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Part of Apple's success is its ability to make products that you just want to pick up and play with, even if you're not sure why. The tactile devices and slick navigation just cry out for a go, and the iPad has that appeal in spades. Like the iPhone, it's an internet natural, but the iPad is so much more than just a brilliant web-browsing device with a big screen. For a start, it's a great ebook reader, and the size of the screen lends itself perfectly to full-page viewing. Touch-screen computing looks to be the next big thing, despite some critical voices suggesting that the move is unnecessary. Unnecessary or not, though, Apple is once again on top of the heap, with other manufacturers trying to keep up as new touch-screen tablets start to appear from all sides. The intuitive handling we've come to expect after the iPhone is very much here, although the iPad does fall down a little on features, which will leave many users looking forward to the second generation to be released. In case you've been hiding under a non-internet-enabled rock and haven't caught a glimpse of the iPad yet, it resembles a massive iPhone screen with the metallic finish of the Macbook Pro. It's slim but deceptively heavy, weighing in at 0.68kg – about the same as a large hardback book.
Even if you reject the iPad on an intestinal level—you know, because you don’t want to be associated with mock turtlenecks and man bags—then you should still view Apple’s device as a referendum on the looming wave of tablet computers. The bottom line is that the iPad is damn useful. The referendum has passed. The LED-backlit display clocks 1024x768 pixels across 9.7 diagonal inches. Those are netbook-like specs in a physical formfactor that’s more attractive (both aesthetically and functionally) than any netbook. The best part about the screen is that it defines the iPad in toto—without the baggage of a hinged physical keyboard, track pad, or pointing stick, the iPad thrives when typing, web-surfing, or doing similarly simple tasks while lying on your back. For couch-based computing, just prop the iPad in the angle of your lap. In landscape mode, the virtual keyboard stretches 7.75 inches edge-to-edge, providing easy typing targets. But it’s really the iPad’s touch navigation that makes the device so convenient when working in a prone position. Scrolling, panning, or just inserting a cursor is much easier when all you have to do is tap your finger. Simply put, touch-based navigation trumps every mousing alternative we’ve ever encountered on a netbook.
After many delays, the Apple iPad is now available in the UK in both 3G and W-Fi-only flavours. The model we're testing today is actually called the iPad Wi-Fi + 3G in full parlance, but iPad 3G will do for us. (Read our review of the iPad Wi-Fi version.)If you're hoping to get your hands on one you'd better be quick though - Apple Stores had limited stock on launch, while website orders now cite just 'June' as a shipping date.The iPad 3G checks in at a pricey £529 - £100 more than the Wi-Fi only version. And that's just for the basic 16GB edition - it's an extra £70 for the 32GB model and a further £100 if you want the full 64GB. That means the top end iPad 3G that we're testing here checks in at a sobering £699 – ouch.Then, of course, you need to budget for an iPad data tariff – check out the fourth page of our review for more details on all the costs.If you're more interested in the iPad Wi-Fi, then check out our main Apple iPad review. The iPad 3G is a little different in terms of appearance – it has a black plastic strip at the top of the back of the iPad, which makes sure the iPad gets decent 3G reception. An all-metal case wouldn't be any good for this.
After being the hottest topic in the world of technology for at least the last two months, the iPad was finally released in the UK last Friday, 28 May. But what exactly is Apple selling to the masses of curious customers and hard-core Apple addicts who queued for hours, sold their mother, pitched their tent, or skived off work just to get their hands on an iPad? Is it a giant iPod Touch or an oversized iPhone? Is it just a watered-down computer? Is it for viewing content and surfing the web? Is it a product that's set to save the written press? Is it a new kind of netbook? After having the iPad for almost a month now, we reckon we're ready to take a step back from the hype and formulate some kind of opinion on this new connected device. As yet though, our impressions of the iPad aren't set in stone as Apple's tablet has no real competition to compare it with. Even though the 'tablet' concept existed long before the iPad, Apple has simply revolutionised the sector. What about the Archos 9 and the Fusion Garage JooJoo, I hear you cry? Don't worry, we'll be reviewing them as soon as we get our hands on them. The iPad tested here is a 32 GB Wi-Fi model.
