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Apple iPad review

8.3/10 AVG.
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8.3/10
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The Apple iPad currently has an Informr score of 8.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 21 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The iPad was introduced as one of the first tablet devices of this generation. It can be thought of as a super-charged iPod touch, with a far larger screen and many more exciting features. The iPad has Apple's 1 GHz A4 system and 512 MB of RAM. You can surf the internet on 802.11 b/g/n WiFi (and 3G for select models) and have 16 to 64 GB of storage depending upon how much you are willing to pay.

This tablet has a 9.7 inch LED backlit display with vibrant colors and excellent brightness. There is some glare, but in general the viewing angles are excellent for a device of that size and thinness. The excellent viewing angles mean that typing and viewing the screen at the same time is not difficult, even in the glare of sunlight.

There are many apps designed specially for the iPad, such as Mail, Calendar, Music, eBook Reader, Pages and games. These applications are far easier to use and view on the iPad compared to the iPod touch due to the larger screen size and nearly full size touch keyboard. The apps are easy to use, and more can be downloaded from the iTunes store. Games are being developed everyday for the iPad, and casual gamers will certainly enjoy playing shooting games and racing games on this device.

Many people were skeptical of the iPad at first, saying that it was nothing more than a larger Touch, however as time as gone on it is clear that this is a unique device on its own. The ability to have almost every computer feature available at the touch of your fingers is truly remarkable. There is now a lot of competition for the iPad, however Apple stole a march on its rivals with the early release of the iPad.

Need To Know: Apple iPad

1. Fast processor and browsing speeds. (The Good)

2. Excellent display. (The Good)

3. No multi-tasking. (The Bad)

4. Only 3G on select, more expensive models. (The Bad)


Operating system
iOS
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
9.7"
Camera
No


What the Critics Are Saying...


Pocket Gamer

Ghost Blade is also surprisingly linear. An hour or so in, it becomes clear this isn't so much a quest as a rollercoaster, zipping you with relative efficiency from one end of a tale to the other.Although there are 'secrets' to find, they mostly appear to be rooms filled with yet more demons to batt...

- Craig Grannell, Pocket Gamer
TouchArcade

Ghost Blade is without question the finest example of stylish action available on iOS to date, and an essential pick-up for any fan of action games. It has a few rough edges, with the tutorials dragging on a bit too long, a weak localization that makes all the extra story details you can uncover les...

- Shaun Musgrave, TouchArcade
Ubergizmo

In some ways, Apple has added enough “punch” to keep the competition at bay, while keeping its gross margins comfortable. In fact, the margins should be a bit less because the new iPad is said to cost more to produce than the iPad 2. But regardless of the business strategies, what matters is the com...

- Hubert Nguyen, Ubergizmo
PhoneArena

When you think about tablets, the Apple iPad and Motorola XOOM should be the first two to come into mind because they’re able to provide a satisfying and appropriate tablet experience. Though, pricing is one glaring item that sways people in making an informed purchase – and with that in mind, the $...

- PhoneArena Team, PhoneArena
SlashGear

For everyone, then? No, of course not, but that’s a pretty unrealistic criteria for success. Ask, instead, whether Apple have succeeded in delivering the elusive middle device, the thing that slots into the tricky niche between smartphone and notebook. Remember, too, that such a niche isn’t necessar...

- Vincent Nguyen, SlashGear


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Screen Size
9.7"

The Apple iPad's screen size is 9.7 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a A4 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
No
This model has no built-in camera. Sorry, no selfies.
Storage
16/32/64 GB

Internal memory is 16/32/64 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
25WHr

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 25 WHr battery. Apple's performance ratings are 30 days standby time, 10 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Apple iPad Specs

Overview
Release date April 3, 2010
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, HSDPA
variations
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Secondary OS No
Processor A4 1 GHz
Internal Storage 16/32/64 GB
RAM 256 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, USB Power Adapter
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 25 WHr
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 5 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 30 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 24.3 x 19.0 x 1.3 cm (9.6 x 7.5 x 0.5 in)
Weight 680 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 132 pixels
Size 9.7 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Wallpapers
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive Touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features MobileMe, Push Email
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
No
Video Recording Formats
H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, Protected AAC, AAC+, AAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert No
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm No
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator No
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps iTunes, YouTube, Apple Store
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Apple iTablet

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Pocket Gamer

A fairly satisfying and good-looking slice-em-up

from Pocket Gamer

Ghost Blade is also surprisingly linear. An hour or so in, it becomes clear this isn't so much a quest as a rollercoaster, zipping you with relative efficiency from one end of a tale to the other.

Although there are 'secrets' to find, they mostly appear to be rooms filled with yet more demons to battle (in return for extra gems), rather than branching routes. This means if you do get stuck (as I did for an infuriatingly long time at an ostensibly simple puzzle outside of a temple), you're stuffed...

