Sunday, June 27, 2010

Riding the iPad wind

I was a rabid glam metal fan during college, and I ride almost every wind of Poison's hits back then. This time around, I am riding the wind with the hits in technology. Unlike C. C. DeVille, I don't rock around guitar but gadgets.

With the latest iPad to ride on, the wind this time is blustering. The height of the iPad is accompanied with the release of the Globe MicroSIM to maxmize its 3G use. More than just a pad of ebook(hundreds of it), more than just a handy preference for urgent browsing and email checking, this is a toy to covet.

Packed in a MacBook aluminum material, it is either a MacBook with less computing muscle and without keyboard or an iPod Touch in steroid. It's relatively fast for internet browsing, at least based on a public wifi at Burger King where the unboxing happened, it has been dubbed as a usurper to the netbook throne.

The iPad packs Apple's custom-design, PA Semi-designed 1GHz A4 system-on-a-chip -- a single Cortex A8 core coupled with a PowerVR SGX GPU. Also onboard is 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, a digital compass, an accelerometer, microphone, and ambient light sensor. The 3G model that ships at the end of the month will add UMTS / HSDPA data along with an AGPS chip. You can purchase the device in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB.

In between Apple iPad, Sony Ebook Reader and Amazon Kindle, I'd choose iPad. But in between an iPad and a netbook? I have to check first what brand of netbook that is. Brand conscious?

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