it or hate it, Apple has made the tablet seem cool -- to some at
least. The company has basically merged the iPod, iPhone, and
foreign eBook reader designs into a single product that offers some
of each world. While it's certainly not for everyone, the
device seems poised to help spawn a new personal computer fad akin to
the netbook movement, assuming Apple can get its quality
issues under control.The tablet movement will get a
boost on April 30 when Apple
releases its second iPad variant, the iPad Wi-Fi+3G across the
U.S. The iPad Wi-Fi+3G will retail for $629, $729 and $829 for
16BG, 32GB and 64GB models, or $130 more than their Wi-Fi only
counterparts. AT&T, the nation's fastest data
network, in independent speed tests will be supporting the device in
monthly pay-as-you-go plans. An unlimited plan is $29.99 per
month, just like the iPhone's data fee; the 250 MB per month plan
(that's both downloads AND uploads, mind you) is just $14.99 per
month.Apple reaffirmed that the international launch of the
iPad Wi-Fi and iPad Wi-Fi+3G variants will be at "the end of
May", with pre-orders starting May 10. Australia, Canada,
France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK will be
the initial nations to be receiving the trendy tablet.The
popular electronics firm promises a "magical" experience,
that includes personal setup in-store for those who purchase iPads
from an Apple store.Apple will soon have competition from
Slate. The upcoming Slate will also come with Wi-Fi and 3G
options and will be priced at $549-$599. It may not have the
app store, but it runs full fledged Windows 7 Home Premium edition,
so it should have a vast software library, including superior Office
software to the iPad.It also offers upgradable (via SD card)
flash memory, and 1 GB of DDR2 RAM. The unit will pack a 2 W
1.60 GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor, a single core, dual thread design with 512 KB of
L2 cache. Intel will be providing integrated graphics for the
device. The device will also feature two cameras (one
front-facing, one on the back) -- something the iPad lacks. And
it has a USB port -- another thing missing from the iPad. The
downside is a rather mediocre "5+ hour" battery life.For
those willing to wait, the iPad clearly has an edge in battery life,
and earns a draw in terms of apps. However, it loses to the
Slate when it comes to size/weight of packaging, processing power,
ports, cameras, and memory expansion.Dell and Amazon are
also crafting tablet entries.It should be an interesting year
as the tablet market leaps further into the spotlight.
quote: Though on the plus side, it is nice to buy an iPhone (or some other Apple product) when it's released knowing you can sell it just under a year later for about 80-90% what you originally paid for it.
quote: REALLY? I had to reply to this one. Dude, are you smoking something?
quote: AT&T, the nation's fastest data network,
quote: No matter what model, it would HAVE to have an SSD drive
quote: When will people understand that not everyone wants a Fisher-Price computing experience? Some of us are smart enough to use a full-fledged OS, and even design apps for the device that are not only touch-enabled but designed for touch from scratch.
quote: The OS makes no difference of any kind. It's the applications that run on top of it that make it or break it. There is absolutely no good reason why excellent apps for this form factor can't be designed to run under Windows.
quote: Oh, and by the way -- the Slate was announced first. You can dump your adoration for Apple, they're the "me-too" here.
quote: When will the Apple fanboys realize that there are a large group of people who don't give a $h!t about their beloved iwhatever??
quote: I'd rather be a Apple fanboy than someone who can't change his own diapers.
quote: Or maybe it is easier to remove features from an iPhone and make it bigger than it is to actually design a new product.