Mossberg's iPad review is up! (come within)

Discussion in 'iPad' started by chriskzoo, Mar 31, 2010.

  1. chriskzoo macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2005
    Posting before I even get a chance to read it

    Laptop Killer? Pretty Close

    So, going to order one now and a case, but ****, do I want the 3G version, or no? I'm thinking no.
  2. bostonte macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2007
    Doesn't it do tabs like the iPhone browser does?
  3. detz macrumors 65816

    Jun 29, 2007
  4. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
  5. pugnut macrumors 6502a

    Jul 1, 2007
    Glad to hear about the battery life

    I was impressed with the iPad's battery life, which I found to be even longer than Apple's ten-hour claim, and far longer than on my laptops or smart phones. For my battery test, I played movies, TV shows and other videos back-to-back until the iPad died. This stressed the device's most power-hogging feature, its screen. 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."
  6. iMJustAGuy macrumors 68020


    Sep 10, 2007
    Beach, FL
  7. chriskzoo thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2005
    It does - on the videos of Safari there is clearly an "open in new page" option if you hold your finger on a link.
  8. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    While an overall good review - there are points that concern me and why I am holding off as I've said before

    The comments about Pages not being able to create good PDFS and not playing nice with the Microsoft format also "troubles" me as it doesn't matter what I prefer to type in - the business world I'm in uses MS Office.

    The Bookstore - interesting that they are launching with only 60,000 books. I mentioned that an impetus driving the adoption of P.G. would be that they could already say they had 30,000 books. It looks like I might have been right about that because that's half of their library at current.

    The 150,000 apps running small and being great is great. But it looks like there IS concern over these same apps when they go to 2x or more their size. So can you really say that all the apps pretty much work. I guess so. Would it be a good experience - varies by app

    But the clincher for me is that it looks like although Apple now is going to have an integrated email box - the email app still lacks a ton of functionality I would need to be productive on the device.

    I will look forward to reading both the good and bad on Saturday
  9. chriskzoo thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2005
    With WiFi open and email and other downloads going on in the background. I'm guessing the 3G versions will have more battery drain.
  10. sfwalter macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    Dallas Texas
    Yes it does. Its shown in the guided tour on Apple's site.
  11. bostonte macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2007
    That seems REALLY REALLY high, but would definitely be nice.

    His description of how he eventually stopped thinking about the battery life gives me fond memories of my original Blackberry many years ago. I used it just for email (no voice). The battery lasted so long I could never remember where my charger was when I eventually needed to plug it in.
  12. zub3qin macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2007
    He had the iPad for a week, and as expected... he didn't reveal much info.

    11hours battery life instead of 10.
    Pages not so great at pdf and MS word exporting.

    and that is all i learned.

    Walt Mossberg, as we all know, is the Larry King of the computer media world. Soft fluff news. No hard questions.
  13. RMXO macrumors 6502a

    Sep 1, 2009
    I'm surprised to hear about the battery life & I can't wait until I get my hands on mine on Sat. Driving 1.5hrs to get home from the Apple Store by myself is going to suck but happy nevertheless. I'm usually not a patient person. :D
  14. chriskzoo thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2005
    Since there will be Kindle and Nook apps - the lack of books in iBooks is a non-issue, but I think I'm going to give it a week or two to breathe in the wild before I jump in just to see if anything crazy pops up.
  15. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    I agree. But at the same time - it's just not an impressive "launch" of the iBookstore. I believe Apple was hoping that more publishers and books would be ready in time for April 3rd. I am sure many more will come. And as you said - there's always B&N and Amazon.

    I mentioned a few times (and was criticized - but so be it) that while the iPad will no doubt be a good eReader. It will be interesting to see how well/successful the iBookstore is based on the competition.
  16. bossxii macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2008
    Kansas City
  17. chriskzoo thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2005
    While I agree that Mossberg is an Apple lackey, I also think he speaks to his audience. If you ever watch Cranky Geeks on Mevio, they talked about it this week (about 5 minutes in, worth the watch). While the harder core tech reviewers and the vocal blogosphere will grip about things like no USB port or that Apple continues to use their custom doc connector when they clearly don't have to, Joe Blow on the street doesn't give two craps about that stuff. All he cares is that "Oh, there's a keyboard I can use with it if I want."

    I would have loved a built-in SD slot since the $30 adapter is janky, but I'll just go without it for now and use iDisk.

    Does anybody know how files are handled for Pages and Keynote? Are they stored in some folder system or how is that working? Do you have to sync them with
  18. Aranince macrumors 65816

    Apr 18, 2007
    Wow...this sounds like it would be a lot better to take to school than my MBP which has a battery life of a whopping 2 hours >.<.
  19. MicroByte macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2008
    Wow, that was a decent read and really drives home that the iPad is worth it. Reading through, I got more excited about the prospect of owning one in 2 days! :)
  20. marksman macrumors 603


    Jun 4, 2007
    The most impressive part from this and the Pogue review are the battery times.

    That is pretty substantial.

    For people who are traveling and such that is a boon. No large batteries, or extra batteries. Easily handle a full day traveling and then some and get a lot accomplished.

    I am annoyed that I have not ordered one of these yet, but I must let you all test them for me first.

    Also nice to note in the other review at least 1000 iPad specific apps available on launch.
  21. Mad.Rider macrumors member

    Dec 6, 2009
    wow 11 plus hours of battery life :eek:

    I wonder though how warm does it get after such usage. I guess I'll find out after Saturday.
  22. colourtheatre macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2010
    agreed. i think only tech sites are going to give an in-depth review. things that has been boggling our minds (ie safari download/uploads, file sharing system etc)

    thanks to the OP for this post though!
  23. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    so far both seem to think/imply that for content CREATION, the iPad isn't "better" (for example then a laptop). For consumption - it's a great experience. Interesting.
  24. kyleaa macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2006
    Pogue says even less.

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