iLike the iPad

Steve Jobs, and the crew from Apple Inc. have struck again. Wednesday they unveiled the new iPad to the world.
“There hasn’t been this much hype about a tablet since there were commandments written on one.” Wall Street Journal
This is a really exciting development from Apple to the whole tech industry. The iPad is a full touch screen device loaded with features to make your online experience much more enjoyable and user friendly. It has a 9.7 inch LED screen that is shaped like a letter which makes viewing magazines and photos ideal. The creation of iPad is ideal for these features because of it’s amazing ability to view things in portrait or landscape positions at will and can really enhance your internet viewing experience as you can view each website the way it was designed.
Netbook vs iPad. Don’t fool yourself or let anyone else fool you. There is no comparison. A netbook is simply a cheaper version of a laptop that does nothing better than a laptop or mobile phone. The iPad in contrast was specifically built in a 3rd category apart from phones and laptops with the requirement to do many things much better. One of the top functions was web browsing to be improved.
So what can this device do for you? The iPad comes with iTunes, iBook, Safari, lots of apps from the iPhone and many other features from iLife. Having iTunes on a device like this is really cool and will be a real sales drive because through your iTunes account you can buy music, tv shows, movies and podcasts. With the 9.7 inch LED screen it will be much more enjoyable to watch movies and shows compared to its kin of iPods and the iPhone.
What I really love about this device is its great potential and simplicity. I believe this will truly change the industry and our lives the way the iPhone changed the mobile market. Having just a single screen to touch and navigate how you please will be a dream to use. With thousands of lines of sensitivity points, this makes for the most accurate touch screen device available. Just think about the next time your in an airport waiting several hours for your connection flight and need to kill some time. I see this a potential powerhouse for airline use and airport use with so many activities and games to be taken advantage of. Not only can you watch movies, listen to music and surf the web, but you could read books, magazines and newspapers. If only it could make us lunch or dinner, then we could completely bypass those outrageous airport food prices and have everything literally in our lap. Remember minivans before DVD players and the small fold down screens, many parents probably do, and they won’t go back. Now you can have a device that does much more than that.
How will this impact laptops and phones? I don’t see this effecting mobile phones really at all. These tools are designed for much different tasks and have varied  sizes. I see a solid future for the iPhone with no interference. Laptops are another story. At the present time, iPad won’t have the computing power to compete with most laptops, but I see this as an open door to what laptops will eventually become. The only challenge is its virtual keyboard and learning to use it with intensive tasks. Apple already thought of that by offering you a minimilist keyboard to work with as an optional accessory.
Going back to some of the features the iPad offers is one you probably never heard of, iBook. Well neither have I, but it doesn’t diminish its value or importance. In fact, I would say right now Amazon is shaking in its boots over the future of their own version released a few years ago. Kindle. The Kindle was a remarkable reading device that became so successful and revolutionary that it was featured on Oprah with CEO Jeff Bezos to tell the world all about it and Oprah seemed just awe struck by it. The Kindle continues to be successful with the backing of its own base network of Amazon where you can purchase the books to go on your device. They were pretty much the only game in town, but not any more. Now the iPad has landed and with many other features offered and a sharp LED screen Kindle may get a real run for its money. And not only books, but you will be able to read your favourite newspaper and magazines too. It will be interesting to follow the two and see what unfolds.
There is a huge market called the tween and teen market, our youth of today that have incredible influence and buying power. This is a substantial market to some and  is the biggest in the world. With disposable income and unyielding wants that are easily marketed to their adolescent sense of desire, devices like the iPad can really take off. The massively driven gaming market appeals to my own generation Y that grew up with the some of the very first in home video games. Every kid and young adult seems completely infatuated with the iPhone now and there seems to be two groups. Those who have it and those who wish they did. And before that the iPod seemed a little weird but it is now everywhere you turn. It is simply an icon of personal devices for entertainment and expression. I see the iPad becoming a similar phenom. Although its use right now may not be as vital as your phone or the need to listen to the latest radio hit, the iPad will have a massive following that will drive mobile use for business and personal use in it’s maturity. You have the capability of playing video games, listening to music, watching movies, tv shows and podcasts, surfing the web and sending emails. Its just about the complete package for what you really could want or need. Some may say its size could be larger and some may say its too large for everyday use to lug around. I think its an ideal size and because its so thin, it won’t be a second thought to carry around.
A new gold rush? Apple has stated that the iPad at this point has access to a mere (makes me laugh) 140,000 apps built for the iPhone with more coming soon. It is apparent that as sales begin and users become more familiar with the device that apps designed specifically for it will start flooding in. For app developers this could be a real gold rush of an opportunity to cash in on user feedback and ideas that could improve the iPad’s use. The iPhone has already created some overnight success stories that will surely overflow into this new market.
Picture this! That last digital picture frame you bought that was 6″ and cost far too much, but you had to have it. Well, I see iPad changing this market as well. Yes, it’s more expensive than a digital picture frame but it also does so much more! It isn’t just something pretty to look at.  This device can really compete against products that have one sole purpose in their life and do it quite well. But what happens when the new kid in town does your job much better, looks better and can do several other devices jobs much better too. Now that’s commercial envy my friends. This beauty comes with its own stand base so you can view it as portrait or landscape. Display your latest family photos or vacation videos for guests in your home with a crisp sharp LED screen with brilliant colours. But wait, there’s more, after you view some photos and videos, you put on some dinner music and create a sumptuous mood. Well thats pretty handy. Perhaps a digital fire place?
So here’s the low down on your new friend. The iPad is 9.5″ x 7.5″ and weighs 1.5lbs. It comes with 16, 32 or 64 GB flash storage as Wi-Fi or 3G Wi-Fi. Its super thin 0.5″ depth powers up to a 7.2 Mbps data transfer rate. The 9.7″ diagonal screen size has a 1024 by 768 pixel resolution run by a 1 Ghz A4 processor. With built-in speakers, microphone and headphone jack you can really use this device for many tasks complimented with an amazing 10 hour battery life.
There is so much to the iPad with opportunities abound for its future. I can’t help it. iLike the iPad.
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