The iPad has finally landed in the UK and we've bagged one for a test. The launch was put back until the 28th of May while Apple scrambled to manufacture enough units to satisfy US orders, and even now there are still supply problems - orders taken after 13 May have been delayed until the 7 June, for example. This has all been down to unprecedented UK demand - clearly anybody who thought the iPad's hefty UK price tag meant it was going to fail on these shores has already been proved wrong. The Wi-Fi-only iPad starts out at £429 for the 16GB version, then goes up to £499 for the 32GB and £599 for the 64GB. You can add another £100 onto the price for the 3G model, but here we're looking at the 32GB Wi-Fi version. So, what is the fuss all about? The iPad essentially revolutionises the concept of a tablet computer. Previously tablet devices addressed a legitimate consumer need (casual, lazy, couch-bound computing), but left most people frustrated with a stylus-driven handwriting recognition system and an operating system that was really designed to be used on a desktop PC.While it's not the perfect implementation of a tablet computer, the iPad is quite simply the best yet.
Using Apple’s sleek and powerful tablet without an Internet connection on the go makes it almost feel like a doorstop. Sure, you can watch downloaded iTunes movies and TV shows, read iBooks, and play games. But you can’t surf the web or check e-mail. And you can’t download or use a lot of apps, including ones that let you stream video or update your Twitter feed. So why not just fork over the extra $130 for the iPad Wi-Fi + 3G (starting at $629 for 16GB, plus $30 per month for unlimited data)? Well, for starters, not everyone will use the iPad outside of the house all that often, especially those who already own an iPhone 3GS or other smart phone. Plus, there are other ways to connect a Wi-Fi-only iPad to the cloud, including devices like the MiFi and mobile hotspot apps bundled with an increasing number of phones. So the decision really comes down to whether the added convenience of integrated 3G is a good value relative to the alternatives and how well it performs. That’s what you’re about to find out. Editors’ Note:This review focuses on what makes the iPad Wi-Fi + 3G different than the Wi-Fi-only model. Check out the original iPad review for our take on the interface, e-mail, web browsing, photos, and more.
The Apple iPad is a revolutionary, addictive Tablet PC with Wi-Fi. Add in 3G, and it becomes even more useful, just perhaps not $130 more useful, which is the premium you'll pay for always-on connectivity. And with 3G you have to tack on another $15 to $30 a month for service. The iPad Wi-Fi + 3G ($829, 64GB) costs enough more than the Wi-Fi-only model that you have to seriously consider where you'll use the 3G. Remember, this isn't likely a device you'll whip out on the street. Considering that even adding a paid Wi-Fi subscription will save you money over the 3G model, you may find that there are enough Wi-Fi hotspots and other ways to get online to make up for the lack of built-in cellular connectivity. None of this dulls the overall attraction of the iPad - whether it's the Wi-Fi-only tablet or the 3G model. It's safe to say that this is the only tablet we'd recommend to most people, with its thousands of apps, useful productivity software, and well-executed e-book platform. In this review, I'll focus on the 3G model's differentiating features. For an in-depth look at all of the iPad's features, functions, and capabilities see our full review of the iPad (Wi-Fi). And for more information, check out our reviews of key iPad apps like iBooks (Free, ) and iWork ($9.99, ).
