Both Walt Mossberg (Wall St. Journal) and David Pogue (New York Times) have released early reviews of the iPad. Both are filled with some interesting information after a week or so of testing, but I think the big news from the two reviews is that both report the iPad battery life is longer than the 10 hour claim of Apple.
I was impressed with the iPad’s battery life, which I found to be even longer than Apple’s ten-hour claim, and far longer than on my laptops or smart phones. For my battery test, I played movies, TV shows and other videos back-to-back until the iPad died. This stressed the device’s most power-hogging feature, its screen. The iPad lasted 11 hours and 28 minutes, about 15% more than Apple claimed. I was able to watch four feature-length movies, four TV episodes and a video of a 90-minute corporate presentation, before the battery died midway through an episode of “The Closer.”
And according to Pogue:
Speaking of video: Apple asserts that the iPad runs 10 hours on a charge of its nonremovable battery — but we all know you can’t trust the manufacturer. And sure enough, in my own test, the iPad played movies continuously from 7:30 a.m. to 7:53 p.m. — more than 12 hours. That’s four times as long as a typical laptop or portable DVD player.
The overall tone of the reviews still contain a lot of wait and see. Pogue breaks his review into two, one for techies and one for normal folk. (At least he didn’t do a song.) Mossberg seems more taken with the potential than Pogue does, but you can gauge all of that for yourself.
UPDATE: Stephen Fry weighs in with his admittedly fan-boy approach in Time Magazine. Melissa Perenson takes a look for the Washington Post.