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?
What's good about it?
I looks like it would be an OUTSTANDING book/magazine reader, albeit an expensive one. The kindle is monochrome and really only for books. Something tells me that Amazon might kick it up a notch now though.
Speaking of books: I hope one day kids will just have to carry something like this vs. the backbreaking load of tree carcass that they have to walk around with now. The only concern is that Apple is notoriously proprietary so I'll have to root for equal marketshare for Kindle and iPad and Sony and whomever else jumps in, so that there can be a standard file type and users can CHOOSE which device they want to carry around.
What's the damage?
The Internet access is provided by AT&T exclusively, but the device isn't locked and there is no contract and can be used with WiFi only. Here's what the access will cost you:
So it appears that I'm in no danger of making my 1st ever Apple purchase. Although, with some improvements and openness to 3rd party content (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon), I *just* might in the future.
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