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iPad review | Introduction

Published on: Monday, May 24th 2010                   Written by: Dennis Hissink - Photography by: Mark Peters

Apple iPad review

T he Apple iPad… There it is, after months of rumors and speculations with Steve Jobs’ keynote speech, last January, as the highlight, Apple’s newest product is on our desk, to play the leading role in this Apple iPad review. With unknown strategic precision, Apple’s marketing department has managed to put a product onto the market that knows two extremes from the very start. It is seen as spectacularly successful by the Apple fan side, and as senseless, not-adding-anything-new by the other - often non-Apple-owner - side. The Apple iPad is, of course, just a piece of consumer electronics … but is that really true? Time for an Apple iPad review!

iPad review

 

Apple iPad retail sales package

Apple iPad retail sales package

Apple iPad tablet

We had to get an Apple iPad shipped to us from the U.S., as Apple’s new tablet is not yet officially available outside the U.S. market. Apple seems to be very successful with this kind of phased introduction. The demand surpasses the supply, at least that is the official explanation, but it has in any case led to the introduction being postponed for a month in some European countries. A side-effect is that there are diverse outfits surfacing that can deliver iPads in Europe…at prices for which you could buy two iPad tablets in the U.S.

Apple iPad tablet review

Apple iPad tablet review

32GB Apple iPad with Wi-Fi

The tablet that we are discussing in this Apple iPad review is a Wi-Fi version with a 32GB storage capacity. The Apple iPad 3G was not yet available. A first impression is that, contrary to the popular e-readers, the weight (680 grams) is noticeably present. The body’s material, a combination of metal and glass, seems to be of high-quality. Still, you tend to handle the iPad very carefully. You don't even want to think about what would happen if you were to drop the iPad on a hard floor. We wonder what the first damage cases will be, and what disastrous impact such unintended falls will have…

 

Apple iPad USB cable

Apple iPad USB cable

Apple iPad charger

Apple iPad charger

Apple iPad manual

Apple iPad manual

 
 
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