Apple iPad Finally Launched!

Apple CEO Steve Jobs showed the new iPad to the press audience
Apple CEO Steve Jobs showed the new iPad to the press audience

After several months or years perhaps of being immersed in so many rumors about the Apple tablet PC, finally the most awaited and probably the most coveted product of the year is real and it's here!

Bragged as the "magical device at an amazing price", Steve Jobs said at a press launch in San Francisco, California. During his kind of peer-to-peer conversational speech, he mentioned how amazing the iPad will be to browse the web. But did it really level up to the expectations that were pointed out in the rumors? Or are there some things that the iPad lack to the disappointments of many?

Well let's take a look at some of iPad's notable features which Steve Jobs himself presented to the press audience.

SCREEN: 9.7-inch IPS LCD screen. The LCD provides the backlighting, but most of the technology is IPS, or In-plane switching. This gives it a stronger viewing angle than most screens. You can tilt the screen anyway you want and the interface moves with it.

RESOLUTION: 1024×768 pixels (132 pixels per inch) which brings out vivid colors of pictures and landscape images.

SIZE: 0.5 inches thin; 1.5 pounds (1.6 pounds for 3G), the lightest so far.

DIMENSIONS: 9.5 inches x 7.5 inches x 0.5 inches

CHIP: 1 GHz Apple A4 chip. They went in-house instead of going to Intel.

MEMORY: Three models with 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB solid state hard drives.

INCLUSIONS: Accelerometer, Microphone, 30-pin connector, Compass, full capacitive multi-touch, Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11n Wi-Fi, 3G access on higher-end models

BATTERY LIFE: 10 hours at full blast. On standby, it will last over a month.

PRICE: an amazing $499 starting price for 16Gb RAM

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You can definitely do anything with this amazing device, but wait here are some few "essential" things it lacks:

No camera: no front-facing camera for video conferencing or back-facing camera for taking photos.

No multitasking: You cannot run multiple apps at the same time.

No HDMI Output: You can’t plug your iPad into your TV.

No USB port: You can’t plug in your favorite keyboard into the device…or anything else, really. It will plug into your computer via the same cord you charge iPhones and iPod touches with.

Well, I hope Apple will eventually add these features up to the iPad before its' going to be really available in the market in either June or July of this year.

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Google Launches Nexus One on Tuesday

Google launches Nexus One, an Android 2.1 phone
Google launches Nexus One, an Android 2.1 phone

This has long been a rumor and now it's finally here. Google is all set to launch its own Android-powered smartphone Nexus One.

Google is geared-up for the press conference on Tuesday, which marks the debut of the much awaited Google's first smartphone, Nexus One. As it is Google's first time to market such phone, the expectations set upon the mighty search engine company is relatively high.

Let's take a look at its features (sources courtesy of Wired and Engadget).

1) Nexus One was designed by HTC, which has a close relationship with Google.

2) It has a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, Wi-Fi connectivity, accelerometer, compass and proximity sensors.

3) The phone is also told to be extremely thin — slimmer than the iPhone and HTC’s Droid Eris.

4) 1-GHz Snapdragon CPU, a 3.7-inch 480 x 800 display, 512 MB of of RAM and an expandable 4-GB microSD card.

The 1-GHz processor alone should make the Nexus one of the fastest smartphones available currently. says Wired.

5) Powered by Android 2.1, the latest version of the operating system, which is reportedly to be snappier and have an improved user interface.

So far these are exciting features that one would expect from Googles first smartphone, but there's not much to compare it with other smartphones, except of course with the speed and memory capacity. But shouldn't that be the two most important things?

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