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Apple iPad to launch in UK on 28th May

iPad pricing to start at £429

Scrabble on the Apple iPad

The Apple iPad can be used for a number of functions, such as watching videos, surfing the net, checking emails and playing games – like Scrabble, pictured above

The Apple iPad will go on sale in the UK on 28th May 2010, with pre-orders from 10th May.

For the wi-fi only models, the 16GB iPad has a suggested retail price of £429, while the 32GB model should sell for around £499 and the 64GB version for £599.

Apple iPad with wi-fi and 3G

If you want to buy a wi-fi and 3G iPad, then a 16GB model will cost around £529, a 32GB model will cost around £599 and a 64GB will set you back £699.

Which? imported a wi-fi iPad from the US when it went on sale there in early April and it has impressed us.  It does just about everything you could want from a portable entertainment and media tablet, and all with typical Apple panache. 

You can watch our first look review of the Apple iPad here

Apple iPad test results

We’ll be running the Apple iPad through a series of tests of its multiple applications, beginning with a comparative lab test of its ebook reader functionality against dedicated ebook readers in June.

Matt Bath, Which? Technology editor, said: ‘While many shoppers will rush to buy Apple’s iPad when it goes on sale in the UK, it’s worth noting how much more expensive it is here than it is in the US, where it costs $499 (around £340).

‘Apple has added nearly £90 to the price of the basic version, although the UK price does include VAT. Going on sale with a starting price of over £400 will price it out of the reach of many would-be iPad buyers’.

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