Apple iPad 16GB
If you ever wanted an all in one device here’s your chance to grab one. The Apple iPad combines your laptop, gaming console, iPad and smartphone into a single unit. Features like Bluetooth 802.11n Wi-FI, 10 hours battery life or the integrated HD video output might start you thinking you must own one. And if you have doubts about it, Apple provided some Guided Tours that are bound to answer all your questions.
The iPad is in fact an 8×10 inch tablet computer running on the same popular software used for iPhone and iPod Touch (iPhone OS). The main advantage is, of course, the touch input response rather than the use of keyboard or mouse. As nifty as this sounds, I have to say that I was fairly disappointed that iPhone OS is only still capable of running one application at a time.
The main advantage of this tablet is that if you are not a stranger to other Apple devices, it will immediately feel familiar. It has many of the iPhone features (Apple applications for browsing, e-mail, photos, YouTube and more). It supports over 150,000 applications so you can always use the built-in App Store software to download the apps you need or desire. You can also transfer on it iPhone or iPod Touch applications you might own.
I’ m not too keen about the fact that it does not have a video camera (rear or front) so video conferences are off the table with this tablet. It would have been a good thing to have it, since its 9.7 inch screen feels rather luxurious.
The iPad is unfortunately not as portable as I’d like. It’s like carrying a book around all the time. But the book you’re carrying around is made of glass and starts at 499$. So you better have a protective case for it and treat it with care. It’s also not very light – weighing in at 1.5 pounds or thin – half an inch thick, making it heavier and thicker than most of the dedicated e-book readers, including the Kindle DX which is not exactly in the small category.
Although the iPad can be used without a computer you will need to connect it to a computer running at least iTunes 9.1 in order to set it up and synchronize your media files.
All in all, the iPad seems like the first “worth paying for” tablet but it can’t yet replace your laptop. I guess we’ll have to wait a little more for that to happen.11