It has been just a week since Steve Jobs unveiled the Apple iPad, and it’s already proved to be one of the most controversial devices of the year. There are many who can’t wait to get their hands on this tablet computer, but other who are quick to express their scorn for it.
Brighthand and her sister sites from TechnologyGuide held a poll asking for readers’ first thoughts on the iPad, and this showed the range of opinions.
As with most Apple products, it has immediately gathered a group of fans — about 40% of respondents are either very enthusiastic or at least quite positive about the iPad.
About 33% of respondents are ambivalent about this upcoming tablet.
But a significant percentage — 26% — are convinced that Apple is looking at a inevitable bomb.
Debate Rages On
In addition to voting in the poll, TechnologyGuide has been encouraging readers to share their thoughts on the Apple iPad on forums.
Long-time smartphone user r0k wrote, “In 36 months, Apple will have sold its 15 millionth iPad. Not because it’s better hardware, but because it’s better conceived with the end user in mind. I like doing business with companies that are thinking about how I might use something when they design the thing.”
Near the other end of the spectrum is palmgeek5394, who wrote, “I don’t see much of a market for this apart from ebook/etextbook reading and basically anyone who wants a really big iPod Touch. Gaming would be awkward on such a large device, and in comparison to anything running a desktop OS (or Android, to some extent), it’s a bit limited.”
Duscussion is still going on the forums, and new comments are welcome.
An Overview of the Apple iPad
The iPad is Apple’s answer to the popularity of netbooks. It’s a device for someone who wants more functionality than a smartphone, but also wants a device that’s more portable than a laptop.
Apple will also offer a Keyboard Dock for typing (see image at right), and the iPad will also support the Apple Bluetooth Keyboard.
This tablet computer will run the iPhone OS on a 1 GHz processor, and come with a suite of software for browsing the Web, exchanging e-mail, and watching video, as well as a calendar and address book.
It will also be able to run third-party software written for the iPhone and iPod touch, as well as apps created specifically for this device.
There will be versions of the Apple iPad with a range of built-in storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB.
All versions will sport Wi-Fi plus Bluetooth, plus customers will have the option to add AT&T 3G service to their tablet for an addition up-front cost and monthly fee.
Pricing for the iPad will start at $500 for the version with 16 GB of capacity and no 3G access, and go up to the 64 GB version with 3G that will sell for $830. Apple will start selling this model in late March.