Apple iPad Review - iPad Features, iPad Price, iPad Specifications
The waiting game is over for Apple’s much-anticipated Tablet. On 27 January 2010 in San Francisco, Apple CEO Steve Jobs revealed the new device called the iPad. Essentially the iPad fills the gap in between smartphones and laptops. Are you planning on purchasing an iPad? Make sure to read the iPad Review below before you decide to buy an iPad.
Apple iPad Review
Imagine being able to page through websites, write an email, flick through photos, or watch a movie. All on a big, beautiful, Multi-Touch screen. With just the touch of a finger. All of the built-in apps on iPad were designed from the ground up to take advantage of the large Multi-Touch screen. And they work in any orientation. So you can do things with these apps that you can’t do on any other device. In short, iPad is the best way to experience the web, email, photos, and video. Hands down.
Apple’s iPad starts at an unbeliveable price of $499 only.
It’s hard to believe we could fit so many great ideas into something so thin. iPad has a 9.7-inch, LED-backlit IPS display with a remarkably precise Multi-Touch screen. And yet, at just 1.5 pounds and 0.5 inches thin, it’s easy to carry and use anywhere.
iPad Multi-Touch Screen
The Multi-Touch screen on iPad is based on the same revolutionary technology on iPhone. But the technology has been completely reengineered for the larger iPad surface, making it extremely precise and responsive. So whether you’re zooming in on a map, flicking through your photos, or deleting an email, iPad responds with incredible accuracy. And it does just what you want it to.
iPad Battery Life - Up to 10 Hours
To maximize battery life, Apple engineers took the same lithium-polymer battery technology they developed for Mac notebook computers and applied it to the iPad. As a result, you can use iPad for up to 10 hours while surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching videos, or listening to music.
LED Backlit IPS Display Technology
The high-resolution, 9.7-inch LED-backlit IPS display on iPad is remarkably crisp and vivid. Which makes it perfect for web browsing, watching movies, or viewing photos. With iPad, there is no up or down. It’s designed to show off your content in portrait or landscape orientation with every turn. And because it uses a display technology called IPS (in-plane switching), it has a wide, 178° viewing angle. So you can hold it almost any way you want and still get a brilliant picture, with excellent color and contrast.
Thin and Light Design
One of the first things you’ll notice about iPad is how thin and light it is. The screen is 9.7 inches measured diagonally. So overall, it’s slightly smaller than a magazine. At just 1.5 pounds and 0.5 inch thin,1 you can take it anywhere. And a slight curve to the back makes it easy to pick up and comfortable to hold.
The A4 chip inside iPad was custom-designed by Apple engineers to be extremely powerful yet extremely power efficient. The performance is unlike anything you’ve ever seen on a touch-based device. Which makes iPad fantastic for everything from productivity apps to games. At the same time, the A4 chip is so power efficient that it helps iPad get up to 10 hours of battery life on a single charge. And iPad is available with a choice of 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of flash storage4, giving you lots of room for your photos, movies, music, apps, and more.
The 30-pin connector on the bottom of the iPad allows you to dock and charge it. It also lets you connect to iPad accessories like the Camera Connection Kit and the Keyboard Dock.
The powerful built-in speaker produces rich, full sound perfect for watching a movie or listening to music. iPad also comes with a headphone jack and a built-in microphone.
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Apple iPad Features
iPad Wi-Fi models are expected to start shipping in late March 2010. With built-in 802.11n, iPad takes advantage of the fastest Wi-Fi networks. It automatically locates available Wi-Fi networks, which you can join with a few taps. iPad also comes with Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, letting you connect to devices like wireless headphones or the Apple Wireless Keyboard.
- iPad 3G
3G model of the iPad will be shipping in April 2010. iPad will also be available in a 3G model with superfast data speeds up to 7.2 Mbps. So if you’re traveling or you happen to be somewhere without a Wi-Fi network, you can still get a fast connection for surfing the web, downloading email, or getting directions.
See web pages at a size that’s readable in either landscape or portrait view. And let your fingers do the surfing. The large Multi-Touch screen on iPad lets you see web pages as they were meant to be seen - one page at a time. With vibrant color and sharp text. So whether you’re looking at a page in portrait or landscape, you can see everything at a size that’s actually readable. And with iPad, navigating the web has never been easier or more intuitive. Because you use the most natural pointing device there is: your finger. Scroll through a page just by flicking your finger up or down on the screen. Or pinch to zoom in or out on a photo. There’s also a thumbnail view that shows all your open pages in a grid, to let you quickly move from one page to the next.
