US media outlets are gushing like star-struck lovers over the Apple iPad in early reviews as software makers hustle to ready programs for its much-anticipated sales launch on Saturday.
The few blessed by Apple to receive review copies of the iconic California firm’s latest creation were clearly smitten with the notepad-sized gadget.
“This beautiful new touch-screen device from Apple has the potential to change portable computing profoundly, and to challenge the primacy of the laptop,” said the Wall Street Journal, calling it a “game changer.”
Apple chief executive Steve Jobs billed the iPad as “revolutionary” when he unveiled the device in San Francisco in late January, saying it will carve out a home between smartphones and laptop computers.
The USA Today newspaper agreed, like most other media outlets: the “stunning” iPad is “rewriting the rulebook,” it said.
“The iPad is not so much about what you can do — browse, do email, play games, read e-books and more — but how you can do it,” said tech reporter Edward C. Baig.
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