Like many Apple connoisseurs (ok, fanatics) out there we’ve given the articles a good read but also decided to summarise all the positives and negatives for you in a neat list.
This should give you a good idea of what the iPad’s standout features are and what’s currently lacking.
- Sleek, light, silver-and-black
- As an e-book or digital periodical reader, it works brilliantly (better than the Amazon Kindle in Mossberg’s opinion)
- Runs all iPhone apps 150,000+ of them.
- Large screen allows much more functionality than you initially imagine.
- If you’re mainly a web surfer, note-taker, social-networker and emailer, and a consumer of photos, videos, books, periodicals and music—this is for you.
- Pogue: The iPad is so fast and light, the multitouch screen so bright and responsive, the software so easy to navigate, that it really does qualify as a new category of gadget.
- The iPad is thinner and lighter than any netbook or laptop Mossberg has seen.
- It boasts a big, bright color 9.7-inch screen that occupies most of the front
- It has a decent speaker, and even a tiny microphone.
- iPad’s battery life great, Mossberg found it to be even longer than Apple’s ten-hour claim (He played movies, TV shows and other videos back-to-back until the iPad died). Lasted 11 hours and 28 minutes. “I was able to watch four feature-length movies, four TV episodes and a video of a 90-minute corporate presentation. All with wi-fi running and email downloading in background.”
- Overall speed of the iPad, “wicked fast”
- Typing accurately and quickly on the iPad’s wide on-screen keyboard was perectly comfortable and fast.
- The Web browser also works beautifully.
- Watching videos, viewing photos, listening to music, reading books and playing games was “satisfying and fun”.
- Generally the iPad apps are much better than their iPhone equivalents, but more expensive, but some free.
- The photo app is striking, and much more like the one on the Mac than the one on the iPhone. The device can even be used as a digital picture frame.
- Reading the news on iPad was the “best implementation of the newspaper” (WSJ) Mossberg has ever seen.
- iBooks is superior to the Kindle, and encountered no eye strain says Mossberg. (but heavier)
- You can search text in iBooks and it will open to a specific page
- The simple act of making the multitouch screen bigger changes the whole experience. Maps become real maps, like the paper ones.
- there’s no contract. (By tapping a button in Settings, you can order up a month of unlimited cellular Internet service for $30)
- It gives portable game machines from Nintendo and Sony a run for their money.
- Apple expects more than 1,000 iPad-specific apps to be available at launch,
- The Apple iPad is basically a gigantic iPod Touch says Pogue.
- No physical keyboard
- no Webcam
- no USB ports
- no multitasking.
- No headphones with the device
- Not as good for writing or editing longer documents
- Not good for anything that requires Flash.
- battery is sealed in and nonreplaceable
- Memory, also sealed in and nonexpandable (ranges from 16 gigabytes to 64 gigabyte)
- no stand but $39 iPad case works well.
- iWork works well, a “serious content creation app”, but exporting to Microsoft’s formats (which only Pages can do) doesn’t work so well.
- No Weather, Clock and Stocks apps.
- iPad heavier than Kindle
- Most people need two hands to use iPad
- The iBooks app also lacks any way to enter notes, and Apple’s catalog at launch will only be about 60,000 books versus more than 400,000 for Kindle.
- email app lacks the ability to create local folders – email app doesn’t include rules for auto-sorting messages
- email app doesn’t include group addressing
- No tabs in Safari
- Wifi only version lacks GPS.
- Wide screen view can be awkward. Either you have black bars in wide screen view or you get some of your image cut off in fill screen view.
- There’s an e-book reader app, but it’s not going to rescue the newspaper and book industries says Pogue
- At 1.5 pounds, the iPad gets heavy in your hand after awhile (the Kindle is 10 ounces)
- You can’t read books from the Apple bookstore on any other machine — not even a Mac or iPhone.
- When the very glossy 9.7-inch screen is off, every fingerprint is grossly apparent.
- You can’t read well in direct sunlight
- Pogue: “When the iPad is upright, typing on the on-screen keyboard is a horrible experience; when the iPad is turned 90 degrees, the keyboard is just barely usable (because it’s bigger). A $70 keyboard dock will be available in April, but then you’re carting around two pieces.”
- Pogue: “The bottom line is that you can get a laptop for much less money — with a full keyboard, DVD drive, U.S.B. jacks, camera-card slot, camera, the works.”
- The new iBooks e-reader app is filled with endearing grace notes.
- Apple says that 150,000 existing iPhone apps run on the iPad but many appear or small and dead center on the screen — or, with a tap, doubled to fill the screen, a little blurry.
- Skype (even voice calls, through its speaker and microphone). Just no video
- Pogue: The iPad is not a laptop. It’s not nearly as good for creating stuff.
- Pogue: It’s infinitely more convenient for consuming it — books, music, video, photos, Web, e-mail and so on.
- You will have to buy into the iTunes ecosystem, of course, to watch movies, read e-books and sync up the apps.
- You have to purchase a $29 iPad Camera Connection Kit, which lets you connect a USB camera or import photos via an SD card.
- Baig: “Many people will still need a more traditional computer. You can’t edit video on an iPad. And the virtual onscreen keyboard that pops up when needed is fine for e-mails or scribbling notes, but I wouldn’t want to regularly write articles using it. “
- No coverflow in iTunes
Baig on USA Today: “Apple has pretty much nailed it with this first iPad, though there’s certainly room for improvement. Nearly three years after making a splash with the iPhone, Apple has delivered another impressive product that largely lives up to the hype. ”
Pogue on NY Times: “It really does qualify as a new category of gadget. Some have suggested that it might make a good goof-proof computer for technophobes, the aged and the young; they’re absolutely right. the iPad is not a laptop. It’s not nearly as good for creating stuff. On the other hand, it’s infinitely more convenient for consuming it — books, music, video, photos, Web, e-mail and so on. For most people, manipulating these digital materials directly by touching them is a completely new experience — and a deeply satisfying one. ”
Mossberg on WSJ: “If people see the iPad mainly as an extra device to carry around, it will likely have limited appeal. If, however, they see it as a way to replace heavier, bulkier computers much of the time—for Web surfing, email, social-networking, video- and photo-viewing, gaming, music and even some light content creation—it could be a game changer the way Apple’s iPhone has been.”
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