Today, we are taking a look at the incredibly popular Apple iPad, which starts at $500 dollars. If you’re looking for a display of the iPads actual features, you can visit the Apple iPad site directly for a comprehensive view of the features and options. This article is purely a review, detailing what’s good and what isn’t.
With that said, the Apple iPad is an amazing machine. It features a generously large touch screen that makes everything about accessing your files a revolutionary affair. Scrolling through tons of picture libraries is incredibly easy and the speed of the device is fast enough to be deemed impressive.
New graphical features make reading an online book and multi-page sections of text an entirely different experience. It looks and behaves just like a real book. The slower you use your fingers to turn the pages, the slower they turn.
The sound loudness and quality is very good, like you would expect from a high end machine. People who purchase the Apple iPad are advised to do the device justice by purchasing a set of headphones that can really expose your ears to the sound quality it’s capable of producing.
This machine performs, looks and is similar to most other Apple machines. The software used is the iPhone OS which is also specific to the Apple family of electronics. What we meant to say, is it’s simply beautiful. The super large touch screen displays everything exactly the way Apple dreamed it to be. In a word, the graphical display is a version of perfection.
The price is fair for such a graphically rich and full featured item. You can hook up separate additional components to the iPad and make it just the way you want it to be. Keyboard, Web cam, USB hubs, everything! This expands the capability of the iPad to even be used as a home computer.
Problems and Complaints:
No flash support. This means some of your favorite sites on the Web will be disabled. Not all of them but a great many sites that use imbedded Flash content won’t be able to be viewed. Flash is very resource intensive and Apple opted not to include it for this reason alone. The iPad simply wouldn’t be able to perform at such high levels of performance with Flash installed.
Our overall opinion of iPad is excellent. Apple has outdone itself in terms of revolutionary touch screen technology and most people are happy with their machine. If you love pictures, e-books and other graphical content, a machine with such a large screen as the iPad will be perfect for you.
Listen to music, look at photos, watch videos, listen to podcasts, listen to the radio and use a variety of business applications to improve your daily life. Things like alarms, calendars, clocks, contacts, fitness, games, notes, a stop watch and voice memos make being able to simplify your life a whole lot easier. It’s a small device, much smaller than the iPad or the iPhone but still offers a high quality display in which to watch video. The screen is bigger than previous versions of the Nano, which is now 2.2 inches total, which is a real plus.
Video is on par with the iPod iPhone 3GS, not better or worse but about the same quality. There are 15 different effects you can add to the video after you’re done recording. There is not any motion blur when recording fast moving video and the frame rate stays pretty consistent. Nice, crisp, sharp video capture at 640 X480 resolution and up to 30 frames per second with AAC. That’s what the iPod Nano has to offer.
It features a built in radio with large and attractive numbers to view the station you’re listening to. The iPod Nano is full of additional features like these and using the device is truly a lot of fun.
There is even a built in pedometer that lets you track the amount of steps you take on an exercise regimen. This can be useful for people who go on lengthy walks or are counting calories.
You can’t take any still pictures with this model, you simply have to do without. However, it’s the video camera that really stands out and makes the iPod Nano worth it. With the microphone, there is a little bit of wind noise but you’re going to have that with any microphone without a cloth cover.
The Apple iPod Nano 5G is built to endure constant abuse. It is made of strengthened aluminum that just doesn’t quit. You can throw it on the ground, drop it, tap it around and it still functions perfectly.
Overall, they put a lot of time into making improvements from previous versions of the iPod Nano and you can expect future versions to be very similar, including minor improvements. So, we recommend this iPod Nano 5G for anyone who needs a durable and thoroughly abusable electronic playback device that they can take with them anywhere.
Apple iPod Touch is the third version of iPod by Apple. The digital player is the king in the market with its portable design and a flash memory good enough to give its competitors reasons to envy. A whole new set of features comes with the Touch which makes it an improvement over the already excellent product. Features like voice control, faster processor, graphic enhancement and higher capacity makes it the best in the market. Touch can boast of becoming the world’s most featured packed media player with amazing portability.
The device is liked by people for its web browser and e-mail support while many still love it for its media player qualities giving them great old fashioned video and music playback. Web browser support is due to the integration of wi-fi module into the hardware. The 1st and 2nd generation Apple iPod Touch flaunts 8GB, 16 or 32GB and the newer 3rd generation supports 64GB capacities. It is an amazing combination of video and music player, Podcast support, photo viewer, a safari web browser and a great e–mail device. The device can be integrated well with iTunes Store for downloads of music and video. The video playback features iTunes rentals and YouTube player. The e-mail reader is compatible with Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo!, AOL, Exchange and Mobile Me. It has extensive battery life due to the lithium battery which can deliver hours of portable fun.
