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iPad Launched In The US

Because I'm sure you need yet another article telling you the big tech story of the week, we'll keep coverage down to this single post: today the Apple iPad launches in the US.

At this stage just the WiFi-only version of the iPad will be available, with prices starting from $499 for the 16GB edition and rising to $699 for the most capacious 64GBer. 3G enabled models will launch in 'late April', which is believed to be inline with international release dates.

Early feedback suggests what we had expected since it was first announced: that the iPad will split opinions. I've already listed the host of negatives in my iPad guide, but in on the plus side reviews confirm it is far faster than even the iPhone 3GS, the LED backlit screen is just as responsive as its dinkier siblings and the first wave of apps are nicely optimised for the larger screen - though they are considerably more expensive.

The bigger question still being asked, however, is: do you need it? An enhanced iPhone, but without the functionality of a netbook and coming in at a similar price and weight, that certainly is debatable.

Then again, Apple products are rarely purchased based purely on logic and I suspect most had already made up their minds whether to buy an iPad or not long before the critics had their say. Incredible Beautiful Amazing, perhaps not - but the iPad certainly has had the tech world talking...

Link:

iPad UK Product Page

xbrumster

April 3, 2010, 11:34 pm

let the reviews kick in!

Pbryanw

April 4, 2010, 12:08 am

Just read a fairly positive review on Engadget, but haven't read any more so far. Does anyone know the UK release date?

Joseph Middleton

April 4, 2010, 1:29 am

I'm keep quiet until I hear a UK Price... lord knows it will likely translate over as £499. :(


Although the way I see it is slightly different I think; http://bit.ly/c3xTAO

GherkingTR

April 4, 2010, 2:35 am

Why do I get the feeling that I'll be slowly worn down by Apple's marketing, and that by the end of the year, I'll consider an iPad to be in the same 'essentials category' as shoes and toothpaste?


The OS is a beaut for sure, but tablet PCs are a funny one to use when sitting at a table or out and about.


Maybe in the same fashion that Hollywood convinces me to watch tosh like Avatar, Apple will convince me that I won't look like a knobber using a tablet pc.

jcwacky

April 4, 2010, 2:56 am

I'm starting to get a bit fed up with your negativity towards a product that you haven't even touched yet. I can already tell, that no matter how good it is, you are going to give it a bad review. Please reserve you judgement Gordon.

Gordon394

April 4, 2010, 3:44 am

@Pbryanw @xbrumster - early reviews are pretty good. As I mentioned 'Late April'is all we know.


@GherkingTR - that is the power of Apple.


@James Cocker - that was dead neutral. Grow up.

broadcastm

April 4, 2010, 3:48 am

still dont see the point, yes its like a magazine pc blah blah, im a apple fanboy and even i ask whats the point ill still use my macbook more than any other pc i have (theres another imac mac mini and a windows netbook lurking around here that never get used) no real expansion harware wise apart from adding functionally that should have been there in the


first place, and really why wait for the 3g version it will be so over priced that i wouldn't dare turn it on in case I maxed out my 3g allowance for the month, all in all why spend money on this when there are far better alternatives, my ipod touch is a good complement to any good pc setup, but even then ill still get the laptop out or use the imac to really use the internet or watch a video, storage capacity pfft.. roll on version 2

Ala Miah

April 4, 2010, 4:09 am

It won't replace the netbook, i can gurantee that for sure but if you want an intimate experience browsing the net, playing games, watching videos, reading books and sharing photos then iPad is the perfect device for that.





It's a heavy price for intamcy far too much imo.

ChrisC

April 4, 2010, 4:55 am

Can't wait for the endless app updates on my ipod touch for ipad compatability....

gobucks

April 4, 2010, 6:48 am

So when would I use this? On a train? no, I have a smartphone, I don't need a bigger device to check email, surf the web, listen to music or read an ebook. At home? no, I would fire up my mac, if I am working I want a proper key board and MULTITASKING!!! if I am simply browsing the web I would like flash e.g. when buying mp3s from play.com for less than on itunes.








Now I could imagine using an super slim snow leopard netbook from Apple. However we are never going to see one because margins are rubbish on netbooks and an apple netbook would eat Macbook sales. Bah!

Greg17b

April 4, 2010, 11:53 am

Ssshh. The more you talk about it, the more they'll sell :)

Lantic

April 4, 2010, 12:37 pm

The iPad will be a huge success for Apple, and targeted at "normal" people like my inlaws who don't care about lack of USB support and Flash, and who just want to pick up a device to check Facebook, emails, listen to music without having to boot a laptop or netbook and be warned that their AV is out of date or the other myriad issues related to a bloated O/S that just confuse and frustrate the heck out of them. That said, I will be waiting for iPad v2 as the price point will (IMO) be too high for me right now.

