Apple has been on a massive high with the huge success of the iPhone. I think this success and glory sparked an idea to develop a product that would be a cross between the iPhone and the MacBook (or maybe this was part of the master plan from day one). They planned to get the best features and interfaces of both and integrate them into one product. It sounds like a magical and revolutionary product right? Let’s see how close it gets to a must-have device for every tech savvy person.
If you are one of the few people who are still unaware about the iPad (do these people exist?), here’s brief introduction. Basically the iPad lets you browse the web, read and send email, share photos, watch videos, listen to music, play games, read e-books and more. I don’t think I’d be exaggerating if I called it a giant iPhone with some features missing. OK now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s have a look at some of its Pros and Cons. Why do people either love it or loathe it?
Why Love the iPad?
- Excellent Web Browsing: The iPad is powered by the Safari Web Browser, which makes web browsing an amazing experience. It looks great, it’s fast and super-responsive to your finger touch. It has some futuristic features like the ability to scroll through a page just by flicking up or down on the screen, double-tap a section on a page to enlarge or shrink it and pinch to zoom in or out (just like the iPhone). All this will make sure that you don’t miss your good old mouse.
- Push Emails: It has an inbuilt email program with makes reading and sending emails a very pleasurable experience. It can manage all your personal and business emails. The iPad supports almost all email protocols including, of course, IMAP and POP.
- Great Photo Viewing Device: The photo-viewing experience is probably one of the best features of the iPad. The excellent brightness and contrast along with the wide viewing angle capability of the iPad makes it one of the best devices to view, store and share images.
- Inbuilt Wifi, Bluetooth, 3G and Card Reader: The iPad supports many ways to connect to the internet and external devices. Apart from High speed 3G, Wifi and Bluetooth, it also comes with a Micro-SIM card tray. The 3G version will be out soon.
- Multilingual Support: The iPad supports English, French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Simplified Chinese and Russian. To add to this, the onscreen keyboard and its Dictionary supports English (U.S.), English (UK), French (France, Canada), German, Japanese (QWERTY), Dutch, Flemish, Spanish, Italian, Simplified Chinese (Handwriting and Pinyin) and Russian.
- Accelerometer and Digital Compass: The accelerometer makes the famous auto-rotate possible for images and videos. Apart from this, the accelerometer make the gaming experience a sheer joy.
- Wide Array of Applications and Games: The app store has thousands of applications and games for iPad. The Free SDK by Apple makes sure the developers carry on to add more amazing applications and games to the App Store.
Why Hate the iPad?
- No Wide Screen Videos: The iPad supports videos up to 720 pixels with 30 frames per second. The only glitch is that you can’t view the video in wide screen / 16:9 mode. The result? You’ll have to view movies in the 4:3 aspect ratio with big black bars around it.
- Limited Storage: The iPad comes with a high speed flash drive with support for amazing transfer rates. However, the maximum capacity that the flash drives can support at the moment is only 64 GB. Now this a big drawback if you want to store videos and images on your iPad.
- No Camera: It has an amazing LED touch screen with wifi and 3G capabilities, but sadly no Camera. We had hoped that it had at least a basic camera for video chat. I think Apple can add this to their todo list.
- USB port costs extra: It may not sound true, but iPad does not comes with an on-board USB port. You need to buy an adapter to attach a basic USB port.
- Uncomfortable on-screen Keyboard: When you type on a physical keyboard, the screen is in front of you while you type. On the iPad, the on-screen keyboard is very tiring and taxing on your neck and back.
- No Flash Support: It’s not only a drawback but an insult! Flash is used on almost 30% of all Rich Websites. This means that you can’t view any of them on the iPad!
- No Multitasking: The official reason is that the Apple want to save battery life on the device. We all know what the real reason is!
Well, that’s my take on the iPad. What do you think? Have any of you got your paws on one yet? Want to get one? Why? Why not? Do you love it or hate it? Or do you just want everyone to shut up about the iPad?