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10 reasons why I'll be passing on the iPad

As the iPad buzz turns from speculation to evaluation, the early reviews are starting to roll in. See why Deb Shinder says she won't be lining up outside the Apple Store for an iPad purchase.

On January 27, Apple held a much-hyped and long-anticipated "event" in San Francisco, where Steve Jobs unveiled the company's new tablet device, named (perhaps, in the wake of all the jokes it inspired, to its regret) the iPad. I was looking forward to finding out exactly what the specs on this were going to be. I've been trying to find a really good tablet PC for years, since way back when Microsoft introduced Windows XP Tablet Edition. I love the concept, but none of the devices that have hit the market since then has quite gotten it right -- at least for me.

Would Apple be the one to finally do it? Given my experiences with the Mac in the past, I wasn't overly optimistic, but I was willing to give it a chance. Now, after all the speculation and rumors, its tablet is out in the open for everyone to see. And no, I won't be lining up outside the Apple Store to buy one. Like so many of Apple's products, it's pretty, but that's just not enough. This device may fit your needs completely, but here are the top 10 reasons that it falls short for me.

Note: This article is also available as a PDF download.

1: There's no physical keyboard

There are two basic tablet form factors. The first is the "convertible," which includes a keyboard and a swiveling screen that allows you to use it like a regular laptop or lay the screen down on top of the keyboard and use it flat. The second is the "slate," which is a flat screen with no physical keyboard. We all knew the Apple device would fall into the latter category. Up until the unveiling ceremony, the rumor mill was calling it the iSlate. Thus the lack of a physical keyboard doesn't come as a surprise, but it is a strike against it in my book. Some are saying the virtual keyboard is very good, but I've tried touch typing on them before and it's just not the same.

If I want a compact touch screen device I can use to watch videos, surf the Web, read my email, etc., I can do all of that with my smart phone. If I need to do more than that, it's probably going to involve touch typing. And for that, I can use my laptop or netbook. If I want to watch a movie or TV program on a screen that's larger than my phone's, I can do that on the laptop, too. Why would I need to buy and carry a third device?

2: This one size doesn't fit all

If the tablet is going to fit into some gap between the phone and the netbook, the size should be somewhere in between, too. The iPad's screen is about 10 inches, the same as most netbooks. It won't fit into your pocket. It's thin and light, but so are many of the netbooks on the market now. For example, the Sony VAIO X series laptop/netbooks are the same half-inch thick and virtually the same weight (1.5 lbs. vs. 1.6 lbs.). And we're also starting to see netbooks in the convertible tablet form factor, which is really exciting.

3: It runs a phone OS

I would have been more tempted by the iPad if it ran OS X instead of the iPhone operating system. A phone OS is much more limited in what it can do, and the iPad suffers from the same limitation as the iPhone when it comes to applications: Yes, there are lots of them, but you can get them only from one source, Apple's App Store. Can you imagine the outcry if Microsoft said you could buy Windows programs only from them?

One of the biggest limitations of the iPhone OS is that you can't multi-task. Like it or not, we live in a multi-tasking world today. People may be satisfied with running just one app at a time on their phones -- after all, the screen isn't big enough to see multiple windows -- but with a device that's four times as big and costs quite a bit more, we expect to get a real computer. And real computers multi-task.

4: There's not enough storage

The iPad will come with 16, 32, or 64 GB of storage. From my experiences with the early netbooks, I learned that 16 or 32 GB of storage isn't enough for me. Granted, my needs may be greater than that of the average user. But by the time I install all the programs I want to use and put my music, photos, and a few videos on there, what once upon a time seemed like a lot of space really isn't. The 64 GB model might be just barely enough, but the price is high -- much higher than a netbook with four times the storage.

5: There's No HDMI output or camera

Today, computing is all about multimedia -- both consuming it and creating it. You can watch HD movies on the iPad (although it doesn't have the 16:9 standard aspect ratio), but you can't output them to your HDTV because there's no HDMI connector. And you won't be making movies or taking pictures with your iPad, either.

One handy use for a device of this size and form factor would be video conferencing... except Apple forgot to include a camera and microphone. Most new laptops and netbooks have a built-in Web cam. Even the iPhone has a camera, albeit not a particularly good one. You could just buy a Web cam and connect it... but what do you connect it to? That brings us to the next problem.

