Apple finally announced the iPad today which is great and all, but the best thing about it is the end of all those rumors that have been littering my RSS subscriptions. After looking around the blogs that were lucky enough to get a hands-on, here are my thoughts on the iPad.
h4. The Good
* Starts at only $499, which is a lot more reasonable than the rumored $999.
* Runs all iPhone apps pretty well.
* Powerful CPU. From the presentation everything looked really smooth, thanks to that fancy 1GHz Apple A4 chip.
* Keynote/Pages/Numbers. If I ever get one I’ll be able to do my reports at the *very* last minute. Score one for procrastinators!
* 10 hour battery life. Even if it is a little exaggerated, that’s not bad at all. Definitely enough to get through a full school day.
* 9.7 inch screen. Think of all the possibilities! Besides the obvious HD pron, apps like Brushes seem a lot more useful. Why with a pogo stylus, it could very well replace a sketchbook for some people.
* Books. With several major publishers, we might start seeing academic textbooks soon.
* Unlocked, with an optional contract-free $29.95 unlimited data plan from AT&T.
h4. The Bad
* It’s $629 for the cheapest model with 3G.
* Some iPhone apps might look screwy or stretched out.
* Still no flash support. With a processor like that and a screen that big, surely Flash wouldn’t be too hard to implement?
* It weighs 1.5 pounds, which is like a textbook.
* iPad? Seriously? Cabel from Panic had a better idea in my opinion— Canvas. The latter sounds like a quality product, whereas the former sounds a little tacky and unoriginal.
* No multitasking? Lame. However this may well be fixed in iPhone OS 4.0.
* No OLED display? If even the Zune HD has one, surely it’s time for Apple to go OLED.
* The design, which looks rushed. Apple basically took the top half of a MacBook, slapped a large multitouch screen in it, and called it the iPad.
The Wifi-only models will ship in 60 days, whereas the 3G models will ship in 90 days. Although some may criticize them for taking so long, it’s a rather wise move in my opinion. The time as well as the release of the iPad SDK will give developers a chance to fix their apps for the iPad, so that when they finally arrive the apps will be ready.
Will it sell? Originally nobody believed in the iPhone either. Heck, I was laughing when I heard about it back in 2007- “No buttons, haha _that’ll_ sell!” Only time will tell, but I’m willing to bet that it’s going to sell pretty well.
Image taken from Apple. Please don’t sue me.