Are Apple’s iPad Shortcomings Real or Perceived?


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I’m not an Apple apologist, honestly. I don’t like everything they’ve created, I swear. I don’t own iEverything (no Apple TV, no iPod, no MacBook Air, etc.). However, in light of the flurry of initial iPad complaints, I just had to counterbalance perceived shortcomings with a modicum of reason.

EMPHASIS: Perceived shortcomings, not actual shortcomings. The damn thing hasn’t even shipped yet!

If you fell victim to the hype surrounding the iPad, you deserve to be disappointed. Don’t hold Apple accountable for it not living up to some truly insane expectations.

Mind you, I find the lack of a camera a glaring omission from the first generation iPad. The aspect ratio (4:3) and stunted video output (not even 720p) are also shockers. We might find these limitations addressed in future hardware revisions, iHope.

  1. Still no support for Flash. Adobe needs to get on their shit, yo. It’s not Apple’s fault that Flash is one of the worst-written, unstable, unoptimized pieces of software on the planet. Blame Adobe, not Apple. The #1 reason to use either Safari on Snow Leopard or Google Chrome on either Windows or OS X is to sandbox that POS Flash plugin. If HTML 5 takes off, say good-bye to Flash and its proprietary madness that we’ve been made to deal with. No support for Flash is an absolute blessing, folks.
  2. No USB Ports. I’ve read that this was a “must.” A “must” for what, I ask? A laptop, sure. The iPad isn’t a notebook computer. It’s like complaining that the iPad doesn’t have a CD tray.
  3. Apple is still using AT&T for 3G. So, don’t buy the 3G service? Even in a pinch, you could get it for a month and drop it the next – with NO CONTRACT, I’m not sure what else there is to complain about?
  4. It’s an oversized iPod Touch. This argument has some degree of merit, but here’s what the iPod Touch doesn’t have: a fast processor (by today’s standards), wireless 802.11 N, an LED screen that supports IPS, support for an external keyboard, customizable SpringBoard background, allegedly-longer battery life, and… of course, a screen that’s much more accomodating for sharing and viewing content.
  5. $499 is too much to spend on it. Really? I dare you to find another touch-controlled device that’s EQUALLY powered and just as usable today. Compare the starter-level iPad to Amazon’s Kindle DX (which is currently selling for $425); it makes the iPad look like a bargain. If you put it in the eBook Reader category – ALONE – it’s a clear leader.
  6. It’s not a Tablet PC. Duh. Do I really need to explain why this isn’t a valid complaint? Jesus Diaz did a great job explaining this on Gizmodo last week.
  7. Still no multitasking. Here’s a suggestion: focus on the task at hand instead of juggling? More to the point, research is now suggesting that multitasking actually slows us down! I’m not going to hold a device responsible for what neuroscientists say is a shortcoming in human wiring – and neither should you. Pay attention to that which needs it – and nothing more. There are certainly cases for needing more than one app open at a time, but not at the peril of a good (single) app experience. Knowwhatimean?
  8. Still no background apps. I do believe the workflow of app switching could be better, but in my experience, background apps zap power – and one of the biggest issues with mobile devices today is battery life. I’m more concerned about my “percentage left” than I am knowing I can’t have a Web page and email message open simultaneously. Moreover, I’ve used devices that support background apps… and… I really don’t miss ’em all that much.
  9. There’s too much bezel. That’s what I thought, too – at first. Then I thought: “What if I touch something I didn’t want to touch, when I was just trying to hold on to the gosh darn thing?” Point also addressed by the must-read John Gruber.
  10. “iPad” is a stupid name. Yeah, I’m still cringing over their choice – but in all my 36 years on Earth, I’ve never avoided a product due to its name. Its color and design, yes – but its name? Who cares what it’s called if it works? And that’s still the question which remains: will the iPad WORK? I can make fun of a million names, too.

For as much as you might not want one, the iPhone OS experience is the most usable mobile (and touch) platform out there today; I’ve yet to experience anything like it. I got my Mom an engraved iPod for her birthday last year, and she’s been eyeing the Kindle. I told her to wait – and I’m glad I did. It may not be the end-all, be-all gadget for geeks, but for people like my Mom? More than adequate.

