Tuesday, April 13, 2010

iPad Reviews

Walt Mossberg
For the past week or so, I have been testing a sleek, light, silver-and-black tablet computer called an iPad. After spending hours and hours with it, I believe this beautiful new touch-screen device from Apple has the potential to change portable computing profoundly, and to challenge the primacy of the laptop. It could even help, eventually, to propel the finger-driven, multitouch user interface ahead of the mouse-driven interface that has prevailed for decades.

There's no question that the route Apple has taken is genius; they've built a "computer" that's so obvious and easy to use that anyone can pick it up and understand it immediately...

To say that sometimes it feels like a computer for beginners might be overkill. But it's close...

Path one: the iPad as a computing revolution. Does the iPad evolve the personal computer in a significant way? Yeah, actually, it kind of does. Despite what you think right now, and despite the limitations Apple has put on some aspects of this device, what it says to the market is significant. The iPad is powerful, elegant, and largely unlike any computer you've ever used...

They've pulled off a cohesive touch computing platform with very few rough edges -- and that's no small feat.

Ed Baig
The iPad is not so much about what you can do — browse, do e-mail, play games, read e-books and more — but how you can do it. That's where Apple is rewriting the rulebook for mainstream computing.

Tim O'Reilly
If you’re old enough to remember the original 128K Macintosh, underpowered, not expandable, and soon-to-be obsolete, you know that the iPad doesn’t need to be perfect to be the harbinger of a revolution...

If the iPhone didn’t tell us that the 25-year reign of the mouse and windows user interface popularized by that original Macintosh was soon to be over, the iPad shouts it loud and clear.


This is all what I said
two months before the iPad was introduced: 

Previous summary of similar posts:  (Two More Opinions That) "A New Wave Of Computing Might Be Upon Us" 

Original post: The Non-Evolution of Computer Interfaces

After the iPad announcement: The iPad

Also:  NYT article published between those posts and now

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