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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The New Apple Ipad

Apple recently released a new product called the iPad.


As most people would say, "the iPad is just a huge iPod touch or iPhone".

That is both right and wrong.

Physical appearance:

Dimensions/Physical Dimensions

  • Height: 9.56 inches (242.8 mm)
  • Width: 7.47 inches (189.7 mm)
  • Depth: Half inch (13.4 mm)
  • Weight Wi-Fi iPad: 1.5 lbs (0.68 kg)
  • Weight Wi-Fi with 3G model: 1.6 lbs (0.73 kg)

Screen

  • Diagonal 9.7-inch fully LED-back-lit glossy wide-screen
  • Multi-Touch display with In-Plane Switching technology (IPS)
  • 1024×768 pixel resolution (132 px/inch – aka ppi)
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating (olephobic = lacking affinity for oils)
  • Support for display of Unicode, multi language/character in a simultaneous fashion
More Info:

Data Storage Capacity

  • 16GB flash memory
  • 32GB flash memory
  • 64GB flash memory

CPU/Processor

  • 1GHz Apple A4 processor
  • It’s a custom-designed chip claimed to be a high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip unit

Wireless Capabilities/Cellular

Wi-Fi model

  • Wi-Fi (802.11 a, b, g, n)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology

Wi-Fi + 3G model

  • UMTS/HSDPA (2100, 850, 1900 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (2100, 850, 1900, 900 MHz)
  • No telephone, No Voice and Data only. Data plan will have to be purchased by the user.
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 a, b, g, n)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology

What’s in the box

  • iPad
  • Dock Connector to USB Cable
  • 10W USB Power Adapter
  • Documentation

Language Support

  • Language support for English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
  • Keyboard support for English (U.S.) English (UK), Canada), Dutch, Flemish, French (France, German, Italian, Japanese (QWERTY), Russian, Simplified Chinese (Handwriting and Pinyin), Spanish
  • Dictionary support for English (U.S.), Dutch, English (UK), Flemish, French, French (Canadian), French (Swiss), German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Simplified Chinese (Handwriting and Pinyin), Spanish

Well! Now that that's over with, lets talk about pros and cons of the iPad:

Pros:

  • HTML5, the still-developing next generation of HTML, has been thoroughly embraced by the iPhone’s OS, and, by extension, the iPad’s. HTML5 isn’t yet fully there, but it’s promising: Ask a bunch of web geeks about HTML5 and you’ll hear a lot of answers to the effect that it’s the future of the Internet, both because it patches up much of HTML4’s clutter and because it’s seen as a freer, more open development platform.
  • The cheapest iPad, which has the minimum 16 gigabytes of storage, costs $500; this is well below the $1000 pricetag predicted by some.
  • 10 hours of battery life while watching video, with up to a month of standby! At least according to Steve Jobs. Given that it’s so thin and weighs only 1.5 pounds, this is pretty remarkable.
  • The iPad has a digital compass, 3G-assisted GPS, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, Apple’s custom 1 GHz Apple A4 chip, and is multitouch-compatible.
Cons:

  • No Flash. This isn’t totally a minus — see above — but the Web is a long way to go from being all HTML5, with the result that big chunks of it will be shut off to early iPad users. The top comment on a critical thread on Reddit: ”No Flash support. It literally is just a big iPod Touch with some free apps included.”
  • The cheapest iPad doesn’t come with 3G coverage; for that, you’ll need to bump it up to $629, which doesn’t factor in the $30/month you’ll be paying for unlimited data.
  • The battery is built in, which means you’re owned if it the battery dies. This was one of the things that people most disliked about the MacBook Air.
  • For all of that, no camera, at all. No Skype, no augmented reality, no photos on the go.
So this is basically the end of this review. If I were to score the iPad out of 10, I would give it a 8.5.

6 comments:

  1. Just wondering, would this qualifiy as a technology article for Mr. Street?

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  2. Did you post this during Comp-Sci?

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  3. Steve Jobs says that it's a cross between a iMac and iPhone(aka a hamburger phone), and some people say it's a cross between a netbook and iTouch that can do 3g.
    Some even say that aliens will take over earth with SUPER LAZORS!!!!!!!
    Me thinks it's still a big iTouch.

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