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The intention of the device is to offer a new, comprehensive approach to interacting with many functions and services.

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Pros

slim and lightweight

51 agree

9.7-inch IPS multitouch capacitive touchscreen - 1024 x 768px resolution

51 agree

802.11BGN (WiFi)

42 agree

huge 10-hour battery life (and up to a month on standby)

38 agree

can run any iPhone / iPod Touch application

36 agree

instant-on, no booting time at all

35 agree

built in accelerometer for portrait and landscape modes

33 agree

optional keyboard dock

28 agree

features an extremely powerful 1GHz CPU (Apple's own brand new A4) - no lag on anything

28 agree

fairly affordable - starting at $499 for the 16GB model

26 agree

3G can be added to any model, and every version can be had without 3G

26 agree

Can use any bluetooth enabled keyboard.

25 agree

huge developer ecosystem so there's going to be a ton of cool apps

22 agree

3G over AT&T doesn't require a contract to be signed, can be canceled at any time

20 agree

available in 16, 32 and 64GB capacities

19 agree

built-in applications are more Mac-like than iPhone-like - including a fully featured iTunes, iPhoto, iWork, etc...

19 agree

will encourage the use of the latest HTML5 standard

19 agree

Assisted GPS (Wi-Fi + 3G model)

13 agree

in a big part recyclable and less toxic materials as in other devices

12 agree

Built-in PDF support.

10 agree

4:3 screen aspect ratio excellent for editing documents, reading books or browsing the web, and is just as good as a 16:9 screen of the same width for watching widescreen movies.

9 agree

State-of-the-art web browser: implements much of HTML5 (HTML5 is still a work in progress)

8 agree

will encourage Adobe to redesign Flash to be as efficient as possible

8 agree

integrated Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology

7 agree

typing on the virtual keyboard is surprisingly quick and easy

7 agree

dock connector for hardware expansion

7 agree

ships only 2 months after launch

6 agree

A huge selection of third party applications already available and more coming

6 agree

managed by iTunes

6 agree

will run your existing iPhone and iTouch apps, which of course cost THE SAME since they are the same apps

6 agree

Choice of either onscreen touch keyboard or hardware keyboard (with any third party bluetooth keyboard)

5 agree

no potential flash security holes

5 agree

Integrates 100% with my desktop and cloud of my iCal and Address Book application. Also has app for AMWAY.com

5 agree

3G account management with handy pop-up alerts at 20%, 10% and 0% 3G bandwidth limit remaining

5 agree

200000 Third party apps available and counting!

5 agree

No worry about viruses because apps are jailed, they can't infect anything else on the system.

4 agree

might drop in price not so long after launch

4 agree

VGA video connectivity offers widest compatibility as just about everything from projectors to plasma panels has a VGA port

4 agree

No unnecessary outdated junk like floppy drive or flash means reduced cost and increased stability.

3 agree

Great form factor

2 agree

capable of high definition media playback

1 agrees

will have iOS4 (multitasking, folders, & unified inbox)

1 agrees

multitasking functionality coming in iPhone OS4 upgrade this summer

1 agrees

large price drops at EOL directly from Apple

1 agrees
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Cons

no Adobe Flash support

64 agree

no multitasking functionality

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no camera

49 agree

no integrated SD/SDHC card reader

41 agree

no replaceable battery

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adding 3G to any model costs $130

39 agree

cannot run full O/S applications, such as those found on laptops/netbooks

36 agree

no integrated USB port

33 agree

you know that versions 2 and 3 are going to be WAY better

30 agree

requires being "tethered" to a computer, similar to iPhone/iPod

26 agree

no HDMI output (not even via extra adapter)

26 agree

aesthetic closely resembles an oversized iPhone with a large bezel

25 agree

No third-party applications (binding to Appstore)

20 agree

as book reader it's not a real e-ink technology device

19 agree

too large to be pocketable

19 agree

Stuck with At&t service once again. At least you can't drop calls on your iPad.

17 agree

poor battery life if used for an ebook reader compared to the competition

17 agree

Large annoying bezel around screen. Wasted screen.

17 agree

on-screen keyboard doesn't compare to a real keyboard, such as those found on a netbook (also: less screen real estate as you type)

17 agree

4:3 aspect ratio screen is poor for watching widescreen movies

16 agree

Unable to install competitive and better software even if developed

14 agree

poor 1024x768 VGA output using dock adapter cables

11 agree

iPad apps are 2x the cost compared to their iPhone versions

11 agree

draws too much power to be charged via many powered USB hubs, PC/Mac USB ports

10 agree

Does not work with T-Mobile's 3G network as it doesn't support the 1700mhz Frequency.

