So Apple's iPad is here, the lines in the stores will soon arrive as well. I've said in the past that without a decent multi-tasking I am not going to get one (and I'm sure multi-tasking will come in a few months too…). I've also said that in a few years we will all have iPad or iPad like device.
The mobile world will probably get something out of it, as it got from the iPod and iPhone. I'm not sure what exactly, but I can imagine a wave of mini-tablets coming with different OS running on it form Windows 7 to Chrome or even Android. It's going to be interesting to see how this market will evolve.
After reading many of the recent reviews – here are some highlights notes followed by quotes and links:
Wicked fast device - most of the reviewers said that.
Lack of webcam seems to be a major problem.
The keyboard got some positive reviews but mostly negative ones. It's going to be harder to type with it, that's for sure. But hey, this device is mostly for consuming content, not creating one – right?
Battery life seems to be around 10 to 12 hours.
Browser performs well, screen size makes web site look & feel the way they should, and there is not flash (but we all knew that, right?)
Reading books seems OK in general except for a few reviewers mentioning hard reading in the sun light, or in bed, comparing to regular books or the Kindle. Colors can cause reading issues but who cares, as long as there's this Apple magic UI touch as always.
Form Factor: easy to use, comfortable to place it on the knee when sitting without burning the leg. Not a laptop replacement mainly due to multi-tasking and keyboard, but once again – it's not a laptop killer.
Satisfaction rate – seems to be high by all the reviewers. Apple just knows how to make a gadget that makes you happy and satisfied when you are doing just the basic things.
Here are some interesting quotes (taken from Gizmodo's great reviews summary):
Andy Ihnatko (Chicago Sun-Times):
The iPad user experience is instantly compelling and elegant. It's not every computer and every function. It's a computer that's designed for speed, mobility, and tactile interaction above all other considerations.
David Pogue (NYT'):
The iPad is not a laptop. It's not nearly as good for creating stuff. On the other hand, it's infinitely more convenient for consuming it - books, music, video, photos, Web, e-mail and so on. For most people, manipulating these digital materials directly by touching them is a completely new experience - and a deeply satisfying one
Tim Gideon (PC Mag):
Is the iPad a perfect product? No. And the omissions will give the anti-Apple crowd plenty of ammo. Why do I need this extra device that's not a full-fledged laptop? Where's the camera? What about Flash? Um, how about multitasking? These are all valid complaints, but one thing I can say about most Apple products, and certainly the iPad: There may be things it doesn't do, but what it does do, it does remarkably well. Aside from the aforementioned limitations, there isn't a lot else to gripe about. And to my great surprise, you can actually get real work done with the iPad
Edward Baig (USA Today):
Apple has pretty much nailed it with this first iPad, though there's certainly room for improvement. Nearly three years after making a splash with the iPhone, Apple has delivered another impressive product that largely lives up to the hype
On the other hand, reviewers such as Walter S. Mossberg from All things Digital, did point out the many limitations of the iPad, but those are mostly missing features that can be added:
"the iPad lacks some of the features—such as a physical keyboard, a Webcam, USB ports and multitasking—that most laptop or netbook users have come to expect."
Check out those reviews and device for yourself, is it the next mobile star or is it a passing episode?