Some say it's revolutionary, others say it's pure magic. Could it be both? Chris Hardwick and Kevin Pereira give their official take on the Apple iPad, with its 9.7" multi touch display, iBooks, iWorks productivity software, and more, all starting at $500.
What You Need To Know
Compared to other devices, the iPad is extremely unique and unlike anything else we've used.
It's about the size of a piece of paper (8" x 10") and measures half an inch thick.
It's heavier than you might expect.
This might make it too heavy or awkward when you're using the tablet for long periods of time.
It's a good size but you can't hold it up forever.
You have to put it on a desk and hover over it, or balance it on your knees.
The touch screen is the most striking feature of the iPad.
It's huge at 9.7" and LED backlit, so it's everything you'd expect from a touch screen Apple device.
If you've used an iPhone before, you'll know how to use this.
Even if you have no experience with an iPhone, it's immediately intuitive.
The screen is multi-touch, which means you can pinch and zoom.
The keyboard works well but you'll have to hover over the iPad to type on it.
It has the OLEOPhobic screen but you'll still get your fingerprints all over it.
Overall, we love the iPhone touch experience and this is even better because the screen is huge!
For the most part, the iPad experience translated well to the primary features, like web browsing, checking email and watching Youtube videos.
The iPad makes browsing the web on Safari exactly the way you want to.
Pinch and zoom, large screen and easy keyboard makes this the killer app (though without the Flash support).
Lots of other apps like email and YouTube have been redesigned to work and look better on the iPad, and it makes a huge difference because of all the screen real estate.
The iWorks apps like Pages and iBooks work extremely well.
The battery life so far is great.
Other apps available include the NetFlix app, which gives you access to your instant queue and looks amazing on the screen.
There's also Real Racing GTI which is easier to play than on an iPhone, because you don't over correct on the iPad as much and it doesnt look bad when you scale it.
Evernote has been redesigned for the iPad and is more fun to use.
Command and Conquer Red Alert is amazing, and is just as easy to play as on a computer.