Apple iPad: Good for Web Working?


So, the much-discussed Apple iPad (s aapl) has finally arrived. But how does it stack up for web working? Last week, Darrell compiled “The Apple Tablet: What It Needs to Be Useful for Web Working,” a wish list of features that he thought were necessary for Apple’s take on the tablet PC to be a useful web working device. Let’s take a look a how the announced iPad compares to Darrell’s dream machine.

Feature Included?
Wi-Fi & 3G 802.11n Wi-Fi, 3G (via AT&T (s t)) available at added cost
Tethering No
Bluetooth (with input device profiles) Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Tabbed browsing No
Alternative browser support No, as it’s running iPhone OS (and no Flash support, either)
All-day battery life 10-hour battery life.

So, all in all, OK, but it’s probably not going to be a web working powerhouse. The lack of tabbed browsing and extensions might not be that bad — I’ll reserve judgment until I’ve actually used one, as the browsing experience does seem to be pretty good, based on initial reports, and the battery life sounds great. No camera means you won’t be able to use it for video calls. On the other hand, the surprise inclusion of the iWork suite should mean that it will be possible to get real work done on the device. However, the main issue for me (and the reason that I probably won’t get one) is the cost. As you might expect for an Apple product, it’s expensive — $829 for the top-of-the-line 64GB model with 3G, while the base 16GB model without 3G is $499.

Will you be buying an iPad?

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