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The 10 best things about the Apple iPad

Thursday 28 January 2010

The 10 best things about the Apple iPad

The wait is over, and the gadget messiah is here – even if we won’t see one in the UK until June. So what’s the big deal? An awful lot, actually, but we’ve managed to narrow it down to the 10 best things about the iPad – so here we go:

Design Apple doesn’t do ugly, and the iPad is no exception. It may look like a giant iPhone, but that’s not a bad thing. No-one does effortless class as well as Apple.

Interface Effortless auto-rotation, seamless sub-menus, intuitive gestures, multitouch… the iPhone’s interface is hands down the best among phones – the iPad’s looks the best among tablets.

Portability At 680g and with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the iPad is a happy traveller. That 9.7in screen means a total footprint that’s natural to hold with one hand, while tapping and sweeping away with the other.

3G It may be the main reason we’re having to wait for ours in the UK, but 3G’s inclusion on the iPad is essential if it’s to keep Steve Jobs’ promise that it’s “the best web experience you’ve ever had”.

iBooks An afterthought to some, but if there is long-term space between the phone and laptop form factors, it’s for a device that’s a tablet AND an e-Reader combined. Enter the iPad.

A4 No, that’s not the iPad’s size – it’s the codename of the 1GHz Apple processor inside. Not much is known about it, but it’s been specifically designed for this device, which has to be a good thing.

Apps No-one does apps like Apple, and the iPad supports all 140,000 existing App Store apps right out of the box, with most likely to be redesigned for the larger screen size before too long too.

Storage The three storage options – 16GB. 32GB and 64GB – are both flexible and generous for such a lightweight product, and more importantly create several price point options.

iPhone OS Two of the reasons the iPhone is so loved – its interface and all those apps – are actually both about the excellent iPhone OS, and Apple has seen sense by adapting it for the iPad rather than going the OS X route.

Battery Apple intends for you to be using the iPad a lot, so that 10-hour battery life is pretty impressive, not to mention the full month on standby – if you can bear to leave it alone for that long.

What do you think? Will you be buying into this latest piece of Apple tech? Let us know below…

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waldopepper

Gotta hand it to Apple - they make exceedingly beautiful products. Also you have gotta love their sticking with having just one button that controls the unit and leaving the rest to touch - if only other manufacturers thought as much about the simplicity of interface as them. I wonder how well a touch screen will stand up to proper full-size touch-typing though. E-Reader manufacturers beware!

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waldopepper

Gotta hand it to Apple - they make exceedingly beautiful products. Also you have gotta love their sticking with having just one button that controls the unit and leaving the rest to touch - if only other manufacturers thought as much about the simplicity of interface as them. I wonder how well a touch screen will stand up to proper full-size touch-typing though. E-Reader manufacturers beware!

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Faastal

I spent the morning sending jokey emails about the ipad name (really...it was men that came up with that....wasn't it?). But watching the launch video has reminded me that how I love my itouch (nearly as much as I love my children), the thought of the same gadget, just better, is making me come over all excited. A bit of a google though and it seems that it'll be summer before the UK gets a chance to play. What a pity, it's launch was wasted on the US and it's luddite ways, pitiful slow broadband and fear of change. Apple needs to launch it's next product in Europe. Go on, you know you want to, make us happy!

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Stuart

Usual Apple, looks pretty and runs slick. But at this price point, only a 1ghz processor and no multitasking, think I'd rather have a netbook.

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Brendan075

Yes the iPad is beautiful, and yes, it is magnficent. But why can apple not do something for the average person in a recesion. I want to see a iPad for about £100. Even if it is 8gb. JUST MAKE IT CHEAP

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Steve

As much as I like the device I have some concerns: It looks like ibooks will only be available in the US from launch! Still no flash support No multitasking A webcam would be nice for VC. Will I buy one, probably not - will wait for the 2nd Generation.

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darich

Nice, but what`s the point? for this kind of money, you could by a decent netbook that will allow you to add storage, play any media, connect many things through usb and still be MUCH cheaper. How can apple charge so much for more memory and 3G? (over $300+) when these generally would cost well below £80 on a pc. The world is full of "lets follow the crowd" suckers. Nice piece of kit, but not for me.

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Karl mcgeough

I have to say i have had the 3g iphone and the 3gs iphone but when using other touch screen phones there is nothing close to the iphone i will defently be get the ipad as soon as it comes out because 2 resons apple are the best to buy off because if something brakes you bring it down to the apple store and they give you a new one number 2 there puducts are so quick and easy to use i love apple and would never leave them.

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Andy Watkins

Love my ipod touch, I will be buying one as soon as I can. Maybe two, my wife is interested and she is not normally much interested in gadgets!

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Louise

Hi, Where in the Turks and Cacos was the show taped from? Also, what was the name of the resort Thank you

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Matthew Winson

I am defonetly going to be buying one once they come out, I've wanted a laptop for ages and this is better. Although there is one question, does it have a USB slot? and playing DVD's or DVD/CD rom games is impossible without a DVD/CD drive. is there any way of getting one to work on the Ipad?

