· Battery Life:
Straight from Steve Jobs, we have this awesome news on battery life:
What is the battery life like? We've been able to achieve 10 hours of battery life. I can take a flight from San Francisco to Tokyo and watch video the whole time. And it has over a month of standby time.
· Compact size
The size of the iPad is ideal for travel. Here are the dimensions: 9.7" display, 0.5" thin and only 1.5 lbs. This means no more massive backpacks with padded laptop sleeves, or even laptop cases. Simply slip the iPad into a small case (which no doubt flood the store shelves soon) and stick it into your regular bag.
· Enhanced Google Maps
The ability to use Google Maps and enhance streetview to full-screen size could easily eliminate the need for physical maps, and even guidebooks.
· Enhanced Travel apps
Travel iPhone apps will continue to be rule, since all apps work on the iPad and can even be enhanced for the larger screen. Says Jobs:
So all of the iPhone apps will run on this. In fact when you buy it, download all the apps you have right onto the iPad.
· The Compass
The iPad comes complete with the compass and accelerometer that made the iPhone so excellent for Google Maps and compass-based apps.
· The new "iBook" app
Since the iPad also works as an eReader with downloadable book content from their new app, "iBook," travelers can eliminate bulky novels or one-trick eReaders from their luggage.
· WiFi and 3G internet
Like the iPhone, the iPad will be come standard with WiFi, but there will be a higher level iPad that has the ability to hook onto 3G internet, allowing you to access the internet anywhere you have AT&T's 3G network. You will have to have a data plan for these more expensive models however, and it will be $14.99 for up to 250 MB of data a month, or only $29.99 for unlimited monthly data. Thankfully, it doesn't require a contract and you can cancel your 3G subscription at anytime. Our suggestion? Cancel it when you go overseas and pick it back up when you've returned to the States and 3G coverage. If you happen upon an AT&T hotspot though, like at Starbucks, then it's free. You'll also be able to connect to WiFi networks with either iPadfor instance, free networks in hotels (or pay, we suppose, but those suck).
· iPad 3Gs are unlocked
The iPad will be available to buy in 60 days (90 days for the 3G), but it won't have deals with international providers until June. The unlocking means that iPads with 3G use GSM micro SIMs, so if your carrier offers micro SIMs, “they’ll just work.” Hallelujahtake them international and get yourself a local carrier's GSM SIM and surf their 3G with a plan. Or, in the States, leave AT&T and join Verizon's 3G network.
· Competitive pricing
iPads will start at only $499, when we totally expected it to be several hundred more than that. This means that many will go in for them quickly, which will increase demand for enhanced apps, international flexibility, and iPad-formatted media. Here is the pricing for the basic WiFi-enabled models: 16GB=$499, 32GB=$599, 64GB=$699. Now for the models with WiFi and 3G capability: 16GB=$629, 32GB=$729, 64GB=$829. We think that the 16GB model with 3G will be most popular among travelers.