Apple iPad goes on sale April 3 in the U.S.

Apple said Friday that its highly anticipated iPad will be available on April 3, for Wi-Fi models and in late April for Wi-Fi + 3G models. In addition, all models of iPad will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK in late April.

The iPad has a lot of hype surrounding the product, much like the iPhone did when it first launched.  While many have said that it’s just an oversized iPhone, others love the idea of a simple tablet based computer. 

According to the press release, the iPad will be available “for a suggested retail price of $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB, $699 for 64GB. The Wi-Fi + 3G models will be available in late April for a suggested retail price of $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB and $829 for 64GB”.

While the prices may seem high for a glorified netbook, when compared to the Amazon Kindle DX which costs $489.00, the lower end iPad doesn’t seem too unreasonable.

Apple and Steve Jobs have built up a lot of hype around the iPad, but on April 3rd, the consumers will get to decide if this product will become main stream like the iPhone, or be just another “hobby” like Apple TV.  

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I'd be interested in seeing this, but I don't think I'd have an interest in owning something like this. It just doesn't have enough functionality for me...

I'm going with the Courier I think... When that comes out...

The iPad will have a rough start, but in 12 months when we'll have version 2 of the iPad, OS 4.0 most likely, and thousands of applications and iBooks for it, it'll be awesome.

3rd-party developers will either make it sell, or make it crash. Since the App Store is a success for the iPhone, I'm positive it will be even better for the iPad because of its bigger resolution.

My 2 cents.

What do you guys see in a product like this? All I see is a reader and basic tasks and limited media. What will you do, leave your macbook home and use this? I'm just asking because a friend asked me. For me it is too limited for what I need and I didn't want to tell me friend that.

jesseinsf said,
What do you guys see in a product like this? All I see is a reader and basic tasks and limited media.

What do you see in the $489 kindle? It's just a reader....

iPad it's also a media player, and yes why would you want to drag your MacBook or your netbook or your laptop with you just so you can read a book or surf the web, when you can have this super light device which is much more comfortable for holding it in your hands while laying on your bed and reading a book for extensive period.

Cheers

Euphoria said,

What do you see in the $489 kindle? It's just a reader....

iPad it's also a media player, and yes why would you want to drag your MacBook or your netbook or your laptop with you just so you can read a book or surf the web, when you can have this super light device which is much more comfortable for holding it in your hands while laying on your bed and reading a book for extensive period.

Cheers

Hrm...couple things:

Just to get it out of the way, jesseinsf never mentioned the Kindle or suggested any kind of favor for it. I'll criticize the ipad for being just a reader, but I'll never criticize it as harshly as I've criticized the Kindle (and Amazon's roundabout attitude with sales figures). It's just an overpriced novelty for display tech nerds that's completely taken over the Amazon home page and any sensible use of it for marketing real sellers.

For what it's worth, there is one big advantage to reading on a laptop vs. the iPad: you don't *have* to hold it. On a plane, you can just set it on your tray. Anywhere else, you can just set it on your lap, or a table, etc. Tilt the screen toward you, and free your hands for holding a drink or just being idle. The problem with a tablet reader is that at least one hand has to be holding it at all times.

The generic solution for this is an accessory that tilts it for you--but at that point, you're carrying more than just the iPad (and its protective case, unless you're a retard), and eventually you start to wonder just how much more compact it really is.

Also, I've surfed the web and read while 'laying' on my bed. Note that you said 'laying', not sitting up. If you're actually 'laying' on your bed, holding a tablet toward your face is actually very awkward (just like holding a book). Ultimately you wind up on your side leaning over it while it lays flat, and at that point it once again winds up more comfortable to simply have a laptop--at least that way you aren't leaning over something.

Or you just sit up, at which point you're back to the laptop winning once again on the same grounds as it wins on a plane--you can "set it and forget it". A tablet you would either have to hold or pull your knees up and rest it against them (which is actually done in previews of the iPad)--something that might work on a sofa for a short while, but for comfortable reading in bed? Not so much...

You can argue that these are the exact same problems one faces when reading a real book, and you'd be right--but that's exactly the point. They're problems. Problems that laptops solved.

