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Apple iPad – Love it or Hate it but you can’t Ignore it

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!

Conclusion?

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?

720p, 30 frames per second,
It looks great, it’s fast and super-responsive to your finger touch.
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Rochak ChauhanRochak is a technical writer for BiP. He's an avid techie and loves everything to do with technology from programming to gadgets.View all posts by Rochak Chauhan →

  1. MKMK04-05-2010

    I’m waiting for the 3G version to come out. The other annoying dilemma is that Apple is likely to put down the price and / or bring in more features (such as a video camera) in the second generation iPad. That means I’ll have to buy that too!!! :)

    There are also rumors about how they will also make the casing plastic (and therefore much lighter) in the next generation iPad.

  2. Mueen ur RashidMueen ur Rashid04-05-2010

    Great article but I still don’t see what the hype is all about!

  3. MKMK04-05-2010

    I actually think that it’s a good thing that Flash is being killed. But the real problem for me is the lack of multi-tasking. That really is bad!

  4. Dave ReynoldsDave Reynolds04-05-2010

    I agree that lack of multitasking is a problem. I’m developing applications for both Android and iPhone and I’m able to give the user a much better experience when I can have services running in the background…especially for location based services.

    I think Flash is due to expire and am glad to see HTML 5 getting some traction. This is going to take some time, but Flash isn’t well supported on other mobile platforms either.

  5. MKMK04-05-2010

    @Dave, yes you’re absolutely right: HTML5 is the way to go. However, I was very disappointed to see that when YouTube started allowing HTML5 viewing, they had a proprietary codec which meant that purely open source browsers like Firefox are unable to use it! Completely pointless!

    As for Flash, it isn’t even well supported on Linux of the Mac, let alone any of the mobile platforms. My machine’s load is sometimes crazily high because of Flash so you can imagine how happy I was to hear that the iPad won’t have it. I think Apple definitely did the right thing here. Adobe had a monopoly with Flash and hence the quality started to deteriorate. Hopefully they will get their act together a nownd, if they do and make a solid and stable product for all of the platforms, then I have no qualms with using Flash. But as it stands, it really is far too unstable.

  6. WaqarWaqar04-05-2010

    I still think this is probably one of the most creative yet useless gadget…
    I am looking forward to see the upgrades to this…

    For all you iPad lover take a look at this… Enjoy :)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAl28d6tbko&feature=player_embedded

  7. Dave ReynoldsDave Reynolds04-06-2010

    I concur that this is a solution looking for a problem (albeit a very beautiful solution). As all Apple products, it is exquisite. However, I can tell you that I love my Kindle for reading eBooks and I love my iPod for listening to Podcasts and Audible Books. My only motivation to change would be to combine all of these into one device, however I don’t think I could be taken seriously working out at the gym with an iPad duct taped to my chest. In terms of convergence, smartphones have the right form factor. If you are looking for a rich media device (frequent travelers and professional photographers spring to mind) the iPad is tough to beat.

  8. Joachim KudishJoachim Kudish04-07-2010

    I got to play with it at the apple store, and it’s a great little device.
    I agree with Mohammed, the lack of Flash really isn’t a big deal. Lack of multi-tasking is a shame but I think future updates might solve that issue. It just makes sense to be able to glance at your twitter while writing a document in pages, you know?