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Apple finally pulls back the curtain on its tablet, iPad

By Matthew ยท 39 replies
Jan 27, 2010
  1. After a period of much anticipation, Apple followed through with the unveiling of its tablet device, simply called "iPad". The device features a 9.7-inch capacitive IPS display, a custom 1GHz Apple A4 chip, 10-hours of battery life with a month of standby, and it weighs 1.5lbs.

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  2. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 527   +8

    I very much like the 3G option without a contract, it is definitely appealing and the price seems reasonable. I want details on how well background apps run though first as one of prime reasons i would want a data contract would be for Voip applications.
  3. dummybait

    dummybait TS Rookie Posts: 45

    totally agree comp...for what you get... and for all that it does, great price...
  4. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 864   +71

    What can you get for 499.99 in America? Is that a low spec laptop or desktop pc?
  5. So it's just a massive iPod Touch?
  6. Initially, I followed the hype that the iPAD is nothing more than a larger, glorified iPOD Touch; however, after I thought about how this will improve my ability to consume media products and browse the internet I realize that the iPAD is going to revolutionize consumer technology.

    Imagine people who travel a lot, personally, I have been home 5-months in the past 12 so I rely on my laptop and smartphone quite a bit. While both of these devices keep me satisfied I freqently find the cords and bulkiness associated with a laptop--netbooks don't improve the situation a whole lot either--and the slowness and inability of smartphones to support regular web-pages and applications just plain frustrating.

    I think that while consumers are aware of these inconveniances we ignore them because we don't know any better. Well, I think the iPAD is the solution to this problem. I have multiple work-related/personal trips coming up and I am overwhelmed with comfort thinking of how conveniant having an Apple iPAD will be for those long, long plane rides.

    With 10hrs of battery life and 1 month of standby mode the iPAD is going to transcend what we now know of mobile internet browsing. You better believe that it is going to be common to see an iPAD on the coffee tables at friends and family members homes, every college student is going tote one of these bad-boys around in their Indiana Jones sachels, every traveler and business-person is going pack their i-PADs in their carry-on bag and briefcase.

    This product doesn't fulfill the pocket-device need, it doesn't fulfill the laptop needs, but it does its own thing. Anywhere where we take a bakpack, small sachel, or briefcase we are going to carry a tablet device and Apple's iPAD is going to be the predominant supplier of this emerging consumer demand. I guarantee it.

    I can't wait to get mine! But what's the deal with 4G??? I don't want to buy a 3G product for $530-730 if 4G is going to start rolling out, especially if when that comes the iPAD costs $100-200 less. This is my only set-back and I think it could initially hurt sales. Many of you might disagree with me on this, but I wasn't born yesterday, Apple's new product is going to dominate.


  7. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,372   +17

    The price is awesome, I really didn't expect a $499 starting point and 3G with no contract from AT&T. Impressed so far with it and tempted to give it a try at such a price :) .
  8. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,372   +17

    You could get a netbook surely or a business oriented laptop. Even a very basic desktop PC I'd imagine.

    Looks like it, which is kinda neat imo.
  9. This device has no usb ports, it doesn't even support multi-tasking and it is just a big version of ipod touch - quite frankly Apple, I'm a little disappointed in you, I was expecting more... Now I'm thinking of buying the HP Slate instead..
  10. Recycle

    Recycle TS Enthusiast Posts: 54

    No USB ports because with no real OS, it can't do anything with other hardware.

    I am a self professed Apple hater and this hasn't done anything to change my attitude, but I'm not their target audience I suppose.
  11. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,703   +171

    Seriously, please go back to your work at Apple HQ and stop promoting your new product on these forums...

    I do agree that this could be useful for college students (albeit for very rich college students) and on long plane rides, but I just cannot imagine that this would be adopted by businesses. You can get a decent spec laptop for the price and the iPad seems to be in a world of its own with no cross-compatible devices or peripherals (e.g. USB as someone mentioned earlier). I love my iPhone for the fact that it fits in my pocket and I can listen to music, surf the internet and play some casual gaming on my hour long journey to work. There's nothing in this iPad that I would pay a few hundred $ premium for, not to mention the fact that it would take up more space.
  12. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 716

    I sure am disappointed with this thing. I was hoping for it to have a version of OS X on it, despite the recent rumors. And not having any USB ports is a significant mark against it in my opinion. You can get a netbook with really good battery life and a real operating system , and even an ION chipset for that price.
  13. iPad? OMG now that is funny!
  14. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,372   +17

    Ya...I guess I'm slow I didn't think of that when I first heard it...
    Then found this posted on another site mocking the iPad lol...guess Apple's shiny toy distracted me from realizing what it really was =X .
  15. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    At first I thought that $499 was a good price, then I realized that's for 16 Gigs. My Touch has 16 Gigs, and I hate it. it's tiny, and I have to battle between storing games, music or movies. Or do without one of those (movies) which is what I elect to do.

    The wireless service needs to be carrier agnostic. But at least the lack of a contract is favorable.

    I'm a bit upset that it uses an IPS LCD display and not an AMOLED display.
  16. Souljacker

    Souljacker TS Rookie Posts: 24

    Is this some kind of female sanitary item?

    Nothing innovative as far as I can see. It looks like a big ipod touch with practically no additional features. It even uses the same OS!

    Maybe if it had some usb ports and a decent OS you could actually use it for editing files and such.

    It will be reasonably successful though, as the fanbois will all buy 2 each. Fools.
  17. When you want to be more technologic with your period... Get the iPad
  18. BlackIrish

    BlackIrish TS Rookie Posts: 79

    Mad TV predicted the future!
  19. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,272   +1,722

    From the looks of it, it could replace e-book readers and has a lot of connectivity solutions. for 500$ it's not a bad deal, but i don't think i'd personally buy it since it's a lot of money for it's power.
  20. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,644   +304

    I'll wait for the ASUS DR-570. That'd be just 200 grams, and provide similar functionality (e-book, video, browser). The iPad will likely do some things better (maybe many things), but it's too heavy and quite expensive for me. (I do hope that the DR-570 will be cheaper.)
  21. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,644   +304

    Forgot to mention that the DR-570 is supposed to have 122 hour battery life, which is 12.2 times better than what Apple is offering.
  22. funny why any1 even bother with pocket pcs? those are EOL products, they r dead and useless
    for the less money you can buy ultra ppc which its way more powerfull that that
    and for 1k$ you can get quite good desktop replacement notebook
  23. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,140   +135

    With the advances in SSD technology, why does Apple still insist on using the smaller and slower flash memory? Apple claims "Our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device". I had hoped for an expansion slot or multicard reader at least. I mean, this thing doesn't even have a camera?! Advanced technology, magical, revolutionary? Give me a break! Too much hype, not enough product as usual apple.

    Is it still 2010, or am I back in 1996 having a nightmare about recycled technology?
  24. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,634   +98

    I guess you are very much correct about this ....... recycling old technology has been pretty much a game plan for others as well like nVidia for instance.
  25. HaMsTeYr

    HaMsTeYr TS Guru Posts: 377   +6

    I'm glad i'm not the only one who thought so >_>

    What a thrill it would be seeing toying and playing around with your new iPad!
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