Published April 02, 2010
Apple calls it "magical and revolutionary," while some reviewers simply called it a big iPod Touch. FoxNews.com's Clayton Morris looks at the good, the bad and the ugly of Apple's latest tech toy. Is it as "magical and revolutionary" as Apple claims?
There are already over 150 new apps available for the device, including several made specifically for the device such as the car-racing game Real Racing HD. The iPad will be available Saturday morning starting at 9am at Apple stores across the nation -- and even at some Best Buy locations.
The Apple iPad looks like a giant iPod touch, and there's nothing wrong with that. The bigger screen gives you more real estate to do incredible things with your fingers thanks to the fun to use touch interface: You can scan across documents, pinch in and out of pictures, jump in and out of the Web.
But keep in mind that it's an Internet tablet, and it does that superbly: It's a fantastic Internet consumption device first and foremost.
You'll find yourself pulling up the Photos app on the iPad over and over. Pictures are grouped into different albums, such as Faces, Places and more. You can pinch in and out on the different stacks to see what's inside of them. The iPad is also a fully functioning iPod, of course, and music playback is facilitated by a surprisingly decent integrated speaker.
Watching movies on the device is a great experience, thanks no just to that speaker but also to the quality of the widescreen color display. And thanks to that screen, iBooks are beautifully designed and a real pleasure to read.
Reviews around the Web were across the board full of praise for Apple's newest gizmo. The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg called it a laptop killer, stating that "this beautiful new touch-screen device from Apple has the potential to change portable computing profoundly, and to challenge the primacy of the laptop."
And David Pogue from the New York Times split his opinions between tech fans -- for whom he noted "the Apple iPad is basically a gigantic iPod Touch" -- and everyone else -- to whom he gave the exact same notes.
What do you think? Are you planning to buy...or have you already? Drop by our live chat at 3PM today during my Gadgets and Games show and let me know what you think!
Clayton Morris is a Fox and Friends host and the tech godfather behind the Gadgets and Games show. Follow Clayton's adventures online on Twitter @ClaytonMorris and by reading his daily updates at his blog.