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Apple’s New iPad: A Killer New Product at a Killer Price

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The intersection between technology and lifestyle. Steve Jobs just announced the latest Kindle Killer — the iPad. And he may just have succeeded, while admittedly (before a live audience) "standing on the shoulders" of Amazon's breakthrough eReader.

At a starting price of $499, the iPad has a 9.7 inch color display, and is a mere half-inch thick (weighing in at a pound and a half). "The iPad creates and defines an entirely new category of devices that will connect users with their apps and content in a much more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before," reads the formal press release from Apple following Jobs' live-event announcement in San Francisco, live-blogged by Blogcritics.

And with this new device, he may have just succeeded in seriously harming not only the future of the Amazon Kindle, but any eReader on the market. Because the iPad isn't only a reader — it's a high powered, elegant, and brilliantly priced new device from Apple. Yes, it has a built-in iBook store, with most of the major publishing houses all signed on to be in the iPad. But the built-in iBook store only scratches the surface of the iPad's capability and power. Built-in WiFi? Check. (Although you do have to pay for a data plan: $14.99/month for 250 meg of data; $29.99 for an unlimited plan. However, no contract is needed and activation happens right on the iPad.)

The iPad incorporates email, video viewing (in high definition), full-screen Internet browsing, mapping, and Apple's newly created iWorks suite for iPad. It's an iPod, a micro Macbook, and a game station all in one.

Using the tap and touch technology that makes the iPod Touch and iPhone so easy and intuitive, the iPad takes that game and goes pro with it. It is, in Steve Jobs' words, "a completely immersive experience."

There are two versions of the iPad: one with Wi-Fi and the other with both Wi-Fi and 3G, supporting speeds up to 7.2 Mbps. The first iPads will ship in about two months.

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About Barbara Barnett

Barbara Barnett is Publisher/Executive Editor of Blogcritics, (blogcritics.org). Her debut novel, called "Anne Rice meets Michael Crichton," The Apothecary's Curse The Apothecary's Curse comes out October 11 from Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books. Her book on the TV series House, M.D., Chasing Zebras is a quintessential guide to the themes, characters and episodes of the hit show. Barnett is an accomplished speaker, an annual favorite at MENSA's HalloWEEM convention, where she has spoken to standing room crowds on subjects as diverse as "The Byronic Hero in Pop Culture," "The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes," "The Hidden History of Science Fiction," and "Our Passion for Disaster (Movies)."
  • It might have had a chance at being a Kindle Killer had it had 3G for $499.

  • It’s very disappointing. I’d been hoping for a scaled down iMac with a touch screen. Instead we get a scaled up iPhone which is too big to fit in your pocket or hold to your ear.

    We get a toy rather than the powerful and convenient tool we wanted.

    Blech.

    Dave

  • Always better to wait a few months after these products come out so they have time to fix the gliches. Be interesting to see opinions. Thanks for the update 🙂

  • Brian aka Guppusmaximus

    I agree with Dave, 100%! I,too, was hoping to see a powerful contender to the Tablet PC market NOT some over sized, over priced e-reader.

    On top of that, it really lacks in the processing dept. I don’t care how brilliant their motherboard architecture is, a 1Ghz processor is unacceptable at that price point. Not to mention that most of that cost is probably lost on including Solid State storage for a mere 64Gb.

    Honestly, I could easily spend $200 less and get a Laptop powerhouse capable of playing Blu-Ray with far more storage. Who gives a flying f*ck about a touchscreen!

    Hey…maybe they’ll make an app where you could turn the iPad sideways and wear it as a belt buckle.