This week there really is not much else to talk about besides Apple’s iPad, which I’m relatively fine with. It’s a pretty snappy device. I’ve had it in my hands and reviewed it for work. Granted only the Wi-Fi version is out but I expect the 3G version not be different other than that feature: 3G.
What I like about the iPad is the convergence. Lately we’ve been talking about how long it would take before many of our devices were combined into one. When I travel I take my cell phone, iPod Shuffle, iPod Touch, laptop, and e-reader. That’s at least 5 devices that clutter my carry on. Wouldn’t it be nice if I had one device that could do all the functions that my 5 devices did?
While the iPad doesn’t really take the place of my phone or laptop, it does combine some devices nicely. If you take a digital photo frame, netbook, gaming device, e-reader and put them all together into one device, you will have an iPad. The 9.7 inch screen is nice for surfing the web, watching videos, working on documents, or emailing.
The iBooks app is nice. It’s great that you can see things in color. But the iPad doesn’t have e-ink like other e-readers do. The Kindle 2 or the Nook both use e-ink which is easier on the eyes when you read for a long amount of time. But magazines and other content look great on the iPad because it has color and a backlit screen. So my advice is this: if you just want to read a lot of books and may read on the beach I’d still go with a Kindle. The iPad is hard to read in bright sunlight.
But the great thing about the iPad is that it is more than just an e-reader. I think gaming will change because of it. While I’m not much of a gamer, I can see how kids and big kids will like iPad gaming.
On a performance level, the iPad works well and it’s speedy. There really isn’t a lot of lag time when switching applications. But unfortunately it doesn’t multitask. You won’t be able to have two applications running and working at the same time.
There are some things missing from this version. The most obvious, is the lack of a camera. It also doesn’t have USB ports so you can’t directly plug in your camera to the iPad to download pictures. The iPad doesn’t have true HD video. It plays in 480p which isn’t true HD output. Most TVs come with 720p or 1080p (don’t buy a TV without at least 720p). The aspect ratio is 4:3 and not 16:9 so it isn’t really true HD proportioned either. But even with those facts, the display still is nice. I don’t think the average person will notice too much because it’s still on a small screen. Video and pictures look great on it.
So will I buy it? We’ll have to see. It’s expensive (cheapest model is $499) and I might wait for the 2nd generation. But if you’re an early adopter-you’re already late. Its 6 days past the release date so go hit up your closest Apple store.
Below is an in interview I did about the iPad.