Ok, it looks like a giant iphone and seems to have feminine hygiene connotations, as i tampon was trending higher than iPad on Twitter last night, (we think we prefer iPad with wings)! But the hype surrounding yesterdays launch of Apples latest attempt to turn the way we use technology on its head, was huge. Well, it was if you read technology blogs and Twitter, (call me a geek, I know its true!!). But is the iPad any good and will we buy one, or will be we be sucked in by its obvious beauty and buy one anyway, even if we don't have a clue what to do with it?
Part iphone, part lap top and part kindle, does the iPad do everything we could ever want it to do and more, or is it just like a giant phone (except you can't actually use it as a phone) thats too big to hold in your hand and too small to be a real computer?
We are not even going to try and make judgment until we have used one. But as faithful Mac users we can already feel ourselves being sucked in. Having only recently bought Macs and iphones we are totally and utterly seduced by the Apple experience. The ability to sync all our computers and phones has changed the way we work and communicate and we love the look and feel of the products and the visualy instinctive way they work. Maybe it's also the designer sensibility that seduces us, as these products are beautifully designed, with no compromise.
The best guide to the iPad we could find was on Shiny Shiny (the girls guide to technology!) They don't go into great detail about mega bytes and get all mantechy about it, they just give us 10 things we need to know.
1. It's like a big iPod Touch: same apps, same frame, same sort of touchscreen (capacitive & multitouch, not OLED) it's all just a bit bigger, 960mm by 640 as we understand. Oh you can customise the backdrop though.
2. The iPad will have 3G internet, provided in America by AT&T the same providers Apple used for iPhone. You can't phone anyone, it's not a phone.
3. Apps will sync: All iPhone and iPod apps will work straight-off on the iPad - they don't need to be rebuilt. You will be able to sync your iPod or iPhone with the device so you don't need to download everything twice or reinput your calendar details.
4. Cheaper than we expected... starting at $499 (£309) but if you want more than 16G memory and to get 3G internet on it (and you probably will) that's a bit more, $829 (£513) for a 3G enabled 64G model.
5. It's got iWork onboard - giving you functionality like document editing: making the iPad more of a computer than a smartphone.
6. Battery life not bad: Battery life is 10hrs of video use, or a month on standby
7. Good eReader: The iPad will work well as an e-reader with an off-white background, nice page turning gestures and an online book store, iBooks part of iTunes. The book they demo-ed cost $14.99 (about £9.30). Little pricey? Maybe. They've also got a deal with the New York Times: the NYT made a news app specially for iPad.
8. It's got no camera and can't support flash, though does show videos in High Quality
9. Keyboard available as accessory: You can buy accessories like a keyboard + dock which lets you input text, though also bumping the price up. The iPad does have a touchscreen keypad, like the iPhone's.
10. Apple made their own custom chip to run this off:We will leave you with some quotes from Mr Apple himself, Steve Jobs, which probably sum up why we like the brand so much.
"Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me ... Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful... that's what matters to me".
"It's really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them".
"I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what's next".