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|The Apple iPad|
|The iPad showing off the iBook application|
that displays your purchased books on a bookshelf
- Google Maps
|The iPad does NOT support Flash|
The iPad (just like the iPhone/iPod Touch) does not have a removable battery. So over the years when the battery can't hold a charge anymore, you'll end up with an expensive paperweight. Steve Jobs claimed while he was on a 10 hour flight from San Francisco to Tokyo, he was able to watch video the entire time which (admittedly) is impressive.
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Apple will be releasing six different models of the iPad. The differences between these models will vary with the amount of storage space: 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. All models will have wifi 802.11(a/b/g/n) but the other three models will have wifi as well as 3G. The downside is the 3G connection will only be provided via AT&T (Apple, you should have learned from the iPhone you fucking idiots). The starting 16GB model with wifi only will cost $499, which is impressive considering how Apple normally overcharges for their other products. Here's breakdown on the iPad pricing:
- $499 for 16GB
- $599 for 32GB
- $699 for 64GB
Wifi + 3G Connectivity
- $629 for 16GB
- $729 for 32GB
- $829 for 64GB
- $14.99 for 250MB of bandwidth (this plan is a rip off)
- $29.99 for "unlimited data (probably a 5GB cap, but still a decent price.)
All in all... I'm not impressed. Again, the iPad doesn't offer anything significantly unique from what Apple originally announced with the iPhone and iPod Touch. And because of that I don't see any compelling reason why I should use it over the iPhone or iPod Touch. It's not something I could easily carry around with me on the go due to its size. Even if I did, I'd have to get a protective cover to prevent the screen from getting scratched or cracked. With a netbook or laptop, this isn't a problem as the screens aren't exposed.
I was hoping that it would be the ultimate device to use for video playback, but considering how it's restricted to certain video codecs, this becomes a substantial limitation as to what you can or can't watch. Also having no support for flash eliminates about 90% of all available video content on the web. Also the resolution is lower then I expected... 1024x768 - which makes the screen more square then widescreen. This means if you were to watch high definition 720p content, you'd see approximately 1 inch of black on both the top and bottom of the iPad screen because it has to scale down the widescreen video to make it fit. If you were to watch widescreen 16:9 content on the iPhone/iPod Touch, the black borders would not be as thick as those screens are more rectangular with their 480x320 resolution.
I'm surprised it doesn't have a built in webcam. Hell the Phone has a camera, and can even capture video... Why wouldn't this at least have a webcam? The iPad could have been a great device to use with Skype, or any other Instant Messenger that supports video. Certainly would have made it more useful. I guess Apple needed to cut costs to make the price appealing. Who knows, maybe next year they'll include one in a newer model.
Oh and Apple, you really, really, REALLY need to change the name... I think the "iSlate" would've been more appropriate... The name is iPad fucking terrible.