With only two days to go until the official launch of the eagerly anticipated Apple iPad the first American reviews of newspapers are very positive.
The Wall Street Journal calls it “pretty close” to being a laptop killer and the New York Times takes a unique approach by reviewing the iPad for two audiences: techies and non-techies.
The New York Times:
The iPad is so fast and light, the multitouch screen so bright and responsive, the software so easy to navigate, that it really does qualify as a new category of gadget. Some have suggested that it might make a good goof-proof computer for technophobes, the aged and the young; they’re absolutely right.
The New York Times was particularly impressed by the ease of the new gadget from Apple. “Some have said that the iPad a good computer for non-techies, and they were absolutely right.”
The first iPad is a winner. It stacks up as a formidable electronic-reader rival for Amazon’s Kindle. It gives portable game machines from Nintendo and Sony a run for their money. At the very least, the iPad will likely drum up mass-market interest in tablet computing in ways that longtime tablet visionary and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates could only dream of. …
Even the longer-known disadvantages such as lack of Flash and the absence of a camera on the front mentioned in the reviews. For techies, the iPad is “basically a gigantic iPod touch.