Apple’s iPad – a Tablet for Entertainment
After a ten year long wait, Apple launched its much hyped tablet called iPad on the 3rd of April. Inspite of mixed media reactions there were queues on Saturday as the Apple gadgets’ freaks wanted to own this “magical” and “revolutionary” device. The much anticipated iPad might be seen as marking its position somewhere in between a smart phone and a laptop, but clearly, it cannot replace a laptop. It is best suited, rather, for media consumption and entertainment.
An iPad can function as an excellent gaming device with its 9.7 inch LED-backlit, multi-touch display. With the iPhone based OS, iPad has a superb interface to make the best use of its larger screen which presents graphics at a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. With just a ‘Home’ button on the top of iPad, the rest of the surface is a game lover’s world. Be it the conventional optimized games, or the new space games like Warp Gate, or the more popular ones like Labyrinth, playing on iPad can be an addictive experience.
If one is an ardent reader then iPad’s app iBook enables one to explore the Apple’s iBookstore and download the bestsellers. Several renowned publishers including Penguin and Harper Collins have already committed to publish books for Apple’s iPad. It is hard to predict although, if iPad can give a tough competition to the E-ink display e-readers like Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes and Noble’s Nook.
If one is a media enthusiast then iPad is the most appropriate device. The true essence of iPad can be gauged by the fact that New York Times has already announced its daily publication on the iPad. By June’10 Conde Nast too will begin selling its subscription for Wired and Vanity Fair magazines to iPad.
With the absence of a USB port and an SD slot, the iPad has been devoid of any third party peripheral’s involvement. Moreover, Adobe’s Flash has no existence on Apple’s iPad which completely dislodges the functioning of Flash based internet videos. To add to all of this, iPad is not multifunctional. While working with Pages app, IM app cannot be opened simultaneously!
Rest assured, once all of the approximately 150,000 apps are available to an iPad user, the device will transform into a haven for amusement. With high speed, intuitive response, and minimal waiting time after swipes, pinches, and taps, iPad is a wonder gadget for those who use computers to play music, casually browse the web, read news online, play games, and contact friends through Twitter, chat, and Facebook.