HD Ready also covers 1024x720+ displays - many HD Ready plasmas have/had this lower-resolution, too.
Well the official specification for an HD Ready product is having a minimum native resolution of 720 lines - which makes the iPad's 1024x768 perfectly able to be described as HD.
But edsib1, EICTA is merely a marketing body formed by a number of manufacturers. Its chosen definition of HD has no standing in standards or law.
wat a joy to use so intuitive and user friendly, easy setup with its sexy body frame and geourgeous screen to bad it doesnt do flash but theres an app for that now lol its fun to use to transport and you want to touch it all the time with endless app store and itunes choice its defenetly the kit to have at 400£ its a bargain because the 16gb are enought and wifi fast and hassle free! well done JOBs
The iphone without flash support is a pain but as it's primarily a phone with excellent functionality I can live with that, just. However, for this design to be a worthwhile investment, internet browsing must be faultless or at least comparable to the laptop experience.
Until either apple ends there tiff with adobe or flash becomes far less prevalent online then this is a cute, but severely flawed concept.
I took the time this weekend to have a lengthy play with an iPad in my local Apple Store. I have to say that what it does it does very well. Surfing was good, video playback was excellent, could not listen to it as I am not putting demo earbuds into my ears. Pictures looked great. The apps installed were all slick and impressive, especially the "Periodic Table" app. It feels like a well made and substantial product. I used the keyboard to type and had no issues knocking out a few sentences and web addresses.
All in all I think the iPad has a lot going for it and I am very, very tempted to buy one when finances permit.
For anyone who has not tried it, get yourself to a store and try it out as you would do for any of your hi-fi purchases.
Five stars, pretty accurate as far as I am concerned.
Flash is a non-starter on handhelds, it wasn�t really designed for what its being used for now. Apple used its muscle to get WEB to use flash alternatives, good example being youtube.
Probably would not buy one due to price and expensive data plans in UK � we are taken for a ride in this country... give it another 12 months and see data plan prices drop.
Watch out for Times which is going chargeable from June, what timing with iPad launch !!
I would give this (v1.0 device) 4 stars and stick with my overheating AirBook for the moment.
i might not not do flash ,divx, flac etc ,but you can bet that what it does do ,it does better than anything else !
***** !!! I can not believe it! :/ definitely rating from apple fan!
I am not a fan of Apple products but you can't argue that the design is first class.
I was dubious about taking the plunge having resisted the various Macs and iPhones, but as I am currently designing an advanced house automation system for my home, I thought I'd incorporate an iPad as a simple user interface so my wife would stop ranting on about how complex the home entertainment system has grown over the years.
I have to admit that after the software upgrade that cures the WiFi problem, the iPad is a serious piece of kit. Wifey loves the idea of not having to wait until Windows 7 has to wheeze into life on the Media System, she just picks up the pad and she's online.
As for converting video files, just pick up one of the many available converter programs.
As a photo frame, it's almost 3D quality, the colours really do pop.
A line out signal is available from the optional base stand, as it the usual video signals such as SVGA, component, etc.
I hate to admit it, but I'm impressed.
I've finally gone over to The Dark Side . . . .
this is rubbish!!!!!!!!!
I love the fact that 99% of feedback on this thread has been balanced and informed excpet the Apple hater Dario135 who shows his intelligence by stating " this is rubbish " , I found his input particularly helpful.
I made the jump and bought the wi-fi version in the US a couple of weeks before UK launch. So, I've had a few weeks to play with it and honestly cannot put it down. All of the functions start quickly and run seamlessly. Wi-fi works well. Typing has been surprisingly good but I'm not sure I'd want to write more than a couple of pages.
The ongoing argument of how many lines make up the image is academically fun I'm sure but doesn't make the actual image quality less than impressive.
I have been using the unit for magazines and the interface varies between publishers but is great provided the pictures are good quality. Pinch and zoom is brilliant.
I can't wait for the Sunday Times app. It will be the end of the "paper" paper in my house.
Well I've had my 64gig wifi iPad for a month now and I have to say it's a really great piece of kit.yes it does need the flash issues sorting out but what it does it does better than any notebook. Think about it a pc has software problems programs that conflict with each other , pcs lock up and crash, they sometimes run slow.Think of any of the problems you have had with pc performance ,you don't have that problem with the iPad.It comes down to what you are wanting out off a tablet.If you want to send emails surf the net watch HD movies listen to music and play games as well as read the odd book you can't get better than the iPad.My only gripe would be it needs to have a bigger memory.I've got the 64gig model which is big but it wont take long to fill.My advice is if you do all things I've just listed you will love the iPad.
"Talking of HD, the 1024 x 768 screen makes downloads look superb."
Not sure how u can call a resolution of 1024x768 HD.
And the 4Mbps bitrate from AppleTV wont help either.
How u can give a portable media device 5/5 when it supports (eg. no Flash, DivX, Flac, etc) so few formats is beyond me.
1024x768 is not HD ready.
HD ready is 1280x720
you are wrong im afraid - u need 720 vertical lines with a widescreen aspect - thats means 1280x720
(1024x768 is only 4:3).
Here is the official requirement for HD Ready in Europe as taken from the EICTA (European Information, Communications and Consumer Electronics Technology Industry Associations) website.
The European requirements are so follows:
* The display must have at least 720 lines of vertical picture resolution in a widescreen aspect ratio and must be able to display both 720 and 1080 line content
* It must also have the necessary interfaces accepting high-defintion content including:
o A digital HDMI or DVI input at least one of which supports HDCP
o An analogue component video input, also know as or compatible with YpbPr
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