The beauty of the iPad is its versatility. It can be used to obtain an autograph from the President, read an entire book and even make phone calls on Skype. I download applications easily from Apple and instantaneously I create a touch and go world at the tip of my fingers. It improves my productivity and my connectivity.
It is sleek, weighs 25 ounces and carries all the tunes I want to listen to. My iPad comes equipped with a 3G wireless data connection so I can download whatever I want wherever I am. The iPad applications are streamlined by Apple which makes it a solid platform for audio, video and periodicals easy to obtain from iTunes.
Recently Hewlett Packard announced their own version of a tablet computer, the Slate. Jumping on the bandwagon are other companies such as Dell, Toshiba and Cisco Systems who are in the process of creating their own products.
But will the HP Slate be competition for the iPad? It will sell at $799 and operate on Microsoft Windows 7 which is great if you want to run PC applications. HP is marketing their product more towards the business productivity. In fact, a new marketing promotion displays a businessman making a call and a doctor using a stylus.
Interestingly enough, you can do the same with the iPad. There are many radiologists who use the iPad to study x-Rays, CAT scans and even MRI’s. A friend of mine who is a physician depends on this device to receive her work at home and keep track of her patients.
The iPad is hardwired to run Apple IOS which makes it convenient if you need to boot up in a second. Many of my journalist friends prefer it because of reliability. They can sync information from various periodicals at once.
The price point is also different ranging from $499.00 for a Wi-Fi 16GB to $829.00 to a Wi-Fi + 3G with 64 GB for an iPad. This gives the consumers a choice to make according to lifestyle and preference.
In the next couple of months, many new tablets will make the market, but I will stick to that which is the most versatile for me– the iPad.
Bailey, Brandon. HP Releases It’s First Slate to Compete With iPad. Silicon Valley Mercury News.com
Current iPad Prices. Apple Store.