9.7 inch touch screen, 1024×768 resolution, WiFi, 3G, Accelerometer, compass, 1Ghz CPU, running iPhone OS, this is pretty much a gigantic iPhone (without being an actual phone).
I think for someone who doesn’t already have an iPhone (and wants one but is most likely locked in to a contract with a shitty device) this would be a good option. Same goes for anyone looking to buy a netbook who only cares about social networking, IM, surfing the web or reading ebooks. This makes the Kindle look like a sad little joke in that regard.
I’ll be interested to see how the 3G data is packaged in Australia especially since there will be an unlimited data plan in the US for $29.99 which is cool since you can run Skype on this and essentially use it as a phone, if you wanted to.
I’m puzzled over the lack of a camera, but then again, the iPhone doesn’t have a camera for use in teleconferences either (i.e. no front facing camera) so it’s not surprising.
I’m torn about if I like that it’s based on the iPhone OS rather than Mac OS, but each has it advantages. iPhone OS means all the apps you own on your iPhone will run on the iPad, but it obviously means you can’t run full apps you are running on your Mac. I think they went the right direction with this, considering the target market.
For US$499 for the base model, the iPad is competing with the netbook segment but interestingly would be about the cheapest netbook with a touch screen, of course, if you go for the 64Gb 3G model you’ll be looking at US$829, which is approaching full laptop price.
I think for sitting on the couch surfing the web and IM’ing this is pretty much a winner. I’m looking forward to using it when someone enters my study and swinging around in my chair holding it and saying “What is it, number one?” in a British accent.
(note, doing a google image search for “Picard trek padd” revealed some pretty damn disturbing images)