The Apple iPad Explained

At a packed news conference in San Francisco this week, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad, a tablet computer that attempts to bring the Web, e-mail, entertainment and games together in a single, portable device. Here's what this device has going on.

At a Glance
  • Apple looks set to shake up casual computing with a tablet that offers clever design and ease of use. But that streamlined approach may also be the iPad's weakness. Read the full review

    Pros

    • Best-in-class touch interface
    • Large display shows pics and videos beautifully
    • All-day battery life

    Cons

    • No way to manage files, no camera, no multitasking
    • Lack of Flash support cripples many Web sites
    • Poor scaling of iPhone apps

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