February 1st 2010

Do we love the new iPad?

You can also call it a glorified iPod Touch. The latest news of the Apple iPad delivers a new gadget, an enhanced combination of a smartphone and laptop. With a large Multi-Touch screen, measuring 9.7 inches and high resolution, LED-backlit screen, the crisp display allows for an impressive 178 degree viewing angle, with perfect colour and contrast in any light.

At just 1.5 pounds and 0.5 inches thick, it’s easy to take everywhere you go – especially with a ten hour battery life and built in 802.11n wireless network, as well as an optional 3G model when Wi-Fi isn’t available.

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Inside, there is also an enhanced, custom designed A4 chip allowing for extreme productivity – this is combined with your choice of a 16, 32 or 64GB flash storage, for your collection of files, photos, movies, apps and more. Although it seems to be lacking specific connectors (such as a USB), it does include a 30-pin dock connector. And the built-in speakers allows for movie watching and music listening with ease (headphone jack is included).

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Built In Apps

The new iPad can easily run about 140,000 apps available at the app store. It also comes with many of the applications that we already know and love, including updates to Safari, Mail, iTunes and more.

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It also acts as your own personal reader, with an LED-backlit screen display allows for reading in dim lighting. Five of North America’s largest trade book publishers, including Penguin, Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan and Hachette, have signed as head suppliers of the new iBook store.

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The Environment

The new iPad is designed with specific features to be earth-friendly, including BRF-free, PVC-free, and mercury-free LCD display with arsenic-free display glass. It is also made of  a recyclable aluminum and glass enclosure.

We’re waiting in anticipation to see what its like – so far, it looks great, but its missing a lot of potential. With its lack of camera, wireless sync, multitasking, and no flash, support, we’re not sure if the price tag correlates with what it delivers.

How much?

The Apple iPad Wi-Fi models, set to launch in March, start at $500 for 16GB version, $600 for 32GB, and $700 for 64GB (US Dollars). The 3G, penned in for April, begins at $630 for 16GB version, $730 for 32GB, and $830 for 64GB (US Dollars). International pricing and availability will be announced at a later date.

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Specs

Size/Weight

  • 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

Display

  • 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
  • Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously

Capacity: 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB flash drive

Processor: The Apple iPad is powered by a 1GHz Apple A4 custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip

Battery and Power:

  • 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

See more at apple.com

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Justin is an active and creative entrepreneur who runs a software development company out of Los Angeles. As a long-time gadget devotee, Justin enjoys anything and everything gadget related