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.
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