iPad, uPad, weallPad.

So, after months of speculations and rumours, Apple has finally announced their tablet, the unfortunate sounding Apple iPad (which has, predictably, spawned a whole slew of Kotex jokes).

Arguably the most hyped-up gadget of the year (Faz, quoting the Wall Street Journal, put it best: “Last time there was this much excitement about a tablet, it had some commandments written on it.”), the iPad is supposed to be a mix of the iPhone/iPod Touch and the Macbook laptop series.

Looking at the key features and stats, it seems to be leaning more towards a glorified iPhone than a Macbook, for now. While it’s reportedly super fast, the specs look a bit underwhelming so far.

No 3G on cheaper models (and even for those that have, it runs on some Apple-only SIM card?)? A HDD space equivalent to an iPod Touch? No camera (which is a step down from both iPhone and Macbook)? The ability to run iPhone apps but only at iPhone resolution (i.e. either taking up half the screen or, if expanded, being uber pixelated)?

I expect to like it more once there’re more unique apps for the tablet itself and once I figure out what niche this iPad could play in my technology-laden life (after all, it’s nowhere near as mobile as the iPhone but it’s nowhere near as powerful as a Macbook so, instead of it being the best of both, I feel like it’s neither here nor there) but, for now, it’s just a souped-up Kindle (especially with Apple’s new iBook e-book library) at about twice the price.

For everything you need to know about the iPad, head here.

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