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A review of Apple iPad on Navtej Kohli blog.

After 5 long years of hype and anticipation, the apple iPad is finally here. While Apple in itself is a technology behemoth, but this tablet computer iPad was perhaps the most awaited product of apple in recent times. The technology industry had divided opinions on the product. Some called it a gizmo from some Hollywood sci-fi flick, others compared it to the holy tablets of stone. Navtej Kohli IT blog brings you a complete lowdown of the much hyped ipad, right from features, configuration, content and cost. So, read on and see for yourself if its really up for the job.

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Already in tune with the apple’s other products, iPad is a slim, sleek, and smart looking gadget. Apple is establishing the tablet as a pioneer in a new genre of computing. Affirming this, Steve jobs, the CEO of Apple, said during the launch, “iPad is going to be somewhere between a laptop and a smartphone”
Featuring a 9.7 inch glass touchscreen, this stylish device is only half-an-inch thick and weighs only one-and-a-half pounds. The gadget also promises to display books, newspapers, websites and videos in a very stylish manner. Thus, the application and media companies will have yet another medium to advertise content.

Gaming industry too is not untouched by the frenzy. Referring it to as a large screen real-estate, the iPad is believed to mark a new epoch in keyboard less gaming. With a larger display players will enjoy more flexibility while controlling the games, thereby adding more zing to iPhone games, which are already available. Electronic Arts even stated that Ipad is a little bit like holding a HDTV inches from your face. Nothing can beat it for portable gaming. Besides this, the device also features a speaker, a microphone, and and accelerometer which enables you to switch between landscape and portrait mode.

It, however, doesn’t support a SIM card as the buzz was. Another snag that left the critics shocked is the lack of user facing camera, since video-chats are now considered the lifeline of online chats.

Gaming industry too is not untouched by the frenzy. Referring it to as a large screen real-estate, the iPad is believed to mark a new epoch in keyboard less gaming. With a larger display players will enjoy more flexibility while controlling the games, thereby adding more zing to iPhone games, which are already available. Electronic Arts even stated that Ipad is a little bit like holding a HDTV inches from your face. Nothing can beat it for portable gaming. Besides this, the device also features a speaker, a microphone, and and accelerometer which enables you to switch between landscape and portrait mode.

One of the biggest selling points of this aluminum backed device is its speed. As apple has embedded its own proprietary 1GHz Apple A4 chip, flipping through the gizmo is a cakewalk. Initially, the iPad will be launched in 3 models worldwide, ranging from $499 to $699, the tablet will be hitting the market in March.. Also, the device will connect to the web only through a wi-fi connection. However, the second version of the tablet will support 3G wireless access and will be released late this year. Surprisingly, the gadget lacks some common features which we have become used to in our gadgets.

One that immediately comes to head is the missing multi-tasking feature. In recent times, where running multiple programs on your laptop has become a norm, the so called state-of-the-art gizmo lets you run just a single application at a time.

This means, you can’t chat or listen to songs while you arrange your pics or browsing internet for that matter. Additionally, the flash feature, the basic software that manages video and animation on most websites, also doesn’t run on it. Besides, the users will also miss the USB port, especially with a meager 64 GB (maximum) in built storage.

Whether the ipad will be a hit or a miss is a question that time will answer. Until then, just purchase one and flaunt your newly acquired gizmo to the world.