With over 1m iPads sold, it's looking like Apple's tablet gamble has paid off. Ironically the milestone was reached on the same day that the iPad WiFi + 3G debuted, the 3G-enabled version of the touchscreen slate that promises to set you loose from WiFi hotspots. After the cut, check out the SlashGear review, complete with MiFi benchmarking and some surprising battery findings. For the most part, the iPad WiFi + 3G (which from now on we'll just refer to as the iPad 3G for the sake of brevity) is identical to its WiFi-only sibling. Both have the same capacitive touchscreen display, slimline aluminum body, iPhone OS 3.2 and either 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of flash storage. We'd recommend reading our iPad WiFi review for a full overview of the strengths and shortcomings of the Apple tablet, since here we'll be concentrating on what sets the iPad 3G apart. You could argue whether the most noticeable difference between the iPad WiFi and the iPad 3G is the extra cost of the 3G modem on your wallet or the new antenna panel on the back. The flipside to AT&T's reasonably low priced data tariffs - more on which in a moment - is that the 3G hardware itself isn't subsidized.
The Apple iPad is here, and if ever there was a contentious gadget, this is it. We met with Apple this past week to pick up one of a few iPads let out into the wild early, and have been playing with it ever since. Already the subject of countless discussions, arguments and parodies – not least because of what it doesn’t do rather than what it’s actually capable of – there’s also a grudging expectation that, if anyone can make tablets wildly popular, it’s probably Apple. So, does the iPad live up to its promise, or is this really just an oversized iPod touch too big (and too expensive) for your pocket? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut. We’re a long way from the days where Apple included half the accessories you might ever need in the box with your new gadget. In with the iPad there’s a USB to Dock Connector cable, an AC adapter that plugs directly into a mains socket, and some sparse documentation. Most conspicuously absent are Apple’s regulation white headphones, which even the lowliest iPod is bundled with, though given their mediocre quality they would’ve been the first thing we’d suggested replacing anyway.
We've had the opportunity to review a few tablet / netbook combinations here at HotHardware (the Eee PC T91 from Asus immediately comes to mind), but in the 10+ years of covering computing technology, there has yet to be a tablet as polarizing, alluring, and promising as iPad. And after all of these years, who would've thought that it would be Apple leading the tablet charge of 2010? Early last decade, somewhere around 2003 or 2004, there was a huge push for tablet PCs to make it big. That's a long time ago, for sure, but we recall it feeling a little bit like the netbook push of 2008. Companies were hailing their tablets as "all new machines," with new form factors that would "redefine" the way we used a computer. We were told that our keyboard and mouse were no longer necessary, and so long as we had a free hand, we had a means to enjoy a full-fledged computing experience. But those tablets were, putting it simply, way ahead of their time. Most were very bulky (some nearly 2" thick), screens were generally low-res, battery life was abysmal and Windows XP simply was not optimized for touch.
Let us start by saying this: Apple has not created anything new with the iPad, just like they didn’t create anything new with the iPod or iPhone. If you look at it, Apple rarely creates something new, they simply take an old idea, let it establish a niche in the marketplace and then completely rethink it. Take the iPod, arguably the product that brought them where they are today. Digital music players had been around for years before Cupertino got around to releasing the iconic white rectangle, but the iPod was different. It had a positively massive 5GB of storage and the interface was so simple to use on the monochrome LCD.Fast forward to the iPad and we see an even more drastic gap between product introduction and amplification. Microsoft (of all companies) showed the first tablet computers back in 2000 (check out the press release, it’s a fun read 10 years later.) The tablet is described as “a long-cherished goal for technology visionaries and computer designers,” but as we know even though the tablet produces lots of ohhs and ahhs and gadget envy, it has failed to gain any real traction in the marketplace. So why now and what makes Apple think they can do it any differently?
