“iPad…is the iPhone on steroids” Apple is releasing the first batch of WiFi only iPads around April of this year. And then a couple of weeks later, there will be another model released with the ability to work on the prepaid $30.00 per month (unlimited access) AT&T cell network.
This one pound seven ounce technology starts out around $ 499. For your money, you will get 16 gigabytes of storage and 1 GHz of power. A Gigahertz is the transmission frequency of radio signals in cycles per second. Another way to look at it, 1 GHz equals 1billion cycles per second.
With over a thousand sensors in the multi-touch 9.7-inch glass screen, it is also backlit for a crisp look. Just like the iPhone, you can hold the device any-which-way you want, and the screen flips around for your viewing pleasure.
Apple spouts the battery life lasts a month on standby. In spite of that, I think their most impressive claim is that during continuous use (surf the net, e-mail or watch a movie) the battery will last 10 hours. Now that is some staying power!
With iPad, you will have access to stores to obtain apps. An app (application) is a software program to use on your mobile device, similar to going out to buy tax software and installing it on your home computer. However, with the iPad you just go online to the App Store and quickly snag it, you don’t have to brush your teeth nor gas up the car. Pretty nifty huh?
Now, at the App Store you can purchase anything from personal planners, games, or joke programs. You can also buy music through the iTunes Store, or get a book at the Book Store. There is 140,000 different apps you will have access to, some are free while others you will have to pay for. Please note: You cannot multi task on iPad because only one app can be open at a time.
Mind you, the iPad is not a cell phone and as a matter of fact, it does not have a USB port nor does it support the Flash program. In fact, it does not even have a slot to place your camera’s SD card, a CD or DVD slot.
Nonetheless, Apple has adapters for that! You may purchase iPad connector kits for your USB and SD card or you can e-mail photos to your iPad but it will result in smaller files that will distress the picture quality. The iPad has headphone jack to use while watching movies or listening to music. Although the iPad keyboard is about the same size as a laptop keyboard, Apple will be releasing a 30-pin connection docking station that will allow you to use a traditional full size keyboard or watch movies comfortably.
You are now armed with all the data I could pick from the brain of my inside-source (shhhh…that needs to be our little secret). Now you can make an intelligent purchase, or not.
Pamela Vanden Bos