The iPad is an all-encompassing content consumption device that belongs more in the traditional “media reader” camp than it does the traditional “tablet computer” camp. When you place it in that category, the reasons Apple made its decisions with the iPad become largely clear. Would you mock an eBook reader that didn’t have a camera?! I’d hope not. And what about admonishing a digital photo frame that didn’t run Flash apps? Not likely. The iPad might compare to an Archos 5 Internet Tablet, but even that isn’t a very fair comparison.

Seems to me that most initial iPad complaints are largely due to the problems WE are having in classifying this device in our existing taxonomy of gadgetry. From Wikipedia on perception:

The processes of perception routinely alter what humans see. When people view something with a preconceived concept about it, they tend to take those concepts and see them whether or not they are there. This problem stems from the fact that humans are unable to understand new information, without the inherent bias of their previous knowledge. A person’s knowledge creates his or her reality as much as the truth, because the human mind can only contemplate that to which it has been exposed. When objects are viewed without understanding, the mind will try to reach for something that it already recognizes, in order to process what it is viewing. That which most closely relates to the unfamiliar from our past experiences, makes up what we see when we look at things that we don’t comprehend.

Food for thought.

Oh, and I’m also looking to get a new PC (with Windows 7) at some point in the near future – so stick THAT in your fanboy-pipe and smoke it. ;) That, and if you have any recommendations, I’m all ears – but not because I’m looking to replace something in my life, but augment it.

28 thoughts on “Are Apple’s iPad Shortcomings Real or Perceived?”

  1. Chris, your apologies do ring of a fanboy. Although I understand you are just taking the position that these are “faults” of a non-shipping product.

    The problem with the iPad is that if it does break the mold, Steve Jobs did it no favors at his keynote. I watched the whole thing and he positioned it between the iPhone and laptop. He said that he must do some thing much better, yet didn’t really show anything that it did much better. Running iPhone apps with “pixel doubling” isn’t magnitudes better, no matter how many times they say it is.

    Apple has had years to pitch a great story to me, and it seems that the main story I hear is, “Trust me, this thing has changed the world — you just don’t know it yet. Remember the iPhone?”

    One thing I know about technology is that no matter how many times you’ve done great things, the next thing you do must still prove itself. If HP and MS showed this exact same functionality they’d be a backpage story about an overpriced tablet.

  2. This isn’t for us. This is for our mothers. This sits on the kitchen counter, displays recipes and shows pics of grandkids, and with one touch, brings up Cosmo magazine. It just works, doesn’t need to be configured and can’t get a virus when she downloads Smilies or Balloon Breaker. This is Farmville for $700. Maybe she puts it in her purse. Mostly, she NEVER has to call us to fix it or teach her how to use it. Finally a computer that is easy to use as a phone.

  3. While I agree that commenting on this before using it isn’t fair, I’ll still answer your list on “perceived” shortcomings:

    1) Flash — Does it suck? Yes. Do most games and video-sharing sites use Flash as a standard? Yes they do. The fact Apple omits it is because it is in Apple’s best interest to do so, not us the consumers. Netbooks can handle Flash fine.
    2) No USB port/It isn’t a netbook — No, it isn’t a netbook, but Jobs himself put it in the same space (between a computer and a phone). You also didn’t mention no HDMI-out. Are you saying you can’t see a use for connecting my iPad to a TV, the iPad that has all my pictures and videos?
    3) AT&T/3G — I was impressed with the unlimited price personally. Would I like to see another carrier? Sure, but if I can use it with a MiFi that’s probably a better deal anyway.
    4) Oversized iPod Touch — For people that wanted a real OS, this matters. For the rest it shouldn’t.
    5) $499 price — I don’t know many complaining about this part and they shouldn’t. As Apple products go this was very reasonable.
    6) Not a tablet — Well I don’t get anyone saying that. It’s bigger than a phone with no keyboard. If that isn’t a tablet then I don’t know what a tablet is.
    7) Still no multi-tasking — This is a religious war. That said, Apple seems to be the only company that isn’t giving this feature in 2010. (I’d still like to have a better way of managing background apps on Android though.)
    8) Still no background apps — You may not find it useful, but as a happy DROID user (and previous iPhone user) I think it is short-sighted to not understand that someone might want it.
    9) Too much bezel — A friend gave me the best answer on this. Why not have apps take less space (software bezel) and allow full-screen mode for apps and videos that use the whole screen? It would seem the bezel issue is due to where your hands on and a smarter design could have worked.
    10) iPad name — No debate here. The name stinks. Of everything I am amazed Steve the marketing genius would sign off on that one.