And so, the Apple iPad has arrived. Probably the most hyped gadget since the iPhone, we've bagged one for a test.Apple doesn't manufacture category-creating products. Rather, it looks at an existing consumer electronics category, studies what the competitors have fouled up, and then releases a piece of gear that makes everyone think it's created an entirely new product category. The iPod did this with portable audio players. Half of East Asia was selling MP3 players before Apple ever got in the game, but now the word iPod is a synonym for any little gadget that spits out music and, er, podcasts (another Apple-fied term for something that already existed).And of course the iPhone has improved upon the basic mobile phone concept so dramatically, we can't even fathom buying a phone without serious app support, be it of the Apple or Android persuasion.Yesterday, Apple's latest god-gadget hit American shores to erase all memories of Microsoft OS-laden tablet PCs - devices that addressed a legitimate consumer need (casual, lazy, couch-bound computing) but left most people frustrated with a stylus-driven handwriting recognition system.Oh, make no mistake: The iPad works. It works beautifully.
The Apple iPad ushers in the era of tablet computing, with a slate-style handheld that looks nothing like a typical computer. in fact, the iPad is more reminiscent of an oversize iPhone than a laptop. But because the iPad's screen is three times larger than that of the iPhone/iPod Touch, you'll be tempted to use the iPad for activities you wouldn't consider doing with an iPhone. Innovative apps and content optimized for the spacious, high-resolution touchscreen make the iPad a treat to use. Nevertheless, the iPad's other limitations make it hard to recommend as a replacement for (rather than as a complement to) the devices you may be carrying around today. Apple plans to offer six variants of the iPad, starting with the three Wi-Fi models available now: a 16GB model ($499), a 32GB model ($599), and 64GB model ($699). In late April, Apple will ship three additional models that tack on 3G capability, for an extra $130 each. The 3G models will also have a GPS chip inside. Setting Up iPad Power up the iPad, and it immediately prompts you to connect to iTunes. I had iTunes open already; and it immediately recognized the iPad and ushered me through a series of screens to register my iPad and set up my iTunes Store Account.
I would have handed in my iPad review sooner, but I was much too busy having fun tearing around the track in Real Racing HD, watching Modern Family on the ABC app, and reading my daughter an interactive tale from the Toy Story app. My wife is also to blame. She hijacked the iPad to play Uno in the middle of my testing. Apple's sleek and multitouch-friendly tablet is just too fun to resist. And that's a testament to the company's uncanny ability to seamlessly integrate the content you want to consume with a device that delivers it to the point you nearly forget there's a piece of hardware in your hands. But the iPad is also a contradiction. While its sublime ease of use advances mobile computing more than any device in recent memory, it's simply not as robust as full-fledged computers that cost less, at least when it comes to productivity. Plus, $499 (for the entry level model) is a lot to spend on a gadget that is not designed to replace a full-size laptop, and the iPad's apps are also more expensive than the iPhone's. However, if you have the money to spend on a companion device, the iPad could be your new best friend. Minimalist to the extreme. And beautiful. That's how I'd describe the iPad, which is mostly a compliment.
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Apple's iPad isn't a direct competitor to the Nintendo DS or the PSP, nor is it a replacement for your laptop. What it is though, is a compelling argument for a slick, portable, media consumption device that will be a disruptive force across all of entertainment. The iPad is a strange beast to classify at first. By filling that no-mans land between the laptop and the smartphone, it's easy to pick holes in its offerings if you try and critique it for things that it's not really designed to do. No it doesn't have all the requisite holes in it for plugging in other devices, no it doesn't have a camera for video chat, and no it's not so much a mobile computer replacement as it is a supplemental computing device. Whereas you can arguably live with a Netbook as your primary computing device (though I'm not really sure why you'd want to,) the iPad, like the iPhone and the iPod Touch, really needs to live symbiotically with a big brother PC or Mac for media management. While there are countless reviews of the iPad out there, some gushing and some incredulous, I thought it might be more useful for you, as a discerning GamePro reader, to know what it's like as a gaming and entertainment device.
