People forget, especially the Apple fanboys, that not all of Apple's inventions have been received like the iPod, and I suspect the iPad may well be one of these because it doesn't seem to solve any particular problem. Many manufacturers have tried and failed with tablets over the years - it's like the Afghanistan of hardware - so it'll be interesting to see how it plays out.
What exactly is the iPad, except for Saint Jobs' latest spectacularly-poorly-named gadget?
Is it a business tool without a webcam?
Is it a phone that needs a suitcase?
Is it a web tool without Shockwave and Flash?
Is it a 1Ghz CPU with no multi tasking?
Or 802.11n without wireless synching?
Is it an integral part of a home theatre system, with only 64GB (half the biggest iPod??) and no HDMI?
Is it too small to be a TV, but too expensive to be a photo frame?
Is it too big to carry around but small enough to forget and lose?
The obvious potential market seems to have been filled with netbooks, which haven't exactly set the world on fire. And then there's the Amazon Kindle battle - so already I can't buy my apps outside of the app store, or my music outside of iTunes and I now have get my reading from iBooks? I mean, does anyone in the Justice Department do anything anymore?
The Apple convention in San Francisco this week has already jacked up the smugness level of an already-quite-smug-thank-you city to a level not seen since Obama got elected. The number of people clutching iPhones in one hand and an organic Fairtrade no-whip chai soy latte in the other while trying to find their keys to the Prius is just choking the streets.
It's not just that I despise Apple and generally quite hate San Francisco, which I do - it's more the fact that there's zero sense of real invention anymore. We have no curiosity or sense of adventure. How about working out nuclear fusion or discovering what's at the bottom of the ocean? Or curing cancer? Why do we need endless consumer entertainment gadgets that do nothing more than fan the flames of ADD and disconnect society?
After a surprisingly positive experience at the Apple store (I picked up my reserved iPad at noon on Launch Day and was able to walk in and get helped immediately), I'm now 24+ hours into my iPad experience. My initial impressions have been incredibly positive. WHAT I LIKE It's really fast. (MUCH faster … more
In the week leading up to the arrival of my iPad via UPS, I was second guessing my decision to buy it out of the gates. Not that I didn't want the iPad, I just wasn't sure what gadget gap it would fill. As it is I have a laptop, a MediaCenter PC, an iPhone, and a Kindle, I wasn't sure where the iPad fit in. After 24 hours of intense use, the kindle is to the curb, my laptop is jealous, and the iPhone is glad it has phone (barely) capabilities. For all the reasons I … more
Last night i just got the 32G iPad. First off, I'll leave all the detailed fawning over the coolness of this thing to the fanboys, but will say it is super cool toy. I just want to play with it. But here are my issues with it. First off, you can't even turn it on until you connect it to the apple store to buy their products... called... duh... iTunes. When you take it out of the box there are 3 simple … more
It's difficult to write a review of a product that I've never used, but I'm so excited about Apple's iPad, that I couldn't help myself. I will admit, I've been watching the rumors of the iTablet/iSlate/iBook/iPad for months, and I got swept up in the predictions that this would be the Magic Do Everything device. So when the actual iPad was finally revealed, I was initially disappointed. However, after some time to absorb the details, as well as take the price … more
April 2010 was a big month. The iPad was finally released after months of hype and all I knew is that I wanted one. Unfortunately, during that portion of the year and my wedding coming up, it wasn't realistic (not to mention Apple couldn't keep them in stock anyway). Well, almost eight months later, I finally purchased my iPad! Mind you, I got the basic 16GB model without 3G, but none the less, it's an iPad. Need less to say, it is probably the best purchase … more
Ok, Steve Jobs woke me up for this... I was already on the way to bed and man, the man launches an iPad? iPad?! Seriously? What's the date? Jan. 27? Why Jan. 27? Revolutionary? Well, I'm sure it's revolutionary... well, at least the way I've to relearn to type! I can type pretty fast on the keyboard now, I don't think he demonstrated how fast someone could type on an iPad! I hope it won't be a major source of frustration! We are supposed to be ready … more
On a recent cross-country flight with my soon-to-be two year old daughter, I discovered the true magical nature of the iPad -- its ability to keep her entertained for several hours while confined to her seat. She spent time drawing with Adobe Ideas, reading The Cat In the Hat and watching several episodes of Yo Gabba Gabba and Dora the Explorer. All was going well until the passenger seated at the window asked to pass by us to use the restroom. As I closed … more
I'm underwhelmed by this iPad thing, especially with all of the hype surrounding it. It's no secret that I'm a well documented iPhobe, but I've tried to put that aside and be objective here. I predict that only the most hardcore iSheep will be flocking to this overgrown iPod Touch. I can see a future for the device and others like it, but it's not there in the present. What's wrong with it? No camera. No phone calling. Another $30/month for unlimited Internet access on top of … more
Well, the Apple is finally out of the bag today as the mythical "iPad" is unveiled. But did the public receive the news as Steve intended? Was the "shock" good, bad, or ugly? Perhaps it's too early to tell whether the iPad will be a success or failure because time is needed to see how things look when the dust settles. But, it's not too early to discuss first impressions... so here's the 'skinny' on the iPad. The Good: … more
I had made up my mind during the 2 months or so between the announcement of the Apple iPad and its release date that I was not going to get one, or so I thought. I figured the UI would be fantastic as it was running the same OS as the iPhone but with a bit more horsepower and my iPhone 3GS was a pleasure to use, jailbroken with multitasking. The key feature, or lack thereof, that swayed my decision was the fact that just like the iPhone, any video you wanted play from the device locally … more
The iPad is a tablet computing device product from Apple Inc. The device was announced on January 27, 2010, at a press conference at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. The device was rumored for several months, with iSlate and iTablet among rumored names. The device is expected to incorporate a 10-inch (26 centimeter) multi-touch display made by Innolux, a subsidiary of Foxconn. The price is expected to be more than the iPhone but less than an Apple notebook computer.
The iPad's lowest grade model with a 16GB hard drive will run for $499 dollars with the 32 GB running for $599 and the 64GB running at $699. Buyers will also have the opportunity to purchase the iPad with 3G connectivity with the lowest grade model starting at $629 and going up. The Wi-Fi models will ship in late March while the 3G models will ship in April.
Yair Reiner claims the iSlate will compete in the market against dedicated e-book devices such as the Barnes & Noble nook and the Amazon Kindle while offering 70% of revenue to publishers, the same arrangement accorded developers of the App Store. These arrangements would also extend to print publishers who currently receive less in digital work royalties from companies like Amazon.com.