Inspected Gadget: Apple iPad Tablet

It’s here. The Apple iPad, a cross between an iPhone a giant iPod Touch and a very media-capable fun media browsing computer, all in a tablet form factor. It’s does everything a bunch of stuff you’d expect: solid web browsing, email via on screen keyboard, photo browsing, iTunes music playback and purchasing (movies, tv shows, podcasts, all apps, games etc), and scales up existing iPhone apps or runs them in small windows. 9.7 inch diagonal touchscreen, speaker, microphone, dock connector, wireless 802.11n wifi, bluetooth, fancy multi-finger gestures, pop-up onscreen keyboard – the whole enchilada.

Updated: pricing starts at $499 for 16gb of memory, then $599 for 32gb, and $699 for 64gb. Those three versions have wifi only (no 3g wireless service) and will be available around March 27, 2010.

If you want roaming with 3g service, add on $130 to each price level for theintegrated 3g hardware and wait until the end of April. Then add on another $30 per month (prepaid, no contract Рturn it on and off as you please) for 3g service via AT&T. You also gain free access to their wifi hotspots (i.e. Starbucks etc.). Also  available is a lower data plan for $15 per month that limits you to 250 mb of transfer Рbut browsing, music and video streaming would kill that in a few days.

We know what you’ll really do with it.

Hands-on review below.

4 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. ashley

    someone have a crack down review on this thing?

  2. PeteChicago

    Ashley, I added a video review to the article. Pretty solid hands-on from the folks at Engadget.

  3. the enablist

    I have a feeling she meant a shitty review. Well, you won’t be able to use it outside very well because of the sun and glare.

  4. PeteChicago

    I’m having a hard time picturing the use of this in a standing position without either dropping it, or looking like a census-taker from the 24th century. I think it’ll be fun once more apps are out, but mostly for couch-potato-style surfing. Not sure it beats out a Macbook for this, given that one can run “real” software there – and location based apps seem silly because it’s not exactly like you’d whip this thing out to check into a location via foursquare or gowalla – which is where an iPhone wins.

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