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An exciting product with a lot of potential

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The buyer of an iPad is one of two people; the first is someone who sees not just the present, but also the potential of a product like the iPad... and believes in and is excited about that potential. This is also a person who can afford what amounts to a luxury item. The second is an individual who simply doesn't need to get that much work done, and would prefer their computing experience to be faster and simpler. Does that sound like anyone you know?

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Critic reviews

7.8
14 reviews
  • Features
    8.0
  • Display
    8.0
  • Battery life
    7.5
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Storage capacity
  • Design and form factor
    7.5
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.2
  • Durability
    8.0

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8.8
466 reviews
8.0
Engadget Apr 3, 2010

Despite what you think right now, and despite the limitations Apple has put on some aspects of this device, what it says to the market is significant. The iPad is powerful, elegant, and largely unlike any computer you've ever used.

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9.0
PC Mag Mar 31, 2010

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 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....

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8.0
AllThingsD Mar 31, 2010

All in all, however, 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.

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8.0
New York Times Mar 31, 2010

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.

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8.0
CNET Apr 2, 2010

The Apple iPad is the first affordable tablet computer worth owning, but it won't (yet) replace your laptop.

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8.0
Macworld Apr 4, 2010

Whether or not the iPad becomes a smash hit right away, or if it takes time for this sort of device to be embraced by the public as a whole, that doesn’t change how strong a product it is. ... This is an impressive debut for an ambitious new product direction for Apple.

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7.0
Tom's Guide Apr 5, 2010

As a laptop replacement, we just don’t see it. Not yet, at least. Apple has built a product that is exemplary on a large scale: it’s what you’d expect to see in a Star-Trek future. It’s the computer Ender Wiggin used in the novel Ender’s Game—a science fiction classic.

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7.0
Ars Technica Apr 7, 2010

It's the first device to substantially deliver on the promise made by the iPhone and, in some respects, the Newton. Both of these earlier Apple products gave us glimpses at what a real, usable, purpose-built tablet computer might one day look like, and the iPad ... gives us the complete picture.

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7.0
AnandTech Apr 7, 2010

Although it doesn't replace any of your existing devices, there are some things the iPad does much better than anything you might own today. Web browsing, photo viewing, reading email, any passive usage scenarios where you're primarily clicking on things and getting feedback, the iPad excels at.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Apr 9, 2010

With the iPhone you have the fact that it's also a phone that lets you make calls, it has a core purpose beyond the diversification, but with the iPad, it's an emotional luxury that will need feeding with content to keep you entertained and justify its existence.

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7.0
SlashGear Apr 3, 2010

Apple have taken core elements of the tablet/touch paradigm and made them work smoothly, and if that sounds underwhelming then you need to remember that it’s something Tablet PCs – although finding some niche and vertical success – have struggled to achieve over the past decade.

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9.0
iLounge Apr 5, 2010

Unlike the original iPhone, Apple TV, and iPod touch, all of which we cautioned readers about in their earliest forms, Apple has done so much right with the first iteration of this device that it’s easy to look past the iPad’s issues and just enjoy everything it can do.

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8.0
TechRadar May 28, 2010

Portable computing - truly portable computing; effortlessly portable computing - is a simple concept, but don't underestimate what it has to offer. The iPad fits perfectly for some very specific activities that have become key to our digital lifestyles.

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8.0
USA Today Mar 31, 2010

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.

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9.0
itchyeyes itchyeyes

One of my favorite things about being an early adopter is when I pick up a device more for the novelty than anything else and I'm completely surprised by how useful it turns out to be. I had this experience first with my first iPod, when I discovered podcasts. I had it again when I first...

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10
DreddedDeuce DreddedDeuce

Out of the Box One thing I have always liked about Apple products is that they are ready to go out of the box and that is the same even here with the iPad. Once you take it out of the box and hit the switch it immediatley powers on and then all you need to do is set it up. No inputting serial...

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4.0
darthgault darthgault

I have had my iPad since the Monday after it was launched and have had nothing but horror stories with the WiFi. The wifi on 7 different access points would freeze up ALL the time. I never could use any video streaming apps like ABC, Netflix, or YouTube. It would buffer for 30 seconds then...

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8.0
whisperinal whisperinal

I came to the iPad having already used an iPod touch since it was released, so I had a very clear idea of the uses and limitations I would be getting with the iPad. I suspect if you don't have a clear idea of how you're going to use it initially it may seem more like a toy and there...

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9.0
dbag65 dbag65

I have less than 24 hours of iPad ownership under my belt. For much of that time my 12 year old nephew protected my iPad from me. Here's what I think after my first coffee, news, and cigarette on the deck morning with my iPad. The screen is amazing. It washes out in the sun but remains...

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10
BrightCityLight BrightCityLight

I don't know if there is a comparable product on the market now. I don't say that because the iPad is spectacular, I say that because the market is small at this point. You can say it can be compared to the Galaxy Tab, but that is 7 inches with camera's and even a phone. But in...

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8.0
mikehenriquez mikehenriquez

4.5/5.0. It is not that i don't like it (I do) it's just that I've been getting used to Android because of my phone and at some points i seem to miss some of Android's stuff like widgets, or a real notification bar. Also and this seems to be an issue with Google not Apple i...

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9.0
refractured refractured

I wasn't sure I'd buy one. Who needs a bigger iPhone? Well everyone could benefit from an iPad for sure. Larger screen is fantastic for reading loads of information (and a joy to read books on) and great for movies. My preferred leisure Internet device. App store is fantastic -- review...

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10
albooher albooher

I use the iPad primarily for light reading books and PDFs (hours at a time usually for school) and I don't have any kind of problem with eye strain. I realize that this can be a huge issue for some but for me it's far more comfortable to read on the iPad than it is to read on other...

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