We review the Apple iPad. Can it change the way we think about tablet computers?By now, you've likely read a bunch of iPad reviews. There's no point in reading another review outlining every dimension, spec and feature. That'd be pretending that the iPad is like any other product you've seen before, and therefore can be reviewed using the same template.To start with, ignore the specs. Like the iPod and the iPhone before it, the iPad has specs, but it's not about the specs. The iPad is about what it does, the experience. And the iPad is an alien device that takes functions, features and a user interface we're familiar with, repackages them and creates new usage paradigms. As app developers begin to grok these new usage paradigms, even more will emerge.That's why the rhetorical iPad review question we keep hearing and reading – “Why do I need it?” – is irrelevant. It's the wrong question. You don't need it. You don't need most gadgets out there. You either want it because you sense it'll somehow positively improve how you use your leisure time, or you don't want it. But you don't need it.You don't need it because, first and foremost, the iPad is the best time-killer ever devised. But in an age with increasing leisure time (desired or not), maybe that’s the number one reason you do need the iPad.
Photo gallery:Apple iPad The Apple iPad is an unprecedented device. It doesn't shoot rainbows or make puppies, but this roughly 8x10-inch tablet computer melds your laptop, smartphone, gaming console, and iPod into a single, affordable, unfortunately named thing. Of course, we come to you with a standard list of complaints. The absence of an integrated video camera puts the kibosh on any hope of using the iPad for video chats, and without Flash video support, many Web pages look like Swiss cheese. But the biggest problem with the device is coming up with bullet-proof reasons to buy one. Because the iPad is an entirely new class of device, you'll probably need to lie to yourself a little to justify the purchase. But at this point, any CNET readers worth their salt have mastered the art of making excuses to buy new gadgets. For the uninitiated, Apple has posted a cheat sheet of demo videos that provide a smorgasbord of reasonable answers to the question: "Why do I need an iPad?" To hear Apple tell it, the iPad is a Web browser for your living room, an e-book reader for the den, a movie player for the kids, a photo album, a jukebox, a gamer's best friend, a word processor, an e-mail machine, and a YouTube junkie's dream come true.
After it was announced back in January, the unfortunately named Apple iPad ($699 direct, 64GB Wi-Fi) seemed like it could be the company's first major clunker in a long time: An expensive niche product that would inhabit a nebulous region between laptops and smartphones, but wouldn't quite eliminate the need for either one. Aside from Apple enthusiasts, many of us wondered who would drop hundreds of dollars for this not-quite-computer. But having used the iPad for some time, I can tell you that the device just makes sense. When you combine basic-but-essential work tools with iWork, an improved browser, e-mail, iPod, and photo applications, a well-executed e-Book platform with iBooks, and throw in thousands of downloadable apps and games, and package it all in a gorgeous, slim slate with a beautiful 9.7-inch touch screen, you have yourself a winner. Is the iPad cheap? No. Is it flawless? Not at all. Omissions including support for multitasking, a built-in camera for video chats, and Flash support in Safari leave room for improvement, but otherwise, the Apple iPad is a very convincing debut. And it will undoubtedly be a driving force in shaping the emerging tablet landscape. There are two different iPad flavors: Wi-Fi-only and Wi-Fi + 3G.
As you've no doubt heard by now, Apple launched a new mobile computing device and it's within a product category that is all-new territory for the traditionally tight-lipped company. It's a bit of an odd choice for a company that revels in innovation, and after today's announcement, we're left with more questions than answers on whether or not it can truly deliver in the way that Apple CEO, Steve Jobs thinks it can. The iPad simply isn't as revolutionary as the iPhone and iPod, and that alone is at least initially limiting the general perception of the product. For better or worse, Apple has worked itself into a corner where people simply expect each and every new product release to change that product category for the better; to revolutionize things in a way that no other company has done so far. On almost every front, the iPad doesn't do that. It doesn't revolutionize, and it doesn't change the way we personally feel about mobile computing. Apple's approach was to find a device that could be reasonably retrofitted into a lifestyle as a "third device" between the smartphone (preferably the iPhone, if you're Apple) and the notebook (preferably a MacBook or MacBook Pro, if you're Apple). There are a few problems with that approach.
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