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James Russell

I Think that the Ipad i just beautiful But i want to know has it got anything special on it because im getting the impression that its just an iphone but just with a larger screen...!!

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hashas

the Apple iPad is cool i ve got one

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Ludders

How shorted sighted can you be! I use my Ipod to remotely control my home automation system from anywhere via wifi, i can access any electrical appliance, lights etc, even my kettle (-: I also use it to monitor my home security system, if motion sensors are disturbed i receive an email via my ipod with a pic of the culprit. I can even access my desktop from anywhere in the world and control it. the only problem? the ipod screen is 3" YEEEEEEHA a propper screen to do all of the above and more. Whats not to love. Thank you Apple.

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droobey

Heres my Top 10 best things about the iPad. Ummm... Ummm.. Lets start again Heres the Top 5 worst things about the iPad. No Flash No Multitasking The name Just a big iPod Touch Netboooks are cheaper and do lots more

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StuMcMillan

I love Apple stuff.. but I'm going to wait on 2nd or 3rd generation iPad. I think they rushed this out because of the rumor mill world wide running on over drive. They have a space in the iPad that is dedicated to a camera yet not included it, a delay on iBooks in Europe and yes the iPhone OS is a great, slick platform for a phone but I think they could of upped it a bit for the iPad. Multitasking on a phone is no big deal since the surface area to work with is limited but the iPad has a good size surface area to work on, especially since the app's don't take up the hole screen (unless you choose that option) so having the ability to run many apps on the same screen seems like a no brainer but yet again, not included. Why no flash player??? people have been shouting about this as soon as it wasn't included in iPhone OS 3.0 update yet they choose to ignore? More like they are struggling to incorporate this 'must have' option into the set up that is iPhone OS. As I said, I think they kinda rushed this gadget. Am holding off to see what the next generation of iPad has to offer.

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Adewis

Its a shame that this is being made to look like the next must have gadget. Tablet PC's have been around for AGES, so its not new, and given the very limited functional; it of the ipad it makes it more than useless, seriously, it IS just an oversized Iphone. The processor isnt new either, its just a re-branded cortex a9 And the only reason that the battery is so long is because it barely does anything. wait for version 3 when its up to modern tech standards (roll on dell mini 5!) and youll see that battery life drop significantly :P

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TREEDUDE217

i think the ipad will only sell in huge numbers with flash support but it is incredible they never dissapoint

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Anonymous

iPad looks great hope to get 1 they really look kool :O :D

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gamer96

Apple have done it again, but im just thinking because they said that it is an iphone (around £400) and an imac (around £800) put together at a price for just over £300 I find it a bit too cheap but still gona get it when it comes out!!

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ludders

Today I added my shower to the extensive list of home appliances I can control with my Ipod, why would I need flash support? only if I was after another desktop/laptop. The point is, the Ipad will be an extension of my desktop pc. Currently i can surf the net and do everything my pc will do from my Ipod, it makes sense to have all your data/applications on one pc with remote access via an Ipad. when will it be available in the UK?

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bob

all the people saying you would rather have a netbook why this runs keynote pages and numbers

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Kelsey

OMG>>> THIS NEW PRODUCT TOTALY ROX THIS WORLD!!!!

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joosh bellingham

Matthew Winson's question; you can get a removable cd/dvd drive for a round £50 which just connects by usb but you would also need to get a connector/ transformer for the ipad to change the dock connector to a usb.

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COSTA

i like it. emm im not sure wether i would buy it. if u are going to need a pc or laptop as well as the ipad then it becomes very expensive. i would prefere a windows version of it. but that will never be as good. o well

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Geoff at StyleFrame

We have grabbed a couple of iPads from the US so we can test our StyleFrame app. It is a great little device, caused a big stir with our neighbours, and I loved taking it into the Apple store at Westfield. None of the staff had seen one in the flesh yet! Adam, one of the friendly customer service guys was talking to a potential iPad owner when I walked in, good timing! Even though they hadn't seen one yet they were able to show me lots more of what I could do with it!

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Webdingbats

I have the 64gb wifi iPad it's really is a gadget at present. I am a designer and use it to present my work on. Which I must say does work well and makes clients head really turn when you place it on the table even before you have started the presentation. A built in camera would have been a good idea for those Skype calls when over the move.

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Montana

Bought It =]

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Chunky

i love my ipad i cant leave it for a minute everything about it is sooo wonderful recommend for everyone

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Iain peacock

I have a iPad ,do you know the best apps? And gadget show is so cooooool Ye :)

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lol

i love this show its awsome thanks guys

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Yves Grenier

First time out.. I just ordered the new IPad and am just chomping at the bits to use it. Post-PC, we will see. Hope so, as portability of intelligence makes sense.

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