By >Akihabara News Team
O.T.: Apple iPad, what does the web think?
Around two decades after introducing of the first tablet PC, in particular with the personal computer handled with a stylus, Apple announced yesterday during their usual Keynote event a new Multi Touch device, the famous iPad or “iTampon”…
We won’t introduce you the all-new iPad since most of you guys are aware with this new “Tablet” Device… I Think most of you were waiting for Steve Jobs announcement… But, we propose you a brief sum up of what the web thinks about this new beast.
But in the case of you were hibernating this winter, just a reminder regarding the specs:
The iPad is new kind of Multi Touch Tablet featuring a 9.7 inch LED LED-backlit glossy widescreen with a resolution of 1024 x 768, 16GB / 32GB / 64GB of Flash drive, a 1GHz Apple A4 custom-designed processor, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, 3G, accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Dock connector, 3.5-mm stereo headphones, Built-in speakers, SIM card tray, Built-in 25Whr rechargeable lithium-polymer battery (Up to 10 hours battery life span).
Dimensions: 242.8mm (H) x 189.7mm (W) x 13.4mm (D)
Weight: 0.73kg (Wi-Fi + 3G model)
For Gizmodo US, the iPad is “simply beautiful, surprisingly light, Starky designed, and fast”. Regarding the overall quality, the screen looks nice capable to display small text crisply, the “touch responds like a dream”. Engadget side, it’s singing the same tune: The screen is stunning… However, for Engadget, the device seems to be far from light.
Both Sites say the CPU is marvelous, extremely fast, while Slashgear reproach the total absence of multi-tasking, while Engadget says “it’s a real disappointment”
Both also report the absence of Flash support, which seems to be a crime for Slashgear. Ubergizmo side, the “iPad is just as reactive (or may be even more so) than the iPhone 3GS”.
For all, the eBooks are interesting, and Ubergizmo reports that the iPad is much better for colorful magazines, and web contents. Gizmodo thinks “just seeing the depth of pages makes the iBook app feel more like a book than a Kindle ever did”
Regarding the Keyboard, for Engadget it is good but not great (“Not quite as responsive as it looked in the demos“), while Gizmodo reports once sitted flat on the table, there’s some problem, in particular because of the back which is not perfectly flat. However for Ubergizmo, the keyboard is the most interesting one, because the iPad is email Friendly.
Browsing point, the overall speeds seems quite fast. According to Ubergizmo, the web browsing works well. “An iPhone but faster with a big display”. But for all, the flash support missing is a major problem.
What about the games?
It seems that all game demonstrated today were coming from iPhone in 480×240 that were stretched to 1024×768 with a good up scaling filter. The good news is for developer it won’t be a problem to change the resolution.
Anyway, the major issues from this new beast seem to be the absence of Flash support, Camera, Voice call, the absence of multi-tasking.
But, regarding the price, it starts at $499, which is not bad. Now the question is: Is apple targeting a new kind of market with a device that’s not as good as actual Notebook and Macbook pro, but better than iPhone, and offering much more than a basic eBook reader?
What do you think? Would you like invest in this kind of gadget? The absence of Flash Support and multi Tasking is not an issue for you?
Here’s some link if you need more information:
- Apple iPad first Hands-on (update video!) Engadget
- Apple iPad First Hands On (Gizmodo)
- iPad Hands-on Gallery and Video (Slashgear)
- iPad, I played with it: first impressions review (übergizmo)