Apple’s New iPad tablet early hands-on impressions after Apple’s media event in San Francisco are very positive.
People rave about the iPad’s speed, calling it “blazingly fast” with no lagging at any point. Responsiveness of the system and applications, as well as loading of web pages, is seen as excellent by those who have handled the device. The 1024 x 768 screen is also well-regarded in both reviews, described as “stunning” with the ability to show small text “crisply”.
Reports on the feel of the device “substantial but surprisingly light”. Notable drawbacks experienced in the few minutes of testing include the lack of Flash, multitasking, and camera.
the iPad tablet device, featuring a 9.7-inch, 1024 x 768 display and 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB capacities. Carrying a custom 1 GHz “Apple A4” chip, the iPad weighs in at 1.5 pounds and is .5-inch thin. The iPad will be priced at $499, $599, and $699 for the varying capacity models without 3G, and $626, $729, and $829 with 3G. Wi-Fi only models are scheduled to ship in 60 days, with 3G-capable model shipping in 90 days. A video preview is also available.
In terms of standard connectivity, the iPad offers Wi-Fi (802.11n) and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, with 3G models also offering cellular data connectivity. All iPad models have an accelerometer, compass, speakers, a microphone, and a 30-pin dock connector. The iPad also offers a claimed 10 hours of battery life for viewing video, with 1 month of standby battery life.
The iPad will have standard apps for personal information management, including an address book and calendar, along with e-mail, Safari, Google Maps, and Notes. A special version of iTunes is also on board to provide an optimized browsing experience on the device’s 9.7-inch screen.
There will be a number of iPad accessories available, including the basic dock ($29), keyboard dock ($69), and case/stand ($39).
The iPad does seem to allow for greater accelerometer sensitivity for iPhone games and also allows less of the screen to be obscured by the user’s thumbs while gaming. Of particular note, Apple is planning to feature iPad games in a separate section of the App Store
The iPad is an impressive beast of a tablet and the unveiling of iWork will add a new dimension to the iPad.