Now that the so-called revolutionary tablet is announced, I made a brief list of Hits and Misses for iPad. Do note that I haven’t put any detailed reasoning for the points I have made and will be doing this at a later point of time when the device is launched.
First, let’s look at the specification.
Height: 9.56 inches (242.8 mm)
Width: 7.47 inches (189.7 mm)
Depth: 0.5 inch (13.4 mm)
Weight: 1.5 pounds (.68 kg) Wi-Fi model; 1.6 pounds (.73 kg) Wi-Fi + 3G model
Display: 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
Display resolution: 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)
Processor: 1GHz Apple A4 custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip
Connectivity: Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology, UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz), GSM/EDGE (850, 900,1800, 1900 MHz)
Assisted GPS (3G model)
Cellular (3G model)
TV Out: Support for 1024 x 768 with Dock Connector to VGA adapter; 576p and 480p with Apple Component A/V Cable, 576i and 480i with Apple Composite Cable
Battery: Built-in 25Whr rechargeable lithium-polymer battery, Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music
Capacity: 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB flash drive
Looks yummy right? The most surprising announcement was Price.
Wi-Fi only iPad:
16 GB – $499, 32GB – $599, 64GB – $699
16 GB – $629, 32GB – $729, 64GB – $829
Now to the main part of this post.
No Arsenic, BFR, Mercury, PVC. Uses recyclable aluminium and glass enclosure.
Amazing base Price
Capacitive touch display with LED backlit S-IPS panel
Incredible web browsing experience
iWork on ipad is Terrific
Integrated ipod, itunes and iBook
Huge collection of ebooks and incredible book reading experience
Superb Processor that never shows any signs of lag
Flash memory of upto 64Gb
Compatible with existing apps
Customizable wallpaper (delight for Apple users)
Wi-Fi and optional 3G
10hr battery life
The name sounds like some sanitary napkin
Not your regular tablet, functionality is less.
Cannot be used as a primary device
Need iTunes to copy content
$130 for 3G capability overpriced
microSIM is something that nobody uses/manufactures
Extra wide Bezel looks a bit odd
4:3 resolution display when entire world has moved to 16:9
no USB, HDMI, surround-audio, camera
TV out needs extra adapter and no Full HD TV out
need to buy adapters to connect any USB device
Ergonomically challenging for many due to the odd weight and bezel design
Apps designed for iphone OS look terrible on this though they work
Only Safari can be used as browser and if your websites are incompatible, god save you
Lack of browser plug-ins for safari can be depressing
Only option to go online is using Wi-Fi or 3G, no option for wired ethernet
No support for flash
Not useful in countries where iTunes Music Store does not exist
If no 3G and no Wi-Fi in your area, well ……
iPad is not a device that can be used as a primary portable device. If all that you do movie and music playback, mails and internet browsing, this device will give you a very good experience but nothing revolutionary. The same and more can be achieved using devices like macbook 13 and Ultraportable laptops. This device, as told by Steve Jobs site in between ipodtouch/iphone and macbook. You still need a fully functional laptop/PC. Though the price starts at $499, given that you still need a PC/laptop I would rate this device a 6 out of 10. I was expecting lot more from iPad and am a bit disappointed with the way Apple took.