Today is a day that many nerds had been waiting for, many tech sites have been rumoring about, and Apple tried hard to keep under wraps. Mac god Steve Jobs took to the stage and officially revealed their tablet called the 'iPad'. (Please, get out all of your pad jokes now.) What so many people were waiting for turned out to be very "blah." It even went so far as to add insult to injury by telling everyone that 3G models were available with service from AT&T. Hmmm...your new latest piece of "game changing" technology with the same service that every iPhone user complains about? Hooray!
But let's get down to business, is it worth it? That is a very good question, and to be honest, I'm not quite sure. Essentially with the iPad you are getting a glorified iPod Touch/eReader. While it's nice in concept and very nice looking, there isn't much more that it has to offer. With a screen that size (9.7 in) one of the things that users will be doing is surfing the web via Safari. But just like the iPhone/iPod Touch it does NOT support Flash. Most web sites run on Flash and Apple just can't seem to support it. So why change to this if you have a netbook? There really is no reason. The biggest thing that the iPad will give competition to are the eReaders. The multi-touch format and layout are far superior to what devices like the Kindle offer. But even for the lower than expected price of $499 (16 gig wi-fi version) there are many other things that could have really made this a worthy investment. A camera for web chatting, HDMI port, GPS, Flash?
Our opinion is that while it is definitely a great step in the right direction, you should wait until the next generation comes out or until the next software update to see if it'll finally allow you to operate more than one app/program at a time. iPad = iWait..for now.
For more information on the iPad, take the jump over to Apple's official site, or Gizmodo's coverage.
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