  4. (Fair warning – the following may not be suitable for delicate minds…)

    Think about the lost marketing opportunities by using iPad for this device… “i-whatever” has been used for all sorts of things, but “iPad” could have been for a device that attaches to ladies’ feminine products.

    Imagine Kotex attaching a small, wireless (maybe RFID?) device to one of their products. This would then send a message to the wearer, via their iPhone, that the product has reached its holding potential, and it is time to change. Better yet, it could send a message to the wearer’s significant other, letting that significant other know that they need to be walking on eggshells for the next few days.

  5. I haven’t bothered to dissect the pros and cons of the new device. I’m sort of taking the position I take with any device like this that hasn’t fully matured yet – I’m delaying judgment till a later date. Once developers have a go and introduce new ways of using this thing, I may bite down the road.

    When the iPhone came out, it was exciting. No question about that. However, I think the “oversized iPod Touch” point is valid because, despite some of the differences you mentioned, it’s 100% true. Given that, I find it hard to go nuts for the iPad.

    In my own life, I’ve got a Macbook Pro I sit in front of at work all day. I’ve long since abandoned the iPhone (damn AT&T). Although I’ve considered purchasing an iPod touch, I find the storage capacity lacking. Do I really need this thing in my life? Maybe in a while, but not today.

  6. This was a good post. But you are apologizing for Apple on a couple of things. Multitasking and Background apps: I don’t care how you or anyone else spins it, every device out there does those 2 things. The last time a device didn’t do those 2 things: PalmOS (yikes).

    You’re on point with everything else, especially the definition of perception. I wrote on my blog that this can possibly see it’s way in schools, but for a tech guy like me, or even an average consumer with a smartphone, desktop, and a laptop, it’s a hard sell to justify this device. I have a hard enough time justifying my Kindle, but I’m glad I have it; it serves its purpose well, because it’s right by my bed, and that’s all I want to do with that device: read. To pay $500 for this to do the same thing my $250 Kindle can do with 2 weeks of battery is a bit much to ask.

  7. Personally, I see no point in buying anything that costs that much money and I can’t open two things at once. See it as a shortcoming if you want, but I’m used to taking in the whole world at one time, not one piece of it. Now I don’t think I can successfully focus on more than one book, game, etc. at a time. But could I listen to music and chat with someone? Could I watch a video while still keeping my eye out for an expected new email or a friend-in-need sending me a message? For that matter, I don’t like anything that won’t allow me to receive an urgent message from someone while I’m trying to do something else – even my phone, which is NOT highly advanced or anything, will do that… And personally, I don’t see this as a shortcoming or even just slowing me down. The computer is multitasking – I’m simply seeing all the data at once instead of small amounts.

    But then again, my argument is completely irrelevant. I had no intention of purchasing one no matter what it was named, what it did, or anything else…While I like to keep up with what technology is coming out, I haven’t remotely got the money to try to keep up with it and frankly have no need. A laptop computer that is at least a couple years old now still does what I need it too.

  8. I definitely agree with you here, Chris.

    People hyped this baby up so much, they SHOULD be disappointed, and I hope they’re a little butthurt too. The iPad was everything I expected. Now, keep in mind: This is the first hardware version released, and it’s very much in line with what Apple does, in regards to releasing hardware in tiers over time.

    Who remembers how successful the iPhone was? The very first one. Yeah, not so much. Despite anyone’s feelings on the iPhone, it truly did revolutionize the mobile phone, and raised the bar. I can’t wait to see what Apple does in the future with the iPad.

    Not only that, but I’m looking forward to how it will play a part in how businesses use technology. Think about the uses in the medical field, architecture, and so many other industries. We should stop thinking so short-term — it’s all about the big picture here.

    Take a look at who they’re getting on board with. If you watched the keynote — huge gaming and publishing names.

