tablets

Apple iPad Review

Apple created the market and dominates it with its mature first tablet.

February 26, 2011
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Device & Specs

Screen

The iPad’s and Daily’s screens are very different: the former is an LCD and the latter is an eInk screen. if you’re in the market for one or the other, this is an easy choice. If you’re don’t mind the LCD, it’s hard to make a case for eInk. The iPad’s screen is large, crisp, color, and supports video.

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Battery

The Reader Daily is the clear winner in our battery tests, lasting much longer than the iPad when reading an eBook. The iPad did win when playing an audio file, though: we predict that it will be able to keep playing audio for many days, while the Reader Daily can only manage 19 hours.

eReader

Both devices offer a good eBook reading experience, but the Daily is the better pick if that is all you want to do: it is smaller, lighter and easier to carry around. But if you want to do more than read eBooks, the iPad is the best pick.

Internet

This isn’t really a contest. The iPad’s app store and browsing experience totally blow the Daily out of the water. Apple’s app store contains millions and millions of apps, while the Daily only has access to a handful. Additionally, the iPad’s browser is significantly more natural. If online features matter to you, the iPad is the clear choice.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Amazon Kindle Keyboard Wi-Fi Comparison
  11. Barnes & Noble Nook Color Comparison
  12. Sony Reader Daily Edition Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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