Apple is ingenious. Every time a new Apple product comes out, I stare at my HP laptop with more and more disdain. I thought the iPad would just be a glorified iPod. I was right. However, the glorification rivals the heights of majestic birds.
The iPad is the perfect size. It fits into my medium-sized purse without any problems. Apple claims that it weighs 1.5 pounds, but it feels more like two when nestled in my hands for longer than a few minutes.
The screen is extremely responsive to my touch. I haven’t had a problem yet where I had to repress to make the iPad respond, nor have I had to deal with the device thinking I pressed a button more times than I did. If you hold down a key, the iPad registers it as one key press.
Besides the accumulation of massive fingerprints, I love the touchscreen keyboard. It appears every time I need it by simply clicking in the place where I input data. The keyboard is large enough to type quickly but small enough to see the rest of the page adequately.
Also, when you turn the iPad, the keyboard and page content adjust proportionately in size. This function equates to no more squished information, which eliminates the annoying use of vertical scrolling.
As a recent college graduate, I thought about how perfect this device would be for students. With the ability to upload textbooks, you could drastically eliminate the back-breaking book bag. Additionally, the iPad offers crisp graphics and page-turning animations for those who gripe that electronic devices cannot parallel the feel of an actual book.
Surprisingly, the iPad comes to life almost instantaneously when you turn it on. On the other hand, because it lacks a sophisticated operating system, you forgo the ability to multitask. As soon as you try to open another application, the previous application stops. This drawback means that you cannot do tasks such as listen to music while surfing the internet, which is aggravating enough to be a deal breaker for me.
Yet, the 1GHz Apple A4 processor is impressive. You can watch movies and play video games with HD quality. The color intensity is magnificent to say the least.
The main reason I suspect anyone would get an iPad is for the applications. On Apple’s Web site, they estimate over 1,000 new applications specifically tailored to the iPad. It is mind boggling to think about how many exist already so early at the start of its launch. This number does not even include transferable iPod applications.
Apple is gracious enough to let you download previously purchased iPod applications for free. Unfortunately, the iPod applications do not fill the iPad’s entire screen and can only be doubled in size.
The cost of iPad applications is also significantly more than iPod applications. However, the price range can fit anyone’s budget, especially considering how many free ones are out there.
When I first heard about the iPad, I rolled my eyes thinking this device sounded more like a gimmick than something I would actually want. After playing with it, I am almost a full Apple convert. In short, this is just the beginning of iPad’s capabilities and I am excited to see what else can be crammed into such a portable device.