Conclusion: As much as Apple touts its wonderfully new slimmer design, which we openly agree as being eye catching, one of the most alluring things about the iPad 2 is its spot on pricing. At $500 for the entry-level model, you’re presented with a fantastic looking tablet that’s filled with plenty of goodies to...
Pros: Impressive thin profile, Fast performance with its A5 processor, Enabled for video chat, Solid price point
Cons: Shoots terrible photos, Same old iOS experience
Summary: Entertainment Tablet. Is the iPad the heralded revolution? Can it replace a notebook or a netbook? We have dealt extensively with Apple's tablet over several weeks in our long-term test.
Pros: Precise touchscreen use, Outstanding IPS screen, Silent, Good battery life, Appstore and iPhone compatibility, Workmanship, design, interaction
Cons: Arrow keys are missing (virtual and hardware), Only Apple Apps permitted (no alternative browser), Few expansion options, iOS4 not yet available, A few functions of a full-fledged operating system.
Conclusion: Of course the iPad is not solely an entertainment device. It offers serious functionality such as such as simple-to-use email and a fine e-reader for, y'know, "books." At the same time, it lacks the goods under the hood to make it a viable alternative to a true "tablet computer," for mainstream work...
Pros: Big, gorgeous screen, Works with current iPhone/iPod touch apps, Up to a 64GB of memory (and 8+ hours of battery life) in a slim package, Movies, music, internet and more, big enough to share and intuitive to operate
Cons: How are we supposed to hold it for long periods of time?, Onboard sound is severely limited, No flash support, Charging is not as simple as it could be
Conclusion: The iPad is revolutionary, but it's not a true handheld device. That means you should think twice about whether you really need AT&T 3G before plunking down the extra cash for this version of the nation's best tablet.
Pros: Sleek design. Gorgeous, sharp, accurate touch screen. Improved iPod, Safari browser, photo, and e-mail apps. A plethora of downloadable apps. Flexible and affordable 3G service plans.
Cons: Costs $130 more than the Wi-Fi-only version. Some applications don't work over 3G. AT&T is the only U.S. carrier with 3G support. Watch our Apple iPad video review
Summary: Thanks to its simple, iPhone-like user interface and responsive screen, Apple's iPad is the first tablet computer with the gadget x-factor. It won't replace your laptop for anything but the basics, but, for Web addicts, iPhone fans and technophobes, it's a tasty slice of gadget goodness
Pros: Huge capacitive touchscreen; Wi-Fi connectivity; attractive design; App Store is filling up with apps and games; compatible with iPhone apps; intuitive user interface; fast and responsive; easy to sync and back up.
Cons: Awkward to hold; heavy; no camera; no Flash support; limited multitasking capability; on-screen keyboard can't compare to a physical keyboard.
Summary: The Apple iPad isn't an eBook reader, which makes it very hard to compare it to other eBook readers. It doesn't use e-ink technology, it's heavy, you can't read out of it in bright places, and the display will strain your eyes eventually.
Pros: Amazing design, Most intuitive interface yet, Full-color screen, Wi-Fi and 3G wireless, Will do just about anything
Cons: LCD display is hard to read from in bright places and will eventually strain your eyes, Battery lasts only ten hours, Heavy, Costs almost twice as much as the Kindle 2 or Nook, Additional 3G wireless fees apply (around $130)