Do You Really Want The Apple iPad?
Out of the box, the sleek iPad has a glossy black bezel, which prevents accidental touching of
the screen when I am holding it. Similar to the iPhone, a Home screen button at the bottom
returns me to the main menu from any application. Volume control is on the top right side. A
headphone jack is on the top left hand corner.
On the side, a screen-lock key locks the display in potrait or landscape mode. At the base is
the speaker. Next to it is the 30-pin dock connector.
The iPad must be synched with a Mac OSX 10.5.8 or higher or a Windows PC running on
Windows XP, Vista or 7. You must also have iTunes 9.1.
The amazing 9.7-inch screen is big enough to watch videos, read books and documents plus
play games without having to strain your eyes.
Colors are vibrant. At maximum brightness, the iPad shines like a torch in the dark.
The layout of the home page is similar to the iPhone. The main features of Safari, Mail,
Photos, and iPod are at the bottom of the home page. Just like the iPhone or iPod Touch, the
capacitive multi-touch screen lets you swipe, tap and pinch to surf the Web and manipulate
other features. The virtual keyboard pops up for text input in functions like email and search.
At 680g, it is handy to carry with both hands, but not for too long. It is best used while seated
and propped against your thigh. There is an optional case which folds back into an A-stand so
you can read without holding it. The case can avert the iPad's early demise, preventing it from
slipping through your fingers.
It is rapid. Web pages loaded quickly and the multi-touch response is smooth. It scrolls fast.
Zooming in and out is seamless. There is fewer requirement to enlarge photos and text
because of the better screen.; Maps for example, render superbly on the iPad. Then again, the
screen is a fingerprint magnet. So have a soft cloth on hand.
There is a major shortcoming. There is no support for Flash, the web's most co