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Web browsing is one of the things iPad does best; full-size pages look nearly as good as they do on a MacBook. These are true Web pages, not the scaled-down mobile versions.

The big drawback: The iPad doesn't support Adobe Flash, used by most Web sites to display video and animation. iPad users who visit a site that uses Flash will be greeted with error messages. Many sites that are entirely Flash-based, like Hulu.com and TV network sites, simply won't work on the device.

There are two exceptions: CBS and Disney have said they'll format some shows online just for the iPad. But don't expect a deluge of TV outlets to follow suit, since most are owned by cable companies that don't want to lose subscribers. (Steve Jobs is a Disney board member.)

Also, Apple's Safari is the only Web browser for the iPad. Another bummer: Safari on iPad won't allow for tabbed browsing, which lets users keep several sites open at once in the same window.

NEXT: Wireless

Last updated April 02 2010: 7:02 AM ET
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