After years of companies trying to cram a computer into a tablet—the resulting boxes have been too heavy, the software too sparse, the screen too small—Apple made what everyone wanted: a sleek device with a gorgeous screen and a dead- simple interface that makes you want to sit back and play. The trick? Rather than shrink a computer, enlarge a phone. By using the same multitouch gestures and App Store as the iPhone, Apple created an intimate gadget for updating your Facebook status, watching a movie, or reading a magazine. Making it look simple, though, is complicated.
The 9.7-inch high-definition screen is the best example yet of in-plane switching, in which liquid crystals are aligned to allow a wider viewing angle than regular LCDs, and its speedy one-gigahertz processor is still efficient enough to run for nearly nine hours on a single charge. Apple sold three million in the first 80 days (more than the iPod or iPhone); now companies are rushing LCD tablets to market. The iPad, something between phone and computer, is what we always hoped a gadget could be. $500–$830.
Best mobile device ever made, by the best mobile device company ever existed!
Over sized Iphone minus the phone. That can't multitask, is way over priced for so little that you get, and constricted to what apple wants you have not what you need. Ya sure you can jailbreak it but then you loose your warranty.
You could get an oversized thick tablet, but that would be less iconic. It doesn't have the same ring to it as an IPAD. Seriously. It may be the best MOBILE device if we consider it a large iTouch without the camera. Other than that, it sucks as a tablet.
At this time there are tablets that are more fully functioned, cheaper, and are just as thin as the iPad (none that look as good in my opinion). The iPad's age (7 months) already shows through when compared to brand new competition like the Galaxy Tab, so from a hardware stand point I'd almost say that the Tab deserves it more. However the quality of a tablet rests more on it's OS, at which point it becomes a two horse race, iOS vs Android (don't even bring up windows based tablet pc's I've got plenty of experience with them and it's never been good). Which OS is better is highly depending on what you're needs are, if we're basing this solely on the nerd vote sure Android wins, it's got way more features and posibilities I understand that. The other side of the OS is the UI and here I've got to say I'd side with Apple, their products are plain and simply easy to use, can I watch flash video? no, can I use the SD card to boost system performance? no, but my grandma can pick up an iPad and use it without being shown how, this is why the iPad sold more units in November than the Tab even while the Tab is in it's peak sales time right after the launch.
After having the ipad for 3 weeks I returned it. I realized that having a desktop computer and a laptop left no room for the ipad. Its not as good as a laptop or desktop. Having both, I found that my ipad mostly just sat around. Was it cool? Yes. Is it worth $700.00? No way. Absolutely not. The only way I would buy an ipad again is if Apple added a camera and a phone. THEN it would be the cool gadget that everyone thinks it is. If your thinking about the ipad, I urge you not to do it. Spring for the Macbook Air and get a fully functioning laptop. Don't say I didn't warn ya :)
By far the best tablet on the market. The same goes for the iPod. Sure there might be tablets out there with more memory, power or some dumb feature but none of them are as easy and fun to use. There is a reason why IPod is better, even if other mps players have more power. And with all the cheap or free apps for the iPad you can not go wrong. I do not know what I would use a camera for. Its not like my phone which is always in my pocket. And I mostly use my iPad at home. Thou I'm looking forward to traveling with it.
I think I might be an atypical user thou. I have no interest in iBooks or storing my photos. I use my netbook when I need to do things in Office or OneNote. What I love using the iPad for is reading a lot of technical websites, news, technical pdf's and keeping up with emails. I no longer need to printout 100+ documents which ends up on some pile on the floor. I also do not need my newspaper or magazines anymore.
I bought a $4 PDF app which allows me to highlight, make notes in the PDF and do various other things. It also has a virtual hard drive which works on my wireless network which allows me to just drag and drop files on my pc to the mapped wireless iPad drive. I do not even have to dock the iPad.
It is just an amazing device. A true Star Trek device. I have owned this for a few weeks now. It has the perfect amount of power, 3D graphic games look amazing, screen looks amazing, much easier to type on than my phone and the ideal way to read large msdn documents on Microsofts website. I like reading smaller docs on my pc but when it comes to read 100+ pages it was difficult. But not anymore. Get one. You will not be disappointed. Don't be a loser who buys an android tablet. Google does not know how to make something easy and fun to use. They just don't have the magic that Apple has.
I'll wait for the competition to come out with a better one that has expandable memory.
I've got an iPad, and I honestly can't find a use for the thing. I use my laptop for just about everything that the iPad does, so it is currently just sitting on my desk.
The most useless, expensive device from the company that sells on image alone.
iPad, iPod, iPhone... never liked any of them. Give me the competition.
It would be great if Apple put a phone and a video camera on the iPad along with the 5MP camera that's already there at about $250.00. The iPad would be worth the high price then.
Apple phone is good mobile phone make so i like this variety ..
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I'm waiting for Notion Ink's Adam.Looks like it will beat the pants off Ipad in almost every respect.
Many years ago, i dreamed about a device like the iPad. Something that just lets me browse content on the interests...something small, light and easy to use. This thing is incredible. I haven't owned this thing for very long but all the news apps alone are enough to keep me coming back to this pad every morning before work.