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April 4, 2010 11:14:29 AM

Seems to perform very well compared to 1Ghz Snapdragon,hope to see this kind of CPUs in mobile phones in future
April 4, 2010 11:17:40 AM

This brings up the big question for me:

Why haven't we seen any Tegra phones yet? It's more powerful than both of these platforms.
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April 4, 2010 12:37:22 PM

Really this thing is as big as a netbook so why they put a smartphone chip?
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April 4, 2010 12:59:17 PM

Would definitely like to see a detailed benchmarks.
April 4, 2010 1:34:47 PM

Here are some detail of the A4 Soc from iFixit:

"•The A4 is a Package-on-Package (PoP), with at least three layers of circuitry layered on top of each other. A4 is packaged just like the iPhone processors, microprocessor in one package and two memory modules in the other package. They're all sandwiched together in a very nice and thin PoP.

•The iPad RAM is INSIDE the A4 processor package. Confirming this took quite a bit of sleuthing: we had to partner with Chipworks to X-ray the processor. The X-ray revealed two layers of RAM. In addition to the ARM processor, the A4 package contains two stacked Samsung dies."

http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/03/hey-look-at-that-ifi...
April 4, 2010 1:39:10 PM

UserremovedReally this thing is as big as a netbook so why they put a smartphone chip?


Battery life. It is a reading device, not really an all around multimedia device.
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April 4, 2010 1:43:43 PM

LOL, netbooks using Intel Atom CPUs lowered the bar for CPU performance to 1998-ish standards, and now Apple's iPad lowers pseudo-general purpose computing even further, so we compare it to cellphones so that we can claim it's fast?

Sorry, but I can't do any worthwhile computing with less than a modern ~2ghz+ dualcore and graphics better than an Intel IGP. I don't need that much power in my cellphone, but the iPad is not a cellphone.
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April 4, 2010 1:55:23 PM

I find it amazing that people are comparing this product to netbooks, phones and computers. First you can't have an iPad without a computer. Second, netbooks are cheap (and you get what you pay for), netbooks have the highest dissatisfaction marks in portable machines, primarily because they are under powered, slow and run a full blown OS which is optimized for the hardware.. Apple has wisely, utilized an existing infrastructure and OS to make their iPads work. Finally a company created an OS to work specifically on the device, they ran on iPhones for years, then tweaked it for the iPad. I hate to say it, but it is smart. As I predicted people who consume media will love this device, 90 percent of us consume content.
The device isn't perfect, but Apple delivers an product that will bring back many industries (Comic Books for example). So call it a giant iPod or iPhone, Apple just sold 700k of them in day! I will pick up a 3G for travel, surfing and book reading. As long as you have a purpose for it, you won't be disappointed. People who expect to use them as a computer replacement will be disappointed (you need a computer and itunes to make it work). Thus it should be compared to netbook or anything else, it is it's own thing.
April 4, 2010 2:16:30 PM

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As long as you have a purpose for it, you won't be disappointed


Well said!

Complains like "I can't do any worthwhile computing with less than a modern ~2ghz+ dualcore" are out of the context. Nobody in his mind expects running 3DMax on an iPad :-)

What iPad does it does vast or very fast.
April 4, 2010 2:18:43 PM

UserremovedReally this thing is as big as a netbook so why they put a smartphone chip?

Battery life. Good performace.
April 4, 2010 2:20:58 PM

__-_-_-__the cheapest netbook is way better and cheap then this crap
C'mon man, really. It's not even on the same page. It's "a big iPod touch" as everyone is calling it. It's NOT a TABLET PC! Or a Netbook! Go getcherself a netbook son! I truly don't understand the reasoning for blasting a device that doesn't claim to be anything you mention.
April 4, 2010 2:58:31 PM

pshh this cant even load a screenshot of crysis, enough with the ipad. I swer ive never seen so many people get interested in netbooks until apple came out with their cheap interpretation of it. Even tv shows are showing it, like the late night show and many others. People say macs arent a big market but apple makes its money of ipods and all their other stuff and pretty much 99% of teens nowadays have macs. Or if youre not a complete idiot you build a pc.
April 4, 2010 3:04:32 PM

I'm waiting for a real computer in this form. I don't want to go to 'app stores' and to be limited to Apple approved software with MY hardware.
April 4, 2010 3:06:18 PM

God I wish Google made this first in another dimension. Wish I could of seen all of these trolls loving it instead of bashing it simply for its maker. Poor souls.
April 4, 2010 3:27:59 PM

ggfgfgbut can it play crysis?

