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.
- 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.
- 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.