Apple iPad review: First look
Is the Apple iPad really any good or just a lot of hot air? We review it to find out.
The overhauled Photos app is also simply fantastic. Pictures appear crisp and vibrant on the display and the new album browsing interface is amazing. It allows you to view albums as stacks of photos and reverse-pinch to preview the images within each stack -- very cool. Then, if you're into the idea of a $500-$830 digital photo frame, the slide show features are brilliant as well.
The remaining 160,000 applications that haven't been iPad-ized, on the other hand, are pretty sad on the glorious iPad display. You can either view them centered on the iPad screen at their intended resolution, leaving a desert of empty black space around them, or the iPad will upscale them to fill out the display. In real world use, we found that neither solution provides the user experience it should on such a jaw-dropping device.
Drop a 1GHz processor into a device that effectively runs one application at a time on a smartphone operating system, and you've obviously got yourself a remarkably fast interface. Yes, the iPad is always running several native apps in the background just like the iPhone and iPod Touch, but restricting other apps from consuming background resources ensures that there is always a tremendous amount of free memory.
Even when Apple finally introduces some type of third-party app multitasking solution in iPhone OS 4.0, the iPad will still move at light speed - Apple is too smart to provide a "full multitasking" solution that will compromise performance.
In This Article
- 1Apple iPad review: First look
- 2Apple iPad review: First look
- 3Apple iPad review: First look - currently reading
- 4Apple iPad review: First look
- 5Apple iPad review: First look
- 6Apple iPad review: First look
- 7Apple iPad review: First look
- 8Apple iPad review: First look
- 9Apple iPad review: First look
- 10Apple iPad review: First look
What 2023 will mean for the industry
What do most IT decision makers really think will be the important trends and challenges in the coming year?Free Download
2022 Magic quadrant for Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
SIEM is evolving into a security platform with multiple features and deployment modelsFree Download
IDC MarketScape: Worldwide unified endpoint management services
2022 vendor assessmentFree Download
Magic quadrant for application performance monitoring and observability
Enabling continuous updating of diverse & dynamic application environmentsView Now