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Apple iPad: First Impressions

January 27th, 2010 · No Comments · Technology

Like everyone else, I was looking forward to the release of Apple’s iPad today – maybe the worst kept secret in the history of product announcements. Certainly Apple announcements. And for once, I think the hype surrounding Steve Job’s new product was bigger than reality. While I haven’t had a chance to get my hands on the iPad, here’s my first impressions:

Pros:

  • A custom microprocessor built by Apple has huge long-term implications.
  • iBook app sounds cool, but it is also adding yet another eReader app?

Cons:

  • No Adobe Flash software?! This is an absolute deal killer. Done. Over. I just saved $829. Apple needs to resolve this right away. Same goes for Flash software on iPhone.
  • No camera? Really?
  • 1024 x 768 monitor – I was expecting a 16×9 ratio pixel count (High Def).
  • I don’t want a bigger iPhone, I want the real Mac OS on a tablet.
  • A Wi-Fi only version, really? 3G/4G should be standard.
  • Why can’t you order an iPad at apple.com today? Major oversight.
  • I was expecting a bigger announcement, like a Verizon deal.

Overall, I’m pretty disappointed. I think for once, Steve Jobs didn’t deliver. For now, I’ll stick with my MacBook Pro, iPhone and Kindle. Now I really want is the next generation MacBook Air.

UPDATE: January 27, 2010, 9:04pm, With a hattip to Dave W. and his friend, the final word on the iPad is that it commits the ultimate new product category sin – it doesn’t really replace anything. I still need my phone. I still need my laptop. And I don’t think it will repace my Kindle. So why do I need it?

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