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1/29/2010
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Eric Ogren
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Six Things To Like About The Apple iPad

The iPad is certainly missing a lot of features, but there's still plenty to like. Here are six features of the iPad that I think many will find appealing.

The iPad is certainly missing a lot of features, but there's still plenty to like. Here are six features of the iPad that I think many will find appealing.1. Design. It's gorgeous. Apple knows how to design the heck out of its hardware. The iPad is no different. The aluminum and glass combination makes it look classy and elegant.

2. Size/Weight. Some night have wished for a larger display, but the 9.7-inch backlit LED means the device won't be too large nor too heavy. At 1.5 pounds, it is about as light as a computing product can get. It will easily travel in a briefcase, backpack, etc.

3. iWork Integration. If I can't create content with my computing devices, then they are only providing me with half of the functionality I need. By providing a new iPad-specific version of iWork, Apple has given me the basic tools I'd need to create documents and other files. I also like that Apple has broken up the suite of software and is offering them individually for $10 each.

4. Full iTunes Music Experience. The iPod features of the iPhone are perhaps the best when it comes to interacting with your music on a phone, but a larger device should offer more -- and the iPad does. The version of iTunes that runs on the iPad provides a full and rich experience that nearly matches what's available on the desktop version.

5. Multitouch. One of the things that has limited tablets of the past is the way users interact with the screen. Most Windows-based tablet require the use of a stylus, digitizer or pen-like device to press software buttons and input text. By taking the multitouch approach, Apple has opened up a whole new way to interact with this device. The iPhone and iPod Touch have proven that multitouch works on small devices. I think that experience will translate well to the iPad.

6. Apps Access. Because the iPad runs iPhone OS, it is compatible with the 140,000 apps that are available in the iPhone Apps Store. That's a huge help for those who might think to themselves, "What the heck can I run on this thing?" The answer: Plenty. Granted, not all of the 140,000 apps are perfect, and they will need to be optimized for the iPad, but the potential for growth is unlimited.

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