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Looking for a solid iPad review? Look no further – Engadget has a detailed rundown on the iPad, a review piece that’s in the proverbial ‘league by itself”…

The following sections are covered:

a) Hardware
— Industrial design
— Internals
— Display
— Other hardware
b) Software
— Operating system / User interface
— Included applications
— Third-party apps
— Battery life
c) Wrap-up

Needles to say, there is a generous number of photos attached to the post – dig around and you’ll find a couple off videos too…

Here is the Wrap-up Note:

At this point we’ve run the full spectrum on iPad opinion. It should be clear that there are aspects of this device which we love, and others which we clearly do not. In summarizing our feelings about the iPad, we’re forced to take two paths — one which analyzes the device’s position in relation to the advancement of the personal computer, and one which clearly speaks to whether or not we think you should spend your money on this thing.

Path one: the iPad as a computing revolution. Does the iPad evolve the personal computer in a significant way? Yeah, actually, it kind of does. Despite what you think right now, and despite the limitations Apple has put on some aspects of this device, what it says to the market is significant. The iPad is powerful, elegant, and largely unlike any computer you’ve ever used. You know how first generation games for a console look kind of dated when you put them against titles released after years of honing? Imagine what will be happening with something like the iPad in a year or two. This stuff is legitimately important. It’s not magical, but it’s a little bit revolutionary, and you have to at least give Apple that. They’ve pulled off a cohesive touch computing platform with very few rough edges — and that’s no small feat.

Path two: should you buy into the revolution today? The first thing that must be said — although we’ve already stated it — is that we don’t think the iPad is a laptop replacement. Not yet. What that means is that if you need a laptop to work in something like Excel, Word, or countless other PC or Mac applications, you shouldn’t expect the iPad to take its place. But, if you’re like a lot of computer users, you don’t really do much on your system except for listen to music, casually browse the web and read news sites, watch some online video, play games, and keep in touch with friends via Twitter, IM, and Facebook. If you fit that description, you might just fall in love with Apple’s $499 bundle of joy — because it does the majority of those things much better than its laptop counterparts (granted, one at a time, and, er… not online video).

So the verdict? The buyer of an iPad is one of two people, the first is someone who sees not just the present, but the potential of a product like the iPad… and believes in and is excited about that potential. This is also a person who can afford what amounts to a luxury item. The second is an individual who simply doesn’t need to get that much work done, and would prefer their computing experience to be easier, faster, and simpler. Does that sound like anyone you know?

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I got the device today, mine came from a nearby Best Buy store that opened at 10AM. I stayed in the store until 11AM and talked to the sales clerk right before I left – she was helpful and ran the inventory numbers for me – they sold 112 iPads in 60 minutes – that’s pretty impressive… I’ll do a lengthy post with my first impressions a bit later – for now check out the torrent of news that keeps pouring from engadget, gizmodo, traditional media and alike – here it goes:

Should I buy an Ipad

NY Times, by Lisa Iaboni – Should I buy an iPad

In the days leading up to the arrival of Apple’s iPad, New York Times reporter Claire Cain Miller hit the streets of New York City to find out if consumers are willing to carry yet another gadget.

Doing the iPad Math: Utility + Price + Desire

NY Times
Another expose on the “to buy or not to buy” dillema.

On Lines at Apple Stores

NY Times – hit the link here.

By all accounts, the lines for the iPad were shorter and more subdued than those three years ago for the iPhone — although this time Apple has allowed people to order the device online and have it shipped to them.
…The iPad has been generally well reviewed, although there are features noticeably absent: the ability to run more than one application at a time, for instance, and lack of support for Adobe’s Flash, which means video on many Web sites will not play.

Spreadsheets, Presentations, Utilities

Engadget has a lengthy post on ipad productivity aspects.

Bottom line? My first impressions of the iPad as a productivity tool are pretty good. The XGA display renders it much more usable than many netbooks and its performance proves quite capable of handling complex tasks. In addition to Office tasks I also used SketchBook Pro and PhotoGene to both create and edit graphics and photos. Both allowed a degree of sophistication not found in their iPhone counterparts.

In depth review

Engadget has a lengthy post with an In-Depth Review of the ipad.

Unboxing the iPad

Engadget unwraps a new toy

Essential iPad Apps listed

This one comes via Gizmodo, a nice collection of apps is reviewed by Gizmodo

iPad Compatible Site Version

Gizmodo has a new site in html5 – it’s iPad friendly

iBooks review

Gizmodo sheds more light on iBooks app.

iPad vs iPod – a Speed test

Gizmodo
iPad kicks butt (the link is here)

Top iPad Games

Kotaku reviews dozens of games for iPad

Charing Issue

This is a Consumer Report post on the issue that many (including myself) experienced when trying to charge iPad via non-Mac USB port… Ahhhh…

If you’re used to charging your phone, music player, or device in the USB port of your computer, take note. So far, we’ve been unable to charge our iPads in any USB port on a non-Apple Computer. Apple Tech Support has told us that the iPad is designed for the 10W AC adapter that comes with it, so if you want to use anything else, all bets are off.

Lines form

Business Insider
NYC Apple Stores Apple stores crowded this weekend.

Lines shorten quickly

WJS on long (or not) lines at Apple stores
WSJ notes that while interest into product is high, cords seems to be more an exception than a rule.

Random House is Absent from iBooks

href=”No deal with Random yet – the mega publisher is still absent from the iBookstore…

Titles published by Random House, the world’s largest consumer trade publisher, were unavailable for sale directly through Apple’s iPad iBooks app on Saturday morning.

A Buyer from Down Under flys to New York

Adverising Strategy

Wall Street Journal
Conde Nast’s add strategy is a bit more clear after the first review of their editions.

iPad – Buy or Wait dillema

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