With a split-screen view and a large, onscreen keyboard, the Mail app makes it easy to stay in touch.
The Photos app lets you see your photos in stacks. Flip through photos or play a slideshow with just the touch of a finger.
The large, high-resolution screen makes iPad perfect for watching HD movies and TV shows, podcasts, and more.
The YouTube app organizes videos so they’re easy to see and navigate. To play a video, just tap it.
The iPod app lets you browse by album, song, artist, genre, or playlist with just a tap or a flick. So all your music is literally at your fingertips.
With iTunes, you can browse and buy music, TV shows, and podcasts or buy and rent movies wirelessly, right from your iPad.
- App Store
iPad will run almost all of the 140,000 apps from the App Store including everything from games to productivity apps. Right now, iPad can run almost 140,000 of the apps on the App Store. It can even run the apps you’ve already downloaded for your iPhone or iPod touch.
The iBooks app is a great way to browse, buy, and read electronic books on iPad. Download the free iPad app from the App Store and buy everything from classics to best sellers from the built-in iBookstore. Once you’ve bought a book, it’s displayed on your Bookshelf on iPad. Just tap it to start reading. The high-resolution, LED-backlit screen displays everything in sharp, rich color, so it’s easy to read, even in low light.
With Maps and the large, high-resolution screen, it’s never been easier to find your way in the world.
iPad makes it easy to jot down notes on its large, onscreen keyboard. A clipboard shows a list of all your notes.
The Calendar app lets you flick through appointments one month, week, or day at a time. You can manage work and personal calendars in the same place.
The Contacts app makes finding names, numbers, and other important information quicker and easier than ever before.
There are lots of great accessories specifically designed for iPad. The Keyboard Dock, for instance, combines a dock with a full-size keyboard. There’s also a standalone Dock. And because iPad has built-in Bluetooth wireless technology, it works with the Apple Wireless Keyboard, too. The Camera Connection Kit lets you import photos from a camera or SD card. The iPad Case not only protects your iPad, it also allows you to use it in various positions, making it easier to type, look at photos, or watch movies. And through a range of accessories, iPad can play your content on TVs, projectors, and displays.
iPad Negative Points
Now since we have looked at all the pros (plus points) of the iPad, so let us take a look at some of the known cons (negative points) of the Apple iPad. The iPad has some issues that may prevent it to gain huge popularity as might be expected by Apple. Below are 6 of the most glaring issues in the iPad.
1. The Name
Numerous names were being thrown around in the months/weeks leading up to the release (iTablet, iSlate, iPad) but which name was Apple going to choose? I had grown accustomed to referring to the device as the iTablet, I could even see calling it the iSlateâ€¦ but iPad never seemed quite right. Why would Apple want to name their new product something that sounds so familiar to the iPod? Some people are objecting to the name referring to it as the "iTampon".
2. No Multitasking
Are you serious? Who thought this was a good idea? How can the iPad even compete with Netbooks if you can’t multi-task? This means that if you’re writing a document you can’t listen to music, you can’t have TweetDeck open if you want to check your email, you can only do one thing at a time, which has always been a complaint with the iPhone.
3. No Camera
Why is there no camera on the iPad, front or back? It’s got a microphone but no camera. Look at the size of the case that surrounds the screen, there is ample space for a camera. The iPad should’ve at least came with a 3 mega-pixel camera built in. As it stands, this means no iChat/Skype chat for you. Good move Apple, good move.
4. Huge Ridiculous Adapters
Want to access your camera or plug in something USB well there’s an adapter for that, actually 2 separate adapters both excessively huge.
5. Same Touch Keyboard
The iPad needed to re-revolutionize the keypad for touchscreen devices, make it easier to use. So what did we get? Just a larger version of what we already had. It’ll be incredibly hard to type on, unless you’re lying flat with your knees holding the device up, or you buy the iPad Case (essentially an book cover).
6. No Flash
Most of us are probably accustomed to Apple devices not being Flash compatible, but if Apple is truly wanting to compete with other Netbooks they need to remedy this. With a larger screen comes more responsibilities, i.e. you can’t just leave gigantic holes in the middle of webpages if you claim it to be "the best web experience you’ve ever had".
The Apple iPad is still in its infancy, so we’re sure that it’ll get better with time. Only time will tell if Apple’s iPad will be a success or flop.