iPad review

ipadYes, Apple’s iPad was released yesterday.

I think it will sell a massive amount. Basically, it’s a Kindle, an iPod Touch, and a keyboard‐less* MacBook, all rolled into one. It has a much prettier interface than the Kindle. You can do anything that requires the internet when you have a wifi connection — or if you don’t (and spend more), you can do it cellular‐ly via AT&T (in some parts of the USA). It sounds like there will be a reasonable deal on that too — $30 for one month’s unlimited data service.

Some of the apps look to be pushed even further than their Mac or iPhone equivalents. And they are reasonably priced ($30 instead of $79 for the full iWork suite).

Prices range from $499 to $829, depending on storage capacity (16–64 gb) and whether you add the 3G internet connection capability. Sounds like a deal to me — for what you get! Availability? “Sign up here, and we’ll contact you when iPad is available to order.” (Could be two weeks. But I’d guess a month‐and‐a‐half.)

For me? I won’t be getting one anytime soon, because I can’t afford it — and because I’m too shy to be that cutting‐edge. But if someone gave me one? I’d suck up my pride and settle for being that cutting edge.

(Photo from the Apple site.) *You will be able to get an external keyboard — but it will probably cost something outrageous like $79.


2 Replies to “iPad review”

  1. The iPad fills an interesting niche. Like you, I can’t see myself getting one anytime soon. I’m no market analyst, but it looks positioned to [perhaps] be a MacBook Air killer. While not full‐powered or feature‐rich enough to be the only computer for most folks, it would be a very good option for someone who wanted a highly portable computer for travel or times when one didn’t want a laptop.

    It’s missing some key hardware features. Two that immediately come to mind are USB for printing, connecting to external devices, or USB networking (if that’s ever perfected) and a camera as this is a great device for video chats or conferences.

    1. Great analysis, Bob. Totally agreed that if there were a video camera, it would be a lot more useful. Maybe Apple (or AT&T) didn’t want that because that would mean people would use iChat or Skype like a phone.

      I *think* there might be some USB adapter available.

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