    Everyone may be a little shaken up about this new category between the mobile phone and laptop, but people are usually not very fond of change. That’s OK, your foot will taste nice later :) Apple seems to shift paradigms in terms of technology and how we consume it, and this is no different.

    Let me put it this way, in terms of Twitter:

    It’s the messaging system we didn’t know we needed until we had it.

  9. That’s all great, bur as a product producer…. Why wouldn’t you include all of these perceived shortcoming and absoloutely blow everyones minds on the initial release?

    The thing that is going to suck for them as a company is now when they do end up fixing all of these “percieved shortcoming” and putting them in the next generation of it… It will kind of be too late. The average consumers attitude will be “god finally, it is about bloody time!”

    I they have all of these tehnologies availible to them, why not just include them in this initial release. Still, offer a kindle style dumbed down version for the book readers market, but god damn it!…. Make a real piece of technology that would blow the doors off of the portible computing market, and Anything under $1000 at that point woul be great in my opinion.

    That is all…. Have a nice day.

    -Dave

  10. you can’t put it in the ebook reader category, because staring at tiny type on an lcd screen will melt your eyeballs.

  11. Chris, you’re a tool and a real Apple fanboy. Just because you haven’t bought three of their products over the last ten years doesn’t mean you’re not a fanboy. Just like my owning a MBP for 3.5 years doesn’t mean I’m not a hater.

    Anyway, let’s move on. I stopped reading your innane rant when I got to the point about lack of USB and why it doesn’t matter. You know what I would have used USB on an iPad for? So I wouldn’t have to pay Apple extra for a memory card reader, or a digital camera connection kit, or whatever propeitary extras they sell for it.

    Why can’t you be honest and say “Apple is a premium brand and they like to make extra cash by implementing proprietary things so they sell you more accessories down the line.” But no, you actually go out on a limb and say nobody would need USB on this thing.

    Really… my Windows Mobile phone can do USB host, and this thing doesn’t? You can call it a tablet, a tampon whatever… it’s still some form of a computer, and it not having the world’s most popular, widely-used, widely-adopted port is not something you can just brush off by comparing it to lack of a CD drive.

    CD drive became obsolete about ten years ago, every other computing device which has a screen as big as an iPad or bigger has multiple USB ports. There is no excuse for its lack and for defending it you’re a big stinking fanboy… and you’re the worst fanboy of all, because you disguise yourself as a level-headed consumer and you mislead your thousands of clueless followers into buying crap products.

  12. @Jos -Didn’t your mommy tell you that when you start calling someone names, you’ve lost the argument? Maybe she’ll give you that info long before you move out of her basement.

  13. Put it between google one (the phone) and Asus EEEPC. ipad is far below both of them. The google one has a camera, does multitasking and has a clock speed of 1 gig. Its price is in the same reason as ipad and goes nicely into ones pocket. And you can use it with any carrier as you want. Not limited to AT&T or Verizon.

    The EEEPC on the other hand, have a real desktop operating system and can be changed. I can put linux or window 7 in it. Could put OSX also but who bothers? Has multiple USB connections plus a SD card reader. Has a 16:9 aspect ratio screen and a real keyboard which triples as an screen protector when folded or else a docking pad for the screen. You can video chat. You see, it does not have problem with multi tasking. You can video chat with your girlfriend while playing some flash based game in whatever browser except safari.

    You can actually take any camera or video camera and backup your photos/movies in its 100+GB hard drive or 32GB flash drive. I would have to leave my Canon DSLR home if I had an ipad. Or I have to buy plenty of compact flash cards like I used to carry films in the old days.

    It does not need iWorks as it can have any software you want, including MS office. Plays 720p video in its native resolution if you connect it with a tv. ipad on the other hand throws a mere 420p for a 50+ inch tv. What a joke. And the price of an EEEPC is much less than the ipad.

    Only one thing I could think of, is I can gift it to my mother. No, I can’t because she plays Farmville which unfortunately is on flash. She can’t send me those mystery gifts of Farmville with her ipad.

    Well, I can always use it as a digital photo display. Has a shiny, bezelled 9.7 inch screen and does photo slide shows pretty nice. Has plenty of space if I want to put photos only. I think, I will hang it by the wall as it does not have a support stand. Do you guys know if it has two holes in its back for the nails?

