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Early iPad Reviews Give Apple Two Thumbs Up

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 58 comments

What are the early reviews saying?

The iPad is landing this coming Saturday and with so many people expected to rush out and buy one (analysts predict Apple will sell between six and 10 million iPads this year), let's take a look at the reviews that are going to play a huge part in people's decision to buy this device.

Apple isn't known for giving out review products and when it came to the iPad, only a handful of people were sent review units to try. So what did everyone think? Overall, the reviews are what we expected. Though they did mention the shortcomings of the device, like the fact that there's no webcam, the general consensus was that this was a great piece of electronics. One thing we didn't expect was the majority of reviewers reporting that the battery life was better than they expected/Apple projected. Most people will know that the estimated battery life from a manufacturer can often be a little optimistic. However, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Boing Boing all report that battery life was more than the 10 hours Steve Jobs promised.

If you're interested in getting a concise, bare essentials type of review, check out Gizmodo's Mega Meta Review, which combines all the main points of all the reviews out there.

If you're looking for something a bit more detailed, my advice is to check out David Pogue's write up for the New York Times. Pogue did two mini-reviews (as opposed to one big one), one each for techies and for "everyone else." They're both decent and they do give a certain amount of insight into why certain people like the iPad but others absolutely hate it.

Click here for Pogue's reviews.

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    warezme , April 1, 2010 2:43 PM
    ipads were only sent to a select few reviewers...., translated: sent to only a select few reviewers whom we have in our pockets and are assured of giving us a good rating.
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    KyleSTL , April 1, 2010 2:37 PM
    Does it matter if it's a 'good' device or if reviewers like it? Absolutely not, because people will buy it (lots of people, that is), and Apple's stock will continue to set records. In most people’s books, that’s a success (especially management and shareholders).
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    spoofedpacket , April 1, 2010 2:25 PM
    "If you're looking for something a bit more detailed"

    How about just something I can read on a 24" monitor? That meta review image is tiny.
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    drksilenc , April 1, 2010 2:33 PM
    yea ill be happy with my evo 4g that i have money set aside for... still fits in the pocket and its my everyday cellphone
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    Keiki646 , April 1, 2010 2:35 PM
    Waste of money I would say, 0No I am not hating, there is not such thing when the ipad can't even have a simple application to view videos.
    it's it worth 500 dollars when you can get a nexus one for the same price of a iphone or even a notebook and netbook for the same price.
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    KyleSTL , April 1, 2010 2:37 PM
    Does it matter if it's a 'good' device or if reviewers like it? Absolutely not, because people will buy it (lots of people, that is), and Apple's stock will continue to set records. In most people’s books, that’s a success (especially management and shareholders).
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    djtronika , April 1, 2010 2:37 PM
    drksilencyea ill be happy with my evo 4g that i have money set aside for... still fits in the pocket and its my everyday cellphone

    i still dont understand why people compare the ipad to a cell phone. "screw the xbox 360, i still have money set aside for a nintendo ds" different products, different uses, different people.
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    Anonymous , April 1, 2010 2:38 PM
    HEY, WAIT!!!

    Seeing as this is April Fools day, doesn't that mean that this review means exactly the Opposite of what it's saying? Like Sponge Bob Square Pants would say, It's Opposite Day!

    So wouldn't that mean that Apple actually got ""Two thumbs Down ????""

    Why else would they make such an announcement on April fools day?
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    vertigo_2000 , April 1, 2010 2:41 PM
    I have an iPod Touch and barely use it. I hate iTunes. It's a great piece of tech though.

    I just don't see myself buying an iPad.
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    Anonymous , April 1, 2010 2:43 PM
    A brilliant April Fool's joke! You almost got me!
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    warezme , April 1, 2010 2:43 PM
    ipads were only sent to a select few reviewers...., translated: sent to only a select few reviewers whom we have in our pockets and are assured of giving us a good rating.
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    shin0bi272 , April 1, 2010 2:45 PM
    I have this feeling that if this isnt an april fools day joke these ipads (and most ereaders) will end up like hybrid or electric cars. No one wants one but due to social pressure from reviews saying "hey the ipad rocks!" people will "have to have one".
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    Anonymous , April 1, 2010 2:46 PM
    All fun set aside, it may be a good niche device but that's about it.
    It'll sell and it'll serve it's purpose because it's very convenient. I might even get one for my wife, should the price become more reasonable.

