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Apple iPad

What you need to know about Apple’s new tablet computer

Last reviewed: March 2010

Since late January, when Apple introduced its tablet computer, there's been a lot of buzz—and some controversy—surrounding the computer maker's iPad. Just what is this sleek and portable device? Is it just a giant iPhone or iPod Touch, or a full-fledged portable computer? How does it compare to a netbook? And will it replace e-book readers, such as the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook?

The experts at Consumer Reports are going to answer those questions by purchasing a few iPads—just as you, the consumer, would do—using our secret shoppers. (The Wi-Fi-based iPads will be available at retailers on Saturday April 3, while iPads with 3G wireless broadband connectivity won't ship until late April. But we'll buy and test those, too, when they become available.)

As we review the Apple iPad, we'll post our findings and other information—including videos—here and our Electronics Blog. (You can also keep up to date with the latest news by following us on Twitter and Facebook.)

For now, here are our top posts about the Apple iPad: