segment.  What impressed me most is that Apple went in and re-imagined all of their core software to work with the iPad.  Unlike previous tablet attempts on the Windows side, where hardware manufacturers try to slap a touch screen onto a Windows device that was designed to be used with a keyboard and mouse, the iPad is created with the touchscreen in mind as the primary input/navigational device.  This is what makes Safari, Mail, Calendar, etc so much more exciting and approachable as tablet applications.  Additionally, the Apple Store's enormous success on the iPhone shows that there are tons of talented developers out there who will continue to make the iPad even better with software designed SPECIFICALLY for the iPad.  I'm already drooling at the possibilites....  imagine a DirecTV application where you can browse the programming guide from your iPad to schedule upcoming recordings or selecting shows to watch immediately on your TV (not to mention, stream shows recorded on your DVR directly to the iPad).  In fact, why not use the iPad as most kick-ass remote control ever?  Or imagine a micro-biology textbook with embedded 3D models that you can rotate and zoom with pinch and swipe... or even by tilting the iPad.  I'm sure the iPad's huge screen and multitouch capabilities have got developers drooling in anticipation as they download the latest SDK.

What really convinced me that the iPad is going to be successful is my Dad's reaction to it.  When I first asked him about it, he didn't really even know what I was talking about.  I tried to explain it to him, but he still wasn't really convinced.  But when I showed him the demo from Steve Job's presentation on how it could be used to replace books and newspapers, as well as the impressive MLB application, I could tell he was quickly gaining interest.  

I think the initial disappointment that has been voiced after the iPad announcement is really more a result of what we wished the device would do.  But what's really exciting is all the things the iPad will do that we haven't even thought about.  Just give the developers a bit of time to work in this new playground and the iPad will eventually be as commonplace as the coffee-table book.

Sorry, @babymama, but I can't wait to give Apple more money!

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June 25, 2010
Well ... I bit and I bought. So far, so good. I'm a little concerned that a 12 hour battery life may be overstating the case but, as far as its capabilities are concerned, I'm absolutely satisfied. I got it for travelling and I'm sure it will serve the purpose admirably.
 
February 01, 2010
I agree, the disappointment in the iPad mainly lies in the expectations of it based on rumors.  I think that many people, myself included, are still trying to wrap their heads around it and decide whether it's innovative or a fail.  It might be so innovative that some people have yet to see its significance and potential.  That example that you gave of the biology book is awesome!  Thanks for sharing, Andrew.  I expect an update when you get one of these! ;P
 
January 30, 2010
Well our thoughts on the iPad are about as varied as possible, but kudos on a well written review.
 
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The iPad  is a tablet  computing device product from Apple Inc. The device was announced on January 27, 2010, at a press conference at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts  in San Francisco. The device was rumored for several months, with iSlate  and iTablet among rumored names.
The device is expected to incorporate a 10-inch (26 centimeter) multi-touch display made by Innolux, a subsidiary of Foxconn. The price is expected to be more than the iPhone but less than an Apple notebook computer.

The iPad's lowest grade model with a 16GB hard drive will run for $499 dollars with the 32 GB running for $599 and the 64GB running at $699.  Buyers will also have the opportunity to purchase the iPad with 3G connectivity with the lowest grade model starting at $629 and going up.  The Wi-Fi models will ship in late March while the 3G models will ship in April.

 Yair Reiner claims the iSlate will compete in the market against dedicated e-book devices such as the Barnes & Noble nook and the Amazon Kindle while offering 70% of revenue to publishers, the same arrangement accorded developers of the App Store. These arrangements would also extend to print publishers who currently receive less in digital work royalties from companies like Amazon.com.

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