Apple iPad Review
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.
- Large screen
- Great content delivery system
- Fun e-book interface
- Great media player
- 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
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