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Apple iPad Review [Specs, Price and Snapshots]

Finally after tons of speculations and rumors, Apple has finally unveiled its tablet named as iPad. As per Apple there is room for a third device between the smart phones and the laptop, and that it has to be better at tasks like browsing, email, photos, e-books, and videos than netbooks, says Steve Jobs.

Brief Summary of Steve Jobs Presentation on iPad

Steve Jobs recieved a great applause form crowd the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, he stated that iPad is the most important thing he has ever done in his life.

According to Steve Jobs iPad will provide you with the best web-browsing experience you ever had as its way better than a laptop and a smartphone. You can check, manage and reply to your emails easily because typing text in iPad is much easier as compared to an iPhone or iPod Touch as it provides you with a much larger keyboard interface, almost equal in size of a normal keyboard. You can manage, share, flick and view slide show of your photos. It has a built-in calendar, address book, maps application to manage your daily activities. Acc. to Jobs iPod has a built-in iPod Touch as it provides you with an awesome music listening experience. You can watch YouTube videos on it including the HD YouTube videos.

Prominent iPad Features:

The iPad is a beast of a machine, so here's a rundown of what makes up Apple's latest and greatest.

  • CPU: Apple's custom 1GHz A4 SOC, manufactured by Samsung. And we can tell you, it's blazingly fast.
  • Display: 9.7-inch, 1024 x 786 (132 PPI), LED backlit IPS with capacitive touch and oleophobic coating.
  • Storage: The iPad will come in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB variations.
  • RAM: No word on this from Apple (just like with the iPhone and iPod touch). We assume it's more than the iPhone 3GS's 256MB, but we won't know for sure till we see a full breakdown.
  • Wireless: The devices comes standard with 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1. You can also purchase a version which has 3G connectivity (UMTS / HSDPA 850, 1900, 2100MHz and GSM / EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz). Sorry everyone, AT&T only here in the US -- and if you're thinking about using your iPhone SIM, think again. The iPad uses new micro SIMs.
  • Other sensors: The iPad has a digital compass, there's AGPS on-board in the 3G version, and both versions have an accelerometer and ambient light sensor.
  • Ports / input / output: Headphone jack, 30-pin dock connector, built-in microphone, built-in speaker.
  • Battery life: Apple claims "up to" 10 hours web surfing on WiFi, listening to music, or watching video, and over a month on standby.
  • Dimensions: height: 9.56-inches, width: 7.47-inches, depth: 0.5-inches, weight: 1.5 pounds (1.6 for the 3G model).

iPad Prices:

Apple released two models of iPad, one with and other without 3G. Price details are as follows. WiFi model will be available at retail in 60 days time while the one with WiFi+3G will be available in 90 days from today.

Apple's official site for iPad is LIVE now, they have posted product details and video showing the Apple iPad in action. Here is one embedded video showing Steve Jobs unveiling iPad at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

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