Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The iWhiff?

I'll readily admit that I'm no Apple fanboy. I can understand the appeal of their products from a design standpoint (thanks to B. Jones for showing me the glass is half full), but the functionality of everything from ipods to iphones to macbooks seems to be marginally better than the alternatives at 2-3 times the cost, imo.

However, it's widely understood that tech geeks would pay $4.99 per 12 oz bottle of iH2O if Steve Jobs put it on the market. That's why I was really surprised to hear the tech blogs slamming the iPad. The shortcomings are significant.... per gizmodo

No Multitasking
This is a backbreaker. If this is supposed to be a replacement for netbooks, how can it possibly not have multitasking? Are you saying I can't listen to Pandora while writing a document? I can't have my Twitter app open at the same time as my browser? I can't have AIM open at the same time as my email? Are you kidding me? This alone guarantees that I will not buy this product.

I concur, if there is one thing that any mid-tier product must do it is multi-task. Who works with one application at a time anymore?

No Flash
No Flash is annoying but not a dealbreaker on the iPhone and iPod Touch. On something that's supposed to be closer to a netbook or laptop? It will leave huge, gaping holes in websites. I hope you don't care about streaming video! God knows not many casual internet users do. Oh wait, nevermind, they all do.

This really curtails it's value as a web tool. Not so much for the mainstream web user but the Apple fan base is big on streaming video and without that ability I think some will question the iPad's value.

Adapters, Adapters, Adapters
So much for those smooth lines. If you want to plug anything into this, such as a digital camera, you need all sorts of ugly adapters. You need an adapter for USB for god's sake.

One last thing to keep in mind when you read all of the media coverage around the iPad -- many old media outlets (NY Times, Time, Newsweek, etc) see the iPad as their hail mary pass. If it succeeds and they build a subscription model off the iPad perhaps they can save their companies (and their jobs). You might not hear the most honest "reviews" of the iPad from these sources.

Oh, and don't get lulled into thinking the iPad is $499. It's $499 for the 16gb version. The more functional 32GB 3G version is $829 plus accessories (it will be close to $1,000 by the time you're done) and $30/mth for data.


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