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Apple iPad 16GB Review
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http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:KZSnlnWAuXRD9M:http://www.ipadtablet16gb.com/_/rsrc/1266118344779/Buy-Cheap-Ipad-Tablet/ipad-16gb.jpgAt OverclockersHQ.com we like to do a range of tech related products, yes even Apple related I know the term Overclocker and Apple don't usually fit in the same sentence unless it is something to the effect of "Overclockers hate Apple products." All jokes aside Apple makes some killer products and today we will be looking at one of their more controversial products the Apple iPad. Is it an amazing new technology? Or is it just another trophy for apples engineering and marketing teams ability to rip off current technology and tell everyone it is worth the inflated price? For starters, there are a ton of multi-touch tablets out there with on paper specs that are a lot more impressive than the iPad for the same or cheaper prices. Is the iPad all hype? Let's find out:

 

Provided by: Apple

Price: $550

Closer Look:

 

 

 

Specifications and Features:

Display

  • 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
  • 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
  • Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously

Wireless and cellular

Wi-Fi model
  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
Wi-Fi + 3G model
  • UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • Data only3
  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology

Location

  • Wi-Fi
  • Digital compass
  • Assisted GPS (Wi-Fi + 3G model)
  • Cellular (Wi-Fi + 3G model)

In the box

  • iPad
  • Dock Connector to USB Cable
  • 10W USB Power Adapter
  • Documentation

Environmental Status Report

iPad embodies Apple’s continuing environmental progress. It is designed with the following features to reduce environmental impact:

  • Arsenic-free display glass
  • BFR-free
  • Mercury-free LCD display
  • PVC-free
  • Recyclable aluminum and glass enclosure

 

 

Capacity1

  • 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB flash drive

Processor

  • 1GHz Apple A4 custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip

Sensors

  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light sensor

Audio playback

  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
  • Audio formats supported: HE-AAC (V1), AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
  • User-configurable maximum volume limit

TV and video

  • Support for 1024 by 768 pixels with Dock Connector to VGA Adapter; 576p and 480p with Apple Component AV Cable; 576i and 480i with Apple Composite AV Cable
  • H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

Mail attachment support

  • Viewable document types: .jpg, .tiff, .gif (images); .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel)

Languages

  • Language support for English, French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Russian
  • Keyboard support for English (U.S.), English (UK), French (France, Canada), German, Japanese (QWERTY), Dutch, Flemish, Spanish, Italian, Simplified Chinese (Handwriting and Pinyin), Russian
  • Dictionary support for English (U.S.), English (UK), French, French (Canadian), French (Swiss), German, Japanese, Dutch, Flemish, Spanish, Italian, Simplified Chinese (Handwriting and Pinyin), Russian

Accessibility

  • Support for playback of closed-captioned content
  • VoiceOver screen reader
  • Full-screen zoom magnification
  • White on black display
  • Mono audio

Battery and power4

  • Built-in 25-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
  • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music
  • Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using 3G data network
  • Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system

Input and output

  • Dock connector port
  • 3.5-mm stereo headphone jack
  • Built-in speaker
  • Microphone
  • Micro SIM card tray (Wi-Fi + 3G model only)

External buttons and controls

On/off, Sleep/wake, Screen rotation lock, Volume up/down, Home button
  • On/Off, Sleep/wake
  • Mute
  • Volume up/down
  • Home

Mac system requirements

  • Mac computer with USB 2.0 port
  • Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later
  • iTunes 9.0 or later (free download from www.itunes.com/download)
  • iTunes Store account
  • Internet access

Windows system requirements

  • PC with USB 2.0 port
  • Windows 7; Windows Vista; or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later
  • iTunes 9.0 or later (free download from www.itunes.com/download)
  • iTunes Store account
  • Internet access

Environmental requirements

  • Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
  • Nonoperating temperature: -4° to 113° F (-20° to 45° C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)

 

Conclusion:

Although I had my reservations in the past with the iPhone I genuinely prefer it over Android OS based phones I have used and the overall experience is awesome. How does the experience port to the iPad? Not bad; Apples multi-touch technology is by far (in my opinion) the best and the fluidity of the OS is incredible. That being said in the end you are spending anywhere from $500-$700 for the baseline model. That in my opinion is the clincher, the iPad can be easily used as a media tablet but if you start popping movies on it your space fills up quick and there is no way to increase the capacity. The apps are awesome but in the end you are looking at a $500 large iPhone with no cell capabilities.

While I do love the iPad and its abilities there are Windows 7 based tablets on the way that should ring in and around the same price as the iPad. The one thing I hate about my iPhone 3GS is its inability to download content without the use of apps.

 If I want to download a pdf, text doc, mp3, avi, or anything else I need either one expensive app or 10 free ones that are limited by space. If I want to watch Hulu I can't, joost sucks, daily motion sucks, and youtube is fun but only for so long. If you are trying to make a tablet that feels like the world at your finger tips you need it to be as easy as possible. I will admit there are talks of Hulu apps in the works but why would I want to download a new app every time I want my device to do something my pc or mac already does for free!

You cannot tell me that Apple is thinking about the end user, if they were there wouldn't be a tiered pricing system for more space and no ability for expansion. Adding support for a card reader, usb, fire wire, ANYTHING would suffice. But no, as soon as expansion is available the 32GB and 64GB models wouldn't sell and let's be honest being able to charge hundreds of dollars for more space is genius and keeps Steve Jobs in the comfort he's accustomed too. There is a reason there are Apple haters on the planet because the marketing team at Apple plays the public for idiots, and in the end many of us prove them right.

Rants aside, is it a good product? Yes. Is it worth the money? Questionable. Would I recommend it? Not for most people. Would Luis (guy that made the videos) recommend it ? Probably. Will I buy one? *looks down in shame*probably.

Pros:

  • Fast
  • Great Touch Screen
  • Great Aesthetics
  • Fun
  • Beautiful Display
Cons:
  • No Flash (Screw "Battery Life" I Want Friggin Flash)
  • Zero Expansion


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LotsaEntertainment   |Author |2010-04-24 07:45:09
omg im stoked on this review
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