Yeah, just in case people think we forgot: Apple launched its iPad today. It’s just that since the rest of the web is pretty much clogged with iPad “news” items at this point, I don’t really know what to add; who’d you rather hear from, someone who owns one, or someone like me, the small orphan child pressing his face to the glass of a candy shop full of delight he can’t afford (because he lives in the wrong country)? About the only meaningful item I’ve seen today is Engadget’s iPad review, so let’s take a quick look at that one.
Engadget’s Joshua Topolsky published his review earlier today, probably coinciding with the official launch. He believes the iPad is a ‘computing revolution’. “The iPad as a computing revolution,” he writes, “Does the iPad evolve the personal computer in a significant way? Yeah, actually, it kind of does. Despite what you think right now, and despite the limitations Apple has put on some aspects of this device, what it says to the market is significant. The iPad is powerful, elegant, and largely unlike any computer you’ve ever used.”
He basically says that if you “listen to music, casually browse the web and read news sites, watch some online video, play games, and keep in touch with friends via Twitter, IM, and Facebook”, then the iPad is perfect for you. This looks suspiciously like the 80/20 rule to me, and that rule is utter nonsense; at one point, you’ll want to do something else, for which you will still need your laptop. Can you predict exactly when those moments come?
I’m still pulling stuff out of my bum here of course, since I’ve never used or even seen the iPad. Still, after all these reviews and videos, I’m still not exactly sure why anyone should buy the iPad instead of a MacBook or even a netbook. I don’t see the iPad perform any task better than a notebook/netbook, which makes me wonder: why not just get a laptop right away?
Apple is trying to create a new product category here, and sure, the enthusiasts are all over this thing like ants over honey, but I’m just not convinced you’ll still be using your iPad once the novelty wears off. Again – before I’m accused of being anti-Apple – I haven’t yet used an iPad, so my opinion is effectively worthless. Let me add that while we’re talking iPad now, this more or less applies to any tablet device I’ve seen.
I guess time will tell, and I’m fairly sure time will prove me wrong. At this point, I’m the only person in the world who doesn’t see the magic or revolution – all I see is a big iPod Touch with some added UI elements that come straight from the desktop world. I do like the newspaper and comic books application though, they look pretty neat.
Can’t beat reading a real newspaper on the can, though, and you can’t share iPad comics.
I like the look, but it’s missing a few
features that need to be added before I
would consider getting it ..
1. micro-sd card slot
2. 5 MP cam and mic
3. option 1.8″ hd (lower the overall cost)
4. 2 usb ports
I figure a 2GB flash for OS and a 1.8″ HD
for storage. I figure having a flash and HD
solution would reduce the overall cost.
Also, the over all cost for the iPad is too
high missing a cam, mic and sd slot.
I’m waiting for the HP slate ..
I just can’t get excited about the iPad. Maybe its because I already own an ipod touch and know its limits. I agree with you on a few points Thom, but most notably the one where the novelty wears off. I believe people will be dragging these things around for a few months, after that they are going to sit in the corner. Also, I find the keyboard would be really odd to type on, a flat surface like that will make you hunch over or sit in odd positions. I see back problems cropping up from it.
Why else would they make their own chip, when there’s quite a lot of perfectly good chips on the market?