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Ghost Blade is also surprisingly linear. An hour or so in, it becomes clear this isn't so much a quest as a rollercoaster, zipping you with relative efficiency from one end of a tale to the other.

Although there are 'secrets' to find, they mostly appear to be rooms filled with yet more demons to battle (in return for extra gems), rather than branching routes. This means if you do get stuck (as I did for an infuriatingly long time at an ostensibly simple puzzle outside of a temple), you're stuffed.

Still, as inconsistent and laborious as Ghost Blade can be at times, there's no denying its sense of ambition, and the genuine thrills it's capable of supplying when you're spinning around, bloodied zombies and demons flying through the air. 

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TouchArcade

Something wicked this way comes

from TouchArcade

Ghost Blade is without question the finest example of stylish action available on iOS to date, and an essential pick-up for any fan of action games. It has a few rough edges, with the tutorials dragging on a bit too long, a weak localization that makes all the extra story details you can uncover...More

Ghost Blade is without question the finest example of stylish action available on iOS to date, and an essential pick-up for any fan of action games. It has a few rough edges, with the tutorials dragging on a bit too long, a weak localization that makes all the extra story details you can uncover less meaningful, and the odd enemy attacking from off-screen, but these relatively minor gripes are easily outweighed by the sheer depth and fun of its combat system. No, it's not Devil May Cry or Ninja Gaiden in your pocket, but it's still an outstanding effort for what appears to be a small, new developer. If this is what they made on their first try, I simply can't wait to see what they do for an encore. I think Ghost Blade is a terrific game, it's making a great impression in our forum, and if you've got any love for melee action, I suspect you'll enjoy it quite a bit, too.

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Ubergizmo

An excellent tablet that doesn't have any problems recommending

from Ubergizmo

In some ways, Apple has added enough “punch” to keep the competition at bay, while keeping its gross margins comfortable. In fact, the margins should be a bit less because the new iPad is said to cost more to produce than the iPad 2. But regardless of the business strategies, what matters is...More

In some ways, Apple has added enough “punch” to keep the competition at bay, while keeping its gross margins comfortable. In fact, the margins should be a bit less because the new iPad is said to cost more to produce than the iPad 2. But regardless of the business strategies, what matters is the competitive landscape of the iPad. Today, it stands as the overall best tablet on the market, while the iPad 2 remains a competitive product.

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PhoneArena

The more affordable and straightforward iPad takes on the more expensive but feature packed Xoom

from PhoneArena

When you think about tablets, the Apple iPad and Motorola XOOM should be the first two to come into mind because they’re able to provide a satisfying and appropriate tablet experience. Though, pricing is one glaring item that sways people in making an informed purchase – and with that in mind...More

When you think about tablets, the Apple iPad and Motorola XOOM should be the first two to come into mind because they’re able to provide a satisfying and appropriate tablet experience. Though, pricing is one glaring item that sways people in making an informed purchase – and with that in mind, the $800 cost of the Motorola XOOM places it at the upper end of the spectrum. However, considering that it boasts plenty of features not found with the iPad, like taking photos & videos, video chat, HDMI output, 4G LTE support down the road, the higher pricing may be considered justified to an extent. However, we can't help but admit that the significantly more affordable iPad, which is now a year-old product, comes in at just $630 when similarly equipped with 32GB and 3G connectivity. Looking past the hardware and cost, the platform experience is undoubtedly different between the two as the iPad sticks to its usual straightforward approach, while personalization and presentation are at the utmost top of the list with the XOOM. On the surface, it’s clear that Android 3.0 Honeycomb is the truly optimized tablet experience since its overall appearance and characteristics differ from what we see on smartphones. But with the iPad, it still retains the iPhone’s original look and feel of the platform – which isn’t particularly tailored for tablets, although still quite usable. However, we actually see a lot more third party apps available with the iPad that are tablet friendly. All in all, if you want to experience a respectable tablet without spending a whole lot of cash, then you should consider the now quite affordable at $399 iPad 16GB Wi-Fi, which got discounted recently thanks to the introduction of its successor, or the $529 iPad 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G if you need more connectivity. On the other hand, if you're ready to spend more money for a tablet, and want to experience a modern-looking user interface the Google way, then the XOOM will do the job for you. However, do not forget that the iPad 2 is right around the corner, adding more functionality and setting new standards in the design field.

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SlashGear

iPad succeeds to fill the gap between smartphone and netbook

from SlashGear

For everyone, then? No, of course not, but that’s a pretty unrealistic criteria for success. Ask, instead, whether Apple have succeeded in delivering the elusive middle device, the thing that slots into the tricky niche between smartphone and notebook. Remember, too, that such a niche isn’t n...More

For everyone, then? No, of course not, but that’s a pretty unrealistic criteria for success. Ask, instead, whether Apple have succeeded in delivering the elusive middle device, the thing that slots into the tricky niche between smartphone and notebook. Remember, too, that such a niche isn’t necessarily so small as to accommodate only one product – this isn’t a case of “the iPad way or the highway” – but more of a satisfying one core criteria: do you choose to pick it up and put it in your bag when you go out, do you choose to carry it from room to room with you around the house? For some, that device is a netbook; for others, there’s no such device at all. It’s not perfect, but the Apple iPad certainly fulfils that criteria for us.