    But to me and many others it's still lacking in many features including in the multitasking arena, desired amount of power, and the fact that the battery is not user serviceable.
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    JohnnyLucky , April 1, 2010 2:46 PM
    Think I'll check out all those reviews. Might be worth looking at them. I'm just wondering if they are skewed in Apple's favor.
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    therealfly , April 1, 2010 2:52 PM
    I'll buy one when i can play Farmville while listening to MP3's.
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    back_by_demand , April 1, 2010 2:52 PM
    Interesting coomment made by one reviewer
    Quote:
    There may be things it doesnot do, but what it does do it does remarkably well

    As a PC user and not a huge Mac lover, I tend to agree, this device is probably fantastic at what it does do
    Problem is there are so many things that an actual computer can do that when people will eventually realise are missing it will be too late

    I have an extensive library of software that I regularly use for all kinds of things from editing audio files to conversion of video formats and everything inbetween. If a device will not allow me to install the software I want to use then I wont use the device.
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    adaman2576 , April 1, 2010 2:52 PM
    Anyone else see the Tosh.0 episode where he gets one and tees it up like a golf ball and smashes it to pieces? He said he didn't even turn it on. Fake or not, still freaking hilarious.
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    ericburnby , April 1, 2010 2:53 PM
    90% of iPads will be bought by PC users who don't own and never will own a Mac. Just like it is with the iPod and iPhone.


    why not look at what it does well and take advantage of its strengths?

    This is what smart business people will do - they'll develop apps for the iPad that are really useful and fill a specific need. and make a bunch of money in the process.



    Nobody likes a hater - they're worse than fanboys.



    Edited to remove pointlessly provocative comments. Mod.
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    stradric , April 1, 2010 3:02 PM
    ericburnby...Nobody likes a hater - they're worse than fanboys.


    And here you are hating on the haters. How does that make you any better?

    The fact of the matter is that the iFad was never designed to be a product for techies. It's designed to be a super simple computing device for people who think computers are too complicated. And in that regard it's brilliant. It will also appeal to first-adopters and people who just have to have the newest Apple fad product.

    Marketing geniuses -- those folks at Apple.
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    milktea , April 1, 2010 3:08 PM
    I, for one, am not buying an iPad. BTW, I'm not an Apple's fan. I'm waiting for the gPad (Google Pad). *haha* :D 
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    Anonymous , April 1, 2010 3:12 PM
    ericburnby90% of iPads will be bought by PC users who don't own and never will own a Mac. Just like it is with the iPod and iPhone.I laugh at all the idiots here on Tom's that keep saying only fanboys will buy Apple products, when the simple fact is that Mac owners (Apple fanboys) make up less than 10% of sales of iAnything.Here's a thought: Instead of whining about what the iPad doesn't have, or comparing it to products it isn't designed to compete with (gee, I can't play Crysis on my iPad - IT SUCKS), why not look at what it does well and take advantage of its strengths?This is what smart business people will do - they'll develop apps for the iPad that are really useful and fill a specific need. and make a bunch of money in the process.Meanwhile the haters will sit back and keep whining the iPad is completely useless and complaing about their pathetic lives and life is so unfair blah blah blahNobody likes a hater - they're worse than fanboys.

    Sounds like you are worse than any hater as you are more like a Racist as you are the one promoting the Hate with your words!

    Heil Ericburnby! Is that what you would like to hear?

    I have used both Apple and PC products and it don't matter to me. I just prefer PC's more than Apple, that's all there is too it and there is no hate involved. I'm indifferent to whether a device is Apple or PC.

    It just so happens that the iPad does not meet my needs and most probably never will. My wife on the other hand would be satisfied with one.
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