Saturday, June 11, 2011

Apple iPad - Superb Gadget for Everyone

I'm sure most of you have already heard about Apple iPad. Probably it's way too late to review iPad now, since the second generation iPad2 is already out. But I'll review it anyway cause I think Apple iPad is the most beautiful & amazing gadgets on earth until now.

Apple iPad is positioned in a new category of portable computer devices between laptops and smartphones (called tablets). Most of the features provided is no different than the iPhone but with a wider screen display. However, Apple also include some new features in this device. Apple offers iPad in six variants with a price range from US$499 up to US$829 depends on the size of the memory which is 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB, and choices between WiFi connection or WiFi and 3G GSM.

Apple iPad's strong points from my point of view which are :

1. Design. Apple iPad have a very elegant design. The back is clad in aluminum casing wrapped by a glass front panel (just like the iPhone / iTouch with a larger size.) iPad also very thin but fit perfecly in your arms. For me the designs give perfect score 10/10.
2. Performance. Apple iPad use 1GHz processor made exclusively by Apple. From my experience, it's still slower than iPhone 4 (tried by playing a few same games which iPad frame rate is a little low compared to the iPhone 4 although they both use 1GHZ processor. Perhaps this is because of the RAM. iPad use 256 MB RAM while iPhone 4 use 512 MB. Overall, the performance is very good. Score for performance 8 / 10.
3. Applications. Applications is the power of Apple iPad. There are so many applications in the iPad. (almost all the iphone applications can be run on the iPad). Scores for Application 10/10.

There are also some weak points in Apple iPad :

1. Without Adobe Flash
2. Not equipped camera
3. Can not do multitasking
4. Storage capacity is not big enough
5. The battery is not easily replaced
6. Does not have HDMI port.

Overall Apple iPad is a superb gadget for everyone, from children to adults, from housewives to businessman. Overall score 9/10

Full specifications :

- Dimension : 24.8 cm x 18.97 cm x 1.34 cm
- Weight : 0.68 kg (WiFi) and 0.73 kg (WiFi + 3G)

- 9.7-inch LED backlit glossy widescreen multitouch with IPS technology
- Resolution : 1024 × 768 pixels with 132 pixels per inch
- Coated with oleophobic fingerprint resistant
- Supports the writing of many languages ​​and characters simultaneously

Memory capacity:
- 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB

- Apple A4 1 GHZ

Ambient light sensor
- Accelerometer

- Lithium Polymer Battery with up to 10 hours of active time and one month standby time

Audio playback:
- Supports AAC (16 to 320 Kbps)
- Supports MP3 format (16 to 320 Kbps)
- Support MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2.3, and 4), Apple Losless, AIFF, and WAV

WiFi model :
- WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology

WiFi + 3G model :
- UMTS / HSDPA tri-band (850, 1900, and 2100 MHz)
- GSM / EDGE quabband850, 900, 1800, and 1900 MHz)
- WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology

Input and output:
- Dock connector
- Microphone
- 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack
- Built in speakers
- SIM card tray (WiFi + 3G)

Location-based services:
- WiFi
- Mobile (WiFi + 3G model specific)
- Digital Compass
- Assisted GPS (special model of WiFi + 3G)

TV and video:
- Supports up to 720p H.264 video format, M4v, Mp4, Mov, MPEG-4.

External button:
- On / off / sleep / wake
- Mute
- Volume control

Main Features and Application:
- Safari Browser for web access.
- Mail to read your e-mail.
- Photos to manage the photo archive.
- Video to play video files.
- iPod to play music
- iTunes to download music and videos
- App Store for download applications
- iBooks to read and download e-book from iBooks Store
- YouTube to view YouTube videos directly without going through the web.
- Maps
- Notes to take notes
- Calendar
- Contacts to record data phone, email, and web-friends.
- Home screen to set the display screen
- Spotlight search for quick searching just by typing in keywords.

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