6: There are no USB ports

Even those $299 netbooks have USB ports for expandability. Not only could it be used for a flash drive, to ameliorate the storage problem; it could also be used to plug in a standard USB keyboard when you need to touch type. But Apple chose not to build any USB ports into the device. I understand that you will be able to add USB support by buying a special dongle that connects to a dock. That's all well and good, but it means that you have to spend more money for something every netbook already comes with. And even worse, you'll have to carry these extras around with you if you want that functionality when you're on the go -- which sort of negates the whole idea of "thin and light and compact."

7: There's no flash memory slot

The saving grace for my first netbook was that I could add storage with a flash memory card. The iPad, unfortunately, doesn't have a built-in flash memory card slot. Again, Apple is going the dongle route. More to carry around, and more to spend money on. By the time you buy everything you need to get it closer to the functional equivalent of a netbook, you may end up spending a bundle. And that brings us to the next point.

8: The price is not right

Those who love the iPad are seemingly in awe of its "aggressive pricing." And for those used to paying Apple's prices, I guess it does seem like a bargain. But for those who come from a PC world, not so much.

I think there is a market for a low-cost touch screen tablet device that serves as an ebook reader, Web browser, and mail client, and on which you can view photos and videos. The iPad is priced several hundred dollars too high for that market. Lots of people would pay $299 for something like that. But the iPad pricing starts at $499 for the 16 GB model with no 3G connectivity. From there, it goes up to $829 if you want 64 GB of storage and 3G. For that much money, you can buy a powerful compact laptop that runs a full-fledged operating system and multi-tasks and that has USB and SD and Ethernet connectors, 4 GB of RAM, and 250 GB of storage.

The iPad is being touted as a better ebook reader, but it costs twice as much as the Kindle and other ebook readers.

9: It's locked in

Apple loves to lock you in, and it hasn't broken precedent here. You have to buy your apps from the App Store, you have to buy its dongles to use standard accessories like SD cards and USB devices, and you can't even remove and replace the battery yourself. The 10-hour battery life is impressive (although some netbooks offer comparable times), but if you were flying to Australia and wanted to bring along an extra battery for the extra-long flight, forget about it.

On the software side, you can't run Skype to make phone calls with it, either. We wouldn't want to cut into the iPhone market, after all. Nor can you download Flash to install on the browser, which means you won't be watching those YouTube videos.

10: It's all about the network

One reason I was actually thinking that Apple's tablet might be a possibility for me was the rumor going around, pre-release, that it was going to work on the Verizon network. You could almost hear the silent groans when it was announced that the 3G versions of the device will use AT&T's network. I know dozens of people who love the iPhone but won't buy one because they don't want to deal with AT&T. The company has already had network congestion problems that it blames on the popularity of the iPhone. Now it plans to add iPads to the mix?

And you'll have to pay another $30/month for unlimited data for your iPad (or $20 for 250MB), on top of what you're already paying for your cell phone. Or do they expect people to give up their phone data plans and just use the iPad for data? I don't see all those iPhone users doing that. This thing is looking more expensive by the minute.

Of course, if you buy the lower priced versions of the iPad, you won't have to worry about 3G anyway, since they don't come with that capability. Here's wishing you good luck on finding those wi-fi hot spots.


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Debra Littlejohn Shinder, MCSE, MVP is a technology consultant, trainer, and writer who has authored a number of books on computer operating systems, networking, and security. Deb is a tech editor, developmental editor, and contributor to over 20 add...

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Some articles improve with age. This one keeps turning into eggs that leap onto the author's face. Here we are a year later, and if the iPad were a standalone business it would be in the top third of the Fortune 500.

Ron K.
Ron K.

We took a good look at the iPad and the price, had a good laugh at that and left. A few minutes later we were in a Borders Book Store and saw the Kindle, calculated, on the fly, how many paperbacks I could buy for that and went off to buy paperbacks. I like the feel of a book. I've downloaded Kindle for the PC and have read the excerpts that Amazon makes available so I know how the Kindle software works. I'm sticking with books and I can get them for FREE, to read, at my local library. I've been doing that ever since I was a pup.

bitdoctor
bitdoctor

You said, "...be, but it's still a decent product and can only get better." Have you HELD it in your HANDS?! NO Have you used it?! NO Then you cannot say for sure "it's a decent product." You are making a fully unqualified statement, based on 'vapor' - based on what you saw the CEO (Jobs) hold in his hand via some Web or TV announcement. Until YOU use the thing for YOUR needs, then there's no way to know if "it's a decent product."