Andy0d2

April 4, 2010, 2:51 pm

Initially I thought that the hardware limitations would be combatted with lots of great apps. Now I have realised that no matter how many apps I get it won't allow a decent web browsing experience. I can't see the web changing to HTML5 video for the sake of one device. Wouldn't a flash plugin be better with a warning from apple that it will degrade the battery life etc but atleast be an option. At great risk of starting a flame war - please don't - I'm pretty sure that pretty much every other company would offer this option at least. I personally could see the HP slate being very good since with windows media centre handling the media side of things and the kindle app. Bar apps theres not a great deal that it doesn't do bar apps. Essentially what I want is an HP slate with ipad looks and apps - never going to happen, hence why I won't be getting one these devices for the foreseeable future. Writing this on a HP tm2 and once folded down its like an enlarged HP slate at 12''. Its a very nice experience but I wouldn't want it as standalone device at the moment.

Robovski

April 4, 2010, 3:27 pm

I find it frustrating that in 2010 we still have companies making data devices without USB support. Gah!

hankb6d

April 4, 2010, 3:33 pm

Meh...


Smudgeware - if you upgrade its either a paltry return or the bin.


Wait for the 2nd gen with a whopping 128MB ram and the ability to multi task two things if you are going to be a zombie geek.





A-P-P-L-E A-P-P-L-E I needz A-P-P-L-E

Sleeper

April 4, 2010, 4:58 pm

I like it but I too will wait for v2 or for a similar product - let's face it, MeeGo, Chrome, Android and WinMo7 iterations of this product class are on their way - that doesn't have the silly restrictions.

savant

April 4, 2010, 6:00 pm

In the Mac line of computers there isn&#8217t any screen form factor which is below 13&#8221. I wish iPad&#8217s screen could also be used as a monitor then I could have combined it with Mac mini benefiting from both the worlds. The resultant would be a perfect laptop replacement, running Snow leopard through Mac mini even Win7 via BootCamp and when on the move or for casual use just pick the iPad.

Smithfield Building

April 4, 2010, 6:30 pm

@GherkingTR - What Apple marketing is slowly wearing you down? Apart from the unveiling, and the scatter of videos on their site, everything else regarding this product has been marketed by others. They let the hype do the marketing.





And TR has always had an unsettling amount of hate of the iPad - I doubt the review would change in opinion that much, even if if did bowl them over.





Some estimates are reckoning at least 500,000+ shipped on launch day in the US.

ffrankmccaffery

April 4, 2010, 8:17 pm

@lantic: What makes you think 'normal' people don't care about Flash or USB ports?


@Ala Miah: 'Intimate'? Do you mean no keyboard to get in the way? And half those activities you describe as 'intimate' won't be possible on this ludicrous device.

Xiphias

April 5, 2010, 12:15 am

@Lantic: You can't have it both ways. If the iPad isn't a cutting edge bit of technology then it's got to last a long time, replacing it after three years like you might do with a smartphone is unacceptable and I'd suggest there are serious doubts about whether it'd make it to the sort of lifespan it should have, both relating to the software and hardware.

Ironduke

April 5, 2010, 12:44 pm

Will be getting the 32gb 3G edition.





Jobs a goodin.

Ala Miah

April 5, 2010, 2:21 pm

@ffrankmccaffry They will be if you sit in the correct position. correct position being sitting on your bed with your knees raised up and the ipad resting on your tighs .. :-)

GoldenGuy

April 5, 2010, 2:26 pm

Pun intended, Ironduke?

rav

April 5, 2010, 4:00 pm

I have to say I was totally dismissive of the iPad but I'm starting to change my opinion a little.





Some of the iPad specific apps actually look quite good. E.g. the Marvel app and the Yahoo app. I think give it a little while and we could see some really interesting things coming out which take advantage of the device properly and aren't just enlarged iPhone apps.





I'm still not getting one and think it's horribly limited but I can now see the potential that's there.

MrGodfrey

April 5, 2010, 4:34 pm

Smithfield: TR does not "hate" the iPad. They just have a healthy amount of skepticism for a product that was otherwise being hyped up to ridiculous, messianic proportions - not only by fans but in the mainstream press (broadsheets etc) who amplify the hype completely unfiltered, insisting the iPad will change our lives. And it has been made clear on several occasions that TR/Gordon is skeptical about the point of this entire class of products - not only ones made by Apple. So for heaven's sake stop taking it so personally. Claiming that TR will give the product a bad review out of spite even if it were amazing enough to "bowl them over" is really quite petty.

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