Majority of consumers are quite hesitant to purchase first generation gadgets; it’s common knowledge that most first generation products have a lot of bugs and need several improvements. Which is why it is quite surprising for Apple to be able to create a good first generation tablet. Apple has always been the in the forefront of technology industry, which is why it is not surprising for them to come up with an innovative product such as the Apple iPad.
For a first generation tablet, the Apple iPad is surprisingly light. Its body is made of a solid aluminum case that holds a thick solid piece of glass. Apple products have always been known to be simple and minimalistic and the Apple iPad complies with their standards.
Similar to the iPhone and iPod touch, the Apple iPad has very simple buttons; aside from the home button at the bottom of the screen, the power button can be found on top, while the volume rocker is found at the right side with the screen orientation lock. The iPad also has a toggle button that allows you to lock the screen to a specific orientation. This is useful as it prevents the screen to rotate when you are lying down. The built in speakers are found on the bottom while the standard 3.5 mm headphone jack is on top.
One surprising thing about the iPad is that its construction is so thin that it rivals even the thinnest smartphones in the market. The iPad is lightweight and thin, making it an effective portable gadget. These qualities are also important to consider when using the iPad for prolonged hours.
One of the trickiest things about portable tablets and netbooks is finding the balance between size and portability. You need a gadget that is small enough to carry around, without causing so much strain on your back, and at the same time large enough to view your photos, videos, and other common files often viewed on portable gadgets. The great thing about the Apple iPad is the fact that its screen size is perfect for watching movies, viewing photos, reading and browsing websites without having to crouch or squint like what most people do with an iPhone, iPod Touch or any similar handheld device.
Those who adore the display of the iPhone and the iPod Touch will be surprised with the display quality of the iPad. Although, it is not the best display, the graphics on the Apple iPad are crisp and bright. However, like any other shiny glass display, the screen is useless in the outdoors under the bright sun or a bright light source. This is one of the drawbacks to the Apple iPad, which is probably the reason why majority of Kindle users will not revert to using iPad for their e-book reading. The virtual keyboard on the Apple iPad is appropriately sized that allows for comfortable typing.
One of the most important considerations in choosing the right gadget, such as a tablet, is battery life and its performance. The Apple iPad runs on the 1.0 GHz A4 chip; although this may not be the best processor in the market, the system performs well since it only carries the iPhone OS on it. The Apple iPad offers up to 10 hours of battery life on a single charge which can be useful if you like to bring the iPad wherever you go.
Since the first news about the Apple iPad, there has been a debate whether or not the iPad will change the way people use netbooks. In fact, Steve Jobs himself has claimed that the iPad will destroy its competitors. The question is, will the iPad replace the netbook? For now, it will not.
There are a lot of things that the iPad still can’t do. For example, if you use your netbook for video chatting, photo and video editing, playing flash games on the internet and if you are used to the tools commonly found in the Windows OS, then you will not be able to appreciate the Apple iPad. However, if you use your netbook strictly for surfing, chatting email and social networking, then you might enjoy the the Apple iPad.