9 agree

no blu-ray, dvd or cd

7 agree

Cannot use the iPhone as an access point

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uses extremely rare micro-SIM cards instead of standard GSM SIM cards (i.e. you can't plug in your current phone's card, and you can't replace it easily)

6 agree

no handwriting recognition (like on a Tablet PC) - merely an on-screen keyboard.

6 agree

mono loudspeaker (seriously??? it's the year 2010!)

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connecting to a TV requires additional Composite or Component AV adapter for $49

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If you get one, you will have to listen to hordes or people who have never used one tell you about how crap it is

4 agree

USB port adapter costs extra ($29, part of Camera Connection Kit)

4 agree

biggest CON is that most apps need paying for! I checked and wanting the 3G 64Gb version with just at first view the soft I wanted, I end up over 1000 EURO

4 agree

tampon jokes

4 agree

no GSM voice support (cannot make any regular phone calls) despite microphone & speaker

4 agree

connecting external monitor requires additional (VGA only!) adapter for $29

4 agree

almost as heavy as a netbook...and for only$150 more!

4 agree

SD card reader adapter costs extra ($29, part of Camera Connection Kit)

4 agree

disappointing screen technology (in-plane switching LCD). Should have been AMOLED, Super-AMOLED, or Mirasol for a "revolutionary" e-book/tablet computer

3 agree

no mobile TV tuner (mediaFLO or DVB-H) for live TV watching

3 agree

No front-facing camera

3 agree

Heavy, not ideal for being held

2 agree

high price: from $500 to $829 (as much/more than for a real laptop)

2 agree

no ability to print (only via some 3rd party app and only over WiFi or 3G)

1 agrees

Curved back prevents it from laying flat on a desk

1 agrees

iPhone apps are emulated which results in worse performance

1 agrees

On-screen keyboard too large to comfortably type on

1 agrees

Apple stop your sinning and repent do your Ipad over with the most popular features to benefit your consumers.

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Edit

 

The Apple iPad is a device that has a lot in common with tablet computers but also introduces a new classification of products with its April 3, 2010 release. The intention of the device is to offer a new, comprehensive approach to interacting with many functions and services that are served by several currently existing products; Apple also intends for the iPad to bring similar sweeping, revolutionary changes to portable computing that the iPod brought for the music industry. The iPad makes itself unique from other devices in three main ways: a multi-touch display, an ultra-slim design, and a custom built, reimagined intuitive user interface. The display on the system is capable of real-time configuration between landscape and portrait orientations by automatically detecting how the user is holding the device. The system is also designed to be virtually button-free, with a multi-touch, 9.7 inch LCD with in-plane switching (IPS) and LED backlight for bright, vibrant displays with large viewing angles. The iPad focuses on being highly portable with a depth of only half an inch, a weight of only 1.5 lbs and, due to the 1GHz Apple A4 processor, an in-use battery life of up to 10 hours in order to last an entire day before needing to be charged.

The multi-touch display also means that the iPad is capable of recognizing multiple inputs--multiple fingertips--from the user at once for a smoother, more intuitive and responsive interface during all interaction with the device, including a full QWERTY onscreen keyboard. The menus and applications used have also been either redesigned or tailored specifically for optimal use with the iPad, including updated and customized versions of internet browsers, email clients, picture albums, iTunes, iBooks, and video displays. Most applications have been altered to take advantage of the larger screen and also to function exclusively with the touch interface. In terms of hardware the system has much in common with an all-in-one desktop computer but with all of the portability of a netbook. The price range is $499 for the version with 16GB storage and without 3G up to $829 with 64GB storage and with 3G modem (all prices excluding any necessary accessories).

Features
  • specifically tailored applications for the system, including:
    • internet browsing, email, and online stores (iTunes, iBooks, App Store)
    • pictures and photography albums, video, iPod, and YouTube
    • maps, notes, contacts, and calendars
    • 140,000 available apps
  • iWork redesigned and optimized
  • automatic detection of portrait or landscape display
  • WiFI or 3G network connections available
  • multi-touch, widescreen display
Technical Specifications
  • dimensions: 9.56" x 7.46" x 0.5"
  • weight: 1.5 pounds
  • battery life: 10 hours in-use
  • processor: 1GHz Apple A4
  • storage: 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB options
  • display size: 9.7 inches
  • display resolution: 1024x768
  • LED-backlit; IPS wide viewing angle
  • multi-touch screen; fingerprint resistant coating
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capable
  • 3G model also available
  • Mac and Windows compatible
  • chargeable with USB and power adapter
  • includes built-in speakers, microphone, and 3.5mm jack
  • warranty: TBA
Post Review
Omar
03/10/2011 10:45

I have to admit that this smart cases accessory is an absolutely genius move by Apple. One of the first things people did when they bought an #apple_ipad would be to get a case. Of which it was a pretty difficult process since there were so many options, and the official #apple_ipad_case wasn't very good.

