Right now, the iPad is a product in search of a market. It’s kind of poorly implemented, feature-wise; it’s been poorly articulated, market-wise; and it’s hard to imagine why on earth you’d ever need such a thing at such a price. – Molly Wood @ Molly Rants
This week is especially exciting to iFans due to the launch of Apple’s latest “revolutionary” product, the iPad. (If you’re wondering why I placed the word ‘revolutionary’ in quotes, it is because in the case of the iPad, this is a very, very subjective word to use. I don’t think there is anything revolutionary with the iPad at all.)
Apple describes the iPad as “the best way to experience the web, photos and videos, hands down”. It also boasts of “built-in apps designed from the ground up to take advantage of the large Multi-touch screen. And they work in any orientation. So you can do things with these apps that you can’t do on any other device.”
I describe the iPad as an oversized iPhone without a camera and not a very sexy name. When the iPad was launched, tech fans were more disappointed than excited because it did not offer anything new to the scene. It was not a game changer at all. But it drew a lot of laughter in the social media scene with the feminine hygiene jokes.
But what is the iPad, really?
Not as smart as a smartphone
The iPad swears to change your web-surfing, photo and video experience. You can check and answer your emails while on it and keep connection with friends using social media. But these are things that you can do with your iPhone if you have one. I do ALL these things with my droid with great satisfaction. It has both wifi and 3g but I don’t have to pay at least 629 USD (or euros when sold in Europe) for it.
Also, a smartphone is more portable than the iPad. It fits in regular-sized pockets (well, at least mine does), can take pictures and record videos which the iPad can’t. So I think, I’ll stick to my smartphone.
Less useful than a laptop
Ok, the iPad DOES have a bigger screen which is more friendly for viewing of videos and photos, BUT, if I want to do that, I will use the PC or the laptop… which brings me to the next reason why the iPad is not a killer of any sort…
Used with a dock and a keyboard, iPad creators assert that the iPad is a great substitute for the netbook. Hmmm… except for the 10-hour battery life, I will not exchange my current netbook for the iPad. Why? The size and weight of the iPad scarcely competes with the current netbooks in the market. And just imagine bringing it during travels and having to assemble the iPad itself in its dock and having to attach the keyboard altogether before you can start to write an article. With the netbook, you open it, turn it on and voila, you’re ready to go — or write. With the smartphone, you can even type with one hand.
Just another eReader?
The iPad claims to introduce a new way of eReading with its iBooks app and I wonder why. To me, it barely is an eReader antagonist. For starters, it uses an LCD, a no-no in eBook reading. EReaders are such a hit because you can read with it like you do with a real book, not only in a matter of hours or days but weeks! Saying that the iPad is an eReader competitor is not knowing what eReaders are all about. Claiming that the iPad is the new way of eReading is like never having used an eReader before. So I suggest, try reading with an eReader first.
There IS something revolutionary
Ok, ok… I don’t want to be hard on iFans. There is something revolutionary about the iPad and that is the case. You can use it to make the gadget stand or not lie flat in its back if you want to read or write something fast. I actually wish that Sony will come with this case for the eReader Touch Edition.
Otherwise, it’s just another slate, which has been around for quite a time. iFans will probably buy it to complete the iGadget collection. But personally, I don’t see myself drooling. #