Wow, there is a lot of hate out there…

28 Jan 2010 Maleghast

So the iPad; I never realised how much hate there is out there for Apple until this product launch…

Before anyone launches themselves down my throat in an attempt to immediately enforce the reality that Apple have finally bitten off more than they can chew and have doomed themselves to becoming a failing business once more with the release of the iPad, I have not made my mind up yet, and I won’t until I can actually get my hands on one. That having been said it is a beautiful looking device:

Apple iPad - Initial Marketing Image, copyright Apple Computer

(The image is also a link to the current iPad section of apple.com)

So what are the naysayers all about?

#1 “The iTampon” – Seriously? The name is __clearly__ a reference to a pad of paper and a nod to PADDs from Star Trek. I mean, ok if you are eleven years old and have just found about menstruation, but otherwise, please get a clue.

#2 “There’s no camera!” – On a device of this form factor? Really? Or is it just that we have got to a place where every portable device that is ever created now HAS to have a camera built into it. If you really think that this is an omission that “kills” the product then you are not thinking about how and where this device is projected to be of use.

#3 “No multi-tasking!” – I have seen __several__ people bemoaning that they won’t be able to listen to music and read an eBook at the same time, but the iPad is running a “version” of iPhone / iTouch OS X, so the one thing that you will be able to do is listen to music AND carry out another task at the same time, JUST LIKE THE iPhone; idiots! Also, again in terms of the paradigm that the device represents, multi-tasking is not as important as you might think; it’s never stopped me fully utilising my iPhone as a connected device for productivity, entertainment and communication, so why would it be a show-stopper for this device?

Basically the iPad is supposed to be a better, more convenient, longer battery-life, smaller form-factor device designed to better attack the need that netbooks have been trying to fill for the last 18 months. Very few people out there are using netbooks as their main machine; they are a stop-gap device that is lighter to carry, allowing email, IM, Twitter, web-browsing and video consumption on the go without carrying a full-weight laptop, but if you need to run Photoshop or DreamWeaver, or Final Cut then just as a netbook would not be the correct device for the job, neither will the iPad be appropriate. For all the rest, for casual connected use and as a leisure device that could certainly be a good “while I’m traveling” business device as well, there is iPad. All the positives of a netbook with none of the annoyances.

Like I said I will wait to hold one before I __really__ make my mind up, but if the iBooks and eBook reading experience are good / easy on the eye I would want one just for that alone, so the ability to wordprocess (iWork, sold separately 😉 ), listen to music, watch a movie and a hundred other things including playing Geo-Defence on a 9″ screen…

And then there is the App-Store; almost 100% compatibility with existing apps and a new SDK for iPad specific development – this is going to be a really great year for those of us that are open to doing some of our computing a new way. In true Apple style, the iPad really is all about “Think Different”

5 thoughts on “Wow, there is a lot of hate out there…

  1. Jimf

    From my pov, the thing I’d like that it lacks is stylus input. Give it that and the right apps and it (potentially) becomes a seriously flexible rpg assistant. Dice rollers, flick of the finger stat cards, quick (handwritten) note taking and picture (map) projection all from one device (two with a projector).. that’d be cool.

    I probably won’t see any replies to this Ol, cos I’m not a frequent visitor. IM me to flame me back 😉

  2. NikB

    I haven’t made up my mind either. I went from thinking this is great to now I’m not so sure. I think the problem is how could Apple top the iPhone? It’s such a fantastic piece of kit that it’s hard to beat. So they’ve made it bigger and taken the phone out of it. For that reason I think it’s disappointing because it will be far too expensive for what it is imo.

    The features that would make this a must have for me –
    1. Turn it into a universal remote – give it infra red as well as the wi-fi and bluetooth and you have a true all in one that could be stunning as a remote. Infact it could have been the hub of a home entertainment house!

    2. Expansion slots for SD cards etc, 64Gb as a max just isn’t enough.

    3. HDMI output – it should be possible to connect to your large screen plasma/lcd.

  3. Rob

    I reckon Apple are right on the money with this one, I see it as the successor to the macbook air (which I believe was way ahead of its time). The price is right, the form factor is right, the apps are all already out there. I for one have a growing digital book/comic collection that is just aching for a device to read them on. I still can’t read on the laptop but the iPad might be different.

  4. Tom Robinson

    You forgot #4 “No Flash support”, especially as you mentioned “video consumption on the go”. I’m sure HTML5 will fix that eventually but in the meantime it’s a big restriction. I can live with it on my iPhone but it’s unacceptable on something like the iPad.

    1. Maleghast

      Fair point, at least as far as it goes… I mean I accept that it’s an unacceptable omission for you, but I could not care less about Flash, to be completely honest. Admittedly I was referring to iTunes-based Film and TV purchases and video podcasts when I was talking about video on the go, so apologies for the confusion there. Just about the only thing that I use Flash for at all any more (even at home) is iPlayer, and I can live without that for the iPad, seeing as I will be able to have it at home 😉

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