The Apple iPad unveiled: Is it the ultimate personal media experience?

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The much anticipated Apple iPad was unveiled today weighing in at 1.5 pounds with a 9.7 inch IPS display. It's a thin 5" and according to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, the iPad is, "Way better than a laptop, way better then a phone. You can turn it any way you want. To see the whole page is phenomenal."

The tablet-style computer allows users to watch videos, surf the Web, play games and read electronic books. It's supposedly a "personal media experience" at a hefty price. It's a laptop without a keyboard that you can carry around with you.

For iTunes fans, there is the iTunes interface. The iPad runs almost all 140,000 apps on App Store, plus a whole new generation of apps coming. There is a bookstore that allows you to hold thousands of books on the iPad.

See a video of the Apple event here.

There are two cameras on the iPad: one in front and one in back so you can record yourself and in front of you. There are thumbpads on each side and it reads fingerprint for security. Up to 5 profiles by finerprint for family.


The Wi-Fi iPad pricing: 16GB - $499, 32GB - $599, 64GB - $699

Add $130 to the price if you want 3G.

Monthly Fees

The iPad will sync just like the iPhone/iPod,syncing via a USB. There had been mention that Verizon would be the carrier but it looks like it's AT&T. With Wi-Fi and 3G there will be 250MB data plan for $14.99 per month and an Unlimited plan for $29.99 per month.

There are no contracts for the service and customers can pre-pay and cancel at anytime.

When can it be purchased?

Apple announced that the Wi-Fi version ships in 60 days. The 3G version in 90 days.

The name chosen for Apple's latest gadget, rumored to be the iSlate, is interesting. Now there's the iPad, the iPod and the iPhone. Sticking with the capital letter "P" seems to be doing the trick for Apple.

However, are people going to be rushing out to get these like they did with the iPhone? Will the prices eventually come down to a point where people will want this gadget for the sake of having another fun to use piece of technology?

The Apple iPad is the talk of the geek world right now. Time will tell if this is as big as it's been touted to be. Right now, it seems to be a very expensive iPhone on steroids.

Written by Cheryl Phillips

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