Apple’s iPad won’t be released until Saturday, but some of the bigger news organizations have already posted their reviews. Two that I’ll focus on are the NY Times and the Wall Street Journal. David Pogue’s review was kind of disappointing. He starts off the review with this line:
The Apple iPad is basically a gigantic iPod Touch.
That’s so far from the truth, it’s not funny. Granted, he’s used an iPad longer than me, but that’s not the impression I got from it, at all. Here’s another dandy:
The bottom line is that you can get a laptop for much less money — with a full keyboard, DVD drive, U.S.B. jacks, camera-card slot, camera, the works. Besides: If you’ve already got a laptop and a smartphone, who’s going to carry around a third machine?
Walt Mossberg’s WSJ review gets to the point a lot quicker and is a much better review in my opinion.
For the past week or so, I have been testing a sleek, light, silver-and-black tablet computer called an iPad. After spending hours and hours with it, I believe this beautiful new touch-screen device from Apple has the potential to change portable computing profoundly, and to challenge the primacy of the laptop. It could even help, eventually, to propel the finger-driven, multitouch user interface ahead of the mouse-driven interface that has prevailed for decades.