This is from Macworld.com.\n\nFirst the pluses:\n\nThe prices: Leading up to todayâ€™s event, pricing rumors were all over the\nmap, but most touted estimates in the range of 0 to 00. So it was\nquite a shocker to learn that the iPad would start at just 9 for a 16GB\nWi-Fi model. Letâ€™s put that in perspective: itâ€™s the same price as a 32GB\niPod touch just two years ago, and only 0 more than the current 32GB\ntouch, despite having a much larger screen, more powerful hardware, and\nmore features. But perhaps the more telling comparison is that Amazonâ€™s\nsimilarly-size Kindle DX, with its non-color, non-touch-sensitive screen\nand much more limited functionality, is priced at 9. Unless youâ€™re a\nhardcore e-ink fan, the iPad seems like a relative bargain in comparison.\n\nOf course, if you want to spend more, you can: 9 for a 32GB iPad or 9\nfor a 64GB model. And you can tack on 0 to any model to get 3G wireless\nsupport.\n\n\nPre-paid, no-contract, unlocked 3G: There were plenty of rumors about 3G\nwireless support, but the big surprise was the iPadâ€™s options for getting\n3G service. Unlike the iPhone, where youâ€™re locked into a two-year contract\nat a month, AT&T will offer two iPad data plans: a month for 250MB\nof data, or a month for unlimited data. The kicker? These are pre-paid,\nno-contract rates, and you can activate service at any time right from the\niPad itself. So you can, say, enable 3G service before a big trip and\ncancel service when you get back.\n\nOf course, these plans get you 3G service with AT&Tâ€”the mention of which\ndrew audible groans from those in attendance at Appleâ€™s event. But the\nother part of the 3G surprise was that 3G iPad models will ship unlocked.\nWhich means you should be able to plop in a SIM card for another GSM 3G\nnetwork provider and avoid AT&T altogether, as well as use your US iPad\noverseas by buying a prepaid SIM card. (Update: It's actually a Micro SIM\ncard, which not all providers currently offer.)\n\n\nExternal keyboard support: Macworld editors have been aching for Bluetooth\nkeyboard support on the iPhone since the first model was announced in\nJanuary 2007. Despite the small screen on the iPhone and iPod touch, being\nable to use an external keyboard for â€œrealâ€ typing tasks would make the\ndevice much more useful, and even let us leave our laptops at home for some\ntrips. Sadly, with each new version of the iPhone OS, weâ€™ve been\ndisappointed by this omission.\n\nThe iPadâ€™s huge screenâ€”which has the potential to be great for working with\nemail and textâ€”and the announcement of iWork for iPad (see my next item)\nhad several Macworld editors crossing their fingers that Apple wouldnâ€™t\nhold back on this obvious feature. This time around, Apple didnâ€™t\ndisappoint. Not only will the company sell a dedicated Keyboard Dock, which\nholds the iPad upright while providing a full-size (but no-keypad) Apple\naluminum keyboard, but the iPad will also work with standard Bluetooth\nkeyboards. I am very, very pleased.\n\n\niWork for iPad: If the iPad really was just a big iPod touch, certain\nsegments of the tech-buying publicâ€”business users and education,\nespeciallyâ€”may not have seriously considered purchasing it. But with the\nannouncement of iWork for iPad, the iPad became a device that will also let\nyou create, edit, and present Keynote presentations; work on spreadsheets\nand word-processing documents; and create newsletters and other basic\npage-layout documents. And support for Microsoft Office documents means you\ncan import and work with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files. It remains to\nbe seen how well iWork for iPad handles these types of files, and what\nfeatures it does and doesnâ€™t support, but with a real â€œoffice suite,â€ a\n9.7-inch screen, and the aforementioned support for external keyboards, the\niPad is a much more capable tool than itâ€™s smaller siblingâ€”and for many\npeople, possibly a laptop replacement.\n\n\nePub support: Most people expected the iPad to double as an e-book reader.\nBut Appleâ€™s announcement that the iPadâ€™s iBooks e-reading app will support\nthe ePub standard was big news. Adopted by the International Digital\nPublishing Forum (IDPF) as an open-standards-based format for digital\nbooks, ePub allows publishers to create books in a single format for\ndistribution to various e-book resellers and for use on any device that\nsupports ePub. With more and more publishers and hardware vendors adopting\nthe ePub standard, this news means it will be easier for publishersâ€”big and\nsmallâ€”to make their e-books available for the iPad and other e-readers.\n(Questions still remain, however: Will Apple apply FairPlay copy protection\nto books you purchase through the iBookstore? Will you be able to import\nunprotected ePub documents into the iBooks app? Weâ€™ll be working on the\nanswers to these questions going forward.)