Thursday, 28 January 2010

Apple iPad Launched

Alright, this device surely deserves that I take a break from work and blog about it here. Apple iPad is basically a slate device. Sort of a slim and fancy touchscreen laptop, or basically a tablet PC. Here is a picture:

All these devices have different categorization and as more and more of these converged devices(mixing features of laptops and smart phones) are being introduced, tech experts are trying to categorize them properly.

I personally have been working on a Mobile Internet Device (MID) for sometime now, and although the ones I use for a project are extremely powerful, compact and feature rich, they are no comparison to iPad in terms of usability and practical use. In fact, many similar devices have been introduced from Asian manufacturers long back, but when I knew Apple will introduce one soon, I knew they would come up with something fantastic by simply doing the basics right. Basics such as decent-sized screen, user friendly custom apps and superior touch-screen experience.

I suppose other devices weren't able to tackle these challenges because they ran on traditional operating systems such as Windows XP.

The way Apple revolutionized touch-screen phones with user friendly iPhone, this will do the same to the UMPC/MID/Slates market. Imagine having a large-sized iPhone. Steve Jobs introducing iPads:

This device is extremely useful for non-technical computer users; those who use the net, type documents, listen to music and watch movies. Price starts from US$ 500 only!


  1. A big fuss was created around the name Apple picked for this gadget as I was reading through the news...Some said that they rather stick to their cell phones and laptops than using iPad.

    I personally think that it will take time for this to develop and for people to fully appreciate what a great gadget this can be. It might be able to fully replace both the phone and the laptop. And hopefully, when more programmers make applications for iPad, sales will begin to grow!

  2. What dissappointed me about it is that it didn't have a camera, nor a USB portal! But otherwise it does look amazing.

    However, an ever better technology will soon probably come out there, look at this video:

  3. Stimulus, as I mentioned, I am working with a MID that has botch camera and USB interface. However, its not as slick as iPad, it doesn't have the clarity of screen or superior touch-experience. Also, iPad, like iPhone and iPod Touch, will have custom apps and all.

    The video you shared, Sixth Sense, I've watched videos about it. Its really cool, but still in preliminary study.