The Apple iPod Touch has pushed the speed barrier to the limit when it comes to using the media player for gaming. The 50% increase in the processor power and a whole new graphic processing feature with Open GL has dramatically increased the load time and games responsiveness. Touch lets you browse, purchase and download music from iTunes Wi-Fi store and for that you will have to get a Wi-Fi internet connectivity to search for your favorite artist, album or any choice of songs from the music catalog of iTunes. After you download the content the audio or video can be transferred to your computer’s iTunes music library whenever you sync it next time.
From 2007 on the iPhone has had a direct impact on the portable multimedia market capturing huge attention and market share since its release. The latest iPhone 3GS model is not much different and adds a host of new upgrades from previous generations.
The fully equipped iPhone 3GS multimedia device has gained fanfare around the world as the select device mobile multimedia and Smartphone enthusiast. The new iPhone 3GS is an improvement over the previous 3G generation model and includes long awaited features by the iPhone 3Gpopulation. A faster onboard processor allows videos and web surfing to reach optimal performance. A longer lasting iPhone 3GS battery is built into this model. The iPhone LCD Touch Screen is bright and well responsive. Applications from the App store can now load quicker utilizing the more powerful processing power. The increase in speed also helps such applications as e-mail to load and be viewable faster, as well as allowing for 3D animation in its graphics to be displayed clearer and faster utilizing AT&T 3G network. It is noted that the 3GS is twice as fast as its predecessor the iPhone 3G.
Additional features include the capability to take pictures a and record video through the built in camera. This is a major improvement for consumers as the 2G model did not have this ability and could not record video through its camera. There is a new 3-megapixel built in camera located on the backside that allows you to take higher resolution shots. The autofocus feature enables quick focus of subjects and the new built in picture-tap mode allows consumers to tap the screen on subjects focus them. The camera is still lacking some power over other Smartphone’s such as the Samsung Omnia which have been reaching the 5-megapixel range.
There is a new Voice control feature added to theiPhone3GS and phone users can use the Voice Control feature for voice recognition of their stored contacts and saved music on the go. There is a Compass app that can help iPhone consumers on the move by accurately showing a working digital compass utilizing the iPhones accelerometer. The added features additionally include the ability to usecut, copy, and paste. Cut, Copy, and Paste feature has been a demand of previous iPod users as this feature wasn’t a part of the firmware in recent years. More Apps from the App Store includes a Maps application, web browser using Safari, YouTube playback, stocks, anda lot more.
Thousands of applications are made available for the iPhone 3Gs through iTunes and the App Store. Connecting your iPod to your PC or Mac is much like any other iPod or iPhone. The iPod connects through a bottom dock connector and once connection is made will load and show up in your ITunes Synching is obtained through iTunes as in any other version of iPod or iPhone.
The 2nd Generation or 2G iPod Nano that was released in 2006 was a nice improvement over the 1st Generation Nano. With Apple’s new technology they reinvented the Nano using a new logic board layout, new exterior design, new color additions, and by relocating the headphone jack to the bottom next to the dock connector. The new design is sleek and offers a nice feel in your hands. The available colors for the 2G Nano are Silver, Pink, a powder Blue, a bright Green, and a flat Black. The exterior casing looks to be some type of aluminum or alloy that is coated with its color to give a nice metallic but flat color finish.
The second (2G) generation Nano offered three sizes that came in 2, 4, or 8Gb. The 8GB model was by far a nice improvement over the 4GB maximum size of the 1st Generation Nano. 8GB meant you could store double the music and possibly put a few thousand songs on the iPod Nano.
Apple also offered a special release edition of a red version. This model was only available in two sizes both the 4GB and 8Gb. It was developed in an effort of charity on Apple’s behalf. A percentage of the profits were donated to the Global Fund. It was a sincere gesture on Apple’s part to help fight Aids in Africa.
As far as functions are concerned not much has changed but a few additions were made to enhance the interface on the iPod Nano. They added a search feature on the Music screen. The search screen allows you to search by letter through your library stored on your iPod Nano. It is an intelligent search feature and goes beyond this by helping to find the correct music by author, track or album name.
