We spent two more days testing the iPad than most other reviewers. That makes us able to answer the question: iPad, netbook, or wait for something else?
Nearly four years after the release of its industry-changing iPhone, Apple has expanded its horizons once again. With the iPad, Apple attempts to take on the entire netbook and ultraportable industry with a handheld device many have scoffed at as an oversized iPod Touch. Indeed, at first glance the 9.7-inch screen appears to be just that, a bigger window into a world we’ve already become intimately familiar with. But the iPad isn’t just a supersized iPod Touch.
Apple means to change the course of computer technology, and for better or worse, it has succeeded for the last decade. With a completely touchscreen tablet, the iPad is no ordinary computer. In fact, its evolutionary lineage has much more DNA from phones than from computers.
But that won’t stop Apple from setting its sights on overtaking the portable computer and e-book markets. The company is literally taking on several different industries—all of them major successes in the last few years—with a tablet: a concept that has a long history of failure. Our news team took a first look here with an unboxing of the iPad. That article gives impressions from the first few hours of use. Want to know what it is like to live with an iPad for more than 48 hours? Keep reading.