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mail2hamza

I'm disappointed to see the caliber of the authors writing at TechRepublic. Looks like they really don't know what they are talking about!

russell.keeton
russell.keeton

you use Verizon's MiFi 2200. Then the iPad can connect to the MiFi via WiFi along with up to 4 other devices. It's an option if you really want an iPad but would rather use Verizon's network unless there is some other restriction I haven't considered or am unaware of.

m_h_es
m_h_es

you are dam right in many things like the usb , sd flash memory , the screen size , the most thing that is important in our computers life ((multitasking))...

MurphysLaww
MurphysLaww

Honestly, I don't think Apple cares what you think. Hopefully, if they are smart, this is aimed at Students and not current laptop/iphone/touch users. This is a mostly e-reader, websurfing, and media content delivery device at an extremely attractive price. It's not a laptop, or meant to be one. If they partner with the textbook/consumer book sellers constructively, and market to students, every student will want one, and at $499, (or less, as apple said they will price to market) every student will eventually have one. Let's see... carry one 1.5 lb device that carries all of my school content, and textbooks that I purchased at 40% less than bookstores, or 5-10 books at 2 lbs a piece + a laptop. Ohh, and it also will allow me to check my e-mail, browse to the school LMS, play my music, and movies too. I'm down with that... Cha-Ching, that was the sound of 20 million college students in the U.S. alone slapping down their newly aquired plastic. A market that also grows by 5 million every year. Tell me Apple is stupid.

Keith Martin
Keith Martin

Sorry Debra, I'm all in favour of opinion but there's a serious lack of homework evident here. #1 There's an optional physical keyboard. Only when you need it, so you needn't carry what you don't need all the time. #2 It is a *useful* screen size. That's why netbooks aren't smaller, too. #3 This is a new platform, one designed with different things in mind. It ain't MEANT to be a desktop OS. #4 You're kidding, right? Have you managed to fill a 32GB iPhone? (And I don't mean with music; if your music collection is too big then choose which solid weeks' worth of songs you want with you.) #5 If I want to watch HD video on a big screen I don't want to have to tether a bit of kit, I want to use something discreet and permanently in place. HDMI is too dedicated, too use-specific for a general-purpose device. #6 There is a USB port adaptor. But you'd be an idiot to want to walk about with extras anyway. #7 Repeat after me: "This is not a netbook. This never wanted to be a netbook." If you want a netbook, buy a netbook. #8 This is not an eBook reader, this is a next-gen device that's eBook reader, digital note/sketchbook, email client, browser, office (iWork) suite, and so on. #9 Recharge from a long-haul flight's charging points. And you CAN watch YouTube, for crying out loud. Homework, homework, homework. #10 Use ANY airtime provider's SIM. All you need is a micro-SIM card. It isn't locked.

gdunsby
gdunsby

Although I'm fed up with the Mac v PC argument, it does generate more interest than any other discussion. Linux v Commordore 64 anyone?

daedalia
daedalia

Oh come on. Some points are mildly valid but do you buy a washine machine and complian that you can't do your dishes in it, or moan that that nice banana you were going to eat is no good at hammering nails in.

eupal
eupal

Very interesting article. I won't definitely be another one of those lining up to buy this device.

JudgeYou
JudgeYou

A tech blogger needs to fact check. There are numerous factual errors and baseless assumptions in this article. The most glaring one is "or $20 for 250MB", which is inaccurate. By deliberately skewing facts to strengthen your arguments OR not bothering to fact-check, you have lost all credibility.

