Apple revolutionized the mobile phone industry with their iPhone. With the release of the iPad, they are attempting to revolutionize the mobile computer market as well. A lot of people who own the iPhone already are wondering why they should even bother buying the iPad. After all, the iPad just seems like an oversized version of the iPhone with more computing power.
While that is true, there are actually a number of reasons to consider an iPad even for those who already own an iPhone. Starting with the obvious reasons, the size of the device means that you can enjoy all your media in crystal clear quality and don't have to squint to see what's on the screen. The higher resolution outclasses other tablets and the iPhone, allowing users to enjoy movies and video in pristine quality.
Many iPad application development companies know that the size and resolution of the screen create potential for more exciting applications. The size also makes the digital keyboard on the iPad far more user-friendly than the iPhone's keyboard. There are also holders that allow users to lay the device in a comfortable position just like a laptop.
How about some lesser-known reasons? iBooks are perhaps one of the most compelling advantages over the iPhone. iBooks is essentially iTunes for digital books, letting users comfortably read books without buying a separate eBook reader. The iPad offers the flexibility of a tablet without having to buy another expensive device like the Amazon Kindle. And, unlike the Kindle, the iPad is an all-in-one device allowing you to watch videos, play music, surf the Internet, and read eBooks.
In addition to iBooks, iPad application companies are creating more and more iPad-exclusive apps. The iPad app store recently reached a milestone, now offering more than 100,000 iPad-exclusive apps. Not available for the iPhone, these apps are typically more robust than those available on the iPad's smaller counterpart. Apps like Market Scan, which allows traders to plan and simultaneously execute multiple trading strategies after analyzing the stock market, and iMovie, which allows users to edit HD videos using the iPad's multi-touch functionality, are experiences that can't be matched on an iPhone. In addition, there are countless video games which are more enjoyable on a larger screen with high resolution. Games like Cro-Mag, Infinity Blade, and even Madden NFL '11 by EA Sports are all iPad highlights.
The iPad also has more memory than the iPhone. Now able to store 64 GB of data compared to the 32 GB from Apple's popular phone, there's even more space to store newer, more robust applications. Because of this, deep and intricate iPad applications will continue to be developed, as creators won't need to limit scope as much and users won't need to worry about free space.
With a larger, high resolution screen, twice the memory of the iPhone, and over 100,000 iPad-exclusive applications that are more practical for day-to-day life than many iPhone applications, there's actually a compelling argument to be made for the iPad, even for users already possessing an iPhone. Specifically, users considering purchasing a Kindle may want to step it up and purchase a more all-inclusive piece of technology that offers access to an ever-growing list of robust apps and games aren't available on an iPhone.
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