For months preceding the release of Apple’s iPad, there was much controversy with regard to its response in the market. Much to the company’s delight it has taken the world by storm and consumers seem to be happy with the product. If you have been thinking about getting your hands on one then get to know the ins and outs before making your decision.
When asked to give a brief description of the iPad, many people will tell you that it is smaller than an iMac but bigger than an iPod, but still retains the advanced functionality of top Apple products.
Here is a quick breakdown of what you can expect:
Dimensions: 9.56 x 7.47 x 0.5 inches
Weight (Wi-Fi only): 1.5 pound
Weight (Wi-Fi and 3G): 1.6 pounds
Screen: 9.7 inches
Resolution: 1024 x 768
Processor: 1 Gigahertz
Capacity: 16GB, 32GB and 64 GB
As far as the dimensions go, this may seem like a decently sized and light machine. However, if you consider that you may not always be handling it on a table or suitable surface, and if you find yourself on the go most of the time you will have to handle it with your hands most of the time. This can prove to be quite uncomfortable after a while. The iPad has been praised for having a screen that is small enough to make it portable but big enough to do all necessary tasks on. It is multi-touch, and the good news is fingerprints that are left behind are almost invisible. The downside is that some may find that the screen lacks contrast and may be too reflective at times. The iPad is available as Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi with 3G. They each come with their respective storage capacities of 16GB, 32GB and 64 GB. There is a range of accessories you can also get for your iPad including a protective case and keyboard dock.
The iPad has been said to retain all the benefits of technology that you find in Apple’s iMac. The operating system is OS 3.2, which is actually an adapted version of the one used in the iPhone. When it comes to applications, you have to go to the App store on Apple’s website. It was the ability to add applications that made the iPhone so popular, but it remains to be seen whether the same will be true for the iPad. The downside is that you have to pay for many of these applications. So, you are already paying for your iPad and you still have to fork out more to make it more functional. Speaking of which, the iPad has been slammed for lacking the capacity for the user to multitask. Sure, you can listen to music and reply to your emails at the same time with no problem. The kicker is that you are not able to run multiple programs at the same time. Some have reported that the machine freezes when trying to do so.
You can see that the iPad comes with technology that can make life easier in some ways, but that its ability to do so reaches limits easily. All in all, if you already love Apple’s other products like the iPhone and iMac then chances are you will love the iPad. However, if you are the type who needs to have multiple apps open at the same time in order to get your job done then chances are you won’t have the patience to deal with the iPad. To make the right decision it is best to test it out yourself.
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