/now, if the iPad had a built-in kick-stand sort of gimmick, most of my criticisms would be completely moot
//you know, something a little more extensive than what every keyboard in the world has
///despite this being more compact than an add-on accessory, Apple will no doubt go the accessory route and still market the iPad on its compactness

Edited by Joshie, Mar 5 2010, 11:56pm :

When it's going to launch in Asia..... Can't wait to get my hands on one and with the iTunes store supporting Music & iBooks contents...

forget the ipad
check out Microsofts courier:
http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/05/microsofts-courier-digital-journal-exclusive-pictures-and-de
the old video if you havent seen it:
http://gizmodo.com/5369493/leaked-courier-video-shows-how-well-actually-use-it
Microsoft is on a roll

the better twin said,
forget the ipad
check out Microsofts courier:
http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/05/microsofts-courier-digital-journal-exclusive-pictures-and-de
the old video if you havent seen it:
http://gizmodo.com/5369493/leaked-courier-video-shows-how-well-actually-use-it
Microsoft is on a roll

Just a personal opinion: I won't want another device that runs on Microsoft OS. Enuf of it already...

chaicka said,

Just a personal opinion: I won't want another device that runs on Microsoft OS. Enuf of it already...

That's a strange attitude to have. Microsoft has one of the most phenomenal swarm of researchers and developers on Earth, many doing amazing things above and beyond what we see on the market today. Considering they make several platforms entirely separate from the desktop Windows platform, it seems almost unreasonable to reject, for the rest of your life, any computing environment produced by them.

the better twin said,
forget the ipad
check out Microsofts courier:
http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/05/microsofts-courier-digital-journal-exclusive-pictures-and-de
the old video if you havent seen it:
http://gizmodo.com/5369493/leaked-courier-video-shows-how-well-actually-use-it
Microsoft is on a roll

Agreed. The Courier is what the iPad should have been... It's looks like a very well conceived device (Though I wish the stylus had a built in home...).

Critical Error said,
They should make it available on April 1 :P

Haha, very good idea. That way, they can say "gotcha" when people buy it and realize how crap it is.

AgentGray said,
would like to submit a typo. You said "anticipated" you meant "ridiculed" or "mocked" or "dismissed"

Yep, I knew it is just a matter of time before people like you come over and start trolling.
Great success!

Euphoria said,

Yep, I knew it is just a matter of time before people like you come over and start trolling.
Great success!


It was a joke, guy, calm down. I'm not interested, but I'm sure it'll sell boatloads.

Euphoria said,

Yep, I knew it is just a matter of time before people like you come over and start trolling.
Great success!

How is the truth trolling? There seems to be more people mocking the iPad then there seems to be anticipating it

neufuse said,

How is the truth trolling? There seems to be more people mocking the iPad then there seems to be anticipating it

Trolling is an action that is not dependent on popular opinion. Its trolling, but I doubt very many people care (or just agree).

AgentGray said,

I'm not interested, but I'm sure it'll sell boatloads.

It is amazing how many people have said "not interested [in iPad]" and also "but I'm sure it will sell". Translated, that means that people understand there's little value or benefit to the iPad yet they expect people to buy them anyway. You have to give Apple credit for being able to do that. To convince people to buy something they know they don't need and they know has better, cheaper alternatives. It really is bewildering to watch.

C_Guy said,

It is amazing how many people have said "not interested [in iPad]" and also "but I'm sure it will sell". Translated, that means that people understand there's little value or benefit to the iPad yet they expect people to buy them anyway. You have to give Apple credit for being able to do that. To convince people to buy something they know they don't need and they know has better, cheaper alternatives. It really is bewildering to watch.

Or it means that the places you read that tend to be tech-user oriented.

Euphoria said,

Yep, I knew it is just a matter of time before people like you come over and start trolling.
Great success!

I dunno, it seems no different from the reaction we would've seen had an article been posted a few years back calling Vista highly anticipated.

The only real question is, between the iPad and Vista, which will be branded the biggest failure and how rabidly its apologists lurk for forum threads.

/Vista appreciator

Edited by Joshie, Mar 5 2010, 11:03pm :

The first thing i'll do is go to the Apple Store and pick up one, and then press Calculator. We'll see if i'm impressed.

ccoltmanm said,
The first thing i'll do is go to the Apple Store and pick up one, and then press Calculator. We'll see if i'm impressed.

You wanna buy an iPad for its calculator? ...
What can make you impressed out of it?

PsykX said,

You wanna buy an iPad for its calculator? ...
What can make you impressed out of it?

It would be awesome if they did include a really powerful calculator aimed at the TI89 or even MathCAD.

But I'm pretty sure ccoltmanm was just being funny.

Shadrack said,

It would be awesome if they did include a really powerful calculator aimed at the TI89 or even MathCAD.

But I'm pretty sure ccoltmanm was just being funny.

I was trying to be funny, but you are right, they should have a nice detailed graphic functional calculator built in. Maybe not so much "should," but it would be a welcome addition.

