Welcome to iPad Territory

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Apple states that the Ipad has been designed to revolutionize the world of personal computing by identifying and filling the gap between smart phones and laptop devices. The challenge there in lies with convincing consumers that this gap does indeed exist and in fact should be filled as a necessity albeit at a high price margin.

From the device name to its design and even to the operating system, there were many debates as the rumors continued to grow. When the Ipad was finally announced there were many disappointments amid feverish excitement, perhaps the average gadget geek had higher expectations, and although apple’s design has always been in tune with a more minimalistic ideology, even I was expecting a bit more. It starts to look less revolutionary when a clear difference is more real estate compared to the IPod touch.

The Ipad is sleek, shiny and truly a beautiful device. Its beauty is matched by a simple, intuitive user interface and a powerful processor at its heart, indeed users of the iPhone or the iPod touch would feel right at home, because the Ipad uses the very same OS as they do. Many have said that the Ipad is simply a giant iPod touch, and it’s a reasonably accurate description but in this case bigger does seem better. The Ipad is certainly a wonderful device for media consumption, web browsing and user interaction through the many third party applications available from apples app store. With the announcement that many, if not all of the apps previously designed for the IPhone and IPod touch would be compatible with the Ipad, you’re guaranteed to fit right into the apple eco system with ease. It’s got an absolutely amazing screen, with vivid, bright colors. This is where the Ipad truly excels, entertainment, reading eBooks, and listening to music. This is not a device for creating content but for experiencing them in a manner that’s easy enough for everyone to grasp and get used to. Browsing the internet with your fingertips is great, but no matter how some try to bend it, lack of flash capability is actually a factor…for now, we’ll just wait and see what html5 has to say about that.

Most people thought the ipad would be like some portable mac, but apple had other ideas. I believe the ipad is a larger form factor version of the iPod touch, while netbooks are more like mini pc. The issue isn’t which is better; it is which you prefer. If you are more likely to require a portable device on which you can derive a great media experience then you’d be more than happy with the richness of the ipad content delivery, however if you’re going to require a more complete device but one that is perhaps less media centric and more of a content creation device, then you’d be more comfortable on a netbook which has a physical keyboard,  also recently some netbook tablets have been introduced with touchscreen capabilities and hand writing recognition.

Much has been said about the features that many feel are missing from the Ipad, but one thing that I certainly find as a problem is its price. It’s slightly difficult to compare prices with other devices because the Ipad is a unique device and simply isn’t in any category.

One question I like to ask people is “What do you do with your personal computer?”. You see, no matter how many of us create blogs and applications, there’ll still be a higher percentage of media consumers compared to content creators.  This means that many of us simply browse the web and interact with applications on a daily basis and the Ipad would complement that lifestyle perfectly. But for some, it’ll just seem like another unnecessary addition to their already burgeoning haul of gadgets.

Detailed iPad specification list

•   Height: 9.56 inches (242.8 mm)

•    Width: 7.47 inches (189.7 mm)

•    Depth: 0.5 inch (13.4 mm)

•    Weight: 1.5 pounds (.68 kg) Wi-Fi model; 1.6 pounds (.73 kg) Wi-Fi + 3G model

•    9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology

•    1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)

•    Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating

•    Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n)

•    Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology

•    Wi-Fi + 3G model

•    UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)

•    GSM/EDGE (850, 900,1800, 1900 MHz)

•    Digital compass

•    Assisted GPS (Wi-Fi + 3G model)

•    16GB, 32GB, or 64GB flash drive

•    1GHz Apple A4 custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip

•    Accelerometer

•    Ambient light sensor (Same as iPhone and iPod touch)

•    Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz

Audio formats supported: AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV

•    User-configurable maximum volume limit

•    Support for 1024 x 768 with Dock Connector to VGA adapter; 576p and 480p with Apple Composite – A/V Cable, 576i and 480i with Apple Composite A/V Cable

•    H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

Viewable document types: .jpg, .tiff, .gif (images); .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel)

•    Support for playback of closed-captioned content

•    VoiceOver screen reader

•    Full-screen zoom magnification

•    White on black

•    Mono audio

•    Built-in 25Whr rechargeable lithium-polymer battery

•    Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music

•    Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system

•    Dock connector

•    3.5-mm stereo headphone jack

•    Built-in speakers

•    Microphone

•    SIM card tray (Wi-Fi + 3G model only)

Techie write-up by Chiedu Ifeozo

A writer for Greyedout magazine  http://www.greyedoutmagazine.com/ and http://greyedoutmagazine.blogspot.com/

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