28 January, 2010
iPad, the tablet from Apple
Today's headline news without a doubt is Apple's announcement of the long awaited tablet - iPad. iPad is Apple's entry to the market between laptop computers and iPhone (or iPod). iPad features a brilliant 9.7-inch Multi-Touch LED-backlit display with IPS technology to deliver crisp, clear images with a viewing angle of 178 degrees, runs on Apple's A4 CPU, in just 1.34 cm (0.5 inches) thin and weighs just 0.68 kg (1.5 pounds). More details about the iPad is available at this .)
Many Apple bashers/haters would label iPad over-priced. However, comparing to Amazon's Kindle DX, the iPad is merely $10 (USD) more expensive, plus it certainly can do much more than the Kindle DX. For the very least, Kindle DX is not a colour display. (Some may argue that Kindle DX is more paper like display, and longer battery.) Apple iPad is also cheaper than more brand-name netbooks.
Keyboard input on iPad is also a great bonus (compared to iPhone). Who wouldn't appreciate the almost full-size keyboard? Plus, you can connect the full-size Apple keyboard (with Keyboard Dock).
Does the iPad suit me? Pretty much. For the size of the screen, and the light weight, I can see it is a perfect companion for me to travel with. Unlike certain extremists, I don't need to carry the full power computer (also known as superfast 64-bit dual-processor with powerful graphic acceleration) with me while travelling. (Yes, I found my MacBook Pro is a bit heavy to carry around.) Surfing the web would be a lot easier without the weight of MacBook Pro.
Unlike the lucky Don who lives in the United States of America, iPad won't be available anytime soon here.
(to Don: Antony is poor.)
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