So now I have an iPad and have had a chance to have a play with it I can give a more accurate review.
Image – The picture quality on the iPad is quite stunning and HD video looks crisp and colourful, although the lack of a camera is annoying.
Sound – The sound comes through the speaker quite well…very clear and punchy, it’s not the best I have heard, but not too bad considering the size and the headphones are the same as the iPhone, so are also very nice.
Touch – The touchscreen, while fast can sometimes seem like it doesn’t register your touches or you have to touch something off center for it to register…the screen is also a huge fingerprint magnet, so carrying a cloth is a must.
Feel – Everyone says it's heavier than they thought it was going to be, but I disagree – considering what is inside it, I consider it quite light and I can hold it for quite a long period of time without too much stress on my arms.
Apps – Most of the current iPhone apps will work on the iPad and can be unscaled to suit the larger screen with only slight pixilation, the native iPad apps look great, but they are quite expensive, sometimes being 10x the price of their iPhone counterparts, there are more and more every day, with notable ones being: Real Racing HD, Mirror’s Edge, EBay and the 3 Office apps – Keynote, Numbers and Pages, which work brilliantly on the device.
Positives – Crisp Screen, Much more storage (64gb), Faster response time, Most current iPhone apps will work on it and can be unscaled, Can use Apple office software – Keynote, Numbers and Pages, Some apps have been completely redesigned to suit the bigger screen….mail being of particular note, with it now resembling something more like a PC mail client.
Negatives – Touchscreen is sometimes un-responsive, you really see the fingerprint marks unlike the iPhone, It is just begging for an external USB port so you can transfer your own Video/Audio, Price of current apps is quite high, NO FLASH SUPPORT.
Additional: Apple have been quite clever with this device – While I and other IT people would be wanting something a little bit more technical, the typical end user will find the iPad easy to just pick up and use, which will help sales with the non-technical crowd, and although I still would not recommend it as a laptop replacement, I have enjoyed using it for quick internet sessions.
*Images from Apple