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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Last night i just got the 32G iPad. First off, I'll leave all the detailed fawning over the coolness of this thing to the fanboys, but will say it is super cool toy. I just want to play with it. But here are my issues with it. First off, you can't even turn it on until you connect it to the apple store to buy their products... called... duh... iTunes. When you take it out of the box there are 3 simple … more
April 2010 was a big month. The iPad was finally released after months of hype and all I knew is that I wanted one. Unfortunately, during that portion of the year and my wedding coming up, it wasn't realistic (not to mention Apple couldn't keep them in stock anyway). Well, almost eight months later, I finally purchased my iPad! Mind you, I got the basic 16GB model without 3G, but none the less, it's an iPad. Need less to say, it is probably the best purchase … more
Ok, Steve Jobs woke me up for this... I was already on the way to bed and man, the man launches an iPad? iPad?! Seriously? What's the date? Jan. 27? Why Jan. 27? Revolutionary? Well, I'm sure it's revolutionary... well, at least the way I've to relearn to type! I can type pretty fast on the keyboard now, I don't think he demonstrated how fast someone could type on an iPad! I hope it won't be a major source of frustration! We are supposed to be ready … more
On a recent cross-country flight with my soon-to-be two year old daughter, I discovered the true magical nature of the iPad -- its ability to keep her entertained for several hours while confined to her seat. She spent time drawing with Adobe Ideas, reading The Cat In the Hat and watching several episodes of Yo Gabba Gabba and Dora the Explorer. All was going well until the passenger seated at the window asked to pass by us to use the restroom. As I closed … more
I'm underwhelmed by this iPad thing, especially with all of the hype surrounding it. It's no secret that I'm a well documented iPhobe, but I've tried to put that aside and be objective here. I predict that only the most hardcore iSheep will be flocking to this overgrown iPod Touch. I can see a future for the device and others like it, but it's not there in the present. What's wrong with it? No camera. No phone calling. Another $30/month for unlimited Internet access on top of … more
Well, the Apple is finally out of the bag today as the mythical "iPad" is unveiled. But did the public receive the news as Steve intended? Was the "shock" good, bad, or ugly? Perhaps it's too early to tell whether the iPad will be a success or failure because time is needed to see how things look when the dust settles. But, it's not too early to discuss first impressions... so here's the 'skinny' on the iPad. The Good: … more
I had made up my mind during the 2 months or so between the announcement of the Apple iPad and its release date that I was not going to get one, or so I thought. I figured the UI would be fantastic as it was running the same OS as the iPhone but with a bit more horsepower and my iPhone 3GS was a pleasure to use, jailbroken with multitasking. The key feature, or lack thereof, that swayed my decision was the fact that just like the iPhone, any video you wanted play from the device locally … more
People who know me know that I like screens. I have five screens at my desk at work and two in my home office. I learned a long time ago that I was more productive when everything is visible and I don't have to switch back and forth between applications. I often quote this Microsoft research that says you are 9 to 50 percent more effective with multiple screens so my IT department will let me have another display. So, when I was presented with the opportunity to buy an iPad, I thought of it as another … more
I'm a technology early adopter. I thoroughly enjoy geeking out with the latest hardware, software and electronics. I probably have as much fun setting up, tweaking, and configuring systems as I do actually … 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.