Well, after weeks of anticipation, the Apple iPad has become reality. The 1.5 lb, 9.7 inch device with a 1 GB Apple A4 processor in 16, 32 and 64 GB models. It’s an e-reader, it’s a photo book, it’s a video display and a lot more. All for a price that blows away Kindle.
The base device (running the iPhone software) has no camera, but does have GSM archetecture and possible 3G connectivity. No OLED screen, but from the initial response is it’s fast and looks great. Of course it has no Arsenic or Mercury and is BFR and PVC free.
The price list is interesting – 16 GB for $499. 32 GB for $599 and 64 GB for $699. Add 3G for $129. So you can get the base model, or the 64 GB with 3G for $829. Of course it does have WiFi connectivity.
The big “Fail” (for some) is the continued partnership with AT&T. However, you do not need to buy a mobile plan, and if you do – there is no contract. $14.99 for 250 MB and $29.99 for unlimited plans. You also can use the AT&T hotspots for free. You just activate on the iPad.
The other new feature is the iWork – Keynote, Numbers and Pages. All for $9.99 each.
Overall: Pretty impressive demonstration. It will definitely be a device that will hurt Kindle sales and might replace some notebooks, but won’t take over any marketshare. It’s too bad they cannot choose a carrier for their 3G connection. Would have been nice if it had 4G options and USB 3.0 specifications. It’s Audio is also in Mono.
**This device might just make the TomTom app worth the $99 price tag.