From the overall design, to touch-screen capabilities and battery life, reviewers are gushing over the iPad. The only complaints were already well-documented: it doesn’t run Adobe’s (ADBE) Flash, there isn’t a camera and it can’t multi-task.
Here are some snippets from a few of the reviews:
- WSJ’s Walt Mossberg calls it a “beautiful” device that has “potential to change portable computing profoundly.”
- “I had high expectations for the iPad, and it has met or exceeded most of them,” Houston Chronicle’s Bob LeVitus says.
- USA Today’s Ed Baig says it’s a “winner” and stacks up nicely against Amazon’s (AMZN) Kindle as well as portable gaming devices.
- Is the iPad a perfect product? No,” Tim Gideon writes at PCMag. “And the omissions will give the anti-Apple crowd plenty of ammo. Why do I need this extra device that’s not a full-fledged laptop?”
- Andy Ihnatko at Chicago Sun Times says iPad isn’t a notebook replacement. “It feels more as if the iPad is filling a gap that’s existed for quite some time.”
- NYT’s David Pogue may have summed it up best: “If you like the concept, you’ll love the machine. The only question is: Do you like the concept?”
Amid the positive reviews, an impressive performance by Apple’s stock. It’s value has more than doubled during the past year and set another all-time high today in anticipation of the iPad’s debut.
Shares closed up 0.4% at $235.97.