  14. Very reasonable, Chris. And anything from here will be personal stand points.

    One great example is people talking about how 8GB is not enough memory, I honestly remember when I was lucky to be saving 300Kb. For someone like me 8GB seems like too much memory. eBooks don’t take up a huge amount of space. And at the resolution and size of the screen it could easily fit a few hours of movies and audio without hurting memory too much.

    Apps are probably the most memory consuming as you build them up but most people only need a small handful of the apps that are actually available.

    I don’t see anything wrong with the iPad (even the name) because it does what it was designed to do. And it does it well. But I can’t justify it.

    As far as Apple is concerned $499 is extremely reasonable. It’s almost like they’re giving it away. And there currently isn’t a device that properly competes with it. All very good, reasonable points. And being new the price will come down as the construction and technology becomes cheaper.

    It’s also got a smaller market than your average laptop so in that way the price is very good. I mean only those who actually have a need or just want the “coolest new device” will actually buy this thing.

    I need a physical book, heck I printed this article just to look at it, so eReaders are not my thing and I would be severely disappointed if Publishers started going all electronic thirty years in the future. So as an ebook reader, definite over kill. Information management…my laptop isn’t a burden on me so still have no need there. I don’t watch many videos and my 256MB mp3 player serves me well when I want music on the go. (Honestly 256 MB is still too much memory for me) So it’s nice for those who can actually benefit from the all-in-one feature set. And to those who get it I wish them the best.

    But I honestly believe we’re getting silly if this is the next big thing in electronics. Even more if people get it just because it looks “cool.” I don’t doubt it has it’s use. But it’s just silly.

  15. Sorry for the double post but this just occurred to me. If you can do something about that it would be nice. But if you can’t I do apologize.

    But Kindle uses “Digital Ink” to help make reading the eBooks a more pleasing experience and to lower eye-fatigue. Or that’s how I understand it. Correct me if I’m wrong please, as I can’t find a good bit of information on it. Only reviews that I’ve read.

    Will the full color screen of the iPad be able to make use of digital ink technology or is it like reading off of a regular computer screen? That’s what I would like to know when it comes out. The actual e-reader experience. Again I’m showing my ignorance here so I always look forward to input.

  16. Re: “$499 is too much to spend on it. Really?”

    Really. It’s not that I think Apple is being unreasonable charging that much, it’s that the iPad doesn’t seem to have $500 worth of incremental value to me. The Kindle is a poor comparison, as that has $0 incremental value to me–I like books, and a paperback for $8 will fit in the back pocket of my jeans.

    I’m DEFINITELY and Apple “fanboy” and have been since 1980. That’s WHY I don’t think the iPad has much extra value to me. I already take my 15″ MBP and my iPhone everywhere I go. I don’t want to give up the 15″ screen for reading or video, and I can’t give up my iPhone since I need to be available by telephone.

    I think it’ll do well as a product, and I’m sure it’ll dominate on college campuses as publishers finally do a good job with digital textbooks, but for me there’s really not 9.7″ (diagonal) of space between my need for my iPhone and my laptop.

  17. Great point about the name, I remember hating the name Wii when Nintendo first announced it but it didn’t stop the Wii from becoming the #1 selling game system of all time.

    I think the tech crowd (to which I am a part of) was going to be a let down if it was anything less than a device that let you download your consciousness and let you live forever on the internet.

    This device was first and formost aimed at the education and business sector, not at the casual consumer. Think about it, if a company only wants you to work on the task at hand then multi touch is key, not to mention they don’t have to worry about viruses being uploaded if an employee takes it home because you are limited to purchases from the apple store. heck they are cheap enough (and I am sure apple will give some type of additional bulk sale price) to give each employee one of their own.

    This is like the Apple II or Macintosh all over again… if they can get this in the hands of college students and corporate employee’s around the world then they don’t have to sell one device to a consumer, because their sales goals will be met. Its a business model that has already been tried and tested with RIM, the first blackberries were simple and focused devices too.

  18. This thing proably wont change the landscape of mobile technologys but it i believe it may in the near future if Apple is smart and truly listens to the consumers. I hope it will make laptops and notebooks a thing of the past. We all may be passing judgement to quickly especially considering its a 1st Gen but after carefully balancing the Pros and Cons of this device i dont see anything but for this to Fail. Sorry Apple Fanboys but hopfully 2nd Gen Ipads will change my tune and Shut me up!

