Pros Nice screen but it is 4:3. Good internet connection and email function.
Cons It is absurd to not have a video camera. This would be the perfect device for video chat. No multi-tasking for something close to $900 makes it expensive. Poor book selection. No Flash makes websites not usable. No stylus or writing recognition.
Summary This was a gift and I would not buy it. I am not a techie but the deliberate omissions are glaring mistakes.
Pros All the comforts of my ipod and my wife's iphone (except the phone part).
Cons Overheating: this is unfortunately a deal breaker.
I guess with the smaller screens on the ipod (touch) and the iphone, I didn't notice the finger prints as much. The iPad really shows off the prints from swiping.
Summary My wife bought us an iPad this past weekend. We had a holiday barbecue and took it along to show off to our friends. It was a record temperature couple of days for the Cleveland, Ohio area over the weekend (upper 70s). We had the iPad out for less than thirty minutes, and not even in direct sunlight for all of that (sun umbrella at the picnic table). We got the temperature warning screen. What were we to do? We couldn't leave it in the car because the thermometer had the in-car temp at 93-degrees. We had to leave it in our friends' house for about half an hour to an hour before it would respond. My wife does a good chunk of her summer reading out by the pool, in the car while waiting for the kids' softball practice to finish, etc. She'll just have to continue to use her iphone. The ipad is going back to the store.
Pros Great screen
Netflix streaming video
Cons No webcam
No USB port
Summary As the owner of both apple laptops and tablet pc ( Lenovo X200) this is a gamechanging device. Most times when I am sitting at home I do not need all the capapbilites of my laptops i just want to read the papers (NYT and WSJ) surf the web and occasionally respond to me email. This device can accomplish all my needs as listed above and allow me to read books and watch movies through iTunes or Netflix streaming.
This is not just a large iPod touch, it maybe on paper as functionally it does the same things but the large screen changes the emotional aspect of the user interface, this is so much better and so much more rewarding. I alway felt watching video on the iPod touch was compromising.
I also have a home theater that runs the Savant system which uses the iPod touch as its remote. I can't wait to upload my system configuration to the iPad and it now also becomes the remote for my hometheater.
To me this is a gamechanging device and as Apple adds more features it will become a more compelling solution for a boatload of people.
it it had a webcam and a USP port that I could hook my wireless usb card into ( as I already pay ATT 60.00/month for wireless access) it would be a perfect 5.
Pros I read books because I can. The apps are incredible. iWork is a charm. The speaker is incredibly loud and iTunes is so fun. Safari actually works as well as they make it sound and it's just as snappy as they've tried to tell us.
Cons By nature, it's big so you need something large enough to hold it. I'm kinda scared to scratch the screen.
Summary I think this product is perfect for a tech enthusiast who is looking for something new rather than a "laptop-killer". Its also perfect for families like in an airport or on a road-trip. Business people could also find it useful during travel but not without the 3G in reality.
Pros Book reading - IBooks, Kindle for iPad (no Kindle needed), B&N Reader (no nook)
Video streaming - ABC, Hulu, iTunes; no cable box in my bedroom now
Sports companion (at Bat, NBA, Sportacular, etc.) - so cool to use at a game
Travel Companion -
Cons No video camera - this would be a great personal videoconferencing platform.
Summary This will prove to be the best ebook reader, video player, sports watching companion, and travel companion, that has been developed so far. I will take this to a baseball game and use AtBat. I would never take a laptop.
If you need something to do spreadsheets, presentations, and documents, then use your laptop or desktop. If you want something less geeky than a laptop to take with you "out and about", then get an iPad.