This post is more in the nature of a request for information. While it would seem silly to ask PC users rather than Mac users for their opinions, technology is so varied these days that most PC users have other devices such as iPod and iPhone.
Your humble blogger can write html to produce a webpage but he doesn’t even know what 3G or iphones are or do. He’s been left out of the technology loop and wouldn’t even know what a modern mobile phone gets up to. He doesn’t even know what an aggregator does. He does understand the concept of RSS.
He needs a great word programme with graphics facility, good browser and a quick graphics editor plus the Microsoft suite or something which approximates it. He prefers touchpad to mouse and a separate keyboard is unnecessary.
The reason he’s asking this today is that sadly, his Macbook Pro is nearing the end of its life and the money is not available for a new one.
Your help would be appreciated in sizing up the new iPad.
The iPad lacks a built-in camera, USB ports and memory card reader, but all three features can be added by buying separate adapters. A separate keyboard dock is required to connect the iPad to a keyboard. Also like the iPhone, users of the iPad can only install apps sanctioned by Apple and provided through its App Store. However, web apps that are run through the browser will work.
Only videos contained in the user’s iTunes library or converted to Apple’s video formats will play, and files cannot be dragged and dropped on to the device, as is the case with most other computers. It also lacks an HDMI output for connection to a TV set. Only 720p video playback is supported, rather than the 1080p resolution of true high-definition files.
The non-3G iPads will be available worldwide in late March for a suggested retail price of $US499 for the basic 16GB model. There will also be a $US599 32GB model and a $US699 64GB model. The WiFi plus 3G models will be go on sale in April in the US and selected countries for a suggested retail price of $US629 for the 16GB model, $US729 for the 32GB model and $US829 for the 64GB model.