Apple iPad impresses

Jessie Wilson

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Student displays the iPad that is available at retail stores.

Steve Jobs has outdone himself this time. The iPad is simply a work of art. Apple’s latest brainchild is a baby genius on steroids. The ipad weighs in at a sleek 1.5 pounds and is only 0.5 “ thick . Once again, Apple promises something for everyone.

The iPad comes wi-fi capable in addition to the premium edition that combines 3G as well as wi-fi. Available in 16GB, 32GB and 64 GB capacities, the price range starts from $499 to a hefty $829 respectively.

Why do I need to spend $499 on a larger iPod touch, you ask? Versitility, over 20,000 applications are available from the Apple store. The hi- resolution LED, backlit IPS display, offers a quick and responsive touch-screen interface. The lithium ion battery provides 15 hours of audio playback and 10 of hi-def video.

Midterm paper for English due? Pages is the app for you. Pages allows you to take fingertip control of all your projects. The interactive tutorial, is a joy in itself. Pages bridges the gap between Mac and PC file transfers. You simply save the project and Pages will convert your documents to any format eliminating the guesswork.

I was delighted to find apps, such as Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. This Playstation portable (PSP) title compliments its new platform well. This installment from Rockstar games takes you to the mean-streets of Chinatown to square off with drug-dealing triads and trigger happy police . The on-screen controls can be a bit tricky at first, although not hard to grasp.

Medeval HD declares war on you, in this simple but challenging game. As a king, your job is to defend your castle against all enemies, your weopon to start is a castle-mounted crossbow. Your finger is the marksman as you mow down enemies with an increasing barrage of interesting time period weapons, ranging from flaming arrows and catapults to burning oil that can be deployed from the castle’s towers.

The 15 percent student discount is not offered with the iPad. The cost of the data plans offered have turned some consumers away. Apple offers 200MB for $15 a month and 2GB for $25 a month. This refers to the amount of viewable online content. Apple sends on screen messages to notify you when you are close to your monthly limit. Conceivably, when using 3G service, a person could use an entire months worth of data with the download of one movie.

Apple offers two keyboarding options. The first, a sleek, battery-powered bluetooth wireless keyboard ($79.99). The latter doubles as a charging dock ($69.95) for the iPad and resembles something out of Star Trek. Having trouble with your iPad? Apple offers free classes at any participating Apple store.