\n\nNow the five minuses:\n\nNo video camera: The lack of a camera surprised meâ€”it almost seems like an\nintentional omission, so that Apple has something neat to show in â€œiPad\n2.0.â€ A device with a large, gorgeous, full color screen, a 1GHz CPU,\nwireless and 3G internet accessâ€¦and no way to hold a video chat? (Or audio\nchat for that matterâ€”I donâ€™t think thereâ€™s a microphone, either. Perhaps\nthereâ€™s one in the headphones, though.)\n\nWith a video camera, the iPad could definitely replace the Mac laptop in\nour family roomâ€¦but without it, that means Iâ€™ll need to lug out the laptop\nanytime grandma wants a video chat with her grandkids. If I have to do that\nanyway, I might as well just use the laptop in the first place.\n\n\nNo multitasking: If there were a video camera and you could have a video\nchat with someone, it would be very useful to leave the iPad version of\niChat running in the backgroundâ€”otherwise, youâ€™d be quitting and launching\nit all the time to check if grandma had arrived yet or not. Notifications\nare nice, but not nearly as nice as simply having the window there all the\ntime.\n\nItâ€™d be pretty simple to design an interface to allow toggling between two\nrunning apps; some variant on ExposÃ©, or a three-finger twist-swipe. Iâ€™m\nnot talking about full OS X-style multitasking (though thatâ€™d be great),\nbut just the ability to keep a key app or two open in the background.\n\n\nSupport for Flash: Let me start by saying thisâ€¦I have a strong dislike for\nFlash in general. The fact that it takes up to 80 percent of the CPU in a\nquad-core 2.66GHz Mac Pro to render a 400x300 Flash game just boggles my\nmindâ€”full OpenGL games running at 1920x1200 often do so with lower CPU\nutilization! So yes, I know Flash is a CPU hog. I know it kills battery\nlife. But like it or hate it, Flash is still a large part of the Web\nexperience today for many peopleâ€”and not just for those seeking Flash games.\n\nEven during casual browsing, the odds are very good that youâ€™ll run into a\nFlash-enhanced (and I use that term loosely) site at some pointâ€”heck, it\neven happened to Steve Jobs today during his presentation! At one point,\nwhile a page was loading, the â€œmissing plug-inâ€ icon appeared where a Flash\nmovie would have been playing.\n\nAs much as I hate Flash, not supporting it on a device marketed as\nproviding the ultimate portable Web experience is a glaring oversight. You\ncan buy a full-featured (PC or Linux) notebook for less than the cost of a\nhigh-end iPad, and for that, youâ€™d get full support for the Web and all its\nstandardsâ€”even those that Apple doesnâ€™t want to support.\n\nBite the bullet, Apple, and find a way to enable Flash on the iPad. I donâ€™t\nlike it, I really donâ€™t want it, but there are times I want to view a site\nthat uses it, so I need it in order to make the iPad fully usable as the\nultimate Web surfing machine.\n\n\nTrue GPS only available only with 3G model: This bit should be footnoted\nwith an I think disclaimer, because Appleâ€™s iPad specs page isnâ€™t very\nclear about this. However, based on comparing the Location section of that\npage to the same section of the iPhone specs page, I think the 3G chipset\nis the same as the one in the iPhoneâ€”which means youâ€™d get the true GPS\nchip with the 3G-enabled iPad.\n\nSo basically, if you want to take full advantage of those gorgeous maps,\nyouâ€™ll need to pony up the 0 3G feeâ€”because that fee buys you not only\naccess to the AT&T 3G network, but a true GPS chip as well. Without the 3G\nchip, you get only an approximate location based on wireless device\nlocations and a digital compass.\n\n\nVideo limitations: While the iPad can play 720p video, it can only output\n(at best) 576p and 480pâ€”so no using your iPad to send the output of a 720p\nvideo to your high definition television. Related to this issue is the\npuzzling resolution of 1024x768â€”in a world where everything is headed to\nwidescreen format, the iPad is reverting to the older 4x3 standard. Sure,\nit means apps that are run in double-size will fit the screen better, it\nmeans thicker black bars on pretty much every movie you watch.\n\n\nTo buy or not to buy\nAs I said up front, I really do like the new iPad. Iâ€™d love to buy one; it\nlooks like an excellent surfing, e-mailing, and movie-watching machine.\nHowever, there are two show stoppers on the above list that mean I wonâ€™t be\npurchasing the first-generation iPad: the lack of a video camera and chat\ncapabilities, and the lack of Flash support. Without those two things at\nleast, I will be reaching for the laptop more often than not, so I might as\nwell just keep using that for my casual Web, e-mail and video chatting\nneeds. But with just a couple little tweaks, I can certainly see an iPad in\nmy future.