Performance and Conclusion:

Of course all this browsing and video watching is going to eat considerable battery, but Apple claims 10 hours of surfing over Wi-Fi.  We haven’t gotten really close to that even, but it lasted us throughout the day with considerable use and the backlight setting all the way up.  It’s a device you can probably go two days with on normal use, but that you’ll have to remember to charge.  There have been some issues with charging via USB and USB hubs, and our unit would not charge with an older iPod cable we generally use but the included power brick is quite small and portable.

OK, so we’ve seen all of what the iPad does but still haven’t exactly answered the question of why you need it since it doesn’t really bring anything new to the table. Тhe thing is the iPad makes all those things that you have sort of done with your smartphone or netbook significantly easier and pleasant. Sure, it's not really a computer yet and it isn't perfect for business needs. However, all of those things you can easily do with it reveal where the unique appeal of the iPad is. Things like playing 3D games, seamlessly surfing the web, enjoying YouTube and other video, emailing, reading e-books and even basic document editing. Yes, you can already do most of that with certain smartphones, but not in that smooth, easy and intuitive way the iPad allows you to. Plus, doing everything on a 9.7-inch screen is always to be preferred next to using a 3-4" display current high-end smartphones have.

So, in the final analysis, we would say that if you need a mobile device strictly for business purposes, a notebook would be best. If you simply need an e-book reader, the Kindle will suit your needs. However, if you need a device that provides functionality typical of both worlds and gives it to you in a shiny aluminum body and ultra bright 9.7-inch multitouch display, then we do see the Apple iPad as the perfect solution. Right now, it is a device with its own niche, but with it gaining more and more popularity, we see competition from other manufacturers emerge, which will hopefully drive the development of tablets much further (and faster) with time.



Pros

  • Large screen
  • Great content delivery system
  • Fun e-book interface
  • Great media player

Cons

  • The size is not only large but awkward
  • Expensive cost of ownership
  • No multitasking or Flash support
  • Lack of HD resolution means videos aren’t as good as they could be
  • No memory expansion without clumsy adapter

PhoneArena Rating:

8.0

User Rating:

7.5
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33 Comments

33. mr.ddf unregistered

theres no flash, no usb, no hdmi, no keyboard, not a pocket sized, makes people look like idiots when calling, no camera, runs iphone OS but not OSx so apps are limited and can only be downloaded from the appstore, no multitasking, unremovable battery, screen resolutions too low for a 9.7" tablet, name is terrible and it would be better if it was called islate just like they were planning to do

32. stonee unregistered

we cann’t take advantage of video chatting by ipad with a cross-platform. I’ve purchased ipad in july, the reason why I choose it is its convenience, actually, I'm feeling inconvenience with the 9.7-inch multi-touch screen, what's more this problem cannot be solved like video formats limited by ipad which can defeat by video converter like ifunia and handbrake.

28. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I would rather have my HP latop or tablet - I can do a whole lot more than on the closed OS of APPLE......

29. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

+1

26. ZeroC00L

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 22, 2010

I made the move into Steve Job's pocket 3 years ago, and NEVER looked back!!! As an iPhone, Macbook Pro, iTouch user, I was excited to see the iPad make its way into the scene. Everyone has opinions, and obviously Apple has created an incredibly successful business model from hype (such as how the "Bar Floor iPhone 4" issue reaching headlines nationwide!!) I think with time, just as with all Apple products, the iPad will truly demonstrate its capabilities. I can already see the holiday season bringing about new colors and features, with OS updates coming soon as well. Personally, I would buy an iPad decades before I'd buy a lame Netbook!! I work for a prominent Mobile Phone company, and the issues with Windows Based Netbooks are endless. Of course nothing is perfect!! Just my opinion, but if and when the iPad supports Adobe programs, such as CS4 (or soon to be released CS5!) with Illustrator and Photoshop, MY life will never be the same!! I would love to edit and create on a screen with my fingers as opposed to using a mouse or a pen tablet tool. THAT is when the iPad will truly show its value and potential!! Its good to read everyone's thoughts tho... Very valid points!!

27. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

You must be the one trolling around giving everyone -1 for negative crApple comments...Good luck waiting for more Adobe products. FAIL

31. ILOVEIPHONE25 unregistered

i don't like your attitude.

25. adash13x

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 08, 2010

NOT a phone!! WTF?!!! get this crap outta here!

21. jellyelly

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 14, 2009

html5 isnt completely even finished*

18. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

Wow...Phonearena.com actually seems like they are bashing their once precious Apple product maker...interesting

19. mr. anderson

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 16, 2009

their last iphone review wasnt all that great either, and despite the score the review was only so-so on the 3g. methinks phonearena arent the apple fanboys theyre made out to be

17. vzwtech86

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 31, 2009

I don't understand why everyone is hating on the iPad...I have one and I think that it's great. People need to give it a chance. The apps on it are so much better than on the iPhone and gaming blows the psp and the ds out of the water IMO. Not only that but the games are still cheaper than the psp and the ds by 15 to 20 bucks, sometimes even more. The only gripe I have is that the iPhone apps scaled up kinda look like garbage so it kinda forces you to rebuy the HD resolution versions which kinda sucks but is still cheaper than buying ds and psp games. And I personally don't like flash in the first place html5 just seems better to me. Call me a fanboy if you want but I use a nexus one for my cell phone and I like android as well. Once you actually own one it's really another story. And the battery life is just phenomenal. I can seriously watch 7 or 8 movies back to back and still be at around 30 percent battery. Btw I typed this all on my iPad. I rarely use my MacBook or nexus one for browsing anymore either. Anyways, everyone needs to give it a chance.

