iPad: Is it awesome?

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it something in between?
So the iPad broke onto the scene much the way that Simba was introduced to the animals in “The Lion King“, lots and lots of cheering, some oooh’s and aaahhh’s, and a handful of people in the corner going, “Wait, what?” Also, I think that means that Steve Jobs is Rafiki, which I feel is oddly appropriate.

Here’s some specs on the oversized iPhone:
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 (0.68 kg) Wi-Fi model;
1.6 pounds (0.73 kg) Wi-Fi + 3G model
1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)
LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS
16GB, 32GB, or 64GB flash drive
1GHz Apple A4 chip
25 Whr rechargeable lithium-polymer battery (good for 10 hours of web, video, or music)
Price: $499-$829

There’s some stuff in there that’s pretty sweet, some stuff that’s pretty meh, and some stuff that really boggles my mind, being the hapless techno-weanie that I am.
In the category of Awesome:
.5 inches thick (that’s pretty sweet)
10 hours of doing things (’cause, you know, I do things)
$499 (that’s self-explanatory, I hope)
Apps are backwards compatible. (too bad the ps3 isn’t anymore, right? Sony, take note here.)
iBooks (seriously, a library at your fingertips, who doesn’t want that?)

In the category of meh:
Apple claims it’s the best web experience ever. Hands down. (Unless you happen to live in an area not covered by AT&T, ’cause guess who has the contract?)
Apple claims it’s the best video watching experience, too. (My 46″ HD TV at home begs to differ.)
The keyboard is slightly smaller than a laptops. (I hope you don’t have gorilla hands.)

In the category of WTF?:
No Flash support. (Really? So it’s the best web experience ever, but it can’t open a large portion of the web’s content? That sounds right…)
No USB data input. (Unless I’m wrong, the USB port is for power only. So if you’ve got anything you want to put on there, you better start uploading it to the internet somewhere, so you can download it again. I hope I’m wrong on this.)

This list and categories might be updated as I find out more about the tablet.

Here’s Chris Hardwick of G4TV to do a way better job than me at this.

Read more: http://g4tv.com/videos/43928/Chris-Hardwick–Apple-iPad/#ixzz0dvCyOrK2

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Posted on 01/28/2010, in Geekiness and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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