Physically the Clickwheel on the iPod nano 2nd Generation is indented for a more rounded feel on your finger when you are using it. Some users have reported longer sync times with this version for some reason. Perhaps with the additional added features organizing the music takes more time with this model.
Overall it is a nice model that is light and appealing to the eye. It has no moving parts internally using a flash based memory for storage so doing activities such as biking, running, or hiking can be done without risk of ruining any of your data as easily. The iPod nano battery lasts a long time and the LCD is bright and functional
The new iPod Touch 3rd Generation is the latest in Apple’s lineup of touch screen devices. The new iPod Touch was released in Sept 2009 in the form of 8, 16, and 32GB models. The 8GB model although labeled as a 3rd generation iPod Touch still uses the same internal hardware. The 8GB model uses software to achieve similar functionality to that of the 32 and 64GB models. The 32 and 64GB iPod Touch models boast a new hardware design. The external design of all three models remains unchanged over 2nd generation iPod Touch models. This model comes standard with the Apple dock connector and 3.5mm headphone jack located on the bottom which is the same as the first and second generation iPod Touch models.
The new iPod Touch like its predecessor has a 3.5” LCD with touch screen functionality. Features include the ability to have voice control, graphics enhancements over previous versions, improved accessibility, higher capacity with 32 and 64GB models available, and a faster processor in the 32 and 64GB models. Although there is a host of new features and enhancements on the new 3G iPod Touch it is still lacking the ability to take photos and videos through the unit itself.
Other features of the iPod Touch model line include; a high quality music player, podcast support, video playback ability, a web browser using Safari, photo viewer, integrated iTunes store for video and music download capability through the iPod Touch Wi-Fi connection, e-mail, and a host of applications standard and available as third party downloads through the app store.
The 3rd Generation iPod Touch also has the ability to utilize the extended benefits of the Genius selections. Genius allows for the Touch to create 25 song playlist recommendations based on your current musical selections that match the genre of the music you listen to.
Synching is obtained much like any other iPod or iPod Touch. Users can synch their existing libraries onto the Touch via iTunes or can also sync their music and videos that they purchased or obtained through the device itself into their iTunes library creating a seamless integration between the two.
The 3G iPod Touch battery looks to be the same in respect to size and playback ability from previous versions. Overall the new Touch incorporates a faster processor and some size increases that make it a formidable contender with some hard drive based mp3 players.
The new Apple iPod Nano is superslim and gorgeous iPod with a LCD screen. The device has a nimble processor and a no skipping system performance which is possible due to its flash memory. The iPod is easy to operate and works amazingly well with iTunes and iTunes Music Store, the world’s largest selection of music. The latest iPod has set all new standards in the field of gadget design. It boasts of the world’s first 4GB Flash player and it is one of the thinnest in the category. It has undoubtedly stretched the boundaries of latest technology a bit too far. The user friendly bright screen takes the advantages of new miniaturized designs in the LCDs giving you the capabilities of a much larger iPod in a smaller package.
Apple iPod Nano comes in three capabilities namely, 1GB, 2GB and 4GB. The device measures 3.5 x 1.6 x 0.27 inches and just weights 1.5 ounces which makes it a complete design wonder. The iPod is really thin and comfortably fits anywhere. Flash is the key word behind Nano’s slim design otherwise Nano could have never be so thin. Just think a skinnier device would be so impractical and useless but due to the Flash feature Nano is the world’s best luxury based MP3 player which beats the relatively newer microdrive market.
Flash based Nano is the first to hit 4GB flash based player with a capacity of 1,000 song which you can upload from your iTunes library. The 2GB version is capable to hold 500 tunes. The overall design of the Apple iPod Nano is sleek with a reflective backside made of stainless steel which makes it sturdy and a much smarter 1.5 inch LCD screen. The 1.25 inch Click Wheel (clickwheel) is much sleeker too. The hold switch is located on top of the device and the headphone jack and standard dock connector are placed underneath. It has a thin layer of acrylic glossy cover on its face and typically comes in either black or white. The iPod Nano battery is also a long lasting battery that will play for many hours.
The iPod Classic is the newest in standard iPod generations. It boasts a newer face with different colors than the previous version. Silver, Black, and a dark Gray are available for the iPod Classic. iPod Classic models come in three sizes 80GB, 120GB, and 160GB. The Classic model Apple iPod offers a full color LCD and long lasting battery. The new interface on the main menu allows for album cover art to be displayed on the iPod menu.
