First iPad Reviews Are In

The first iPad reviews are in and so far they're sounding pretty great. Here's what the early reviewers are saying:

The WSJ's Walt Mossberg is in love with the iPad's interface and design:

The iPad is an advance in making more-sophisticated computing possible via a simple touch interface on a slender, light device. Only time will tell if it's a real challenger to the laptop and netbook.

USA Today's Edward Baig was impressed:

Apple has pretty much nailed it with this first iPad, though there's certainly room for improvement. Nearly three years after making a splash with the iPhone, Apple has delivered another impressive product that largely lives up to the hype.

NYT's David Pogue:

The iPad is not a laptop. It's not nearly as good for creating stuff. On the other hand, it's infinitely more convenient for consuming it - books, music, video, photos, Web, e-mail and so on. For most people, manipulating these digital materials directly by touching them is a completely new experience - and a deeply satisfying one.

PC Mag's Tim Gideon also realises the iPad's limitations, but praises it nonetheless:

Is the iPad a perfect product? No. And the omissions will give the anti-Apple crowd plenty of ammo. Why do I need this extra device that's not a full-fledged laptop? Where's the camera? What about Flash? Um, how about multitasking? These are all valid complaints, but one thing I can say about most Apple products, and certainly the iPad: There may be things it doesn't do, but what it does do, it does remarkably well. Aside from the aforementioned limitations, there isn't a lot else to gripe about. And to my great surprise, you can actually get real work done with the iPad.

The Houston Chronicle's Bob "Dr Mac" LeVitus agrees with our thoughts that the iPad is a whole new category of mobile devices:

It turns out the iPad isn't as much a laptop replacement as I thought (though it could easily be used as one). Instead, it's an entirely new category of mobile device. For example, now when I want to surf the Web from the couch or back deck, the iPad is the device I choose. Starbucks? Same thing. Think of the iPad as a new arrow in your technology quiver, an arrow that will often be the best tool for a given task.

I had high expectations for the iPad, and it has met or exceeded most of them.

BoingBoing's Xeni Jardin was thinking ahead while trying out the device:

Maybe the most exciting thing about iPad is the apps that aren't here yet. The book-film-game hybrid someone will bust out in a year, redefining the experience of each, and suggesting some new nouns and verbs in the process. Or an augmented reality lens from NASA that lets you hold the thing up to the sky and pinpoint where the ISS is, next to what constellation, read the names and see the faces of the crew members, check how those fuel cells are holding up.

I like it a lot. But it's the things I never knew it made possible - to be revealed or not in the coming months - that will determine whether I love it.

The Chicago Sun-Times' Andy Ihnatko thought the iPad lived up to all the excitement and hype:

The iPad user experience is instantly compelling and elegant. It's not every computer and every function. It's a computer that's designed for speed, mobility, and tactile interaction above all other considerations.

The Root's Omar Wasow thinks the iPad has something for everyone:

Apple pulled off a remarkable balancing act in that it has designed the iPad in such a way that in can simultaneously appeal to both newbies and nerds. For low-tech users looking for an affordable entry-level PC, the iPad is a computer without all the distractions. [...]For the tech-savvy with $US500 to drop on a gadget, the iPad offers a convenient way to consume and enjoy digital media without being tethered to a computer all day.


Comments

    No fair!! Stop teasing me!!

    Always good to be living in such a modern, first world country like Australia, we get everything...late...

      [quote] Always good to be living in such a modern, first world country like Australia, we get everything…late…[/quote]

      I seem to remember back to the launch of the iPhone 3G... Who got that that first? Technically, yes, it was NZ but we came second ;)

        That's version 2 though. We didn't even get version 1.

      "Australia, we get everything…late"

      You get the whole day before anyone else. What more do you want?

    There's always room for improvement. There will be a slight improvement in one year and it'll continue to sell millions. Rince & repeat.
    Steve Jobs you magnificent bastard. Enjoy rubbing that balding head of yours with fistfuls of cash.

    interesting that none of the reviews are Tech reviews

      PCMag?

      (Wait... Am I defending the iPad? No no, I'm defending journalism. *phew*)

        @Andy Rogers, have you checked PC Mag lately? It's less PC and more snuggling with Macs (yes i understand that they're both PCs).

        In other words, they're overly biased just like Engadget.

        That doesn't mean it's not a "tech review"

    "The iPad is not a laptop. It’s not nearly as good for creating stuff. On the other hand, it’s infinitely more convenient for consuming it – books, music, video, photos, Web, e-mail and so on. For most people, manipulating these digital materials directly by touching them is a completely new experience – and a deeply satisfying one."

    I think this review nails it. It looks like a slick device to consume media but impractical for much else. I like Apple products, I have an iPhone and iPod and a Macbook, but this one just doesn't do it for me. I honestly don't need another media device, I need something like this that has more productivity features. The MS Courier interests me a lot if it ever comes to be.

    I'm waiting for HP's slate. This will be far more productive for me - providing it comes with a 3G sim card slot. It also has a card reader and USB. Pitty the ipad has neither of these, and you're still tied to itunes FFS

      And don't forget Win 7 :D

    Walt Mossberg has it all wrong.

    This is a new device, i have a PC laptop, i have an iphone, i have a netbook, but i still have a few uses in mind for this baby.

    Mostly its potential as a giant remote control, midi interface for music production, from the couch web browser,

    It has huge potential outside of the netbook section of the market people like Walt percieve this to be competing in.

    I feel so sorry for all the sheeple who think becuase its apple its good.

      But Kurt, you're missing the point. Most of the reviewers above are saying it's good *because it's good*, and not because it's Apple.

    this article is fair and balanced just like fox news

    "There may be things it doesn’t do, but what it does do, it does remarkably well."

    Just like my car. It doesn't have an engine and doesn't drive, but the seats are SO comfy.

    I dont see why people are so amazed by the iPad when all it is a just a giant version of the iPod touch. If you are spending money why not just save a few hundred dollars and get a MacBook pro which what i did and that is a proper computer.
    Dont get me wrong i am a big Mac fan and this is really that magical and revolutionary.

    I'll say it again its a big iPod touch

    I'm just sitting here waiting for the "THERE'S NO FLASH SUPPORT D:" trolls to show up with their brethren army...

    YAY it like a iphone 3G!!!...oh wait no it isn't, no phone, no camera, no gps chip ...then maybe a overgrown itouch....no even THAT had a camera

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