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January 29, 2010

iPad?

Filed under: Uncategorized — mokjay @ 8:10 pm

The new apple iPad that was announced yesterday, January 27th has been receiving a lot of hype and fanboy buildup for the past few months now, but does it meet expectations?

Perhaps when the iPad comes out in 60/90 days, (depending on if you’re getting it 3G enabled or not), we will see. But right now, it is nowhere near meeting my expectations. It starts at a hefty $499 , and up to $829 for the 64GB/3G version.

In my opinion, there a few things that the iPad is missing.
It has no built in camera.
In this day and age, almost everything has a camera. Every phone has a camera, every computer has a camera, and even iPod nanos have cameras now. Web conferencing is a big deal these days, and without a camera, that is not even possible.

It does not support Adobe Flash
The original argument  for not having flash on the iPod Touch/iPhone was that the processor was not quick enough to handle the rendering needed to support flash adequately. The iPad houses a 1GhZ a4 chip that is more than enough for a mobile device. Users will not get the full experience of the internet. Flash is such a common medium of media these days that it is tough to get a good internet experience without it.

It has no USB ports
Really Steve Jobs? a netbook-like device with no usb ports?. I just feel like not having any USB ports severely hinder the iPad’s usability, because there are so many things that a usb port can provide. A mouse? a keyboard? a printer? perhaps a webcam since the iPad doesnt come with one. Imagine a computer without usb ports. Its hard isn’t it?

To Sum it up…
The iPad just seems like a really big version of an iPod Touch/ iPhone. The software is pretty much identical, and it can run all the apps from the appstore. There could have been so many ways to improve this device. There is still no multitasking, largely putting the 1ghz processor to waste.
This device just seems like a toy for very rich people.

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4 Comments »

  1. It’s true that the camera is a nice thing to have on the iPad, but I don’t really agree that web conferencing is as big a deal as you say it is. Sure, I know I’m not in business or anything, but since the iPad seems to be catered toward consumers, most people would use the camera for mainly taking pictures or record short videos. I don’t really see the web conferencing as much, especially since it might seem awkward to do that in public?

    Comment by softblubber — January 29, 2010 @ 10:01 pm | Reply

  2. I don’t know about the iPad either, seems like Apple is just milking consumers for money. Even with web conferencing, this still is a huge waste. You can get the same effect from a conference call. To me this just seems like a over-priced iTouch with a bigger screen.

    Comment by jkaplan7 — January 30, 2010 @ 11:04 pm | Reply

  3. Until I read this, I had about the iPad and thought it was something akin to a first Apple tablet laptop. Now it appears not to be! It’s missing several major features to make it a real computer, and from the pictures on Google, it really does look like just a big iPhone. It makes me think of the Kindle. Interesting post.

    Comment by superallyk — January 31, 2010 @ 5:09 am | Reply

  4. I think that if it can be used to read books it would be a great replacement for the 20lb textbooks that we have to carry for class but that would be it. As you said there isn’t much new about it so yea it’s like a big i-phone. ^^’

    Comment by Mariana Sáenz — February 1, 2010 @ 5:33 pm | Reply


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