The world can sleep tonight knowing that they have now seen Apple's iPad. Personally I like the idea but still disappointed of a few issues. To name a few: No multi-tasking, doesn't support Flash, not a widescreen (4:3 screen), no front facing camera for iChat.
Steve Job's compared the iPad to Amazon's Kindle as a book reader. The iPad does have the advantage with the larger online bookstore and the beauty of reading on a color screen, but the reason why the Kindle has the B/W screen with e-ink is that it is not only easier on the eyes but it uses less power. The Kindle can go for 1 whole week on a single charge without burning your retinas! Also purchasing books online for the Kindle is cheap. If the iPad is suppose to go against Laptops and Netbooks, why doesn't it support Flash...? It was advertised to get the 'full internet' experience in your hands, the absence of Flash goes against that. For now the choices are the Wi-Fi version or the W-Fi and 3G with a monthly fee. I hope in the near future they will announce internet tethering for the iPad with an iPhone....(hopefully for free).
I'm sure the iPad will sell like hotcakes, but I think I'll wait for the upgraded second generation next year and/or wait until they fix some of the issues...
"Apple® today introduced iPad, a revolutionary device for browsing the web, reading and sending email, enjoying photos, watching videos, listening to music, playing games, reading e-books and much more. iPad's responsive high-resolution Multi-Touch™ display lets users physically interact with applications and content. iPad is just 0.5 inches thick and weighs just 1.5 pounds- thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook. iPad includes 12 new innovative apps designed especially for the iPad, and will run almost all of the over 140,000 apps in the App Store. iPad will be available in late March starting at the breakthrough price of just $499."
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