Intellicomm
Intellicomm

I'd say about 1/2 of your "reasons" were on mark but a few were just off. -Uh, it's a tablet, not a convertible, so the keyboard is an addon. -Microsoft is the sole source for MS products, they just allow resellers/distributors, but no-one is allowed to rewrite their code and use it. -HDMI out? Really? Don't you have a device for watching HD TV already? -Netbooks don't fit in your pocket either. And even if it did, you wouldn't be stupid enough to put it in one. -64gb is more than enough for most people (for now) -Why can't you use Skype? it runs all iPhone apps and has a mic and speaker. -AT&T sucks but the data plan is cheap. You were planning on it being included in the purchase price? That makes no sense. Lets face it, you weren't going to buy one in the first place. You still love Mr. Gates and always will. And that's fine. There are plenty of crappy Windoze tablets out there that weigh a ton, are 1" thick, and have your BSOD (blue or black, take your pick).

tikishark
tikishark

You arguments contradict themselves (iPad is too big, but the Sony XIAO is okay). The iPad has too little memory, but the 4 gb Kindle is okay... Plus, the iPad does have the ability to use a physical keyboard (through the dock and bluetooth). It's okay to present an opposing side to something.. You should just get your facts straight first.

bitdoctor
bitdoctor

Mark my words - I, Jeff, told you - It will flop! IF they come down to $199 for the entry model, and $250 for the next model; it MIGHT begin to encroach a bit (only BARELY), but it is a POOR excuse for an alleged 'new' product; with WAY too many things lacking - as you pointed out. It's like they did ZERO market study. The market really is saturated - not the 'tablet' market, but the "functional device" market, in general - AND, with the economy the way it is - VERY BAD TIMING. All that said, it looks like a nice alternative bookreader, but MUST have the following to survive: 1) *NON-PROPRIETARY* USB built-in from the start! 2) Easily change-able battery 3) HDMI - I *NEVER* buy laptop or desktop now that does not have HDMI out! 4) Non-proprietary wi-fi (I guess it has this) 5) BlueTooth - this is SORE POINT with me - I see so many laptops that DON'T have this any more - WTF? Even the brand new one I just bought has all the features and internal place for it, but NO BLUETOOTH! EVERY computing device should have blue-tooth built-in - PERIOD - just like USB! 6) AND some sort of flash memory slot as well. It is touted as a MEDIA DEVICE after all! I see some current HP [supposed] "Media PC's" - but they DON'T HAVE HDMI OUT! (only the very top $$ model) - well, it CANNOT be a "media PC" [without] HDMI - period! My opinion anyway. Don't call it a "media device" (movies, pictures, HD, etc.), if you don't have the built-in guts for all the popular media interfaces! --- Jeff

Gary Tate
Gary Tate

Needs to get her facts straight.... Wrong on most counts. I agree about the camera though and thats it. Do some more research lady.

jfreedle2
jfreedle2

iPad is looking more like iUseless.

janly
janly

Though I may agree with some of the points made here, I have to say that there is misinformation as well. First, because this is the brethren of the iTouch, it can run Skype. I have skype on my iTunes. And, albeit, locked in into their App, but there is a YouTube App. Just because it doesn't fit everyone's idea of what it should be it's no reason to criticize with misinformation. I'm a PC user myself, but I enjoy my iTouch very much and what it does, it does well. I would enjoy the Ipad, just because it has a bigger screen to view my videos and read my books. I may not purchase the 3G because I disagree with their business model of locking themselves into one phone service and probably it will require the data plan which I would not use. So I will be happy with the basic Ipad.

JonathanPDX
JonathanPDX

Lots of reasons to pass. Lots of reasons not to. I passed on the earlier incarnations of the iPhone, and now I have one. It's an amazing tool and something I use constantly. It's actually the first "smart" phone that doesn't have me jumping through hoops to use. While I'm not a fan of AT&T, so far it's actually worked quite well...and I can even make phone calls. I wasn't thrilled about the iPad at first, but there is a lot of potential for it in business. I'm willing to wait for the kinks to get ironed out before really looking at it as a purchase option.

richard
richard

You would surely expect tethering capabilities, given the iPad and iPhone come from the same company and they should surely want to lever synergies between the devices. And not just for 3G access but also camera connectivity. Like using the iPhone camera and iPad screen for video conferencing. Both devices have wifi, so that would be the perfect media. Although I love my iPhone (but only after jailbreaking it), I think I'll pass on the iPad too.

