Although we don't fully approve Apple's decision to launch the iPad, with us doubting the success of such a product for more than a year now, there's no denying that the iPad is a sexy piece of technology.
(1) Size & Weight
Apple has managed to produce a tablet that's not only handy but also supremely sexy. It weighs only 650g and is a mere 13.5mm thick, that's even thinner than some current generation smartphones out there.
The only problem is the thick bezel but we understand that this was essential because the customer's fingers need something to hold. The size of smartphones makes it possible for us to hold them from the side.
This was certainly the biggest surprise of last night. With a starting price of $499, the iPad is certainly cheap but ironically, this comes at a cost.
You get only 16GB storage and no 3G. This means that you will either have to rely on WiFI hotspots if you roam around or otherwise you will not be able to access content on the move.
That said, Apple has not announced the price of the tablet for the rest of the world. But based on previous comparisons, we'd expect the iPad to cost £400 in the UK.
The 9.7-inch screen is the single item that separates it from the rest of the competition. With a screen resolution of 1024x768 pixels, fingerprint-proof coating, full capacitive surface, LED backlit, IPS technology and a 4:3 screen ratio, it easily surpasses the rest of the competition.
That said, while the device can play HD ready content (1280x720), the screen still can't display it and it is much less sharper than the iPhone screen (132 LPI vs 163 LPI).
The acquisition two years ago of PA Semi by Apple has finally born its fruits. The A4 chip being the first of many processors that suddenly make Apple even more fearsome. Apart from the fact that it is a system on chip and that it runs at 1Ghz, there's not much else that we know. But the fact is that we're likely to see it (or its successors) in the iPod Touch, the iPhone and even on the Apple TV (if it ever survives).
(5) Unlimited data
This was the unexpected bit. Apple partnered with AT&T to provide with unlimited data at a mere $30 per month. This is probably because, for the mobile network operator, the iPad is akin to a smartphone rather than a traditional, resource hogging, bandwidth hungry laptop.
Furthermore, Apple's closed environment almost guarantees that there won't be any "bad" apps like P2P, VoIP and streaming. Will we see it here in the UK? You bet!