iPad launched in Spain

Two months following its launch in the United States, where over a million units were sold in just 28 days, the iPad is finally available in Spain (and 8 other countries) as from today.

The new device designed by Apple is similar to the iPod Touch, but is a much larger version with a tactile screen in colour measuring 9.7 inches comparable to the size of a small book. It is light and very easy to hold and use for work, surfing the internet, reading, storing photos or just playing.

The novelty factor with the iPad is iBooks, a facility which means that it can be used to read electronic books which although currently available free of charge through the Gutenberg project will soon be a paid for service once an agreement has been reached with the large publishing companies. Magazines, comics and newspapers can also be downloaded onto the iPad.

Despite the many facilities that the iPad offers it lacks a number of things such as a USB connection point, a HDMI plug for the television, a camera and a webcam.

There are six versions with different capacities (16, 32 ad 64GB) and different types of internet connection (wifi or 3G). Prices for the new iPad range between 479 and 799 euros.

Movistar is offering three prices for 3G models of the iPad. Up to 200 megabytes (MB) – 15 euros; 1 GB – 25 euros and 5 GB – 39 euros. Vodaphone is offering two quotas – 15 and 32 euros.

Orange is offering a daily price costing 3.5 euros or a monthly quota costing 35 euros both quotas offer the user unlimited access for downloading and a reduction of speed from 250MB and 2 GB respectively. In addition to Movistar, Vodaphone and Orange other operators also are also offering the iPad at competitive prices.