Pogue reviews iPad: Designed & built by perfectionists; If you like the concept, you’ll love iPad

“Apple asserts that the iPad runs 10 hours on a charge of its nonremovable battery — but we all know you can’t trust the manufacturer,” David Pogue reports for The New York Times. “And sure enough, in my own test, the iPad played movies continuously from 7:30 a.m. to 7:53 p.m. — more than 12 hours. That’s four times as long as a typical laptop or portable DVD player.”

“The iPad is so fast and light, the multitouch screen so bright and responsive, the software so easy to navigate, that it really does qualify as a new category of gadget,” Pogue reports. “Some have suggested that it might make a good goof-proof computer for technophobes, the aged and the young; they’re absolutely right.”

“And the techies are right about another thing: 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,” Pogue reports. “For most people, manipulating these digital materials directly by touching them is a completely new experience — and a deeply satisfying one.”

Pogue reports, “The bottom line is that the iPad has been designed and built by a bunch of perfectionists. If you like the concept, you’ll love the machine.”

Full review, not Pogue’s best effort, unless he was shooting for a disjointed, noncommittal mess, here.

14 Comments

  1. “Pogue reports, “The bottom line is that the iPad has been designed and built by a bunch of perfectionists. If you like the concept, you’ll love the machine.”

    Nah! Who would possibly want a highly functional well designed device? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  2. Anyone else noticing how websites and people like Pogue are trying to negate the Tech-Taliban? Who regard Apple and anyone interested in them as the ‘kafir’?

    Pogue gives them the finger with a seperate review to stop them spamming his column and making death threats against him.

    Engadget has an option for -all 16!- of their prolific posting Techie-Talibanistas to use the site sans Apple posts! TUAW has now done the same with an option for no iPad or iPhone coverage.

    Isn’t it time these few idiots were put into straight jackets and sent someplace safe where the rest of the world can get on with life in peace and harmony?!

  3. “The iPad is not a laptop. It’s not nearly as good for creating stuff”. I would say a laptop is not good as a desktop for creating stuff, which leads to: create with desktop, consume with iPad.

    Time to replace my PowerBook G3 Lombard from 1999 with iPad, not that I have used it much latelly.

  4. The fly in the ointment is still Apple’s policy of never knowingly finishing a product – in this case it’s the webcam.

    With version one of the iPhone it was the GPS.

    Both have been easily doable without much impact on the price point – but when you lead the whole market why deny yourself the ‘upgrade path’ in 9 months or so.

    Answer for me is by the wifi then upgrade when the camera is added to the 3G

  5. Of course, the battery life exceeded estimates. Haven’t people been reading the Macbook Pro test results at Anandtech.com, the last couple years? Apple is giving real-world battery life estimates now, now that they’ve put so much emphasis on battery tech when they intro’d the MBA and the unibody chassis.

  6. Pogue states flat-out that fingerprints are apparent on a turned-off screen — that is, that the iPad presumably does not have the iPhone 3GS’s oleophobic coating. That surprises me very much.

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