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Apr 1, 2010

iPad first reviews are out – here is a summary

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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. 
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After reading many of the recent reviews – here are some highlights notes followed by quotes and links:

The highlights:

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.

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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."
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Check out those reviews and device for yourself, is it the next mobile star or is it a passing episode?



2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I admit it, I'm an Apple hater.  But despite that, I did "get" the iPod and iPhone.  They were innovative in many ways.  And it pissed me off because I knew that the devices I liked in the same market could have been just as cool (or cooler) if the respective companies invested more into them, as Appl edide.

That said, I just don't get the iPad.  It's like all the owners and reviewers are struggling to find a niche for it.  They know it's Apple and they know it's got the iPhone's slick UI, so they think really hard what they might want to use it for. 

Well, gosh, I can browse the web and even though it's as good as a laptop, it's Apple, therefore I'll use it!

I mean let's get real here.  Where the fuck are you suposed to use this?  It's a tad smaller than a laptop, but it's not pocketable, so why bother with it?  The reason the Kindle (and other e-paper devices) is cool is because the screen can be used anywhere and the battery life is ridiculous.  This device doesn't have this.

I do think you are right that the niche will develop and it will sell, but I'm confused on how I would use this thing or things like it.

The only thing that has gotten me mildly excited about these 'taint' mobile devices (neither laptop nor phone!) is that HP/Microsoft concept where they show really advanced note-taking dual screen thing.  That's pretty neat.  But even that still completely and utterly fails because it has no keyboard!  I can at least see the use for the average consumer because most people type like this.  But for those of us that can type 60+ wpm, the thought of having to hand-write all my notes is depressing.

So, for now if I wanted something smaller than my 15" screen average laptop, i'd just get one of those netbooks running XP.  At least it's a full OS.  lol.  I just don't see the benefit...

Parrotlover77 said...

Oops, left my name off.  It didn't remember me.  Also, correction...

"though it's as good" = "though it's not as good"

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