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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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Time will tell
By Dorkyman on 4/1/2010 12:10:19 PM , Rating: 2
I dunno, I'm just trying to picture a situation where I would really need one. Imagine this: you have a desktop where you keep all your devices. There's a big laptop; there's a netbook; over there's a smartphone; now there's an iPad.

Okay, you're heading out the door--which device(s) to take?

Well, you need communications, so you pick up the phone. Now what?

Well, the big laptop is a pain to lug around. That stays.

You see the netbook and the iPad. You ask yourself, do I want to get some work done also (that means typing), or look cool? Oh, and if I take the pad, how do I protect that screen? Better put it in a case. But wait, then it's not so sleek any more.

So with this very cursory exercise I guess I just don't get it. Literally.

Good thing my misconceptions can be cleared up with all these glowing press reports. I've come to expect the press to be fair and objective in all things.




RE: Time will tell
By kmmatney on 4/2/2010 5:53:05 PM , Rating: 2
Well, there are a lot of people like me, who think netbooks suck. why? They are slow with small crappy screens and keyboards. I've always thought netboks are a waste of money, and still do.

What if you want a device you can quickly turn on and browse the internet from a chair in your living room? You could use a laptop, but that just isn't comfortable, and not always instantly on. With an iPad, you can hold the device comfortably close to your eyes, and it has a nice IPS display with vivid colors - better than any netbook. it is held an used like a book, but you get the functionality of a computer, e-book reader, gaming device, and stereo system all-in-one.

I know people who have bought $299 netbooks, and hardly use them. They may have been cheaper, but if they aren't used much, then they aren't a real bargain after all. I can imagine using a device like the iPad all the time for quick web browsing, e-reading, cheesy gaming, checking emails from the couch, etc... I have no desire to do that with a netbook.


RE: Time will tell
By cmdrdredd on 4/2/2010 6:29:39 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I can imagine using a device like the iPad all the time for quick web browsing, e-reading, cheesy gaming, checking emails from the couch, etc... I have no desire to do that with a netbook.


Then your screen is smudged, your eyes hurt from reading books on an LCD screen which is much harder on the eyes than e-ink, then you have the screen getting scratched because it's always open to the elements. My netbook and full featured notebook aren't going to have the same issues. I can comfortably sit on the couch and use my 15" notebook, and I can watch a DVD on it, burn a CD or DVD, edit photos with photoshop, run flash, run MS office, plug in any USB device I want to like my iPhone, my DSLR camera, a thumb drive etc.

In short, I paid less and do more. iWin!


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