With this move Apple has effectively increased the average price of the iPad by $40-$70 since a vast majority of people will be picking these up with their #apple_ipad_2's. Sure it might not be the absolute best case, but it's good enough and they don't have to think about what to get and that's what most people care about.

Yale
03/02/2011 03:17

Is it just me or is this the first Apple product to not only continue to be sold directly (no next-gen preorders / direct launch) but see direct-from-Apple EOL price cuts? Pretty groovy. They drive a hard bargain! Anyone thinking about going for this rather than waiting and paying full price for the next gen device?

Dom
09/13/2010 07:08

There's a comparison video between the iPad's LCD and a PixelQi screen over at Gizmodo. Quote: "This is hardly a scientific test. But when an iPad screen and a Pixel Qi faced off head to head recently at Computex in broad daylight, there was one very clear winner. And one very murky "magical" device."

Dom
06/04/2010 11:15

Well here we go, here's something you could more likely describe as revolutionary and magical!
It's Innoversal's prototype of a tablet with a PixelQi screen, it has interface ports, 8MP cam, normal SIM card slot, WiFi, BT 2.0+EDR, and can run Android, Windows, Linux, ChromeOS... and it throws in 3G as well, for the same price as the iPad with only WiFi.

The iPad is such a crippled and pitiful device. Is it because last year at this time there was already a lot of talk about what ChromeOS and Android could do on tablets and netbooks and Apple had to get this thing out the door as quickly as possible? Or have they just run out of ideas? Or is it the fast and easy money? I don't know man..... but Apple isn't what it used to be.

Dom
05/27/2010 06:18

It sure has a nice form factor. And I'm glad that this isn't patentable.

Happy spending ;-)

Omar
05/27/2010 05:05

So I've had my iPad for a total of about an hour now and I have to say that I finally get it. When people use the iPad they find it an enjoyable experience for some reason and just don't know why. Well my theory is that the iPad is the first device that let's you view the web, movies, etc on a screen that's large enough to enjoy while letting you move it around. It's a subtle point but extremely important. Relatively speaking computers are very static objects, even a laptop is usually in a fixed position so you adjust you own body when using them. With the iPad however it's small enough like a book that you can position it in any which way. This creates a more fluid and organic experience where the device caters to your body instead of the other way around.

This means you just have a more natural experience and relationship with the device that is more relaxing. It's one of those things you never think of until you experience it and then going back sucks.

Oh and the apps are amazing. I'm going to spend WAY too much money on comics... Wow.

Dom
04/09/2010 01:04

That was a nice piece, Omar. You certainly know your stuff :-)

Now that iAds is going to be released, Apple will make their app ecosystem even more attractive to developers. I certainly understand the dynamics of that, and from the developer perspective it would be great if we had just one mobile OS.... but, I think the mobile OS space is actually in great shape considering how much competition we have there, and consumers are still spreading their money across platforms to quite a high degree (especially if compared to the desktop OS market). I really hope that the iPhone OS won't become the dominating sluggard of the mobile OS world as Windows has in the desktop OS world (any company can/will fall into that trap once given a quasi-monopoly).

However attractive the Apple ecosystem is in terms of money for developers and of user experience to the consumers, in the long run I really think openness is supreme and should win. Google might have their own questionable intentions of "spying" on user behaviors to cash in with advertising, but they've done an incredible job at keeping the user at the center and giving him/her the choice of how much should he/she wants to reveal. Instead of forcing things down a user's/developer's throat in an all-or-nothing approach as Apple does it, they appeal to the user in a way that says something like "won't you help us improve our products and services by submitting your information"? Google's philosophy of openness also gives me confidence in buying into their ecosystem - ironically, because I know it's going to be pretty easy moving back out of it and into something else, if I feel that Google has become less innovative/useful/affordable than someone else. My experience with Apple has been terrible in this respect.

It's really going to be a clash of the titans in the next few years with Apple vs Google, but it's going to be up to "the people" to decide who will win. Let's reward the one who shows more trust in their own ability to innovate by keeping things open.

Omar
04/09/2010 12:08

@dom:
I think that boat has sailed, crossed the ocean, and is now circling Fiji. Practically speaking what it all comes down to is marrying willing and paying customers with eager and enthusiastic developers. With the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad Apple has a metric ton of willing and paying customers. These are people that have already self-selected themselves that they're willing to pay a premium dollar for a 'premium' experience. Slick, functional and It Just Works.

The genius with Apple was giving those customers a dead-simple mechanism to find, load and play with new apps. The App Store is essentially a safe-zone, and while the quality of a ton of apps is suspect, if you go with the 'popular' you're pretty much guaranteed to get something decent. So Apple has the paying customers... and if you're a developer that's looking to make money, you have nowhere else to go. Are developers getting rich off of the Android Marketplace? What about the Blackberry App Store?

