The iPad is Apple’s latest release and has taken the world by storm. Most notably, those who love the iPod, iPhone and iMac are dropping their current units to get their hands on it. While there are diehard lovers out there, there are also those who have criticised the iPad for everything from its form to its function. If you haven’t quite reached a verdict yet then get to know the machine better and see whether it works for you. Here is a look at what you can expect from the iPad.
Form and dimensions
Weighing in at 1.5 pounds (1.6 with Wi-Fi and 3G), the iPad is a relatively light machine that can be used on your lap or in your hands. It has a height of 9.56 inches, a width or 7.47 inches, and is 0.5 inches thick. This, along with its rounded edges makes it easy to hold and gives it a sleek feel. The iPad leaves you with a choice of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB. With this much storage space you can keep loads of music, photos, movies and work. With one charge, the iPad is said to have a battery life of 10 hours. The downside, however, is that if you are using multiple programs it eats away at the battery life and you can expect to have to charge it sooner.
The iPad has a 9.7 inch screen with a 1024 x 768 pixel resolution. This larger view gives you excellent picture display and clarity. The multi-touch screen is similar to that of the iPhone but is more advanced, improved for the larger scale of the screen. Being a touch screen, you may worry about fingerprints, but it is designed to leave the fingerprints almost unnoticeable. The only reported drawback of the screen is that it may lack contrast and be too reflective.
The iPad is available in Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi and 3G. It has a built in 802.11n device, allowing you to connect to any existing Wi-Fi network. This makes connecting to the Internet much easier whether it is for business or entertainment. With the new technology fitted in the iPad, the speed of transfer of information has improved drastically, leaving you with the ability to transfer up to 7.2Mbps. This makes transferring data and surfing the net much easier no matter your location. If that wasn’t enough the iPad also comes with Bluetooth capabilities, allowing you to connect to headphones, cell phones, and other iPad accessories like a wireless keyboard.
The overall performance of the iPad is amongst the best on the market when compared to other touch screen devices. Whether you want to surf the net, watch a movie, listen to music, view pictures, play games or read an ebook, you will be provided with top class productivity. The only downside is that the ability to multitask with the iPad is not really that great. This makes it challenging for those who like to have a number of programs and applications open at the same time.
Just when you though the iPad couldn’t get any better, you will be happy to know there is a wide range of accessories. The first and foremost is the case. These are designed to protect your iPad and are available in a variety of designs and colours. If you need to write long texts and find the touch screen a bit challenging you can always get the wireless keyboard. Other accessories include docks, adapters and camera connection kits. This will take your iPad experience to a whole new level.
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