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First iPad reviews are in. What's the verdict?

First iPad reviews are in. What's the verdict?

A select group of U.S. reviewers were given an Apple iPad a week ago, and yesterday the Wall Street Journal's Walter Mossberg wrote that he believes the device is "pretty close" to being a "laptop killer."

If people view the iPad as just another device they have to carry around, they likely won't be interested in large numbers. However, if they think they can replace their heavier laptops most of the time, for tasks like using e-mail, viewing photos and videos, playing games and surfing the Internet, "it could be a game changer the way Apple's iPhone has been," Mossberg wrote in a column for All Things Digital.

"My verdict is that, while it has compromises and drawbacks, the iPad can indeed replace a laptop for most data communication, content consumption and even limited content creation, a lot of the time. But it all depends on how you use your computer," he stated, but noted that for bigger tasks, like editing large spreadsheets or documents, you'll still need your laptop.

The New York Times' David Pogue noted that he has "never seen a product as polarizing as Apple's iPad" in his 10 years of reviewing tech products. Some have called it "absurd," while others have called it a "magical revolution," but Pogue stated he has noticed that "the haters tend to be techies; the fans tend to be regular people." And so, he wrote two separate reviews, one for each group.

For the techies, he wrote that the iPad is basically a giant iPod Touch, with some added features. However, the iPad can't play a Flash video, which is the Web's most popular video format. Some online video providers are changing their videos to iPad/iPod Touch/iPhone friendly formats, but it will probably take years before all the Web's videos can be watched on an iPad.

For everyone else, he again pointed out that the iPad is basically a bigger version of the iPod Touch, but making the screen bigger changes the experience. In addition, 150,000 iPhone apps run on the iPad, and to start out, the iPad will have 1,000 apps available just for it.

Both reviewers noted that the battery lasted longer than the 10 hours Apple promised. For Pogue, that was more than two hours longer, for Mossbert that was an hour and 28 minutes longer.

The iPad will be out Saturday.


Leah McBride Mensching


2010-04-02 00:10

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