Apple’s iPad “is a computer that many people have been wanting for years: a slim, ten-hour computer that can hold every document, book, movie, CD, email, picture, or other scrap of data they’re ever likely to want to have at hand; with a huge library of apps that will ultimately allow it to fulfill nearly any function; and which nonetheless covers the dull compulsories of computing (Mail, the web, and Microsoft Office-style apps) so well that there will be many situations in which this 1.5-pound slate can handily take the place of a laptop bag filled with hardware and accessories,” Andy Ihnatko reports for The Chicago Sun-Times.
“In fact, after a week with the iPad, I’m suddenly wondering if any other company is as committed to invention as Apple,” Ihnatko reports. “Has any other company ever demonstrated a restlessness to stray from the safe and proven, and actually invent things?”
“It might occur to you that we’ve seen tablets before and that we’ll see many more of them in 2010… Well, I’m here to tell you that in fact, we haven’t seen tablets before. And maybe the iPad is the only true tablet we’ll get in 2010. The hardware we’ve seen in years past, (and what we’re likely to see in [promised] Android devices) are laptop computers with the keyboard section broken off,” Ihnatko reports. “They’re not fundamentally touch-based computers, they’re the products of old thinking. When Apple looks at a fingertip, they see a warm, living thing that can feel. They don’t see a poor substitute for a mouse.”
“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,” Ihnatko reports. “The most compelling sign that Apple got this right is the fact that despite the novelty of the iPad, the excitement slips away after about ten seconds and you’re completely focused on the task at hand … whether it’s reading a book, writing a report, or working on clearing your Inbox. Second most compelling: in situation after situation, I find that the iPad is the best computer in my household and office menagerie. It’s not a replacement for my notebook, mind you. It feels more as if the iPad is filling a gap that’s existed for quite some time.”
Full review, don’t miss Ihnatko’s last two paragraphs, here.
MacDailyNews Take: No matter how hard Apple’s so-called competitors wish, these iPad reviews are not April Fool’s Day jokes.