brasicano
brasicano

Very good points and to a certain extent I do agree with some of them. But you're really missing the point. Apple has always been and is still at its core a transformative company. We would probably all still have floppy drives in our laptops if Apple hadn't decided to not include them in the first iMac back in 1998. That was very controversial at the time, yet within a few years even PC makers stopped including them. If Apple included all of the ?stuff? you think is necessary we would have just another PC Tablet, which in your own words has not quite gotten it right. Hmmm, I wonder why that is. 1: There's no physical keyboard Actually there is an external keyboard accessory that Apple will sell, but I suspect that won't be used nearly as much as the touch keyboard. 2: This one size doesn't fit all This is just the first version. I?m sure they needed that border around the screen to fit in all of the hardware but eventually it should get smaller or the screen will get bigger. They might even release differently sized models in the future. And I'm sure they will eventually have a MacPad with a 13" or 14" screen and Intel processor running the full OSX. 3: It runs a phone OS It's a mobile device not a full-fledged computer. If it ran all of the Mac apps then there would be less incentive for software companies to develop iPad touch specific applications and the transformative touch user experience would be greatly harmed. Also, by creating a new software category they create a whole new app economy similar to that of the iPhone. Not to mention there are plenty of remote apps for the iPhone that can control a Mac or PC via both WIFI and 3G, in essence turning it into a full fledged computer. 4: There's not enough storage Again, this isn't a full-fledged computer; it's the first in a series of a transformative wireless device, one that makes use of the cloud more than it does wires and drives. 32-64gb is more than enough. 5: There's No HDMI output or camera It's a transformative wireless device. If you really need it just buy the dongle. 6: There are no USB ports It's a transformative wireless device. If you really need it just buy the dongle. 7: There?s no flash memory slot It's a transformative wireless device. If you really need it just buy the dongle. 8: The price is not right Just as the iPhone went down from $599 to $199 within two years, I'm sure the same will be true of the iPad, albeit not to that extent. The other fact you continue to ignore in your arguments in comparing this device to other tablets is the amount of Intellectual Property, in other words R&D $$$ that has gone into this product, specifically around the touch interface technology and user experience which the other tablet manufacturers just haven't been able to pull off. I am excited to see what the Google "gPad" running Chrome OS will be like. After all, competition is a good thing. 9: It's locked in I agree with this one 100%, yet I understand why they do it. It makes complete business sense in their case. 10: It's all about the network I do wish they had a plan with a discount for iPhone users. And they will eventually open up to other carriers. On the other hand a $30 unlimited data plan is half the price of any other mobile data plan service out there.

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nuttmac
nuttmac

I am so so mad that Apple now is so greedy to not allow flash ie. not allow competitive apps to run. Have a feeling apple is trying to be the new self interest company as opposed to the old customer lead cool brand it used to be.

MurphysLaww
MurphysLaww

The caliber of marketing geniuses at Microsoft couldn't produce what Apple has with their first shot. If the insiders in the industry don't know, then someone simply writing a blog here shouldn't be expected to. Business today is going to be all about marketing partnerships. Since Microsoft wants to control and own everything without truly paying for it, they lose. People talk about Apple being control freaks, and they are to an extent, that extent being wholly positive to the product they produce. Microsoft somehow manages time and again to take an opposite approach and is time and again successful at failure. Microsoft has always been a marketing company in my mind, Apple an engineering company. When Apple strayed and tried to follow MS, they suffered. When back on an engineering track, the marketing more or less took care of itself. Apple doesn't care about the writer here's opinion either, but I believe they do have a plan, and I'm buying... It looks like our technology future is going to come down to three main players now, MS, Apple, and Google (if they don't stumble). It's definitely going to be interesting. I'm betting on Apple, because they are smarter, already have a product, and have momentum. I'm looking across my lecture room and see at least 1/4 of the class with their Iphones, and even some with a cell phone and a touch. One has to make mental notes in a spreadsheet in ones head to get an idea of where the market is, and where it's heading.

vucliriel
vucliriel

Tech people should stop being disappointed at what comes out of Apple... It should have been clear at the minute the one button mouse was revealed... Simple Strokes for Simple Folks!

bitdoctor
bitdoctor

Wow, these features are EXACTLY what I mentioned that the iPad MUST have, in order to not only compete, but to survive as a viable product. And I, for one, will take the added thickness, as a trade-off for having the HDMI out (!!!) and USB and Bluetooth, as well as the added disk space, memory, etc. And with USB you can add a multi-card reader to read all formats - SD, xD, MicroSD, etc. And it is Windows 7 - and can be loaded with Linux! How much more flexible can you get? Sounds like the "iGloves" are off! Apple has some competition - let's push to make this also available in the U.S.!

