Apple introduces iPad
Apple held a conference yesterday and the introduced the Apple iPad, an over grown iPod with limited support as a real computer.
Apple has built a really small, but still over sized, tablet for the purpose of surfing the net, and basically doing what you do now on your iPhone or iPod Touch.
The unit weighs in at 1.5lbs for the wifi only model, and slight more at 1.6lbs for the WiFi + 3G model. The size of the tablet is a small half inch depth, with a 9.7 inch screen, the whole shell comes in at 9.56in x 7.47in.
Running a 1024x768 (132 ppi) resolution the screen looked really nice on the videos everyone posted yesterday.
The 1Ghz Apple A4 processor gave the unit a good smooth power that made all the apps run really nicely.
Since the device is built on a modified iPod OS, it is sort of crippled. Furthermore you might expect the iPad to be able to multi-task, or even run background processes. This is not the case. Apple has continued with their less than stellar no-background-processes policy. Although this can really boost the performance of apps, it cripples the device from being a good twitter/facebook/social media device.
Given the device also has WiFi you would expect it to sync with iTunes over the WiFi (ala Zune), still not the case. Apple is still requiring you to sync with a good old fashion USB cable, truly disappointing.
Finally, there is no Flash support, so sorry to all you guys and gals (my wife) who thought it would be good for playing your Facebook games.
Over all at $499 there are some things the iPad might be good, and even great at, but it still doesn’t meet the needs of my family, and as such won’t be on our to purchase list.