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January 28, 2010

It’s the Apple iPad!

[ Updated: Read our full iPad Review ] So it’s a tablet PC and Steve Jobs calls it the iPad. Think 6 times the size of the iPod Touch. Kinda funny name though. What say you?

The Apple iPad specs:
9.7″ display screen @ 1024×768 pixels
16Gb to 64GB Flash Drive
1GHz Apple A4 Chip
Bluetooth 2.1
WiFi 802.11n
3G optional (uses new micro-SIM)
10 hours battery life

This device is really thin at 0.5″ or 13.4mm. Weighs just 1.5lbs too. The device is basically an enlarged iPhone with more processing power so they’re able to add more features like iBook, iWorks, and better browsing and gaming experience.

So that’s why they bought that PA Semiconductor back in 2008. That could have been their ticket to the 1GHz Apple A4 Chip (Qualcomm is also doing the SnapDragon 1GHz which now powers the Google Nexus One).

The iPad can run all iPhone Apps out of the box, although full screen will kinda be pixelated due to pixel-doubling. Price starts at $499. Twice the price of an iPod Touch. Not bad!

iPad WiFi 16GB: $499
iPad WiFi 32GB: $599
iPad WiFi 64GB: $699

iPad WiFi+3G 16GB: $629
iPad WiFi+3G 16GB: $729
iPad WiFi+3G 16GB: $829

We’ll have to wait 60 days more for this to be available worldwide and 90 days for the 3G model.

Then again the name iPad really does smell. I fear Steve will rename the iPod Touch as the iPad Mini. *heh*

So, who’s buying one?

[ Updated: Read our full iPad Review ]

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147 Responses to “It’s the Apple iPad!”

  1. Ryan Ang
    Twitter: kline_zeus
    says:

    @fieldsheer

    yes, and it makes a compelling reason to finally buy one. except that it will be released for the iPad by Fall so around Sept-Oct.

    One can buy the hardware now though and just wait for the release of the update. I’ve heard local stores might carry it around May-June :)

  2. Sam says:

    Ipads are available npo dito sa Pinas via Great Gadget Shop http://greatgadgetshop.com

    Free delivery within Metro Manila. COD or credit card installment po (bpi under SI program.

  3. andi says:

    greatgadgetshop selling at P50k!! it’s so overpriced naman. We asked a friend to buy it for us and we paid lang 33thou. Of course, you have to look for someone coming home from the U.S.

  4. Jena says:

    Ha! i think this device is useless.. somewhat the same as the archos 9 but i think this is cooler.. not to mention more popular than archos. anyway, i’d rather buy a tablet than buy this.. although it’s very thin, light, cool design, etc, yata yata yata, this and that, as a student, this is useless. Can you even install other applications here aside from the apple apps?? id rather stick with my pavillion..

  5. Jena says:

    Ha! i think this device is useless.. somewhat the same as the archos 9 but i think this is cooler.. not to mention more popular than archos. anyway, i’d rather buy a tablet than buy this.. although it’s very thin, light, cool design, etc, yata yata yata, this and that, as a student, this is useless. Can you even install other applications here aside from the apple apps?? id rather stick with my pavilion..

  6. Jena says:

    Ha! i think this device is useless.. somewhat the same as the archos 9 but i think this is cooler.. not to mention more popular than archos. anyway, i’d rather buy a tablet than buy this.. although it’s very thin, light, cool design, etc, yata yata yata, this and that, as a student, this is useless. Can you even install other applications here aside from the apple apps?? id rather stick to my pavilion..

  7. is this iPAD can run applcation made in visual basic 6 or visual studio 2008? we would like to test this iPAD hopefully it could come here this month in the Phil.

  8. Alain
    Twitter: Alain
    says:

    Hi I’m selling iPad for 34k only. =D contact me if you want one. 09223978853

  9. Pat
    Twitter: iPadCasesBlog
    says:

    I’m wondering how much is the iPad if it’s available here already. Right now, it’s overpriced.

  10. chowchowcute says:

    It will be almost the same, according to Steve Jobs International iPads cost more because of the US tax

  11. klaydze says:

    ano pagkakaiba ni ipad wifi vs ipad wifi + 3G? Thanks

  12. Truebluemd says:

    I finally bought an iPad after many weeks of going back and forth to the Apple store. Before, I thought of the iPad as a hypertrophied iPod touch. It still is, but with more functionality. Aside from being an e-book reader, gaming console, digital picture frame, and being able to surf the web, check emails, watch movies and TV, listen to the internet radio and you iPod music, and social networking, it offers more. In fact, more and more medical schools here in the US use this not only as, say, their atlas for anatomy, but also transcripts of medical notes (pdf and doc files). If you have so many pdf and doc files and books like me, this is a good gadget for you especially for those professionals who do not want to carry so many things. I use these functional apps for my work: Pages and Goodreader, to name a few. I got the 64GB wifi + 3G for $830 (of course, plus tax of 10%). My first choice was a 16GB wifi-only model, but Best Buy only has this top of the line model. What compelled me to purchase this gadgetry? I wanted to get rid of my Nokia Booklet 3G.

    I love reading stuff – be it educational or otherwise. Reading my books on my iphone4 strains my eyes too much. I’d rather have the full experience of an e-book reader. It is also ideal for reading/ watching the news. By the way, months before, I was supposed to buy the Amazon Kindle. Good thing I did NOT buy it. I was contemplating on buying a Sony, Nook, or a Kindle. All of them disappointed me because they’re all TOO slow. Mind you, I really went to Barnes and Noble to try the Nook. Nook’s nice but is really slow and is known for its “hiccup” moments. I went to Best Buy to try out the Sony E-reader. It is slow as well. But with the iPad, the experience is totally different (it’s amazingly very responsive and fast especially on wifi). Does it cause eye-strain when reading? No, because you can adjust the screen brightness and the display (Sephia, Black, or White) to make it softer and more pleasant to the eyes while reading. I also use this to read the Bible (you have to download it from Amazon) be it in Church or at home.

    What are the cons? Undeniably, cost for most. There is no built-in camera. You have to buy an Apple adapter for you to be able to use your camera. No SD slot, but Apple sells a separate adapter for the SD card slot. The iBookstore App is inferior to Amazon Kindle App for the ipad and iphone. I use the Kindle app more because they have more variety.

    I tried to find the meaning in the alleged and seemingly “useless” device for some. In my opinion, this computer is very functional. In fact, I use my iphone4 less and less. The fact that this computer tablet is gaining ground in US universities, churches, and the business world, Apple and third-party developers will try to make it more and more purposeful.

  13. bitoy says:

    Boss Abe! kelan ba yan darating dito sa pinas?

  14. Pat says:

    Where can I buy iPad here in the Philippines?

  15. Carlo says:

    How much is the cheapest iPad 32GB WIFI+3G, and where to buy (store)? I want one as a X-Mas present for myself hehehe.

  16. erwin says:

    i like it!so much..

  17. Great PDF says:

    This gadget will be a “must” for profs and students alike.

  18. MT says:

    During iPad’s birth, its use was questioned.
    Look around now, it became one of the most loved device today.:-)

  19. Jeff Blue E. Rodolfo
    Twitter: jeffblue_14hearthrob20
    says:

    Hi, I just wanna ask when is Ipad 3 and Iphone 5 coming out here in the Philippines? I need an exact date.If I`m going to purchase it in USA would the price more cheaper than the price here in the Philippines once it`ll come out in the market? Please answer. Thank you! :)

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