There’s no doubt that the first early review units of the Apple iPad where sent to traditional publications (read: newspapers and old guys) where they received some pretty good praise, starting with Walt Mossberg at the Wall Street Journal and David Pogue at the New York Times. These reviewers and many more mainly praised the long battery life of the iPad, the impressive speed, and vibrant touchscreen.
So let’s post up directly below the NYT’s quote and WSJ’s, then we’ll have comments from numerous publications, included at the very end of this post.
Walt Mossberg, The Wall Street Journal:
The iPad is much more than an e-book or digital periodical reader, though it does those tasks brilliantly, better in my view than the Amazon Kindle. And it’s far more than just a big iPhone, even though it uses the same easy-to-master interface, and Apple (AAPL) says it runs nearly all of the 150,000 apps that work on the iPhone.
It’s qualitatively different, a whole new type of computer that, through a simple interface, can run more-sophisticated, PC-like software than a phone does, and whose large screen allows much more functionality when compared with a phone’s. But, because the iPad is a new type of computer, you have to feel it, to use it, to fully understand it and decide if it is for you, or whether, say, a netbook might do better.
David Pogue, The New York Times:
And the techies are right about another thing: the iPad is not a laptop. It’s not nearly as good for creating stuff. On the other hand, it’s infinitely more convenient for consuming it — books, music, video, photos, Web, e-mail and so on. For most people, manipulating these digital materials directly by touching them is a completely new experience — and a deeply satisfying one.
More after the break.
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