Apple iPad – First Impressions

Anyone who was online yesterday couldn’t fail to hear mention of the new offering from Apple, the iPad.

But after what seems like endless rumours, what are everyones thoughts on the actual device?

First off, it’s great to know that the initial rumours surrounding the Apple tablet being called the iSlate where completely wrong – god knows how they would have put a positive spin on a name like that?! However, last night Twitter was already ablaze with jokes about the iPad, #iTampon even became a trending topic.

Initial impressions of the device are that it is a larger version of the iPhone with a beautiful 9.7 inch screen. Relying largely on a similar interface to that of the iPhone and iPod Touch it’ll be easy for users to transfer across to this device. However we suspect it would largely be used as a secondary computer due to it’s lack of support for Flash and the fact that it doesn’t currently support the running of multiple programs at once – knowing Apple this will be introduced with the 2nd gen iPad.

The battery life is a world away from that of the iPhone with a whopping 10 hours, making this the perfect device to use as a video player for trips away. The e-book reader also seems to be the most intuitive out there at the moment not only is it fast, it also has a nifty application that enables users to watch any videos embedded into the article without the need to navigate away from the initial page. It looks like the Amazon Kindle may have huge competition here!

Overall it is a great, though non-essential bit of kit, and at a competitive price I imagine they’ll fly off the shelves. It’ll be interesting to see if the same pricing structure will be applied to the UK market though.

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