  19. I fell across this with a google search, and just by reading this : line:

    “Still no support for Flash. Adobe needs to get on their shit, yo. It’s not Apple’s fault that Flash is one of the worst-written, unstable, unoptimized pieces of software on the planet. Blame Adobe, not Apple. The #1 reason to use either Safari on Snow Leopard or Google Chrome on either Windows or OS X is to sandbox that POS Flash plugin. If HTML 5 takes off, say good-bye to Flash and its proprietary madness that we’ve been made to deal with. No support for Flash is an absolute blessing, folks.”

    This just goes to show you know absolutely NOTHING about flash development. Flash and html5 have two completely different intentions and uses, despite some overlapping functionality, and cds were a direct competitor to floppy.

    There has been much ado about HTML 5 replacing Flash. Typically the people who talk about this have no experience with Flash, and thus no idea of what its truly capable of. I suspect that if they truly did, they likely would not be making such statements Even where there is technological overlap between the two solutions, the Flash based solution is usually far more polished Let’s take an easy example: the new HTML 5 video and audio tags that grown men are weeping with joy over. You can do this in a browser natively-great!!! You don’t need Flash!!! All the open-web zealots can get up and do the conga! Except, there’s one problem None of the browser vendors can agree on standard audio/video codecs. Welcome back, 1997! Yes, in order to make sure you audio/video tags work in all browsers (we’re not even talking about browsers that don’t support these tags) you’ll need to encode you video/audio in different formats for each browser. (Either that, or you can encode in Flash video and it will work anywhere-you decide) Don’t get me wrong-the HTML 5 spec is a step in the right direction, *but* it is only a step (and a baby step at that). The sad fact of the matter is that people are acting like the release of HTML 5 (now scheduled for 2022 according to the co-editor of the spec Ian Hickson) is akin to the rapture being imminent not because its a vast improvement-but because its *any* improvement where HTML basically stagnated in the arms of the W3C for the past ten years. Flash has all cross browser support, but html5 will require separate sets of coding for each browser. This is why macs don’t render a large portion of the web correctly. This is also why ie will never die, as it is still the most widely coded for browser. Also, flash is an animation and interactivity studio, and html5 is pure hard code. Big difference.

    Also keep in mind flash does a helluva lot more than just render video. I’m talking 3d graphic rendering, real programming via action script, and just too much to explain.

    So keep drinking the koolaid, and you wait for that 2022 release date. And the latest flash release is even better, and more optimized. Flash isn’t going anywhere for a long time.

    First point, COMPLETELY DEBUNKED.

    Second Comment:

    “No USB Ports. I’ve read that this was a “must.” A “must” for what, I ask? A laptop, sure. The iPad isn’t a notebook computer. It’s like complaining that the iPad doesn’t have a CD tray”

    USB ports are VERY BASIC, and VERY SMALL. There is no excuse for NOT implementing usb ports except they want to limit you to THEIR memory constraints and crap proprietary connectors.

    DEBUNKED.

    Third Comment:

    “Apple is still using AT&T for 3G. So, don’t buy the 3G service? Even in a pinch, you could get it for a month and drop it the next – with NO CONTRACT, I’m not sure what else there is to complain about?”

    Whats to complain about? Why not use REAL 3G for connectivity? Like Sprint/Verizon/Clear? Why market it as an “internet device” if you can’t USE THE INTERNET? Seems like a valid complaint to me, and everyone else.

    DEBUNKED

    Fourth Comment:

    “It’s an oversized iPod Touch. This argument has some degree of merit, but here’s what the iPod Touch doesn’t have: a fast processor (by today’s standards), wireless 802.11 N, an LED screen that supports IPS, support for an external keyboard, customizable SpringBoard background, allegedly-longer battery life, and… of course, a screen that’s much more accomodating for sharing and viewing content.”

    Since when, exactly, is 1GHZ fast by TODAYS standards? If I wanted to have to plug in an external keyboard, your better off with a cheaper, faster, more efficient, MORE CAPABLE, touchscreen netbook. And you can make any background you want with netbooks as they are full fledged pc’s. As for sharing and viewing content, this device really isn’t all that portable. I really don’t see people lugging this thing around on the daily commute on the train. Durability will be a major concern… Won’t know until it comes out. As for home use, Sharing content makes more sense on a PC.