20. jellyelly

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 14, 2009

You are what they call a SUCKAAAA lol........Apple got you for your MONEYYYYYY lol just like they got my brother you guys are both idiots lol........i dont have a i pad and i never need to. Sure I will agree over all its cool because iphones and itouches are cool as well and the ipad is just that, just waaaay bigger and 7 to 8 movies please, my brother got the ipad and he loves it as much as you do but even he said 7 to 8 movies back to back is pure B.S. and what are you talking html5 is better html5 isnt completely developed. Still in 2010 your tablet, cpu, netbook, smartphone would be a lot cooler with flash player. Ipad over all is cool but nothing new and there are certainly better things out there. Too much money, very limited hardware and software(meaning no room for expansion) and i typed this on my HP laptop by the way and i bet i did it a lot faster then you did. = }

23. sgg61991 unregistered

HP FTW! Anyways, I completely agree with you. Plus, there's no multitasking (as of yet). I had multitasking on my HP PocketPC that came out in like 2005 (it still works btw). For all of the hubbub Apple gets, it's a pretty big oversight for them not to include it. Especially if it's supposed to compete with netbooks.

24. nmajors

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 18, 2010

HP rocks. http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/05/hp-slate-to-cost-549-have-1-6ghz-atom-z530-5-hour-battery/ Game, set, match Apple. Honestly if you can survive on device that only runs one app at a time then you might as well go check into the elderly center because there's no way you're living in the real world with its technological demands. Also written on an HP.

30. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

Not to mention, how can you even compare gaming on the iPad to a PSP or DS? I mean, good luck fitting an iPad in your pocket, because that's what DSes and PSPs were created for. They weren't created for college kids to carry around in purses, they were created for handheld gaming and mobility. Apple is waaayyyyyy too arrogant because they've even made those comparisons of the iPhone to a DS or PSP, which is ridiculous. The iPhone has nothing on a PSP for gaming, bottomline, even though at least it meets the pocket-sized gaming criteria. I won't get into the rest of it because I've never used the iPad, but I do have eyes and can plainly see that an iPad is in a completely different market segment than a PSP or DS.

15. fongy

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

I think that this is a very good review.... My main problem is the score - with all those negatives (a lot more than positives, and fundamental negatives at that) and considering niche appeal and considering alternatives... 8/10? Really? Tops 7/10, realistically 6/10... I bet CNET will do exactly the same, all major reviewers appear to shy away from giving apple products anything less than 8/10 despite better competition... Bizarre... but predictable...

14. fsjon

Posts: 120; Member since: Sep 03, 2009

Once Chrome OS is finally out the door, imagine that on a slate/tablet design! And by then, the table design will be matured and know what design elements work best. I can see it now where I can replace my computer with a chrome OS tablet!!

11. Dddroid

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 30, 2009

LOL no hd playback... fail

10. Rico Dinero

Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 28, 2009

its another way Apple can put their hands in your pockets. And not even in the good way. For 500.00, I better get a reacharound instead of getting F&$%ed

9. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

once again PHONEarena.. THIS IS NOT A PHONE

8. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

So lets see, an iPhone (or iPod Touch) for a couple hundred dollars that fits in my pocket, looks stylish, has enough bells and whistles, makes phone calls (iPhone). And of course the iPhone has the wireless network advantage. Or get a $500 device that doesn't fit in anything less than a dufflebag, doesn't do much more than an iPhone/iPod, can't make phone calls, probably expensive as hell to insure (if available) in case of theft or damage...I don't get it! WHY? Do people actually spend money on crap like this? I'm not saying it's not functional, but it's useless. Why get a giant iPod? Have fun traveling with this. I'm an Android user but would definatly consider the iPhone over an iPad any day. iPad = iDon't Android/iPhone = Does!

12. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Agreed, this thing is a pseudo bastard child of an ipod touch and a netbook and doesn't replicate the features and conveniences which made each respective product standout. I hope Apple gets their nose blooded a little on this venture so they have to go back to the drawing board and try to innovate a little bit more...

16. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

He called it a bastard child ROFLMFAO!! Classic! +1

5. electro.livin

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 15, 2010

i would be a bit worried about using this say on a train or bus cause it's probably going to get nicked (unless you use it as a weapon)

4. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

i thought about replacing my computer with the ipad, but it doesnt come with a disc drive so theres no point in buying it. apple has become boring and all 3 products are literally the same. you can download the line2 app so u can make phone calls with the ipad and with the $30 AT&T data plan, u have a big azz iphone without a contract. apple needs to stop making generic devices and get creative like HTC and even blackberry

6. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

+1

7. AaronWasHere

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

+2 lol

22. david_the_gom

Posts: 114; Member since: Dec 20, 2008

+3 wow~

3. ilia1986 unregistered

"Things like playing 3D games, seamlessly surfing the web, enjoying YouTube and other video, emailing, reading e-books and even basic document editing. Yes, you can already do most of that with certain smartphones, but not in that smooth, easy and intuitive way the iPad allows you to" Explain please. How is the iPad any different in that aspect from the iPhone? Of course it has a larger screen, but considering that the 3.5" screen of the iPhone looks way better than a lot of smartphones out there - I really fail to see a significant advantage here.
iPad
  • Display 9.7 inches
    768 x 1024 pixels
  • Hardware Apple A4, 0.25GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB,
  • OS iOS 5.1

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