Apple released the much awaited iPad earlier this week. But did it meet people’s expectations? well! as far as I am concerned these are my thoughts on the iPad:
First of all, it’s hard for me to understand whether there is at all a need for this device. I mean it is not clear what the core purpose or usability of the iPad is. it is no doubt not a full fledged replacement of a laptop – we would always need most of the MS office suite (Word. PowerPoint, Excel) to work with (working on these through apps is of course possible but might not be the most convenient experience). Moreover it cannot even replace an iPod or an iPhone and I don’t think someone who already owns a Mac, iPhone and an iPod is going to shell out another $500-$800 for a forth device with same functionalities as that of the existing devices.
Secondly, this is yet another attempt by Steve Jobs to roll back the trend towards more open source platforms. I mean Jobs seems to be clearly moving closer to his vision of a series of proprietary stores —music, movies, books, and so forth — all controlled by Apple.
I think the primary use of the iPad is as an eBook Reader. Apple might have just wanted to get into the eBook Reader device market and pose serious competition to Amazon’s Kindle but just to be little different is offering some more functionalities than just what a simple eReader would offer. But I guess even as an eReader the iPad falls short. iPad is using the ePub format as compared to the e-ink format that is being used in Kindle and we all know what the two primary advantages of e-ink are – longer battery life and superior readability due the the bright backround light. If eBook is the only functioanlity that iPad is intending to offer (I mean in addition to the functionalities of the existing iPhone, iPod) then why not buy a Kindle at less than half the price($259) of an iPad.
Soething to think about….
There are some more reasons why the iPad failed to meet users’ expectations:“As per Hitler”
- “The iPad won’t support multitasking”
- “They didn’t give it a camera, fine. But it’s on AT&T! How am I supposed to use their crappy network?”
- “eBooks? If I wanted eBooks, I’d buy a Kindle.”
- “It could have single-handedly destroyed netbooks. But what do we get instead? An oversized iPod Touch!”
- “It can’t even make phone calls!”
- “I wanted to watch videos of lolcats while laying on the couch. But no, they won’t even give it flash support.”
All of these sound even more genuine when we hear the Hitler saying so….enjoy the video