Much has been said about the rather unimpressive hardware specs of the iPad. Even Nintendo’s President, Satoru Iwata, dismissed Apple’s iPad. He dismissively said, “It was a bigger iPod Touch.” Mr. Iwata is right in essence. The iPad is not and cannot compete with a real tablet computer hardware-wise. Apple’s decision to use a single-core 1GHZ A4 chip to power it makes the iPad rather weak in terms of computing power. The 16GB, 32GB, 64GB flash drive configuration is not even big enough to store 6 HD movies. Even the most low-end of netbooks have more respectable processor and hard drive than it.
We must therefore see the iPad as the middle child between a phone and a computer. Steve Jobs, when he first showed the iPad last January 27, intentionally did not describe it as a full tablet computer but rather he called it a new magical and revolutionary gadget to access the web and enjoy multimedia entertainment. This device is aiming to be the best portable gadget for people who need immediate access to the web and instant information or entertainment.
The large 9.7 inch LED-backlit screen display is ideal for viewing web pages, pictures, reading e-books, magazines, and newspapers, and watching movies/TV shows. The iPad is also only half-an-inch thick and weighs a mere 1.5 lbs. Despite being so thin and light, the iPad is made with enough attractive features. It is equipped with the same outstanding Multi-Touch screen that is found on the iPhone and iPod Touch. The iPad 3G release date news indicates that the device has the obligatory Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Assisted GPS, and 3G connectivity. It has virtual but almost full-size keyboard that makes typing emails and documents on it effortless. The 1GHz Processor and built in graphics accelerator will also support up to 720p HD resolution movies at 1024×768 viewing. Gaming should also prove to be satisfying since the iPad has accelerometer and ambient light sensors. This device can run for 10 hours on a single battery-charge.
Aside from these, please remember that the iPad will support all the available 150,000 apps currently available on the iTunes App Store. Yes, this device will play all the games and softwares you bought for your iPhone or iPod Touch. You may transfer your purchased apps and games to the iPad without any extra cost. Apple did not forget to add USB ports to the iPad so you can easily add more storage space for it using USB thumb drives. You can also use the USB port to charge the iPad. Both MacOS and Windows operating system are supported by the iPad so even if you don’t have a Mac, you can still synchronize documents and files with your iPad using the iTunes software.
Apple did not make a full-scale tablet computer in the Apple iPad and they were wise to price it affordably. This new product is not a phone but it is also not a computer. It’s a hybrid entertainment tool that also offers web connectivity. If you just need a beautiful and portable device with large enough screen to access your email and social networking group, the iPad is perfect. Fundamentally, the iPad is just a toy touch screen netbook but looks a lot more sexy and classy.