The Apple iPad launches on April 3rd. Personally, I’m still on the fence regarding purchasing this tablet but thats not to say the iPad isn’t a worthy product. The iPad does many things well and should be considered for mobile users in search of something more than a smart phone.
To keep this topic as straightforward as possible, I’ve created a list of five reasons you should consider the iPad. Although the iPad can do much more than what’s on this list, I wanted to focus on specific elements of the device and steer clear of marketing jargon. So without further ado, the iPad:
- App Store
The app store revolutionized the market. It allowed third party manufacturers a centralized place to index all the wonderful applications available for the iPhone and iPod touch. There are now countless apps in the app store to satisfy your hunger. Essentially, the app store allows users to expand their mobile devices to match their limitless and changing needs. What’s great about the iPad, unlike other devices on the market, is this device will launch with a massive app catalog. Most of the apps currently in the app store will work on the iPad at launch and apple has already opened the SDK so developers can build iPad specific apps prior to launch. Essentially, the app store will keep your iPad fresh and new for as long as you use the device.
- eBook Reader
Kindle or Nook? These devices costs around $260 and do one thing really well, books. They allow you to discover, purchase, and read books on the go. Unfortunately, beyond reading these products are very limited in functionality. Along with the iPad, apple is launching the iBookStore. Basically, the iPad will have all the functionality of a Kindle in one, easy-to-use application. Function specific devices be damned, there is a new sherif in town, and it does so much more.
- Digital Picture Frame
The dark horse on this list. Have you ever looked into purchasing a digital picture frame? High quality digital picture frames can cost $500 or more and only serve one purpose. With the iPad, users can easily sync all their photos to display on the high resolution, vibrant 9.7inch screen. Plus, the iPad can connect to the web so you can display photos from flickr or picasa as well.
Apple understands a device like this cannot always be used for fun and games. Built from the ground up and optimized for touch, Apple will be releasing pages, keynote, and numbers for the iPad. These apps, which correspond to word, powerpoint, and excel respectively, allows users to easily credit, edit, and email critical assignments all from their portable tablet. Whether it be PDF’s, microsoft office documents, or iWork files, the iPad can manage them all.
Prior to the iPad announcement, bloggers expected the apple tablet to cost just bellow $1000. With the base model actually starting at $499, the iPad is much less expensive than expected. I cannot tell you the last time I saw a high quality, touchscreen tablet for $500. Although the iPad cannot multitask, it’s power will rival similarly priced netbooks allowing the iPad to compete with both tables and netbooks. A high quality 9.7″ touch screen tablet, 16GB of flash storage, a great music player, and more for $500 is a steal.