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 I have ever made. The iPad is your all in one computer, photo viewer/frame, home entertainment system and music player. If you didn't already own a computer and were thinking about purchasing one, you probably wouldn't need to. Four months away from its one year anniversary and you're still on the fence about getting one? Here is what you need to know and why you should make the purchase.
From the minute you open your iPad, you can see that it closely resembles the iPhone 3GS and iPod touch. The fact that Apple didn't stray away from that design path was a good move since it is really simple, yet still pleasing to the eye. It has the standard center button which turns your screen on and takes you back to the first screen. Up top is the iPads lock button and on the right side the volume controls and screen orientation lock switch (NOTE: If you updated to iOS 4.2, that switch now mutes your iPad instead of locking the screen orientation). On the bottom of the iPad, exactly like the iPhone and iPod Touch, is your USB connector as well as the speakers. The screen size is what truly sets the iPad apart from the most recent of tablet devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Tablet that runs on Android. With a 9.7 inch LED display, the iPad is great for watching videos whether it's a movie from iTunes or one that you're streaming off of the Netflix app (free with a paid subscription). Though having this large of a screen adds a little extra weight to the iPad (it weighs in at 1.5 pounds), having that kind of viewing power is well worth it. The iPad also comes with a built in 25-watt-hour rechargeable battery that is good for 10 hours of video watching, web surfing and music playing. The battery life is spectacular. Even after watching a one hour television program, my battery was still at 100% percent. For those who are thinking about purchasing the iPad over a laptop and are worried about the virtual keyboard, don't be. If you are a smartphone owner and are already a good typer, you should have no problem picking up how to use it. From the minute I started typing, I felt as if I was using a real keyboard and found myself being able to type at a pretty good pace.
The iPad is loaded with all sorts of goodies. As soon as you turn it on, it has already come preloaded with iTunes, the App Store and other standard apps that come with devices such as these. The iPads biggest feature is its new book store and iBooks app. The iBooks app is impressive. Reading a book on the iPad is crystal clear and while some people still may prefer the kindle or Sony eReader, iBooks has the potential to be a real competitor to those devices. Its only problem is that the book store is not quite big enough yet. The selection is still pretty slim, even eight months later. I couldn't even find The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo books on there yet. Once the selection is expanded, iBooks will really take off. E-mail on the iPad is easy to use and supports almost all e-mail clients. The truly best feature about the iPad is web surfing. Safari, Apple's internet browser comes pre-installed on the device and works almost exactly like the computer version. You can even add a bookmark bar for added convenience. What differentiates the iPad's version of Safari and the iPhones (or other smartphone browsers) is that you can view most websites in their web form instead of their toned down mobile versions, making web browsing that much closer to being like what you would see on a computer What might just be the best feature on the iPad is the Photos app. Picture viewing on the iPad is not just gorgeous, but a lot of fun as well. From slideshows to flicking the pictures back and forth with your fingers, going through pictures has never been such a good time. Finally, with the release of iOS 4.2 this past Monday, the iPad now offers multitasking as well as Folders to put your apps into, freeing up screen space just like the iPhone 4 and 3GS. There were a lot of complaints from iPhone and iPad users alike when Android beat Apple to the multitask feature, but with the addition of it now on both the iPhone and iPad, it just solidifies Apple being the leader in the smartphone/tablet category even more.
Funny enough, the app store is my biggest complaint about the iPad. This in no way means that apps aren't great, but there are a ton of apps, namely Facebook, that don't have an iPad version yet. Having said that, I am still relatively pleased with the apps that I do have. Like I mentioned earlier, the Netflix app is outstanding and a must have for anyone who already has a Netflix account. Being able to stream movies instantly onto the iPad is quite possibly the best idea the company ever had. While this may not seem like a benefit to some, the fact that Netflix is raising prices and now offering a streaming only subscription only means that the already vast streaming library is only going to get bigger. If you are a sports fan, the Apple app store offers the best sports apps on any device. ScoreCenter XL is like having the ESPN channel at your finger tips. Most apps you already know about like Twitter and Aim are available in the app store as well. On a side note, if you're a tweeter and looking for a good Twitter alternative, TweetDeck for iPad is the way to go.
Hopefully from what you have just read, you decide to go take the plunge and get an iPad. Remember, this isn't even the only option. It all depends on which way you want to go. There is also the 3G+WiFi version which costs a little extra and also requires a monthly plan. If you are a smartphone user and already have a 3G device such as the iPhone or Droid devices, you may only need the WiFi version depending on your lifestyle. Right now though, if you're in the hunt for a tablet, the iPad is the way to go. Despite the fact that I am also a Droid owner, from what I have heard the Android powered tablets that are just coming out aren't quite ready to handle the OS on such a bigger platform. The iPad is also a great cost alternative to a laptop if you don't want to dish out the extra cash for one but still want the power of a computer in the palm of your hands. The Apple iPad starts off with the 16GB WiFi model for $499.99. 5/5.
After a surprisingly positive experience at the Apple store (I picked up my reserved iPad at noon on Launch Day and was able to walk in and get helped immediately), I'm now 24+ hours into my iPad experience. My initial impressions have been incredibly positive. WHAT I LIKE It's really fast. (MUCH faster … more
In the week leading up to the arrival of my iPad via UPS, I was second guessing my decision to buy it out of the gates. Not that I didn't want the iPad, I just wasn't sure what gadget gap it would fill. As it is I have a laptop, a MediaCenter PC, an iPhone, and a Kindle, I wasn't sure where the iPad fit in. After 24 hours of intense use, the kindle is to the curb, my laptop is jealous, and the iPhone is glad it has phone (barely) capabilities. For all the reasons I … more
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
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 … 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
Hi, my name is Julian Brown. I currently write for The Brotherly Game, a local Philadelphia soccer website where I cover the US Women's National Team and the local WPS Philadelphia Independence. 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.