Cool Device With Room For Improvement: My iPad Review*


*Ok, I didn’t actually get an iPad so I decided to summarize all the iPad reviews and give you all you need to know.

You want this device! By just touching the device, you will instantly turned on. That’s what most reviewers were saying about the iPad. This is the summary about what most reviewers said

Walt Mossberg:

The iPad is an advance in making more-sophisticated computing possible via a simple touch interface on a slender, light device. Only time will tell if it’s a real challenger to the laptop and netbook.

USA Today:

Apple has pretty much nailed it with this first iPad, though there’s certainly room for improvement. Nearly three years after making a splash with the iPhone, Apple has delivered another impressive product that largely lives up to the hype.

NYT:

The iPad is not a laptop. It’s not nearly as good for creating stuff. On the other hand, it’s infinitely more convenient for consuming it – books, music, video, photos, Web, e-mail and so on. For most people, manipulating these digital materials directly by touching them is a completely new experience – and a deeply satisfying one.

PC Mag:

Is the iPad a perfect product? No. And the omissions will give the anti-Apple crowd plenty of ammo. Why do I need this extra device that’s not a full-fledged laptop? Where’s the camera? What about Flash? Um, how about multitasking? These are all valid complaints, but one thing I can say about most Apple products, and certainly the iPad: There may be things it doesn’t do, but what it does do, it does remarkably well. Aside from the aforementioned limitations, there isn’t a lot else to gripe about. And to my great surprise, you can actually get real work done with the iPad.

The Houston Chronicle:

It turns out the iPad isn’t as much a laptop replacement as I thought (though it could easily be used as one). Instead, it’s an entirely new category of mobile device. For example, now when I want to surf the Web from the couch or back deck, the iPad is the device I choose. Starbucks? Same thing. Think of the iPad as a new arrow in your technology quiver, an arrow that will often be the best tool for a given task.

I had high expectations for the iPad, and it has met or exceeded most of them.

BoingBoing:

Maybe the most exciting thing about iPad is the apps that aren’t here yet. The book-film-game hybrid someone will bust out in a year, redefining the experience of each, and suggesting some new nouns and verbs in the process. Or an augmented reality lens from NASA that lets you hold the thing up to the sky and pinpoint where the ISS is, next to what constellation, read the names and see the faces of the crew members, check how those fuel cells are holding up.

I like it a lot. But it’s the things I never knew it made possible – to be revealed or not in the coming months – that will determine whether I love it.

The Chicago Sun-Times:

The iPad user experience is instantly compelling and elegant. It’s not every computer and every function. It’s a computer that’s designed for speed, mobility, and tactile interaction above all other considerations.

Looks like the iPad is a winner and could further fuel sales for the device. As a tech user myself, let me give you folks who are not tech-savvy some caution:

The iPad is not a laptop. Some have said it’s a giant iPod Touch. After viewing it myself, I say it’s something a bit more than that. The iPad is a different category on its own. This device will never replace your laptop. Netbooks will have an advantage over iPads because of multitasking as well as Flash support. The only reason you should buy this device is because it is simply a handheld entertainment device and a great e-reader (it has color!)

If I had the money, I honestly wouldn’t buy it. If you are curious, I suggest you wait and try it out first before purchasing. Apple has a tendency to unveil next generation devices very quickly. There could be an iPad 2.0 waiting next year.

My advice: give it a year and let the hype die down and then think about it. Don’t spend with the crowd!!

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