"An expensive App Store Catalog - nothing more."0.5 starson by bill_zilla
Pros: Big, nice display for running iPhone/iPod Touch content.
Oozes high tech quality Apple 'shinyness'.
Not $1000 as many predicted (Apple ploy?)
Probably a decent gateway device for elderly and handicapped who can't use a PC.
Cons: No USB for generic keyboards, mouse, flash card readers, etc.
No Flash. If you use the Web for video, music or gaming, you're out of luck w/ the iPad.
No optic drive or add-ons of any sort at this time.
As an eBook reader? Hello eyestrain.
Summary: Non-customizable, non-flexible, non-accessorized closed-architecture, restricted 'user experience' and Classic Steve Jobs at his most 'I will tell you what you want'. Funny that Jobs said a while back that books were dead and that nobody reads anymore... I guess, unless they have an iPad? I'll take a real book or an e-ink reader, thanks. Reading a bright high color/contrast backlit LCD is not my idea of comfortable reading. No USB peripherals, flash drives or card readers. No decent keyboard, except maybe an Apple branded one, someday. The zoomable Safari is great for a phone or iPod, but on a big tablet, I'd rather have a real full OS with real browser that shows me streaming content, flash games and FULL versions of my favorite websites/products/subscriptions.To the Apple fanboy legion offended by any criticism of the iPad: Hate to burst your bubble, but I'm hardly an Apple Hater. I've owned 2G & 3G iPhones and broke my PC teeth on an Apple ][+ in 1983. I've had Newton MessagePads and used plenty of Macs in my time. I'm no stranger to Apple products. It's also no secret that today's Apple has become a veritable profit thinktank - and the way they do it is through selling their image and the App Store/iTunes.
As for content, prepare to buy it all again. Games, movies, music, apps, utilities... Stuff you can access for free on a full Windows tablet or netbook will cost you over and over when purchased through iTunes or the App Store, as anyone who's owned an iPhone or iPod for any length of time can tell you. Books, readers, editors, etc. will all cost extra in addition to paying for connectivity when most tablets and netbooks can easily be tethered to use your existing phone (yes, even an iPhone if you do a little Googling). Basically, this is a very scaled back, simplified computing device that has more in common with the closed-environment 'dead end' Palm and PocketPC PDA's of 10+ years ago than it does to full portable computers of today.
Lacking flash, true USB ports, HD output, a cam, more internal storage and the ability to run real productivity software like Photoshop, etc., this is just a vehicle for big sales through the App Store and iTunes. All content is designed to come through those retail portals (and at no small price). An HP tablet or similar might be a tad less glamorous, but it'll do much, much more and you can put your own DVD collection on it, your own MP3's ripped from your own CDs, install your PC games, store your digital pics with your camera via flash card slot and pretty much do most everything you can with a desktop or laptop. Then again, if you want a chic fashion statement that doubles as a toy-app and media cash register, a third device to tote that will never replace an actual notebook, the iPad may be for you.
Updated on Apr 4, 2010
I've played with the iPad and like most reviewers, I don't have to own one to note what it lacks. The keyboard dock nukes the point of having the iPad be a PAD. If there was a slim fold-over keyboard that doubled as a case, that'd work. But really, at that point, why not just get a Netbook or slim Notebook? And as for software costing money, that's fine, but I don't feel like buying the iPad versions of basic apps. Same with books and music/video. All this does better than a notebook is ding your VISA.
Updated on Apr 5, 2010You don't need to have bought this item to note its lack of USB, Flash support (ie. no non-Apple-approved streaming media), lack of Flash Card support, relatively miniscule storage capacity, file management/storage or free basic productivity apps that come with any full computer OS such as MacOS or Windows.
Anyone who has used an iPhone or Touch knows how the UI works, for the most part. The iPad is just a platform for purchasing content, like video, magazines, books, apps and games. And conveniently, iTunes and the App Store don't provide comprehensive lists of apps you've bought for your iPhone or media you already paid for, so you'll probably be re-purchasing content. Snap. People are far better off with one of the newer Windows tablets or just about any Netbook, that is, unless they're utterly computer illiterate, have poor eyesight, etc.