The iPad Is Garbage
Certainly given the following which I lifted from a tech site:
No OLED Screen
An extremely disappointing 256 MB of RAM!
No Additional Touch Gestures
No Handwriting recognition
No Wireless Syncing of File Management
A Very Low Resolution Display with 25% fewer PPPs than the iPhone or iPod Touch
No integrated TV antenna or Radio antenna
No Video Out
No OTA Sync With Apple TV or Servers To Stream Video
No Low Reflective Screen Mode for high contrast Ebook Reading that doesn't hurt your eyes
Only 64 mbs of HDD space
No Gamepad attachment for Gaming With Physical Buttons/Tactile Feedback
No bluetooth, or ability to connect to a bluetooth mouse/keyboard
No RFID/IR to use it as a remote, or to tag it to yourself
No Replacable/Removable Batteries
No Flash support (no hulu.com)
No ability to connect to an extrernal hdd, or even an SDCard
A 1 Ghz processor that significantly slower than every single notebook on the market today, even the $199 ones.
And who greenlighted the name iMaxiPad. Does Apple not have at least one woman on their staff?
Similar bashing was rampant when the first iPhone was announced as well.
Last I checked, the iPhone is one of the most successful products ever put to market.
I suspect the iPad will follow suit with typical Apple cycle of release:
Rumor --> Hype --> Announcement --> Disappointment --> Bashing --> Acceptance --> Success --> PROFIT.
Kinda hard to bash with any credibility something that isn't in the hands of the consumer, has not been reviewed by any of the major suspects, nor has even crossed the eyes and hands of the OP.
Probably will make their 3G network performance worse, though.
I think it's too early to form an concrete opinion, especially when none of us have actually used or tried it.
All we can go by now is others reviews.
For where it's designed to fit in, it's interesting. It's obviously not a notebook replacement, and the itouch always seemed too small for video to me. With itunes and an ebook app, it's going to be able to provide a lot of media.
The worst thing about the BB for me is the web browser. So I'd love a supplemental device, but an itouch isn't useful enough, and carrying a laptop around is cumbersome, particularly with the power adapter.
One more generation of this to add a camera and fix bugs and it's a definite maybe.
Wirelessly posted (Lets Go Canes!)
It is indeed too early to judge. I do hope for a windows based competitor however. Maybe I will need to wait for the ipad plus or whatever the sophmore device may be.
Sorry, but iPad name makes me think of the feminine hygeine aisle at the store.
Apparently now....there's an app for that.
Wow, guinda35. If you are going to bash an unreleased product, you could at least get the specs right. Sad.
Personally, I'm going to hold out until next year when they unveil the..........iPad mini. It will just be the iPhone without the phone. No...wait a minute...they already have that...it's the iPod Touch....
OP, thank you for your insightful review of a product NO ONE even has used yet. Based on your opinion, I now have no reason to ever want or buy this device.
Well, the spelling is rather close to iPod. Remember that one?
One of the commentators threw out the names itablet or iMoses. iMoses would have been a great name. Jobs could have descended from a hill in period clothes and I bet people wouldn't have batted an eye.
Or iTab. iTab would have been better than iPad.
"Jobs could have descended from a hill in period clothes and I bet people wouldn't have batted an eye"
I can picture that! Haha.
How about Newton.
Used to have a few of those, actually. Loved them. The iPad (I really wish it had a different name) is starting to seem more interesting to me the more I look into it. But as several reviewers have suggested, I will wait to pass final judgement once I can actually hold one and experience one.
My biggest (no pun intended) concerns at the moment center around it's size. It may not seem too big once I can pick it up, but I won't definitively know until then.
It's getting lukewarm acceptance, but to me it looks pretty interesting.
As mobile and as powerful as smart phones are, is the market for tablet PCs still that strong?
Was it ever really that strong? Microsoft has tried for years to make something out of Tablet PCs, but it never really seemed to catch on outside of specialized markets. However, I think it might be a bit dismissive to consider the iPad a Tablet PC.
As others have noted around the web, it is a giant iPod Touch/iPhone more than anything. I consider a Tablet PC a full OS laptop minus the keyboard, something the iPad isn't (I don't think). It doesn't run OS X and can't run OS X applications. It can run iPhone applications, however, and is entirely based on the iPhone OS. It's a media-centric tablet, but not a Tablet PC (note the clever use of capitalization).
Of course, now that I've said all that, I'm not sure if you were asking in regards to the iPad or the HP Slate. In the case of the HP Slate, it is a traditional Tablet PC that is aiming for more media-centric use, but it is still a Tablet PC at its core. Not sure how that will work out, as the complaints I have followed regarding Tablet PCs is that because they use a full laptop OS, they are difficult to navigate unless using a stylus.
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