Apple’s newest revolutionary product, the iPad has been let loose all over the world. Since this product’s introduction in April 2010 about 2 million have already been sold worldwide raising both Apple’s and AT&T’s shares by a couple percent. The iPad offers many unique features and is changing how we view the world of personal computers. This product is interesting because it is basically a self contained portable personal computer in tablet form. One whole side of the tablet is a giant screen and the iPad is only half an inch thick. It has the computing power of a smaller laptop and has lot of multimedia capabilities. Think of it as a giant iPhone that has more computing power and features. First let’s take a look at what the iPad actually is and what kind of features it comes with. Then we’ll take a look at what it can do and how it can be used.
The nuts and bolts of the iPad.
This product starts at a retail price of about 500 U.S. dollars. It’s no wonder that it is priced closely to that of a small laptop computer as the iPad has essentially the same hardware and computing power. The brain of the iPad is a 1Ghz Apple A4 processor customized specifically for the iPad. Perhaps one of the biggest attractions to the iPad is its unique user interface. Users control the iPad by touching the screen with their fingers, and it’s so easy that even young children are able to understand how to use it without being given instructions. There are different models but each way around 1.5 pounds and the display screen is 9.7 inches wide diagonally. As far as resolution goes it has about the same amount of pixels as a normal computer screen with 1024 by 768 screen resolution. It comes with Wi-Fi, but other iPad models can come with 3G as well which would allow iPad users to surf the Internet just about anywhere. Users that have the iPad with 3G capabilities, have to sign up for one of two data plans from AT&T. The battery last about 9 hours but last a little longer when the user is not surfing the web on the 3G network.
What you can do with the iPad.
Now that you have an idea of what the iPad is made of let’s talk about what kind of stuff you can do with the iPad. The iPad has the same interface as the iPhone, and most of all the apps that work on the iPhone can be used on the iPad. The biggest strength of the iPad is the ease at which it allows you to surf the Internet and use e-mail and multi media. You can type on the iPad, but it takes some getting used to, and it’s not really ideal for editing or writing long documents. However you can buy a keyboard that hooks into the iPad if you prefer the more traditional typing experience. The iPad is better suited for browsing the Internet, watching media, and reading online books. It is similar to the Amazon Kindel in the sense that you can read all kinds of online books easily, and read them in the same way you would read a real book. Users that are big into photos, video, and music will find the iPad particularly attractive due to its easy to use high resolution large screen and apps that link the user directly to content on the web.
The iPad in a nutshell.
From what I’ve read online from researching the iPad and looking at numerous reviews, it is still unclear to say if the iPad will really take off and become the next highly popular Apple product. On one hand it does offer lots of interesting and unique features, but on the other it still lacks the traditional mouse and keyboard set up we are use to. Users of the iPad find it uncomfortable to use at first but once they become familiar with it they tend to prefer the iPad’s unique user interface over the traditional mouse and keyboard set up of a desktop or laptop computer. Ultimately the iPad’s success will depend on if it is able to be a replacement for other things such as our mobile phone devices and laptop computers. People that use a lot of multi-media will find lots of use for this product, but unfortunately it still has yet to be popular with everyone. Longer document editing and the on screen keyboard may deter some users that want to gain more functionality out of the product. It will be interesting to see over time how the iPad evolves, but for now the majority of focus for Apple is to create applications for the iPad to show off its capabilities. The iPad may take some getting used to at first, but this revolutionary product promises to impress.