Classic iPod can hold thousands of songs, the 120 and 160GB models can store upwards of 20k songs from your iTunes library. You can also store pictures and videos on the iPod Classic. iTunes allows you to upload all of these types of media quickly and easily.
Connecting your iPod to your PC or Mac is just as easy as previous versions. One can connect the Classic via the dock connector located on the bottom of the iPod. Volume is controlled by the Clickwheel and a hold switch is located on top adjacent to the headphone jack. The hold switch allows you to lock the player so you don’t change settings while it is playing or accidentally turn the unit on or off while it is engaged.
The 3 Apple iPod Classic models that are available allow for robust storage of all your favorite music, videos, and pictures. Recently Apple released a new version of the iPod Classic 160GB. The new version is slimmer in design than the original 160GB model Apple offered. The demands for storage amongst avid users are met by the new large capacity drive and slim design. The matted front face plate finish gives a nice look to the device. The iPod Classic is considered Apple’s 6th generation model as it is the predecessor of the previous 5th Generation Video model. Benefits over the video model are the album cover art on the main menu and the larger storage capacity. The larger capacity is obtained by increased ram on the iPod Classic Logic board. The iPod Classic battery can hold up to hours of video and music playback.
The Apple iPod Shuffle is one of the friendliest devices and is one of the best media players which is packed into a small footprint. The main buttons available in the apple shuffle are play, pause, previous, next, and shuffle. It is rather advanced for its micro size and although it lacks a screen is a quality audio media player. The main part of the apple ipod shuffle is the USB port, which is plug directly to the computer.
The storage capacity of the apple ipod Shuffle varies with models coming in 512MB, 1GB, 2GB, and 4GB available in the newer models. It interfaces just like any other iPod with iTunes and you can upload up to 1,000 songs with the larger models. You can easily store your music in your Shuffle for sports or activities that are rigorous or demanding because the Shuffle is a durable device. It is not water proof but cases are available to waterproof them. The iPod Shuffle battery also provides long run time for maximum portability.
There are some great applications associated with the apple ipod Shuffle are podcasts feature and audio books. The Apple iPod shuffle proves to be the best device for music lovers. User can easily subscribe to any of the website and avail the facility of the podcasts news feed. The ipod shuffle devices can easily be connected to iTunest in a hassle free manner and is easier to use than some other models. Features are limited however and no LCD is available on the Shuffle models.
By using the Podcasts feature of the Apple iPod Shuffle, one can easily updates of the latest movies or music according your choice. Some other types of features in the apple ipod Shuffle constitute of headphones, top status, rewind or previous button, fast forward button, shuffle button, volume controller that makes it easier to use the Apple iPod Shuffle.
Another feature present in the Apple iPod Shuffle is easy convertibility of songs into the format of bit-rate for instance AIFF to small size type files. It makes the sound quality of apple ipod shuffle clear and offers the facility of easy file storage to the user of the apple iPod Shuffle.
The Apple iPod Video comes with an incredibly thin body and a galaxy of added features. This affordable for the features iPod is sleek with great looks and a beautiful LCD screen. The new iPod Video has a thinner, lighter and a more seductive look than its predecessors. This fifth generation iPod has reduced the Click Wheel to make space for a much larger screen. A polished silver backside adds oomph to the device with its baby soft touch and amazing design. The added video play back capability is the revolutionary feature in the portable digital video players. Its 2.5 inch, 2, 60,000 color display with a sharp 320 x 240 pixel resolution makes the video a pleasurable experience.
The video playback and photos of the general interface gets new dimensions with its extra half inch diagonal on the display. The Apple iPod Video gives great viewing angles. A professionally replaceable battery and a great volume control make it a great device. The video option is available in the main menu which is customizable and there are certain extended features such as TV shows, Movies and Video Playlist. The iPod gives a great processor performance for its photos and audio.
The audio-output power is amazing and the audio quality is supported by a great bass with shiny highs plus easily distinguishable mids which also includes a changeable equalizer. The Apple iPod Video comes with a photo viewer and you can now listen to you favorite music while browsing photos. You can even watch the slide show of photos and the player supports a variety of slide show features such as, customizable music and transitions. It can also bookmark the videos that you are watching so that returning to the show becomes easier. The iPod Video can be integrated with iTunes, the world’s biggest music catalog. Its other added features include a world clock, PIM applications and a stop watch.