MurphysLaww
MurphysLaww

It's only a competitor if it's in a similar price point. Apple would have made the iPad run OSx if they could have got it done at a reasonable price point. The x2 is vaporware currently. If not at a viable pricepoint, and marketed correctly, none of these so-called competitors will survive. There hasn't been a good case for a $1000 dollar tablet yet, and there still isn't one. Ask Microsoft.

Shaunny Boy
Shaunny Boy

I'm an iPad, but what in the world is my purpose?? If #7 & #8 don't ring alarm bells, then I don't know what will. Products need identity, like the iPhone is identified as a smartphone, and an iPod/Shuffle, and media player. If the iPad isn't trying to contend with eReaders, Tablets, Media Players (which cannibalises other Apple products) and PDAs, then what is it's purpose? Oh, and the multitasking thing is totally unforgivable at that scale!

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

"Unlike the Apple iPad which is powered by an i-Phone OS and not the desktop OS X, the iTablet will be powered by Microsoft?s Windows 7 or optionally a Linux operating system. Aside from the OS, the iTablet include a 1.6GHz Intel processor, 250GB hard drive, 3G and WiFi support, 1.3MP webcam, HDMI port and 3 USB ports. You?ll also have your choice of either a 12.1-inch widescreen XGA or a 10.2-inch widescreen TFT." http://www.coated.com/x2-itablet-launching-in-april/ Apple left teh door wide open for that one. They rush inferior devices to makret and pretend they are cutting edge while others release superior devices and provide what people want, without being tethered to teh manufacturer. i-Pod = VERY weak compared to competitiors i-Phone = VERY weak compared to competitors i-Pad = VERY feature weak, we'll have to see how the i-Tablet pans out after it's release.

JCitizen
JCitizen

the article for capability, but I wonder is some connectivity issues are already covered by blue-tooth.

jfuller05
jfuller05

a little contradictory, you think? Expound your point.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

"This is not a netbook. This never wanted to be a netbook. ... This is not an eBook reader, this is a next-gen device that's eBook reader, digital note/sketchbook, email client, browser, office (iWork) suite, and so on." Funny, I thought a netbook was a "device that's eBook reader, digital note/sketchbook, email client, browser, office ... suite, and so on." Since this is those things but not a 'netbook', how are you defining 'netbook'? If this is those things, why isn't it a netbook?

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

It's a tablet, very true. So why no handwriting recognition with a stylus or DRAWING that a 'tablet' should provide? Right, because Apple bought out old touch technology that isn't refined enough for a stylus unput, they just added multitouch chips to it so fat fingers can smudge it up like an i-Phone. MS uses industry standards for its interfaces, not proprietary connections. They also allow 3rd party development without their prior approval or sales through only THEIR online store. Most boardrooms I walk into have HD screens in them, so HDMI output is very useful, and yes, the new i-Tablet offers one. i-Tablets will come in 10.2" or 12" screens, so you can find a size that works best for you. 64GB is nothing, unless used on a very limited device that only plays music and surfs the web, email etc. It has nothign to do with loving Bill Gates or MS, a product that fails, simply fails regardless of who made it. You mention other Windows tablets out there but fail to see the i-Tablet. It does everything the i-Pad does, has the inputs and features i-Pad is missing, has a capacitive or resistive touch screen choice (meaning stylus handwriting recognition and drawing applications), is available in 10.2 or 12" screen size, and allows for eithet Linux or Windows7 FULL OS. 250GB HD, Intel processor, camera, 3xUSB ports, HDMI etc. Is non proprietary, not joined at the hip to Apple's choice of applications or peripheral devices.

JimJensen3
JimJensen3

and is successful at close to the same price. Who would have thought people would pay 350-499 for a book reader but they are. It does have WiFi and Bluetooth. My hunch is that in order to have a standard USB connection it would have to have been thicker somewhere along the side. I am okay with using a dongle in the rare case I might need it. It should have had the SD slot, I'll give you that.

