Apple’s New iPad – Is It The Hottest New Release Or Simply An iFlop?
Apple has been around for what seems like a technological lifetime and it has been known to produce good products that have become popular amongst people all over the world. After much anticipation, Apple finally released its new iPad machine earlier in 2010 but there was concern over how the consumer would react to it. Months later and there is still huge debate as to how functional the machine really is. If you have been thinking about whether to get one for yourself or not then first have a look at the various benefits and drawbacks.
At first glance the iPad seems very appealing with its look and feel similar to that of the iPhone and iPod. Having been created with a size somewhere in between the iPhone and iMac, the iPad fits comfortably in your hands. The touch screen is big enough to use a range of different applications at once, and allows you to flip through your pictures, videos or music easily. Best of all, when you’re done the fingerprints are almost unnoticeable. Consumers are always on the hunt for a product that can add speed to their lives, and with the iPad you have fast connectivity to the Internet and your applications. If you thought iPads were just a fun step up of the iPhone you would be mistaken. Even business people can get great use out of it with the iWork application, which will allow you to conveniently create and edit word documents and spreadsheets.
While the iPad may seem visually appealing you have to consider portability and usability. Although it doesn’t seem to weigh much in isolation, if you consider that you will be carting it around and doing your work on the go, a machine of its size can become uncomfortable to handle after long periods. As far as the screen is concerned, there has been some debate as to whether it is a bit too reflective and lacking in contrast. Another drawback for the iPad is the battery life. It’s all good and well to say that it lasts a solid ten hours, but when you consider that you may be using it extensively you can expect it to last a much shorter time. Speaking of extensive use, although the iPad seems to cater for the use of multiple applications, the unfortunate part is that having too many things running at once can often lead to the machine freezing. Apple obviously didn’t think that through when considering the consumer who likes doing a million things at the same time.
Well, you can see that the iPad has its good points and its bad points. The question here is not whether it is a good machine or a bad one, it is just a matter of how suitable it will be for your lifestyle. If you are a happy go lucky type who just wants a portable device for some reading or entertainment and access to the Internet, and if you like the look and feel of the product then the iPad will be a good investment for you. You can even take it further and add some accessories to make the experience that much more enjoyable. Chances are if you already love other Apple products like the iPhone, iPod and iMac you will really get a kick out of the iPad. However, if you plan on making extensive use out of it and need it to last you more than just a few hours, with multiple programs open at the same time then you may reconsider the iPad.
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