We're seeing hands-on impressions rolling in through places like Engadget & Gizmodo who are giving the device a mixed reaction. Cons they have found include:
- The keyboard is good, not great. Not quite as responsive as it looked in the demos.
- No Flash, ugh.
- Lacks a SD card or USB Slot
The Apple iPad features:
The iPad uses will use the iPhone OS and have programs like Safari, Mail, Photos, iPod, iTunes, App Store, Maps, Notes and Calendar.
Apple announced a new online book store allowing users to download books to their iPad to read.
iPhone & iPod Touch App Compatibility
The iPad will be able to run all of the 140,000 available iPhone & iPod Touch apps currently in the market
LED-backlit, IPS Display
The high-resolution, 9.7 inch LED-backlit, IPS display on iPad is remarkably crisp and vivid.
The Multi-Touch screen on the iPad uses the same revolutionary technology that’s in an iPhone.
Thin and light
9.7 inch screen measured diagonally and just 1.5 lbs and 0.5 inches thin.
Up to 10 hours of battery life
You can use iPad for up to 10 hours while surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching videos, or listening to music.
Built-in 802.11n wi-fi.
iPad will also be available in a 3G model, with super-fast data speeds up to 7.2 Mbps.
|16 GB||32 GB||64 GB|
|Wi-Fi + 3G||$629||$729||$829|
International pricing has yet to be announced at this time.
Apple plans on shipping Wi-Fi only models in 60 days (end of March) to the US and internationally. 3G models will be available 30 days after that within the US. Apple is still working on carrier details for those outside the US.
AT&T will be providing wireless service, without contract, for those 3G iPad's in America for $15 a month (250MB of data) or $30 a month (unlimited).