The reviews of the Apple iPad have hit all the major outlets over the last twenty-four hours. And so far, so good. In general they’ve been overwhelmingly positive, forgiving small nits such as no flash, no multitasking, and extolling features such as speed, convenience, and ease-of-use. No joking.
“The first iPad is a winner,” wrote USA Today’s Edward Baig.
Walt Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal in a very positive review: “After spending hours and hours with it, I believe this beautiful new touch-screen device from Apple has the potential to change portable computing profoundly, and to challenge the primacy of the laptop.”
The Chicago Sun-Times raves, “iPad is pure innovation – one of best computers ever.”
Expect a sales home run. And while it doesn’t quite seem poised to replace a laptop quite yet (it lacks a physical keyboard) it is ideal for sitting on a couch for consuming content such as movies, music, photos.
In other words the iPad is going to change the game.
This not exactly new territory for Apple. They’ve already redefined the modern operating system and computer with OS X and the Macbook. And the once feared telecom hegemony was turned on its ear thanks to the iPhone which places an emphasis on mobile content with its now famous touch-based interface.