iPad Review

Is the iPad really a magical and innovative device? The iPad comes in two versions, the Wifi only version or the 3G Wifi version. Both versions offer three different capacities, 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB. Powering the iPad is a 1GHz A4 CPU. The display of iPad is a 9.7” LED backlit multi-touch display with IPS technology. It has a pixel resolution of 1024 x 768. WiFi supports 802.11a/b/g/n.

Good

Display: The iPad’s display is amazing. Photos seem to come to life on the device. The IPS display helps viewing the iPad from any angle possible. The colors are deep and rich thanks to its LED backlit display. You will have a great time sharing photos or even watching a quick TV show.

Battery life: The iPad’s battery will last you around 10 hours, when surfing the web and playing games. With light use the iPad would last easily 2-3 days without having to recharge it. This is a major advantage for people taking long flights, or going on long road trips.

Speed: This is one fast machine. Safari renders webpages quickly applications and open up almost instantaneously. Working on the iPad is a great experience.

Apps: With over 3,000 applications written for the iPad in-addition to the hundreds of thousands applications the iPhone has to offer, the iPad will defiantly have an application that caters to your needs. The list also keeps growing.

Bad

No Flash Support: This is a major flaw. Videos and games that use flash will not work on the iPad. HTML 5 still has a long way to go until it becomes the norm.

USB ports: Want to connect a printer for printing out documents or transfer photos and documents by way of a USB flash drive? Then you’re out of luck.

No Camera: Want to use Skype for video chat, or even take a quick picture? You are also out of luck here.

iTunes: While this might a positive feature for some, but everything you do on the iPad must be synced through iTunes.

Apple: Some consider Apple to be evil because it use a closed system. Every application must go through Apple’s submission process.

No multitasking: The ipad, iphone, and ipod touch lack multitasking support. This can be a major drawback if you like to have multiple applications open at one time. The iphone os 4.0 is supposed to add multitasking support, but this is something that really should have been included sooner rather than later.

No folder system: Sometimes things can get a bit messy and the UI does not allow the user to clean things up by dragging files into a folder. Again, the new 4.0 OS is suppose to tackle this problem head on, but at the moment this is still causing a few headaches for people trying to clean up some applications on their desktop.

I have been using the iPad for two weeks now and the iPad has integrated itself into my life. Coming home from work wanting to check up on a website or email a few friends, instead of powering the PC, iMac, or laptop, I just use the iPad since it’s always on standby. Using the iPad in meeting is great, it might take some time to get used to the keyboard, but I take notes on the iPad on a regular bases. No longer is huge screen blocking my face when in a meeting situation. Sharing photos is a dream come true in this device. The display is so sharp and has deep vibrant colors. I use a 5D MarkII, the iPad’s display faithfully displays the photo’s I have taken.

One of the major downside to this device is lack of flash support. I would like to watch videos from sites that uses Flash, or even play a few facebook games. This is what I don’t like about Apple, Flash is used in over 90% of websites, this is a must have feature. Apple’s feud with Adobe has caused a vital feature to be missing.

Does the iPad replace a netbook? No, would be my answer. However, if you are looking for a device that surfs the internet, plays some games, and has great multimedia features then this is the device for you. It will only improve over time, with iPhone OS 4.0 soon to be released.

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by Hyperzine