Conclusion: Apple has done what Apple knows best; rethought a whole product segment. It’s been carried out very well - the iPad is a lovely device to use and we can’t fault that wonderfully large screen. If you’re in the market for a slate, then the iPad is definitely one of the best around. But if you already have an iPhone and a good quality laptop, you'd be wise to question whether it's worth the minimum £400 you'll have to spend on it.
Excerpt: The iPad is Apple's first tablet device. It comes with a 9.7-inch capacitive touchscreen, 16, 32 or 64-gigabyte of built-in storage, 1GHz Apple A4 processor, Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR while Apple's own iOS is running the show.
Pros: Verizon 4G LTE network is incredibly fast, 32GB microSD card included, Integrated kickstand works in portrait and landscape
Cons: Battery life is among the worst we�ve ever seen, No 4G LTE power toggle option, Kickstand in landscape orientation blocks microUSB port
Summary: Adding a few million new users probably wouldn’t help. So should you upgrade? If you have a tablet and you’re happy with it, don’t rush out and get the new iPad. But if you’re buying your first tablet, Apple’s is the king of the hill, with more than 200,000 iPad-specific apps, and the most polished mobile OS.
Excerpt: (7 items) The iPad has been a remarkable success story. Apple sold 15 million of the original model in the first nine months of the product’s existence, a number that blew away even the most optimistic prognostications . With last year’s introduction of the iPad 2, things kept accelerating. In a little less than two years, Apple has sold roughly 60 million iPads, dominating the market it created.
Conclusion: A difficult-to-pinpoint target customer and a few pesky omissions are overshadowed by the excellent overall experience you get with Apple's iPad. And it sets the bar high for competing products in this nascent Internet tablet category.
Pros: Sleek design. Gorgeous, sharp, accurate touch screen. Improved iPod, Safari browser, photo and e-mail apps. iBooks look fantastic and titles are easy to purchase and download. A plethora of downloadable apps.
Cons: Lacks Flash support. No camera or video recorder. No multitasking capability. Cover Flow is missing from the iPod app. Doesn't ship with a case. Earbuds aren't included.
Conclusion: That said, the iPad sets the standard for an entertainment tablet and it’s incredibly fun and easy to use. It’s hard to imagine even die-hard geeks not enjoying it when they take a break from grumbled about its limitations and restrictions.
Pros: Con: No Flash support, no iSight built-in.
Cons: Price: Starting at $499 for 16GB Wi-Fi model, up to $829 for 64GB Wi-Fi + 3G.
Conclusion: Apple is good at carving out a market and creating (or re-inventing) a new device space. The iPad can be a perfect couch companion for web surfing, video watching, gaming and light reading. It doesn’t replace your notebook for serious work, your mobile phone for ultra mobile portability or your digital ebook reader for the true bookworms; what it gives you is a piece of beautiful hardware for your downtime fun.
Pros: Ultra modern design, very easy to set up and use, gorgeous and responsive touch screen, fast., Pro: Ultra modern design, very easy to set up and use, gorgeous screen.
Cons: No Flash support, no iSight camera built-in., Con: No Flash support, no iSight built-in.