The iPad was launched in the US on Saturday the 3rd of April 2010. Unlike the iPhone 3Gs the queues in the stores were a little smaller, but the excitement and hype was still apparent.
With a similar design to the iPhone 3Gs and iPod touch, the iPad could be written off as a giant iPod touch, but deeper inspection indicates a possible revolution in tablet computing. The iPad sports a 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy wide screen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology, Wifi and 3G (depending on model), as well as email, internet, video and an ebook reader. Not to mention gaming and extendability using various applications, which can be purchased in the application store.
Will your mom use it?
“iPad creates and defines an entirely new category of devices that will connect users with their apps and content in a much more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before.”
The iPad is not a laptop, and it is not an iPhone, but it has many of the functions of both. You can do some of the things of each device, but not everything. The iPad adopts the software of the iPhone OS, but it is significantly better. Functionality is much closer to the tasks required of an laptop. Features such as word and number processing is available with this device along with a much larger on screen keyboard.
Because of the simplicity of its use, the iPad could be adopted for use by those who find it difficult to use laptops or personal computers, one click and you are on the internet, one click and your on email, or can browse the internet simply. You need little or no knowledge on how to use a PC. Yes, your mom could use this device with ease!
In business, the device can be used for on the go email and word processing, editing a document and sending quick emails, make this the ideal device to take with you on a business trip, but realistically you cannot expect to be able to use this device to work on complex documents, you will most lightly find yourself looking for your laptop.
Apple also introduced a new version of iWork® for iPad, the first desktop-class productivity suite designed specifically for Multi-Touch. With Pages®, Keynote® and Numbers® you can create beautifully formatted documents, stunning presentations with animations and transitions, and spreadsheets with charts, functions and formulas. The three apps will be available separately through the App Store for $9.99 each.
It might change the way people use computers the way the iPhone changed the way people look at phones, or it may fail miserably. Time will tell, but experience says Apple may be on to another winner here!
The iPad is currently not for sale in Ireland. Keep an eye on iPadiPhoneblog.com for release date we suggest following us on Twitter also
In the US the pricing is like this:
- $499 (US) for the 16GB model (Wifi)
- $599 (US) for the 32GB model (Wifi)
- $699 (US) for the 64GB model (Wifi)
Full spec details can be found on the apple site here
E-Mail for your mom (or even you)
Unlike the current version of iPhone OS, the iPad uses popup screens and different views and fully utilises screen space depending on on the orientation of the device the iPad keyboard will switches between landscape and portrait. “When you want to focus on a single email message, turn iPad to portrait. The email message automatically rotates to fill the screen, so you can concentrate on its contents.”
Internet for your mom (or even you)
With iPad, navigating the web has never been easier or more intuitive, because you use the most natural pointing device there is: your finger.
Like the iPhone the iPad’s greatest let down is the lack of flash, they have tried to make up for it by adopting HTML 5, and a few websites such as CNN have adopted their sites to accommodate the device. Features such as bookmarks have been made much easier to use on this device, and it is expected that magazines and newspapers will be popular. Time again will tell!
E-Books for your mom (or even you)
E-books are a new venture for Apple, and the latest addition to their catalog of products, we’ve had music, videos, applications and now we have ebooks. Unlike Amazon’s kindle the ebook feature on the iPad which is a free download is very intuitive, and uses the colour screen and easy finger gestures to navigate through pages. The design is simple yet structured, with functions such as bookmarking pages to dictionary searches. The book store is cleverly hidden behind the virtual book shelf screen. The only snag may be the weight, would you prefer to hold a book or a heavier screen? Your poor mom may never be able to hold it!
* We are not saying your mum looks like Mrs. Doyle!