Keith Martin
Keith Martin

The iPad will NOT be locked to a single airtime provider. Just get a 3G micro-SIM from any company you choose.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

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JimJensen3
JimJensen3

Did you know these limitations when you bought the product? The rest of us did. How is it "greedy" to not allow Flash? They don't make any money off of this "limitation". By the way, did you know Microsoft is not supporting flash in IE 9?

MurphysLaww
MurphysLaww

I honestly didn't think the numbers would be this high, this early. iPad's haven't even been pushed in schools yet, and they are on pace to hit 10 million plus in the first year, with no price reductions yet. So, I guess someone likes them...

bitdoctor
bitdoctor

Some of what you say makes sense, but you cannot predict nor judge the future based on ONE good Apple product - which, at the beginning, was almost a flub as well, due to all the problems and issues with 3G and so forth; and due to EXTREMELY POOR decision on Apple's part to stick with ONE phone vendor! That STILL is holding back a LOT of potential customers! Okay, granted, the iPod also was/is an excellent product - but really, those are the ONLY TWO successful Apple products in a VERY LONG time - they are notoriously poor at marketing, but have gotten much better lately. Their past product (prior to iPhone) have been BETTER than the equivalent MS-centric products, but they never had the needed 'marketing' "back in the day" - I always loved the Apple IIvx and almost all Apple systems over the equivalent MS systems, but I had to use word of mouth to tell people about them; and they cost more, so those two factors kept them behind - also, their software offerings were more limited at the time, but are getting better. Again, the iPad falls under some of this ilk: it is too little, too late, too limited, too expensive. As time goes by, it should come down in price, which will help, but it needs a LOT of features added to make it more viable! I, for one, LOVE Apple products - always have! AppleTalk was THE easiest network ever to set up! And, yes, Apple actually "pays attention" to some of the higher-traffic blogs in considering product feedback, features, etc. Unfortunately, I believe TechRepublic does not fall under the category of "higher-traffic blogs."

brasicano
brasicano

More like Buzzflame Bingo! If you have a counter argument that it's in fact not a tranformative wireless device than please make it, I'm all ears. Otherwise leave the postings to those who can actually formulate thoughtful arguments.

ctxppc
ctxppc

Like Steve Jobs said, Flash is dying slowly but for sure. iPad had a big impact on this: every popular website supports Apple's opinion. Just name me one if I'm not right. :-p Personally, I like the proprietary stuff of the old IEs more than Flash. Another browser could at least do something itself with the source code, without any plug-in. ;-)

MurphysLaww
MurphysLaww

We have to remember this is only v.1.0 of the iPad. As I said in a previous post, if their marketing muscle can get to Colleges, the E-reader of textbooks feature alone could assure initially 9 million initial sales if 50% of the current College students took advantage of the obvious E-text convenience and $$$ savings(In it's current state, I would subtract Science and Math students from that until it gets an active digitizer, if ever). This is a market that grows by 4-5 million students (in the U.S. alone)every year. And it has a chance to get there at it's current price. The word is, that it cost's less than $300 to make, even in the $729 version. That gives them a LOT of room to move, especially if they are getting subsidies per 3G unit sold from ATT. If they have (and should) work out some sort of deal with the textbook/book publishers, there is another revenue stream. As the kids say, "This has got WIN all over it.". No, I don't think the Ipad is uniquely viable device outside of the school environment in it's current state, but it has zero need of anything but the education market to be at least as successful as the iPhone. I personally had no idea that they could be produced that cheaply, as the Iphone in some models sell for almost what they cost to make. For me, this is a slam dunk, now knowing this.

seanferd
seanferd

Those making the claims of "transformative" have the burden of proving and demonstrating their claims. Is it the right product for some users? Probably. I just would have thought this device would be a bit more capable, considering the development run-up and the marketing noise.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

It's no more able to be used by a quadriplegic than any other computer. Yeah, that's stretching the point. I'll grant you that it may make some functions easier, but transformational? Evolutionary, maybe. But it makes some functions harder. Data entry. Presentations. I submit it makes existing iPhone and iPad apps easier, and that's merely because of the screen size. Not much 'transformational' about that, and it won't bring those apps to places they aren't already.

Vulpinemac
Vulpinemac

Make it usable by anybody, that's what.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Repeating the phrase over and over, as you did in your first post, doesn't make it one. What does it transform? What does it do that can't already be done?