The early reviews of Apple’s new iPad are in and they are quite positive.
“The first iPad is a winner,” wrote Edward C. Baig for USA Today, saying that the device largely lives up to the hype.
Evaluating the anticipated Apple product for the Wall Street Journal, Walt Mossberg imagines the iPad paving the way for a new wave in personal computing, saying — in a video review — that the device has, “the potential to challenge the laptop” and the mouse-driven interface to which we have all become accustomed over the past decade or more.
“It’s really a general purpose computer,” Mossberg said.
There’s a sensual quality to the iPad, gushed Xeni Jardin in a Boing Boing review. “Just as the iPhone, Palm Pré and Android phones scratched an itch we didn’t know we had—somewhere between cellphone and notebook—the iPad hits a completely new pleasure spot.”
“I like it a lot,” Jardin wrote. But, she doesn’t love it yet. Time will tell, she added.
Over the the New York Times, David Pogue’s review actually offers two takes on the device. In a critique for mainstream consumers he’s upbeat, but in a review aimed at the techie crowd he offers a number of reservations.
He begins both reviews with the same line, “The Apple iPad is basically a gigantic iPod Touch.”
Overall, there’s a consistent trend to the criticisms: no Flash (meaning no Hulu videos), no multi-tasking (using numerous apps at once) as you would on a normal computer, no camera (for video chatting). On the upside, everyone says the battery life is longer than the 10 hours that Apple had projected.
We’ll certainly be hearing a lot more about this device in the days and weeks to come. [Eugene Hernandez]