I take a brief look at the super popular Apple iPad tablet computer.
The Apple iPad Tablet
There are many tablet computers on the market now, but the undisputed
king is the Apple iPad Tablet.
Apple iPad is marketed mainly to be used as an audio-visual
for viewing media like web content, games, music, movies, periodicals
and books. The unit only weighs about one and a half pounds, placing it
right between a laptop and a smartphone, by size.
By the end
of quarter two in 2010, it was reported that the Apple iPad Tablet had
already gained 95% of the Tablet PC market. It runs on the same OS as
the iPhone and iPod Touch, and you can run iPad apps as well as iPhone
apps on the tablet. If it's left unmodified, it can only run Apple
approved and distributed programs.
The iPad works with a
multitouch display, which is different from many older tablets, which
used a stylus for their pressure-triggered display. The keyboard is
also an onscreen virtual type, rather than a physical keyboard. You can
browse the Internet, install software and stream media with the Wi-Fi
connection on the iPad, and some models have 3G wireless capabilities,
too. You sync the Apple iPad Tablet just like you would an iPhone, by
syncing it to iTunes on your PC, with a simple USB cable.
first Apple tablet was brought out in 1993, and known as the Newton
MessagePad. These were discontinued in 1998. The iPod stormed the MP3
market in 2001, and then Apple also re-entered the market for mobile
computing with the iPhone, in 2007. In 2009, there were already many
rumors about the release of the new Apple iPad Tablet, and it was
officially introduced in 2010. In actual time, the iPhone was not
developed until after the iPad. The phone was seen as something that
would sell better, so Apple put iPad development on hold and released
the iPhone first.
The touchscreen display of the Apple iPad
Tablet is 9.7 inches of LCD, with glass that is scratch-resistant and
fingerprint-resistant. It's not meant to be used with a stylus, but
with the fingers, and if you have ever tried to operate one with gloves
on, you'll find that it doesn't work that way, since regular gloves
prevent the electrical conductivity to the display.
iPad display will also respond to an ambient light sensor which allows
you to adjust the brightness of the screen, and an accelerometer that
senses the orientation of the iPad, and can switch it between landscape
and portrait modes. The Apple iPad Tablet supports any screen rotation,
in all four directions. Through this, there is no native orientation -
you can use it in whatever orientation you like, and the home button
position changes to accommodate you.
There are four actual
switches on each iPad, and these are a home button, a sleep/wake
switch, a volume up/down switch and a mute switch. After the 4.2 iOS
update, the rotation lock is controlled now by a software toggle.
The iPad Tablet uses wireless trilateration to allow you to use Google
maps and similar apps. It obtains the trilateration from Skyhook
Wireless. A 3G iPad has a GPS that will allow you to calculate its
position relative to cell towers nearby. To connect via hardline, the
iPad uses an Apple dock connector, and it doesn't have USB or Ethernet
On the back of the iPad, there are two speakers and two
channels that lead sound to the three ports for audio at the bottom and
right side of the iPad. There's a handy volume switch on the unit's
right side, too. You can get stereo sound through headphones,
the iPad also has a microphone suitable for recording of your voice.
You can use wireless keyboards and headphones with the Apple iPad
An iPad has internal rechargeable batteries, and
is usually charged with a high level of current. You can use a USB port
on your recent-year Apple computer to charge your iPad. Apple states
that the battery of the iPad can play video for almost ten hours, but
of course the batteries, like all the batteries in laptops and the
like, lose their capacity over passing time. If your iPad doesn't hold
a charge, Apple will replace it for you, with a refurbished iPad, for
$99 plus shipping, provided there isn't any other damage.
Reviewers have spent a lot of time learning about, and testing the
Tablet since its introduction.
The iPad exceled in many areas, but there are were also other
parts of the
package that could have used improvement.
Reviewers found that opening
and closing apps on the iPad was very smooth and
quick, the screen was sharp, colorful, and very responsive,
also didn't experience any lag when typing. In most
reviewers eyes, the iPad was a fantastic little package.
Unfortunately there were a few downsides to the sleek mobile device.
Among those, the built-in Safari web browser loaded just about
any web page easily except for Flash based sites. In fact, the
lack of Flash support in the Safari browser was among top complaints
for the iPad. Multitasking between applications on the iPad also wasn't
as swift as some of the iPad competitors running the Android operating
Thankfully, many of these issues have since
been fixed with new operating system upgrades. In fact, iOS
4.2 brought over 100 new features to the operating system, including
true multitasking. Flash is still missing as a
built-in Safari browser feature, so you will still need to resort to a
third party application to access some of your favorite Flash based
sites. On the plus side, many popular Flash based sites such
as Youtube.com offer a non-Flash version for the iPad anyways.
The Apple iPad Tablet also
includes a nice built-in software suite. Among those is the iWorks
utilities. iWorks give the tablet some personality
a laptop has. You can ditch your laptop for an iPad if you only need to
do light office work or email, but business users may be more pleased
with a traditional laptop. The iPad is much more comfortable as a
casual device, at this time.
Reviewers have discovered that
the battery life of the Apple iPad Tablet seems to be living up to
Apple's initial claims. They often used the iPad for seven hours or
more before they saw the 20% battery low indicator.
reviewers felt that the Apple iPad Tablet was impressive, and a device
that might be a netbook replacement if you're a casual user. Future
generations of the iPad may fit better into the laptop replacement
arena than the original release model. If you check email
routinely, Facebook, or play
casual games, the iPad may just be the perfect gadget for you.
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