More like, but can it run... Windows?
April 4, 2010 3:48:56 PM

rambo117More like, but can it run... Windows?


hmm... sort of... but not nativelly... ;) 

"In our instantiation of space-time, the iPad is simply running a VNC client called Desktop Connect, and connecting to my Macbook,"

http://gizmodo.com/5508794/video-windows-7-on-the-ipad



April 4, 2010 5:32:38 PM

Perhaps I'm asking the obvious here, but why is an iPad being compared to a phone? I guess I could put an iPad in my pocket if I had cargo pants in XXXL, but otherwise... Phones are phones... iPads are tablets running the iPhone OS.

In short, "One of these is not like the other..."
April 4, 2010 5:54:02 PM

5 articles of the ipad in a roll.....
April 4, 2010 6:44:01 PM

tipmen5 articles of the ipad in a roll.....

Go read something else. No one forced you to click on an iPad article.
April 4, 2010 6:44:03 PM

Was just about to type that tipmen, Tom's getting paid for all this Apple advertising?
April 4, 2010 6:46:24 PM

CTTWas just about to type that tipmen, Tom's getting paid for all this Apple advertising?

Yeah that is getting really damn old. Everytime we post something that you don't like, oh em gee Tom's must be getting paid. Whatever man, if you don't like it that I spent my weekend trying to write stuff for people to read then go read something else. The internet is full of options.

The fact is, there are things to cover and be said. And if you haven't noticed, Tom's isn't really Apple's cup of tea.
April 4, 2010 6:48:21 PM

I don't know about anybody else, but if I had a device like this I'd want to play hd videos (which without graphics acceleration would take a lot of cpu). Although looking into it more, I'm disappointed that the resolution is so low and there is not hookup for anything external at higher than 1024x768. There are media players that can output HD video, and this thing can't even display above 1024x768??? Apple = Fail

Also, why do we have 5 articles in a row about the ipad when its not the first device of its type and we only get 1 article (if that) about any other device? THG = Fail
April 4, 2010 6:51:16 PM

chucklesI don't know about anybody else, but if I had a device like this I'd want to play hd videos (which without graphics acceleration would take a lot of cpu). Although looking into it more, I'm disappointed that the resolution is so low and there is not hookup for anything external at higher than 1024x768. There are media players that can output HD video, and this thing can't even display above 1024x768??? Apple = FailAlso, why do we have 5 articles in a row about the ipad when its not the first device of its type and we only get 1 article (if that) about any other device? THG = Fail

Cuz if ya haven't noticed, no other publication really gives a twit about other devices that are me too. Wake up and look around you.
April 4, 2010 6:52:40 PM

It's so funny how Tom's is filled with anti-apples. The mention of an Apple product being superior probably ruins their day.
April 4, 2010 6:56:04 PM

peacockCuz if ya haven't noticed, no other publication really gives a twit about other devices that are me too. Wake up and look around you.


Right, cause when apple comes out with a device similar to ones that have already come out, its not a "me too" I forgot.
April 4, 2010 6:58:00 PM

chucklesRight, cause when apple comes out with a device similar to ones that have already come out, its not a "me too" I forgot.

I have an idea, GO BUY SOMETHING ELSE YOU LIKE AND READ ABOUT IT, instead of clicking on an iPad article and then complaining. Do you not have the mental capacity to think like that? Guess not.
April 4, 2010 8:12:08 PM

kami3kBut there is no apple product that is superior. Ok ok, so Apple is superior at having a bunch of drones that can't think for themselves buy their products.A tablet has to be compared to a CELLPHONE to make it look good. Pathetic.

We are Apple, resistance is FUTILE
April 4, 2010 8:26:15 PM

I'm commenting with a n iPad right now mwuahahahaha
April 4, 2010 8:36:05 PM

UserremovedReally this thing is as big as a netbook so why they put a smartphone chip?

I would venture a guess that Apple wanted to use the iPhone OS, which is ARM based, and netbook chips like the Intel Atom is x86
April 4, 2010 8:37:20 PM

tuannguyenGo read something else. No one forced you to click on an iPad article.

