iPad: disappointing

The iPhone was ground breaking. The iPad not so. I was always convinced that the iPad would not be as ground breaking as the iPhone. And even if it was, others would quickly catch up. No OEM was going to be caught sleeping on this one. Job’s claims netbooks are cheap notebooks. Maybe. But this is an expensive iPhone. The only thing nice about the iPad is that it is thin. But from what I read on engadget it isn’t even light.

The UI – Apple’s forte is not very ground breaking. Everything that you see here can be built on an Android device too.

Speaking of that, whats the deal with the lack of Flash support. If anyone noticed, when Job’s was demonstrating the browser…I think it was Time or NYT there was a missing plug-in. When 75% of internet videos are flash based, why go out of your way to un-support it. So, with the iPad you are pretty much restricted to YouTube streaming. No Hulu. I was smiling to myself when Job’s played a YouTube video – A dog surfing….in HD!! I mean what more could you ask for? That’s exactly the reason I want an iPad – to watch dogs on skateboards!!!

The TFT while supposedly brilliant is not the best for reading books. It is backlit. It may look pretty but its no e-book, especially if you are a serious reader. It will be a strain on your eyes.

No multitasking yet again…the Android folks must be thrilled.

What’s with the pricing? $700? Ridiculous if you ask me. An atom (1.6GHz) + ion netbook with full HD and graphics support is available for $350. $200 MIDs based on NVIDIA’s Tegra or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon with flash support would compete directly with the iPad

There are a lot of tablets in the pipeline from many OEMs. I was looking for the perfect one. I thought Apple would be the first one to get it right. Unfortunately they have got a lot of things wrong this time. I suspect there will be several new tablets that will be better and cheaper than the iPad. I for one would prefer to buy one of those than the iPad. But then I am not one for brands…so who knows, the iPad may still be very successful.


3 Comments to “iPad: disappointing”

  1. Vinod, [full disclosure have not bothered to watch the launch video or demos] but I wonder if you are missing the obvious – namely the content access/purchase and the whole iTunes/appStore paradigm for old media in addition to the new media and hopefully good 3G – that’s what would ideally make a slate (or iPad) different. Re Flash and such its more Jobsian choice I suspect. In many senses how is a Nano (iPod) diffferent than a good MP3 player from any other supplier?

    will watch this with interest.

    • Sri,
      The problem is not whether the concept of a tablet is good or not. I have been a very strong advocate of a thin tablet for some time now. However, there were none that satisfied my needs. I was looking to Apple to do that. Unfortunately they didn’t either.
      The entire access/purchase experience will be replicated with the Android store or a HP store. Up until now Apple pioneered the service/store concept. It wont take long for the rest to follow suit.
      I am of course and advocate of unrestricted access. Why should I be limited to iTunes/App Store?
      There are several iPhone/iPod clones now…too bad that they came in too late in the game and gave Apple an unassailable lead. This wont be the case with the iPad. There are several protos already out there even at CES that had the potential.
      The Noika phone to the iPhone was a huge leap. I don’t believe the iPad to (some other) tablet will be that much of a leap. In fact I suspect Apple may even be left behind..unless Job’s pulls a few rabbits out of his hat.

      You might want to watch this video on Hitler’s reaction to the iPad. Absolutely reflects my sentiments:

      Here is a another view:

  2. Hi Vinod,
    catching up a bit late on this posting.. nevertheless.. here is my 2 bit
    0) I have an iPad – have had it for 2 months now
    1) iPad’s backlight comes with super granular brightness control. Reading eBooks on it in the dead of the night is no strain.
    2) It is a great one for entertaining games – Sudoku, Crosswords, Chess, Hangman etc. etc.
    3) Built in accelerometer, Magnetometer & Gyro – makes for interesting motion activated games
    4) Battery life is exactly as promised.
    5) Internet browser is zippy. Browsing on an iPad is “as good” as on a regular laptop.
    6) 3G version comes with GPS installed. Reading Maps and Navigating will no more be a squinting experience.
    7) Video rendering (H264) is perfect.
    8) 64GB Flash seems ample for what one needs to do.. Most “apps” are compact. One has to be careful with maintaining a minimum number of movie / TV-show downloads.
    9) Push Email (multi-account) – works great
    10) Wife is very very happy with this Birthday gift!
    11) Daughter is happy that she gets sole charge of the Kindle!
    12) iPad with its entire support system (of app / content) through iTunes is difficult to be upstaged by others. We may get good hardware – but really there is more to it than just the hardware..

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