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  (Source: CBS via Engadget)
Newspaper critics were pretty kind to the new Apple product

The iPad goes on sale this Saturday in Wi-Fi form only, priced starting at $499 for a 16 GB model.  In time for the release, some of the nation's top newspapers have been lodging their opinions on the device.  And overall most who received hands-on iPad time seemed very enthused.  One editor called it "one of the best computers ever".

Andy Ihnatko of 
The Chicago Sun-Times writes, "The most compelling sign that Apple got this right is the fact that despite the novelty of the iPad, the excitement slips away after about ten seconds and you’re completely focused on the task at hand ... whether it’s reading a book, writing a report, or working on clearing your Inbox. Second most compelling: in situation after situation, I find that the iPad is the best computer in my household and office menagerie. It’s not a replacement for my notebook, mind you. It feels more as if the iPad is filling a gap that’s existed for quite some time."

The Wall Street Journal's Walter S. Mossberg writes, "For the past week or so, I have been testing a sleek, light, silver-and-black tablet computer called an iPad. After spending hours and hours with it, I believe this beautiful new touch-screen device from Apple has the potential to change portable computing profoundly, and to challenge the primacy of the laptop. It could even help, eventually, to propel the finger-driven, multitouch user interface ahead of the mouse-driven interface that has prevailed for decades."

Tim Gideon, an editor at
PC Magazine, was slightly more critical, but overall positive.  He gave it 4 and 1/2 out of 5 stars and writes:

Aside from Apple enthusiasts, many of us wondered who would drop hundreds of dollars for this not-quite-computer. But having used the iPad for some time, I can tell you that the device just makes sense. When you combine basic-but-essential work tools with iWork, an improved browser, e-mail, iPod, and photo applications, a well-executed e-Book platform with iBooks, and throw in thousands of downloadable apps and games, and package it all in a gorgeous, slim slate with a beautiful 9.7-inch touch screen, you have yourself a winner. Is the iPad cheap? No. Is it flawless? Not at all. Omissions including support for multitasking, a built-in camera for video chats, and Flash support in Safari leave room for improvement, but otherwise, the Apple iPad is a very convincing debut. And it will undoubtedly be a driving force in shaping the emerging tablet landscape.

In other iPhone news, Netflix and ABC TV shows are both coming specially designed for the iPad, in app form.  The Netflix app promises to allow you to manage your queue, download movies, and even includes the ability to pick up where you left off in a particular movie at home.  The ABC app will offer free episodes of its most popular TV shows like Lost and Desperate Housewives.  And as we previously reported, CBS is going an alternate route, streaming HTML5-delivered TV episodes on a special version of its homepage, designed for the iPad.

About the only downside for Apple in the media's iPad love-fest is the hit the iTunes Store will likely take from all these free TV offerings.  Apple will now have to compete against free television episodes from ABC, CBS, and likely others; thus it is unlikely to add a significant amount of revenue from TV episode sales from the iTunes Store (of course we're guessing iPad users will buy plenty of music and apps to more than make up for it).



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RE: Piece of junk
By cochy on 4/1/2010 11:02:42 AM , Rating: 2
No one seems to understand. People who will buy an iPad, do not want a netbook. They do not want a keyboard and mouse. It's not a difficult concept to grasp here. They are willing to pay the premium for a touch interface and slightly increased mobility.


RE: Piece of junk
By Pirks on 4/1/10, Rating: -1
RE: Piece of junk
By grampaw on 4/1/2010 11:33:05 AM , Rating: 1
You're exactly right! While sitting there ordering my iPad (I sprang for the 64Gb/3G) a few weeks ago, I was looking at the keyboard dock accessory. Then I realized, I don't want a keyboard or dock - I like the touch pad keyboard on my iPhone and Barnes/Nobel e-Reader. Keyboards are so last century...

And I do see the iPad as a replacement for the netbook I carry around. When iPad first was announced, I said to myself, no way - piece of junk. More I thought about it, the more I changed my tune.


RE: Piece of junk
By Oregonian2 on 4/1/2010 2:42:32 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Keyboards are so last century...


Which means you don't believe anybody should write more than one sentence and that it should be in TXT jargon? My wife who is a novelist would find that strategy interesting.

Personally, I like to write more than that, and I don't find my high-school learned touch-typing skills (only about 50 wpm maybe, but still faster than I can do on non-keyboards) applicable to touch screens or tiny keypads.

But then, I learned to touch-type "last century".


RE: Piece of junk
By damianrobertjones on 4/1/2010 11:55:39 AM , Rating: 2
Then why not buy one of the many, many devices that are already out there for a great price??

(Sits next to his Asus R2h)

People didn't buy them then as they didn't see a need for any type of UMPC/Mid/Tablet device. I've had many and there's one reason why this will sell...

BLING.

Plus it's apple and if you buy apple, somehow, you're better than others


RE: Piece of junk
By hiscross on 4/1/10, Rating: 0
RE: Piece of junk
By kmmatney on 4/2/2010 4:56:12 PM , Rating: 2
From what I can tell, the Asus R2H looks to be more expensive than the iPad, with a smaller screen, lower resolution, and non-IPS screen. The reviews aren't great on it, either. The iPad sounds like a better deal, at least from a bang-for-buck standpoint.

People have never had a need for tablet devices as they were always a pain-in-the-ass to use, at least that is my impression, having used stylus based tablets in the past. The iPad changes that.


RE: Piece of junk
By darwiniandude on 4/4/2010 9:44:21 PM , Rating: 2
Asus R2H?
Lower clock speed X86 celeron, half a pound heavier, 7" 800x480 tft vs 9.7" 1024x768 IPS, Intel GMA 900 graphics...

This thing gets 2 hours to a charge whilst watching video vs 11 hours on the iPad, from it's smaller, non multitouch screen.

Sure you can run XP and XP software, great; it's not designed for a screen that size and you have to kill processes to keep it running fast. And because it's running XP you have to have antivirus and anti malware running so it doesn't get infected, that's probably where the battery life goes, constantly scanning. That and the physically spinning hard disk, fan etc.

Very cool device if you need to run windows software but it's nothing like the iPad, it's a tiny PC with a tiny battery. That's clearly not what average consumers want.


RE: Piece of junk
By kmmatney on 4/2/2010 5:00:07 PM , Rating: 2
They are also paying for a LED backlit IPS display, which you cannot get on any cheap netbook. You also get an operating system that turns on instantly. I certainly don't want a Netbook, with a crappy small display and keyboard (I use a 17" laptop for everyday work). I do want an iPad, and its stunning IPS display, though. As an iPhone user, I already know exactly what to expect, and the experience will be better than any Netbook can provide.


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