Why don't you just ban him while you're at it. :/ 

I might not agree with his sentiment, but I don't see why he shouldn't be free to express it.
April 4, 2010 8:38:09 PM

I think this thing is going to sell well with a lot of "closet" buyer's remorse after they realize they don't really need it and have nothing to do with it. I'm betting a lot will regret buying it but few will admit it.
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April 4, 2010 9:10:16 PM

Why are they comparing it to smart phones ? I thought it didn't make phone calls or do video conferencing. I guess that's the only thing they can really compare it to because it doesn't have the muscle of a simple netbook. So what you basically have here is a big iPhone sans the phone.
April 4, 2010 9:16:39 PM

AbrahmI think this thing is going to sell well with a lot of "closet" buyer's remorse after they realize they don't really need it and have nothing to do with it. I'm betting a lot will regret buying it but few will admit it.


I agree with you he should be free to say whatever. But thats not what toms likes anymore. If you say something a mod doesnt like, he will erase all your stuff and ban you for what he feels is breaking the tos. Ive been banned twice for saying right things toms mod didnt like. Also been banned for 3 days for saying the same bad word tuan did but how come he doesnt get his post erased and he banned for 3 days? Being an employee has its perks.

Tuan always takes it personal when someone doesnt agree with him and has little tirades to defend himself. He said "if you dont like what I spent my weekend writing than go read something else". I laughed cause if it took him all weekend to write less than 500 words and it was copy and pasted and he GOT PAID FOR DOING HIS JOB! But im sure Ill get banned again for 3 days for "trolling" because someones feelings are hurt. Oh well the earth will still spin.

Tuan a little advise, stop turning away the very same people that make it possible for you to feed your family if you have one. All the people at toms made you dont think you made yourself. If it wasnt for the toms community you wouldnt have a job. So next time you tell someone to go read something else on the internet, look at your family because your taking food outta their mouths.

Preparing for deletion and banning in 3..2..1...
April 4, 2010 9:17:38 PM

AlexTheBlueWhy don't you just ban him while you're at it. I might not agree with his sentiment, but I don't see why he shouldn't be free to express it.


Right one.
April 4, 2010 9:42:02 PM

spoofedpacketBattery life. It is a reading device, not really an all around multimedia device.

Pretty expensive for an Ebook
April 4, 2010 10:11:26 PM

silky salamandrI agree with you he should be free to say whatever. But thats not what toms likes anymore. If you say something a mod doesnt like, he will erase all your stuff and ban you for what he feels is breaking the tos. Ive been banned twice for saying right things toms mod didnt like. Also been banned for 3 days for saying the same bad word tuan did but how come he doesnt get his post erased and he banned for 3 days? Being an employee has its perks. Tuan always takes it personal when someone doesnt agree with him and has little tirades to defend himself. He said "if you dont like what I spent my weekend writing than go read something else". I laughed cause if it took him all weekend to write less than 500 words and it was copy and pasted and he GOT PAID FOR DOING HIS JOB! But im sure Ill get banned again for 3 days for "trolling" because someones feelings are hurt. Oh well the earth will still spin.Tuan a little advise, stop turning away the very same people that make it possible for you to feed your family if you have one. All the people at toms made you dont think you made yourself. If it wasnt for the toms community you wouldnt have a job. So next time you tell someone to go read something else on the internet, look at your family because your taking food outta their mouths. Preparing for deletion and banning in 3..2..1...

Uh what? way to skip over the reality part. I didn't delete or ban anyone that doesn't agree with me. And those people you're referring to seem to only want to bash and not give any substantiated backing. The same ones who come in and say "Blah X sucks," and then leaves, but then complain when a writer doesn't give facts to back opinion? Please. They should spare me the hypocricy. If you're going to give advice, at least talk about the same thing, not just come in and skip over the fine details of how a certain situation came to be in order to attempt at a point.

And way to to dumb down what I said, if you haven't read the other large review i did over the weekend. Way to pick this particular article and use it to say that's what I spent my weekend doing.

Don't come in here and make yourself look foolish.
April 4, 2010 10:21:03 PM

UserremovedPretty expensive for an Ebook

And I suppose the Kindle DX is a bargain at $489.

Seriously, ignorant commenters need not respond.
April 4, 2010 10:27:32 PM

AlexTheBlueWhy don't you just ban him while you're at it. I might not agree with his sentiment, but I don't see why he shouldn't be free to express it.

From what I see he was free to express what he said since no one banned or deleted his messages. Tuan is free to say what he wants too. Why do people only see things from one angle?