What would make this infinetly more useful for more, and many other people I should imagine, is if there was some-way for me to directly write on the screen with some sort of stylus or pen. Heck as a student I'd find this extremely useful for writing up notes during lectures, and I'm sure many other people could find similar uses. It seems like a massive missed opportunity - they could have innovated with one of the first truly functional capacitive stylus'.

~Johnny said,
What would make this infinetly more useful for more, and many other people I should imagine, is if there was some-way for me to directly write on the screen with some sort of stylus or pen. Heck as a student I'd find this extremely useful for writing up notes during lectures, and I'm sure many other people could find similar uses. It seems like a massive missed opportunity - they could have innovated with one of the first truly functional capacitive stylus'.
Wasn't there some sort of stylus released for the iPhone by a 3rd party?

Rudy said,
Wasn't there some sort of stylus released for the iPhone by a 3rd party?

Could be but I don't think that's quite what he had in mind...

este said,

Could be but I don't think that's quite what he had in mind...

Yeah... I was thinking that a device closer to something like the Courier leaks would be far more useful than what is essentially an oversized iPhone.

~Johnny said,
What would make this infinetly more useful for more, and many other people I should imagine, is if there was some-way for me to directly write on the screen with some sort of stylus or pen. Heck as a student I'd find this extremely useful for writing up notes during lectures, and I'm sure many other people could find similar uses. It seems like a massive missed opportunity - they could have innovated with one of the first truly functional capacitive stylus'.

There are hundreds of more functional slates that let you do this. No apple logo though.

RealFduch said,

There are hundreds of more functional slates that let you do this. No apple logo though.
Give me exactly 100 of them and you win

RealFduch said,

There are hundreds of more functional slates that let you do this. No apple logo though.

True, but none of them have the simplicity and apparent ease of use of the iPad, or seem as particularly touch optimized. They mostly seem to be Windows XP or WinCE with so-so touch mechanics implemented.

~Johnny said,

True, but none of them have the simplicity and apparent ease of use of the iPad, or seem as particularly touch optimized. They mostly seem to be Windows XP or WinCE with so-so touch mechanics implemented.

Exactly, that's why the iPhone took over the smart phone market and things *should* be similar with this device

~Johnny said,
What would make this infinetly more useful for more, and many other people I should imagine, is if there was some-way for me to directly write on the screen with some sort of stylus or pen. Heck as a student I'd find this extremely useful for writing up notes during lectures, and I'm sure many other people could find similar uses. It seems like a massive missed opportunity - they could have innovated with one of the first truly functional capacitive stylus'.

I don't see what's stopping someone from making an app designed to work with a capacitive stylus.

~Johnny said,

Yeah... I was thinking that a device closer to something like the Courier leaks would be far more useful than what is essentially an oversized iPhone.

Yeah, because it's not like the Courier isn't just a dual-screen tablet running on the Zune HD OS. Completely different than the iPad...

massive missed opportunity - they could have innovated with one of the first truly functional capacitive stylus'.[/quote]

Are you......serious???? Capacitive stylus capable devices have existed for a while now. They even have pressure sensitivity, something even far better than a simple capacitive stylus can do. Capacitive styluses have been fully functional for a while. Look at the HP Touchsmart TM2 and then post with a more educated viewpoint.

Serenity76 said,

Yeah, because it's not like the Courier isn't just a dual-screen tablet running on the Zune HD OS. Completely different than the iPad...

Because the courier interface looks ANYTHING like Zune HD's chromeless, background less text based, inon less interface. And this would hardly be based on Zune HD's OS, and despite what Engadget may write, Zune HD is NOT based on the same WinCE as Windows Phone 7, 'tis based on Win CE 5.

Rudy said,
Give me exactly 100 of them and you win

Can't you google "slate" or "tablet" youself? Seesh.

Compaq/HP tc1000, tc1100, tc4200, 4000, touchsmart, tx2, tz2m, XO-3, N770, N800, N810 & N900, Acer TravelMate C100/C200/C210/C300/C310, Asus R1F, Asus R1E, ASUS Eee PC T91, Averatec C3500 Series, Dialogue Flybook V5, Dell Latitude XT/XT2, Fujitsu LifeBook P1610, P1620, P1630, Fujitsu LifeBook T4020, T4210, T4220, Fujitsu LifeBook T1010, Fujitsu LifeBook T2010, T2020, Fujitsu LifeBook T4310, Fujitsu LifeBook T4410, Fujitsu LifeBook T5010, Fujitsu LifeBook T900, Fujitsu LifeBook U810, U820, U2010, Gateway C-140X, Gateway C-120X, HP TC4200/TC4400, HP Compaq 2710p, HP EliteBook 2730p, HP Pavilion tx1000z, HP Pavilion tx2000z, HP Pavilion tx2500z, HP TouchSmart tx2z, Kohjinsha SX3, Lenovo ThinkPad X41 Tablet, Lenovo ThinkPad X60