    DEBUNKED

    Fifth Comment:

    “$499 is too much to spend on it. Really? I dare you to find another touch-controlled device that’s EQUALLY powered and just as usable today. Compare the starter-level iPad to Amazon’s Kindle DX (which is currently selling for $425); it makes the iPad look like a bargain. If you put it in the eBook Reader category – ALONE – it’s a clear leader.”

    First problem, the 499 version only comes with 4GB of memory. Welcome back 1998. HP slate is a much better solution to tablet computing, with MORE power, MORE capability, and MORE memory. A clear leader in ebook huh? Think again. Kindle has e-ink, which allows reading for HOURS. iPad, does not. Easier on the eyes anyone?

    DEBUNKED

    Sixth Comment:

    It’s not a Tablet PC. Duh. Do I really need to explain why this isn’t a valid complaint? Jesus Diaz did a great job explaining this on Gizmodo last week.

    Yes, you do need to explain. What reason would someone really have to have a smartphone AND iPad? Really?

    DEBUNKED

    Seventh Comment:

    Still no multitasking. Here’s a suggestion: focus on the task at hand instead of juggling? More to the point, research is now suggesting that multitasking actually slows us down! I’m not going to hold a device responsible for what neuroscientists say is a shortcoming in human wiring – and neither should you. Pay attention to that which needs it – and nothing more. There are certainly cases for needing more than one app open at a time, but not at the peril of a good (single) app experience. Knowwhatimean?

    Sounds like the same excuse iPhone/iTouch users have been using for the last several years. There is NO excuse for thing. Multitasking a necessity in today’s world. The nexus one/milestone/Samsung Moment/HD2 all multitask just fine, with no slowdown. Want to know why it truely doesn’t multi-task? Apples crap hardware. Thats the reason why Apple stopped putting their own chips in Macs and switched to INTEL chips.

    DEBUNKED

    Eight Comment:

    Still no background apps. I do believe the workflow of app switching could be better, but in my experience, background apps zap power – and one of the biggest issues with mobile devices today is battery life. I’m more concerned about my “percentage left” than I am knowing I can’t have a Web page and email message open simultaneously. Moreover, I’ve used devices that support background apps… and… I really don’t miss ‘em all that much.

    Once again, your LACK of understanding how things work. When apps are in the backround, (not active, as in mp3 playback) They are using 0 CPU cycles. If they aren’t using CPU cycles, they aren’t using power. Just because YOU don’t miss them doesn’t mean the masses wouldn’t

    DEBUNKED

    Ninth Comment:

    There’s too much bezel. That’s what I thought, too – at first. Then I thought: “What if I touch something I didn’t want to touch, when I was just trying to hold on to the gosh darn thing?” Point also addressed by the must-read John Gruber.

    Well, no-one will really know this until it gets released into our hands, so we’ll see.

    Tenth Comment:

    “iPad” is a stupid name. Yeah, I’m still cringing over their choice – but in all my 36 years on Earth, I’ve never avoided a product due to its name. Its color and design, yes – but its name? Who cares what it’s called if it works? And that’s still the question which remains: will the iPad WORK? I can make fun of a million names, too.

    Ok I agree with you here. Anyone see the SNL bit about iPad when the first iPod came out?

    Closing:

    You have much to learn about tech, and the tech world. Fanboyism site like these have inspired me to open my own, non-biased site, and it will be brutal, honest, and open. To the author, my email address should be on file as I entered it into the appropriate field. Perhaps when I get my operation open we can have some sort of cross-site debate. I welcome all and any debates. Best of luck and regards.

    -IOWA

  20. Ummm, “Iowa”, the $499 version has 16GB of memory which is more than suitable for the average users who would like to have a pretty powerful daily computing tool at their disposal. “Debunked”….

  21. You’re one of the biggest and blind Apple sycophants on the face of the planet. You also happen to be one of the biggest Microsoft haters on the planet as well.

  22. Calling you names or not! He is absolutely right! This article was nothing more than a sycophantic rant from an ill-informed fan-boy.

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