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iPad review | Rating & Conclusion

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

Apple iPad review

Apple iPad review

Apple iPad in practise

After having worked, or rather, having played with the iPad for a short time, the question remains about what kind of effect the iPad will have in the long run. After discussions with some of the first iPad users, among others, it seems that the iPad quickly becomes a device often used in the living room. Surfing the net quickly, comfortably and on a relatively large format screen, is very pleasant. Read the newspaper, and then check your email. Of course a laptop is small, but the iPad beats the alternatives with its dimensions and weight. There are many uses for the iPad, so that the Apple tablet can become a more and more important part of daily life.

Apple iPad internet

Apple iPad internet

Internet on the Apple tablet

The iPad excels in Internet use. The pages are loaded quickly and the so-called ‘pinch’ with the fingers (to zoom in and out) works especially pleasantly in the iPad. A deficiency is the lack of Flash support. Apple has officially declared Flash as passé, and is focusing completely on HTML5. While surfing the net, now and then you do run into websites with flash elements, which only show part of the content. This can be bothersome. Who will be right in the end is still up in the air, but for now we will just stick to the facts.

 

Apple iPad internet tablet

Apple iPad internet tablet

Bluetooth keyboad for the Apple iPad

Using the iPad to chat, email or enter large amounts of text can be done, but requires some practice. The iPad has a touch keyboard that appears automatically when text is to be entered. It takes a little getting used to figure out how to hold the iPad while typing, but a commonly used method is to hold the iPad on your lap. Blind typing or typing with ten fingers will not be so natural. You will miss the pressure of the keys. If you expect to type a lot, you might benefit from the optional Bluetooth keyboard that can be used in combination with the iPad.

Apple iPad energy use

Apple iPad energy use

Battery life of the Apple iPad

At the iPad presentation, a long battery life was mentioned, but often this turns out to be quite different in practice. The iPad, however, is an exception, as you can easily use the iPad for up to ten hours with the brightest screen settings. You can even get another hour out of it if you dim the screen a bit. This is a big difference with the average battery life of a notebook, which is a characteristic that I personally find very annoying. The Apple iPad tablet uses energy very efficiently, which is a big bonus!

 

Apple iPad review

iPad review

Apple iPad review conclusion

After the short test period came the inevitable: saying good-bye to the iPad. This doesn’t happen to me often, but I actually started missing it after a couple of hours. The ease with which the Internet, applications, and communication is experienced without having to worry about the battery life, made a big impression on me. Of course you can simply claim that an iPad does the same things as a netbook or laptop. What does the iPad have that an iPhone doesn’t have? You can’t even make calls with it. However, the iPad does add something. It’s not for nothing that Steve Jobs said during the product presentation that the iPad doesn’t replace anything, but that it's a new segment of consumer electronics. In fact, it’s a device that is a bit of everything, but is carried out a bit finer and moreover, it can be controlled without the instructions manual. It is especially fine, and especially user-friendly: it is a very special device. The iPad has made a special impression on us; we absolutely give it a high rating!

 

Apple iPad audio jack

Apple iPad audio jack

Positive [+]

• Innovative
• User friendly, no manual needed
• High quality, striking design
• Impressive 10 hours battery capacity
• iPhone apps support
• Contrast and rich color display

Apple iPad speakers

Apple iPad speakers

Negative [-]

• No Flash support
• No USB interface
• Shiny display
• No memory card slot
• No built-in GPS and (web) camera

Apple iPad tablet

Apple iPad tablet

Review score %

• Test score: 92%
• Excellent tablet

 
 
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