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The IPod is all grown up.

  • Jan 28, 2010
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Two years ago a rumors about a revolutionary device began to spread -- it became the most anticipated piece of technology and it was code named "iSlate"

Fast forward and today we get our first look at the matured version of the iPod touch -- iPad. (Okay, the name...well it stinks, but consider some alternatives: iPed, iPid, iPud?) The iPod is all grown up now and boy is she pretty.

This is only a partial review since I was only allowed to play with it for about an hour -- but I did acquire a load of information that may help you if (and when) you decide to get one.

--  The iPad runs the same OS as the iPhone -- with a well-developed OS it should be reliable out of the gate.

--  It features a large, on screen keyboard -- this can cause discomfort after an extended period of time, so Apple will also offer an optional physical keyboard.

--  It will be standard Wi-Fi with optional 3G coverage - and the best news about 3G is that it does not require a contract with AT&T.

--  It will run all iPhone apps with double the pixels - this makes the visuals better than expected. In full screen mode, the games look amazing.

--  It will feature iBooks and allow you to adjust every aspect of the page, text, etc...  It also has iWorks so you can create your own documents.

So now that we have discussed its software, let's move on to hardware, shall we?

--  It is an astounding half-inch thin with a 9.7-inch IPS capacitive touch screen and weighs 1.5 pounds.

--  It has a speaker, microphone, accelerometer and compass, together with Bluetooth 2.1 and 802.11n Wi-Fi.

--  It is powered by a 1GHz ARM-based Apple A4 processor with a 10 hour battery life.

So now the real question: How much will it cost?

There are three versions to choose from: A 16GB will cost 499.00; A 32GB will cost 599.00; A 64GB will cost 699.00. If you want the high-speed 3G connection...add an additional 130.00 to each unit with a monthly data plan.

It will be officially released in the U.S. in March and no confirmed released date set in the U.K.

It is exactly what we expect from Apple. They weren't targeting the tablet market or making a new laptop...they were going after the products like Amazon's Kindle and B&N's Nook. With that said Apple produced a far superior product with only a slight mark up in price. If you can only buy 1- an Amazon Kindle, B&N's Nook or the iPad, which do you buy? Hands down it is the iPad.

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August 10, 2010
Will more of us consumers forget about whatever separate camera, music player, and phone we have bought to combine them into one gadget? My iPod died after nearly five years of loyal service last week. But, indentured to Verizon, I opted for an upgrade of my phone to a Droid so I could play music and subscribe to Rhapsody. My question is: I still read "real" books, but cutting down on hauling items seems the inevitable route. Even if quality suffers a bit for one particular item in the bundle. As for e-Books I am concerned that the future of texts will as with music perhaps limit what we can "check out" from libraries vs. having to buy from Amazon or Apple.
February 01, 2010
The "iPad is all grown up"?? I can't understand why it doesn't have a built-in camera nor usb ports... iPad and docking-station? not so mobile anymore! I think the iPad will be grown up with a later "release" (with built-in camera for video chats, stereo speaker and maybe usb-ports).
January 30, 2010
I don't think that I could afford one of these.
January 29, 2010
I would be curious to see what your thoughts were on the iPads inability to run more than one process at a time. Seems like that would be a big issue with a lot of people.
January 29, 2010
Great review, Justyn!  Apple has come a long way since the iPod.  It's awesome to read the review of someone who actually got to play with it.  How'd you manage that?  I'm jealous!  I know that a lot of other people are picking the iPad apart, so it's really refreshing to read your review where you mention everything that the iPad is instead of is not.  Thanks for sharing!
January 29, 2010
hey there. was wondering about how easy the iPad is on the eyes. i am highly cosidering getting one of them Kindles or eBook viewers because i will be reading many pdf files in school. i know when i read from a computer screen, my eyes hurt sooner than if i am reading from an actual book. i heard the the eBook viewers were designed not to harm the eyes.... what about the iPad?
January 29, 2010
Hi The iPad only had the New York Times as a reference for reading...but it was very smooth and easy on the eyes. I also own the Kindle 2 and its Eink is extremely pleasing on the eyes. The Kindle has two better features: Eink and its 3G coverage is free. Other than those...the iPad wins in all categories. Also note that with the both units you can adjust the text to better fit your viewing (reading) needs.
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My name is Justyn Richardson but I go by the name Shoyu - after joining the on-line gaming site, Pogo, I have reverted back to my childhood nickname of Tasteless Joe. I first acquired the name when I … more
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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.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISlate
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