Guest Blog: Quinn is an avid Apple fan and an active member of our teen panel. When the news of Apple’s iPad hit last week, she was all over it. Quinn lives in the Midwest and is 13 years old. As a teenager, she offers us a unique perspective on how young people received the product announcement.
“iPad isn’t just the best device of its kind. It’s a whole new kind of device.”
– Apple Computer
The new Apple iPad has now filled my dreams.
When I found out the rumors were true, after refreshing Twitter repeatedly while driving to get my hair cut, I almost died. I literally leaped through the car and bounced off the windows, I mean LITERALLY. It’s as thin and light as a Vogue magazine!
Some people DOUBTED the power of the tablet. For example, the day BEFORE they released whether or not the tablet was real, US News and World Report published an article on: Five Reasons Why the Apple Tablet will Flop. Here is what they wrote, and how the Apple tablet beat them.
US News: “Too big. A tablet PC is meant by design to be portable.”
Me: Ha ha, well you were wrong. The screen is 9.7 inches, measured diagonally. So overall, it’s slightly smaller than a magazine. And at just 1.5 lbs and 0.5 inches thin.
US News: “E-mail is more efficient with a cheaper net book.”
Me: You see, on this tablet, you have easy access to your email, just with a click of a button. Also, the internet is much faster, and it is just as easy to type with.
US News: Too hungry. Apple can work miracles with software, services, and marketing. But even CEO Steve Jobs can‘t change chemistry, which has kept battery life from meeting ever growing demands.
Me: It has up to 10 hours battery life. To maximize battery life, Apple engineers took the same lithium polymer battery technology they developed for our notebook computers and applied it to the iPad. As a result, you can use iPad for up to 10 hours while surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching videos, or listening to music.
US News: Too pricey. Reports have put the price between $500 and $1,000.
Me: It starts at $499 and yes, it DOES come with wireless; and for a higher price it comes with 3G! So yes, I must say normally Apple can get a little pricey but these prices are pretty amazing. Also, a not too high monthly fee. Not to bad I must say.
US News: Too clumsy. From all reports, the Apple tablet will not have a hardware keyboard and will depend on its touch-sensitive screen.
Me: Okay, so even the biggest fans were a little worried about that, I must admit. I was too. But no worries, because somehow Apple always makes it through!
There are lots of great accessories that have been specifically designed for iPad. The Keyboard Dock, for instance, is a dock with a full-size keyboard. There’s also a standalone Dock. And because iPad has built-in Bluetooth 2.1, it’ll work with an Apple Wireless Keyboard, too. Also it’s on screen keyboard is almost as large as a regular keyboard. The keys are very wide too.
From my point of view, the new Apple iPad rocks!
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