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van Alex Olma
1. April 2010 – 5:38 Uhr

Presse-Embargo endet: Erste US iPad-Reviews Online

DirektFry

Das (unkommentierte) ‘Unboxing-Video‘ von Stephen Fry eröffnet einen ersten Überblick der US-Testberichte vom iPad. Das Presse-Embargo lief dafür in der vergangenen Nacht aus.

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Tim Gideon – PCMag

PCMag: Apple iPad video review from PCMag.com Reviews on Vimeo.

  • To my great surprise, you can actually get real work done with the iPad.

-> PCMag.com

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Walter S. Mossberg – The Wall Street Journal

  • Laptop Killer? Pretty Close
  • The iPad lasted 11 hours and 28 minutes, about 15% more than Apple claimed. I was able to watch four feature-length movies, four TV episodes and a video of a 90-minute corporate presentation, before the battery died midway through an episode of “The Closer.”
  • I did run into some other annoying limitations. For instance, the email program lacks the ability to create local folders or rules for auto-sorting messages, and it doesn’t allow group addressing.
  • And it can run a new class of specially designed iPad apps, of which Apple hopes to have 1,000 at launch.
  • I was able to try a pre-release version of The Wall Street Journal’s new iPad app (which I had nothing to do with designing), and found it gorgeous and highly functional—by far the best implementation of the newspaper I have ever seen on a screen.

-> All Things Digital

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David Pogue – The New York Times

  • When the very glossy 9.7-inch screen is off, every fingerprint is grossly apparent.
  • There’s an e-book reader app, but it’s not going to rescue the newspaper and book industries (sorry, media pundits). The selection is puny (60,000 titles for now).
  • But as any Slashdot reader can tell you, the iPad can’t play Flash video.
  • The simple act of making the multitouch screen bigger changes the whole experience. Maps become real maps, like the paper ones.
  • The Marvel comic-book app is brilliant in its vividness and panel-by-panel navigation.
  • And sure enough, in my own test, the iPad played movies continuously from 7:30 a.m. to 7:53 p.m. — more than 12 hours.
  • The bottom line is that the iPad has been designed and built by a bunch of perfectionists. If you like the concept, you’ll love the machine. The only question is: Do you like the concept?

-> The New York Times

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Edward C. Baig – USA Today

  • The first iPad is a winner.
  • It gives portable game machines from Nintendo and Sony a run for their money.
  • 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.
  • Amazon has about 450,000 book titles in the Kindle Store vs. 60,000 in iBookstore. Many best sellers in Apple’s store cost $12.99, though some are $9.99.
  • Apple has delivered another impressive product that largely lives up to the hype.

-> USA Today

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Andy Ihnatko – Chicago Sun-Times

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-> Chicago Sun-Times

Außerdem im kontinuierlichen Re-Run bei MacBreak Weekly:

-> http://live.twit.tv/

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Xeni Jardin – BoingBoing

  • The dead giveaway for an iPad n00b is pausing a few breaths before hitting the „on“ switch, and just let the thing rest there against skin.
  • Remember The Periodic Table of Elements series of books we featured here at Boing Boing? There’s an iPad version ($13.99 in the app store, screenshots here), and it’s dazzling — it makes science feel like magic in your hands.
  • More than 12 hours, with heavy video and gaming, and screen cranked up to full brightness.

-> Boing Boing

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Bob LeVitus – Houston Chronicle

  • It turns out the iPad isn’t as much a laptop replacement as I thought (though it could easily be used as one). Instead, it’s an entirely new category of mobile device.
  • The box includes only the iPad, a Dock Connector cable, and 10W USB Power Adapter.

-> Houston Chronicle

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Omar Wasow – The Root

  • The Techies Are Wrong about the iPad. Steve Jobs is right again. It is the computer for the rest of us.
  • For the tech-savvy with $500 to drop on a gadget, the iPad offers a convenient way to consume and enjoy digital media without being tethered to a computer all day.

-> The Root

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