(continued, apparently a reply length limit)
Tablet, Lenovo ThinkPad X61 Tablet, Lenovo ThinkPad X200 Tablet, LG XNote C1 ,LG XNote P100 ,LG LT-20-47CE ,MDG Flip Touchscreen Netbook , MDG Flip ,Panasonic Toughbook 19 ,Toshiba Portégé 3500/3505, Toshiba Portégé M200 ,Toshiba Portégé M400/405/700/750 ,Toshiba Portégé R400/405 ,Toshiba Satellite R10/R15/R20/R25 , Toshiba Tecra M4/M7, AIS Rugged Tablet PC, Archos 9, Axiotron Modbook, COWON Q5W, Electrovaya Scribbler SC4000 series (older: SC2000, SC3000, SC3100)
Fujitsu Stylistic ST5010, Fujitsu Stylistic ST5111, Fujitsu Stylistic ST5112, Fujitsu Stylistic ST6012, Fujitsu Stylistic ST1010, G-NET Rugged Tablet PC, JLT8404 Field Tablet PC, MobileDemand xTablet T8600 Rugged Tablet PC ,Motion M1200, M1300, M1400, LE-Series, C5, F5, LS800, LE 1700 and J3400, PaceBlade SlimBook 200, Panasonic Toughbook 08, Quadpad Slate Style Tablet PC , Samsung Q1 (Q1 Ultra), TabletKiosk Sahara Slate PC i400 series, Sahara NetSlate, eo Ultra-Mobile PC, Xplore Technologies

Can I get a "pwnt"?? Oh, and go ahead and count each MODEL, they are each a tablet, many are slates, notibly the last quarter of them. Bet I get 100+ either way.

Edited by cybertimber2008, Mar 5 2010, 10:25pm :

~Johnny said,

Yeah... I was thinking that a device closer to something like the Courier leaks would be far more useful than what is essentially an oversized iPhone.

Yeah, the Courier's a much better buy I think...

~Johnny said,

True, but none of them have the simplicity and apparent ease of use of the iPad, or seem as particularly touch optimized. They mostly seem to be Windows XP or WinCE with so-so touch mechanics implemented.


By "simplicity" you mean "lacking in features". Using other tablets is just as easy. You could always put an Apple sticker on them if you are worried, it seems to have a good placebo effect.

very lame that it won't be available in Canada at the same time....I might just take a trip down to the US on Easter weekend :P

im gonna go check it out. I want to see how it fits in my hands.. see if there truely is a WOW factor. and more importantly, a USEFULNESS factor

dimithrak said,
im gonna go check it out. I want to see how it fits in my hands.. see if there truely is a WOW factor. and more importantly, a USEFULNESS factor

+1. And since when is it "highly anticipated"? Would be interested in seeing first week/month sales figures versus the original iPhone's.

agreenbhm said,

+1. And since when is it "highly anticipated"? Would be interested in seeing first week/month sales figures versus the original iPhone's.

Considering this is referring to Apple's own press release, apparently them.

Wait, no, they're calling it "magical and revolutionary"...

agreenbhm said,

+1. And since when is it "highly anticipated"? Would be interested in seeing first week/month sales figures versus the original iPhone's.

I don't think even Apple is expecting this to be as big as the iPhone... It's a much smaller target market...

I can't wait to try it It'll be great for people that need to handle business on the go that just need to view and make changes to documents. Also, for people that just need something for the web and email purposes. They should have added a camera and USBs. No USBs will probably be the downfall. Who knows, Apple might just throw one on their before the release.

http://www.yeoworks.com

yanike said,
I can't wait to try it It'll be great for people that need to handle business on the go that just need to view and make changes to documents. Also, for people that just need something for the web and email purposes. They should have added a camera and USBs. No USBs will probably be the downfall. Who knows, Apple might just throw one on their before the release.

http://www.yeoworks.com


Are you kidding? Making changes to a document using an on-screen touch-keyboard is far from ergonomic. People who need to make changes to documents need a real keyboard. Anyone who uses the web for forums, chatting or e-mail would also be better off with a real keyboard.

You are making it sound like the uses for an iPad are new and not previously possible with anything else.

Also, what's with the spam advertising?

Edited by mikeyx12, Mar 8 2010, 3:11pm :