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Apple knocks one out of the park with its iPad.

  • Jan 31, 2010
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Apple introduced its iPad this past week and in doing so helped me make a decision as to what device I was going to purchase to fill the need that I was going to try to fill with either a netbook or an e-reader, or both.  Thankfully they hit a home run with their introduction of the iPad.  The 1024 X 768 IPS display means that my iTunes library will be useful on a device without having to strain my eyes to watch the videos on a small low resolution screen.  It also means that I do not have to re-transcode the videos that I have already ripped from my DVD collection.  That fact alone had been keeping me from buying an iPod Touch for portable media viewing.  I had also been considering purchasing a nook from Barnes & Noble Booksellers because I love to read and carrying a back pack full of the books that I am currently reading is also not practical.  I do not care for the e-ink displays, combine that with the natural way that the iBooks application turns the pages, and the low light readable display, and it makes the iPad the ideal choice for an e-reader.  

I am hard on the electronic devices that I own.  My laptop has the scratches and dents to prove it. Apple with their machined aluminum and glass enclosure made a device that looks like it can handle the rough care that I would give it.  It also makes for a device that just looks good.

There were two things that I felt were let downs at the introduction.  The first was there was no multitasking.  This is something that can certainly change and hopefully Apple will listen to the people and make this change before the device ships, there is no reason that the A4 processor should not be able to handle doing a few tasks at one time.  The second was the limited internal storage.  I have a large iTunes library and even the 64GB version will not hold everything.  I would have liked to seen an SDXC card reader built into the device to allow for future memory expansion, the fact that they will make a $30 Camera connection kit that will allow transferring of files from an SD card is good but not quite what I am looking for.  This is also something that can change but it probably will not change before the first units ship.  Both limitation are something that I can work around and as such are not deal killers.  

The biggest complaint that I have heard in all the negative reviews that I have read has been the exclusion of Flash.  To be perfectly honest the exclusion is something that brings delight to my heart. Flash content on my MacBook Pro sends my CPU into fits and starts the cooling fans spinning in such a way that it sounds like a Harrier trying to land on the flight deck above the shop that I worked in on the USS Essex (LHD-2) while I was serving my country in the United States Navy.  I do not play Flash games and there are alternatives to watching Flash videos online.  The lack of Flash support is a plus in my book sorry Adobe, but I have to be honest here.

I will be purchasing an iPad the day that Apple sends me the email letting me know that I can order one.  Looking back I can honestly say that I have wanted a tablet computer since I first saw the concept of one while watching Star Trek the Next Generation back in Junior High and High School. The fact that the iPad is an elegantly designed tablet that will serve up all of the media that I can consume brings me joy in knowing that ideas that come from fiction do occasionally become reality.  

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February 01, 2010
Very well informative.
February 01, 2010
Nicce optimistic take on the iPad, Joseph!  Like @andrewjt, this is the first time I've heard this view expressed about the lack of flash on the iPad.  I see where you're coming from... but I love doing certain things on the web that require flash, so I still haven't yet accepted this!  Well, hopefully, Apple will address a few of these issues in the future, especially in regards to the ability to multi task.  Despite the flaws though, I still think the iPad is nifty.  Thanks for sharing!  By the way, it'd be awesome if you could share an update with us when you do get the iPad! :)
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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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