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Electricpig

iPad beats up both the Folio and the Vega

from Electricpig

While the Folio 100 is heavy on inputs, and the Advent Vega is super cheap, the fact that they are running Android 2.2 might cause problems. The Vega has a reasonably powerful processor to back up Froyo, and is running a stripped back version of Android 2.2, meaning it might get on better with th...More

While the Folio 100 is heavy on inputs, and the Advent Vega is super cheap, the fact that they are running Android 2.2 might cause problems. The Vega has a reasonably powerful processor to back up Froyo, and is running a stripped back version of Android 2.2, meaning it might get on better with the operating system than the Toshiba. Overall, despite the high cost, if you want to take full advantage of the 10″ tablet form factor, it’s worth shelling out for the iPad, for the apps content and operating system. If you’re looking for a cheap tablet for casual use: for browsing and watching YouTube at home without having to get the laptop out, then the Advent Vega is where you should be looking.

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What Hi-Fi

Looks great, sounds great, and is a joy to use for an ever-expanding range of tasks

from What Hi-Fi

While ‘fanboys' and ‘haters' continue to bicker about the merits and flaws of Apple's iPad, one important question remains: what is it actually for? After all, here's a device that's essentially an iPod Touch that's too big to be considered a portable media player, yet is also too limited to...More

While ‘fanboys' and ‘haters' continue to bicker about the merits and flaws of Apple's iPad, one important question remains: what is it actually for? After all, here's a device that's essentially an iPod Touch that's too big to be considered a portable media player, yet is also too limited to completely replace the laptop. Apple would argue that's exactly the point: the iPad won't replace either, but exist in a new market segment. Now we've seen it, we're inclined to agree: what matters isn't what the iPad doesn't do, but rather what it does do.

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TrustedReviews

It's very tempting to buy, but it still has a lot of convincing to do

from TrustedReviews

There are two conclusions to be made about the Apple iPad. As a product you could buy, it's a tempting but ultimately unconvincing device. Anyone with a particular penchant for Apple, or enough money to burn and a love of shiny tech, are likely to buy into it. Unlike the iPhone, however, it doesn...More

There are two conclusions to be made about the Apple iPad. As a product you could buy, it's a tempting but ultimately unconvincing device. Anyone with a particular penchant for Apple, or enough money to burn and a love of shiny tech, are likely to buy into it. Unlike the iPhone, however, it doesn't traverse the boundary between early adopters and the mass market. Most people probably wouldn't know what to do with it.
What it does do is demonstrate the potential of the tablet as a segment. In time, with a few software updates, tweaks to the hardware and a more compelling library of content to draw on, it could well deliver on the hype it currently receives. It'll also spur on competitors to compete with it, which can only be a good thing.

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PC Magazine

You might need to think twice before investing on iPad's 3G version

from PC Magazine

The iPad is revolutionary, but it's not a true handheld device. That means you should think twice about whether you really need AT&T 3G before plunkingdown an extra $130 more than the Wi-Fi-only version. Some applications don't even work over 3G. AT&T is the only U.S. carrier with 3G support for...More

The iPad is revolutionary, but it's not a true handheld device. That means you should think twice about whether you really need AT&T 3G before plunkingdown an extra $130 more than the Wi-Fi-only version. Some applications don't even work over 3G. AT&T is the only U.S. carrier with 3G support for the iPad and it has flexible and affordable 3G service plans.

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TabletPCReview

It's a good second computer for home or office

from TabletPCReview

The Apple iPad makes a great second computer. Pair it with a high-powered desktop and you'll have a setup that gives you what you need: both power and portability. You can have a desktop in your home
office with a huge screen and no real constraints for heavy lifting -- gaming, video encoding, that sort of thing -- and an iPad for thing like Facebook and email when you're in the living room. Plus it won't get too hot to hold in your lap, and you won't have to keep it plugged in....

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The Apple iPad makes a great second computer. Pair it with a high-powered desktop and you'll have a setup that gives you what you need: both power and portability. You can have a desktop in your home
office with a huge screen and no real constraints for heavy lifting -- gaming, video encoding, that sort of thing -- and an iPad for thing like Facebook and email when you're in the living room. Plus it won't get too hot to hold in your lap, and you won't have to keep it plugged in.

It is also a good solution for someone who does a bit of traveling, either for pleasure or work. This would be a great computer to take on vacation; you can keep up with your friends and maybe look in at the office, or keep yourself entertained on rainy days with a movie or two. And with its small size and light weight it won't double the size of your suitcase.

The iPad not a good option for someone who only wants to own one computer. It just doesn't do quite enough. On the other side of the coin, it's too big to replace your iPod.

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