Like I've been saying since forever, the internet how it allows people to be annonymous, turns normally sane and calm people into rabid bashers, naysayers, and jerks. Some of these people feel that they can come here and bash Tom's, Tuan, and whoever else works here because nothing can happen to them. So the thinking is like "I can be a jerk and no one can do a thing haha."

People need to grow up.
April 4, 2010 10:33:13 PM

kami3kSo what? People also think these apple articles like these are getting really old. So what, LIVE WITH IT.Maybe a non-bias article (though from you when Apple is involved ROFL) pointing out how the review is comparing a tablet to a CELLPHONE to make the Ipad CPU performance look good.The Ipad can not make calls like a cellphone can, it's purpose is to do what cellphones can't do, or can't do easily. Therefore it should not be compared to cellphone despite having the hardware of one. I bet if Microsoft were to come out with a tablet like this with a cellphone's hardware and the windows mobile OS it would be getting negative reviews for being the size of a smaller monitor's screen yet the hardware of a modern cellphone.So is this comment one of those you are getting sick of?


Yeah cuz a non-biased Apple article from me is so "ROFL":

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/apple-ipad-ipod-iphone...
April 4, 2010 10:36:35 PM

kami3kSo what? People also think these apple articles like these are getting really old. So what, LIVE WITH IT.Maybe a non-bias article (though from you when Apple is involved ROFL) pointing out how the review is comparing a tablet to a CELLPHONE to make the Ipad CPU performance look good.The Ipad can not make calls like a cellphone can, it's purpose is to do what cellphones can't do, or can't do easily. Therefore it should not be compared to cellphone despite having the hardware of one. I bet if Microsoft were to come out with a tablet like this with a cellphone's hardware and the windows mobile OS it would be getting negative reviews for being the size of a smaller monitor's screen yet the hardware of a modern cellphone.So is this comment one of those you are getting sick of?


hahaha, oh man, here's another guy who thinks he's non-biased when he says something like this crap:

kami3kOk ok, so Apple is superior at having a bunch of drones that can't think for themselves buy their products.


kmai3k, if you're gonna argue against Tom's, you're not helping yourself.
April 4, 2010 11:00:41 PM

kami3kYou have few, compared to the vast majority. You do also realize since only replied to a single sentence of that entire comment you could have just quoted that sentence right? I'm just making sure because some of the articles on here are just poorly written at times. And no one can deny that.


All I'm saying is that people need to calm down. That's all. :) 
April 4, 2010 11:06:45 PM

kami3kYou have few, compared to the vast majority. You do also realize since only replied to a single sentence of that entire comment you could have just quoted that sentence right? I'm just making sure because some of the articles on here are just poorly written at times. And no one can deny that.

One more thing, disliking a company or what have you is cool with me. I don't mind if someone doesn't or does like company X. But when that turns into uncalled for bashing of people, that's not cool. Less bashing, more tech.
April 4, 2010 11:55:56 PM

rambo117More like, but can it run... Windows?
Windows sucks on tablets. This has been proven many, many times. Even Tom's had a full blown article on why Tablet PC's SUCK. Windows is not designed to be used in a Tablet. Mac has developed an OS that WORKS and is highly simplistic. It just works! and GOOD TOO!
April 5, 2010 12:01:17 AM

Really this thing is as big as a netbook so why they put a smartphone chip?

Because they wanted to get 10 plus hour Battery life out of it. Try getting that on a Laptop. I'm on my eleventh Hr. and i have about 20 minutes left. Game Over!

April 5, 2010 12:34:51 AM

rambo117More like, but can it run... Windows?


Remote Desktop Protocol....
April 5, 2010 1:26:35 AM

I love how everyone says its not a netbook.... That's what Jobs compared it to... Thats what we shall compare it to as well.
April 5, 2010 1:31:13 AM

Why are people bitching at others for comparing it to a netbook. Jobs compared it to a netbook. So shall we. It is it's own device. But its useless beyond simple web browsing and doing stuff in the apps. For a programmer its completely useless. For a business man... it without an actual keyboard says NO WORD DOCS in big letters, which extends to a lot of work related features a businessman can do easily on a netbook. For a simple worker? Well he can't afford one. For a hardware enthusiast that wants to visit Tom's Hardware in full size wherever he goes... yeah....
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April 5, 2010 2:13:08 AM

silky salamandr said:
I agree with you he should be free to say whatever.

Hang on, you contradicted yourself. When you registered with this site you agreed that you would post according to the ToS, and now you're saying you should be free to say anything? :sarcastic: 
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