Pros It is a great concept, just falls short of many expectations.
Cons No Flash, Very slow browsing. The Ipod Touch seems to have more power than this thing!
Summary It will be great for some people, but for most others the lack of flash, the slowness of response, and the touchy touch screen will hinder most experiences. I was fortunate enough to purchase one of these early for a market test, but I have to say that there will be a lot of disappointed people when it is officially released. Hopefully they fix the bugs in the next generations, for I see a bumpy ride ahead for the Ipad!
Pros Love the look and design, great for sofa surfing
Cons No Flash support yet, no ability to open multiple apps
Summary This product is great for reading books, sofa surfing and playing media. What i am really excited about though is what happens to this over time. The iPhone went through a lot of revisions and I expect the same to happen here. I believe this is better than a Kindle in that it does more than a Kindle. For example, I like to listen to music and read at the same time. Can't do that with a Kindle. The software is going to be the real game changer here though. As always I suspect that over time Apple is going to make this device so seamless from an operations perspective and increase the functionality. Should be fun to watch this device evolve. I am buying a 64GB 3G version when it comes out.
Pros - User interface is fantastic. It hides a lot of complexities from a user that just wants to surf the web, listen to music and watch videos.
- Oodles and oodles of apps available.
- Netflix availability is a pleasant surprise.
Cons - Doesn't remember the state of an application when you leave it and go to another application.
- Brightness controls are too many "clicks" away when watching a video.
- iPhone apps on iPad look hokey.
Summary After spending time with the iPad and then re-reading a lot of the negative reviews in CNET , it's pretty clear to me that many of the primary complaints of "no flash" and "no multi-tasking" are coming from people that pretty much have little to no clue about the iPad. Because if they did, they would be able to better articulate how "no multi-tasking" really affects the user experience.
- This thing is the perfect morning device. It has everything you will want/need to get your day started right. It's got the morning headlines, the weather and the traffic. Unlike a laptop, it does not need to be firmly planted on some flat surface for you to use. You can hold it one hand while holding a cup of morning coffee in the other.
- Email and web surfing is an absolute dream. I've let 3 people who have never put their hands on an iPad before use it and asked them to do variety of tasks such as finding emails and navigating the web. Absolutely no instruction required.
- I understand that multi tasking is not coming until the fall but why can't he apps remember their last state if the user leaves the app? Specifically, lets say that you are watching something in Netflix and then decide to change the brightness by going to the settings. To get back to what you are watching on Netflix, you have to go back to the home page, relaunch Netflix, renavigate your queue and then relaunch your movie. Thank goodness Netflix remembers where you left off on a show if you happen to leave Netflix.
- Speaking of the brightness controls, one should be able to access these without leaving the video player. Too many clicks to do so currently.
- I know they tout 100,00+ apps that are usable on iPad but honestly, the ones that are ported specifically to iPad just look sad.
Ultimately, thought the iPad springs from the mature iPhone platform, this is still a first generation device. There are still some hokey things that need to be addressed. Having said that, for a first generation product, it's absolutely fantastic.
Pros Screen, Size, Stable, Apple
Cons No Flash, no multi tasking, not a computer
Summary So I sat down by beloved Iphone to play with the Ipad. The Ipad is cool, great screen and some cool games. Then my phone rang, I picked up my Iphone and started talking. As I listened to the long winded person on the other line I started to play with my Iphone. On the line all I heard was blah blah blah while I read emails, and messed around with my Iphone. Finally click and goodbye to the person on the other line, I put my Iphone in my pocket and looked at the Ipad and lost interest in the new giant Ipod touch.
I thought about past technology and looked at it like this...... the desktop computer connected to the wall, then the laptop computer finally free to move around. Then the pocket PC I could do work have customer sign invoices and put it back in my pocket. Then the smart phone a Pocket PC and a phone all in 1 sweeeet. Then came the Iphone small, useful, stable, fun, easy to use..... something I don't put down. Now the Ipad, a bigger Iphone....... hmmmmmm don't tech companies usually come out with the big product then scale it down????? Maybe it's just me but I have had the best Ipad for years and it fits in my pocket....... I love my Iphone, Ipad sorry you are a little late to the party
Pros 1) Small size, easy portability within the home.
2) Good web browsing (despite lack of flash).
3) App availability is great for common needs.
4) Excellent audio/video.
5) Looks great and really not that heavy.
Cons 1) Hardware limited and not expandable - bad for tinkerers and high-end users.
2) Not easy to carry/use daily outside the home.
3) No "killer app"
Summary 1) Its not a notebook replacement. Its limited compared to a notebook, but what it can do, it does very well - in many ways better.
2) Easy to use; mind-numbingly easy, for better or worse.
3) Lack of flash was annoying, but for me (and I assume for most users) definitely NOT a deal-breaker.
4) It would be nice if there was a way to easily burn DVD's into iPAD accessible files without having to buy third-party software. It could potentially hold a bunch of movies that way (great for kids, for instance).
5) Some upgradeability would have been nice; however, this upgradeability has not historically been the Apple way.
6) I haven't felt the limitations of not having multi-tasking capabilities; the applications open/close so quickly, and "save" where you were, that its as if I were multitasking anyway.
Overall: Good for casual and more-than-casual computer users who do the usual things on computers (Internet, email, Youtube, etc..). Bad for those who like to program and make hardware changes to their gear. I would say that most people would DEFINITELY have a use for this. And no, it is NOT just a large iPOD; not by a longshot.