If the Apple App Store is the only store that developers are getting rich off if, then that's the one the best developers will be targeting. You might have functionally equivalent apps on competing platforms - similar to open source alternatives to popular commercial packages - but they'll be inferior in ways that mainstream customers care about.

So now you have great apps on the iphone/ipad platform which draws in even MORE paying customers and boom you have a virtuous cycle. Ideals, principals, fears of the future, vendor lock-in, closed platform, etc etc. All of those get washed away in an orgy of apps and money. For the past 8 years we've been living in a Google web world where openness reigned supreme.

Will open trump closed the same way that happened with the web?

That's the big question. Pundits are obviously claiming that it will, but I don't know if we can be so sure. Look at the iPod and iTunes. Obviously music is different than full fledged applications, but what people care about is the EXPERIENCE. As long as the experience the average person receives on the iPhone is superior to the competition, nothing else matters.

But that's going to be up to the developers. Do developers care more about money and getting users/traction or about jumping through restrictive hoops.

My prediction is that right now Apple wields the power, but it's really about the apps. And once the apps get enough traction the balance of power goes to the developers. For example, I have the Quicken app. It's awesome. Love it. Isn't available on other platforms. As soon as it is... well, one less + to Apple.

I guess a good way to think of it is like gaming consoles. Right now the iPhone OS is the SNES/PS2. It's got the audience, and has the most exclusive developers. But that doesn't mean you can't have somebody like Microsoft make a close copycat, woo developers, and make everyone go multiplatform... oh wait, MS is releasing Phone 7 in the fall. It won't be this year, but I'd put my bet on MS in competing the most with Apple, not Google.

Dom
04/06/2010 11:42

@Yale: no seriously, the iPad display is OKAY. But as I was trying to explain, measured by the gigantic marketing claims and all the high expectations that so many people had, I mean, camping outside of stores for days and high-five'ing each other after a purchase etc.... measured by how it was going to be the "Messiah of tablet computing", this is just a disappointment. "Okay" becomes mediocrity.

Am I wrong in expecting a lot from Apple? I have owned Tablet PCs since 2005 and used them as my one and only computing device: ultra-portable/netbook, tablet for taking notes in class, couch surfing machine, e-reader, drawing toy for kids, desktop with the docking station & external peripherals & 26.5" display, DVD player, aaah, the list is too long! Anyway, the ThinkPad X61 Tablet (admittedly much more expensive than an iPad, but also that much more useful) that I've had for the past 3 years can definitely be improved in various ways, such as a better display, mobile-TV integration (the next iPhone is rumored to pick up mediaFLO), USB 3.0, or perhaps even LightPeak. I thought Apple could take up something really new and innovative and spark some new developments across the Tablet PC industry. But what did they do? It's "innovation recycling", which is, of course, an oxymoron.

At the end of it all I'm now expecting much less from Apple, kind of like the person who put that sarcastic CON into the review that reads "No built-in microwave oven, doesn't run Windows 3.1 and can not be used as a screwdriver". Of course I understand it's a sarcastic exaggeration that is trying to mock any criticism, but ironically, it implies that any high hopes for a "revolutionary" multi-purpose Apple tablet are unjustified.

@Omar:
You're right that the apps make a big difference. The "mindshare" among developers and the wooing visual effects of the UI (the engineers did an excellent job there, but again, it's little more than what we've already seen on the iPhone) is what can still drive the sales of even a bottom-third tablet as the iPad. But even the app ecosystem that Apple is expanding with the iPad concerns me. It's the same restrictive closed platform that rejected Google Voice on the iPhone. This Engadget article has it right - it shows where Apple is trying to move the industry to, and that is a place where we pay $10 or $15 for every little step that we take on the web. I think every consumer is well-advised to consider not being sucked into that. I'm not unwilling to pay, I just want choice, flexibility, and freedom.

Omar
04/05/2010 03:21

Damnit dom. I was all hyped up about the iPad, then I read about this ridiculously awesome Mirasol display and now I want that. Damn this unending march towards progress. Seriously, that display tech looks friggin sweeeeeet. I think we all know that realistically Apple opted for a practical compromise in its display. IPS is better than what most regular people experience (TNs...), and will actually "wow" quite a few of them. It's nice to have something like mirasol in the backpocket of the future, because new innovation has to come from somwhere.

As for the implication on the iPad as a whole, it's actually not about the specific hardware. Or rather, it's not about a specific thing like the screen technology, or resolution. It's the fact that it's a thin and light big-ass touchscreen display with an awesome developer ecosystem. What makes the iPad and iPhone stand above the competition isn't the technology behind the device, it's the fact that the best 3rd party developers are putting serious efforts in their applications.

To quote Steve Balmer "Developers Developers Developers Developers DEVELOPERS!" Apple has the developer mindshare and that's the most important thing.

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