iPad Reviewers Agree, It’s a Winner!

Several iPad reviews popped up last night and this morning, and almost every one agrees: The iPad is a winner. Keep in mind, these reviews are from journalists who’ve actually used the device, not techies who read the specs and put together a critique. We at iPhone Alley read all reviews so you don’t have to, and provided some highlights from the various publications below.

The first review out of the gate came from Edward Baig of USA Today.

The first iPad is a winner. It stacks up as a formidable electronic-reader rival for Amazon’s Kindle. It gives portable game machines from Nintendo and Sony a run for their money. At the very least, the iPad will likely drum up mass-market interest in tablet computing in ways that longtime tablet visionary and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates could only dream of.

For more than a decade, nobody, not even a deep-pocketed company like Microsoft, has successfully cracked the tablet market. Apple, based on my tests over several days, is likely to be the first.

The iPad is not so much about what you can do — browse, do e-mail, play games, read e-books and more — but how you can do it. That’s where Apple is rewriting the rulebook for mainstream computing.

Next up is Andy Ihnatko from the Chicago Sun-Times.

It’s a computer that many people have been wanting for years: a slim, ten-hour computer that can hold every document, book, movie, CD, email, picture, or other scrap of data they’re ever likely to want to have at hand; with a huge library of apps that will ultimately allow it to fulfill nearly any function; and which nonetheless covers the dull compulsories of computing (Mail, the web, and Microsoft Office-style apps) so well that there will be many situations in which this 1.5-pound slate can handily take the place of a laptop bag filled with hardware and accessories.

If you have any doubts on the lifespan of the “10-hour battery,” we should point out that almost every reviewer tested this very thing and came back with longer-than-advertised battery life.

Andy Ihnatko also adds this compliment of Apple:

In fact, after a week with the iPad, I’m suddenly wondering if any other company is as committed to invention as Apple. Has any other company ever demonstrated a restlessness to stray from the safe and proven, and actually invent things?

David Pogue wrote two reviews in one for the New York Times, the first for techies, the second for “everyone else.” For the techies he says, “The Apple iPad is basically a gigantic iPod Touch.” For everyone else he says, “The Apple iPad is basically a gigantic iPod Touch.” Actually the real crux for the techies is, “The bottom line is that you can get a laptop for much less money — with a full keyboard, DVD drive, U.S.B. jacks, camera-card slot, camera, the works.” But what about “everyone else”?

The iPad is so fast and light, the multitouch screen so bright and responsive, the software so easy to navigate, that it really does qualify as a new category of gadget. Some have suggested that it might make a good goof-proof computer for technophobes, the aged and the young; they’re absolutely right.

Walt Mossberg, from the Wall Street Journal, had this to say in a review entitled, “Apple iPad Review: Laptop Killer? Pretty Close.”

I believe this beautiful new touch-screen device from Apple has the potential to change portable computing profoundly, and to challenge the primacy of the laptop.

Tim Gideon addressed the usefulness of the on-screen keyboard in his review for PC Magazine.

As someone who’s all thumbs when it comes to iPhone’s tiny on-screen keyboard, I wondered if the iPad’s larger keyboard would help me master this touch screen typing thing. In a word: Yes. I’m writing this review on the iPad’s horizontal keyboard, in which the keys are large and nicely spaced. (The vertical keyboard is a little tighter, but still definitely useable.) If it weren’t comfortable, I would have abandoned the iPad for my laptop 1,000 words ago.

And if you were wondering whether the iPad can be your eBook reader, Tim adds, “Kindle: I like you, but I am nervous about your future.”

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