Opinion & Review: Apple’s iPad

I’ve been asked a zillion times today to comment on Apple’s new iPad — so it appears I must:
As a Microsoft MVP I have an obvious bias — Apple does not work with outside vendors, they don’t have to make compromises on their designs as Microsoft does with their product lines. Apple also builds consumer products, that can not scale-up to an enterprise environment.
NOT A NOTEBOOK or NETBOOK:  The iPad is not a replacement for a notebook or netbook (it’s not running Mac OS/X) it will not run "real" applications like Microsoft Office, Adobe PhotoShop or Quicken Accounting.
NO MULTI-TASKING: As with the iPhone & iTouch, this is NOT a Multi Tasking operating system!
STUCK WITH SAFARI BROWSER: Apple’s Safari Browser is built-in and NO other browsers (i.e. FireFox) are allowed!
NO FLASH SUPPORT: Oh well, so much for being able to visit MANY of today’s websites!
NO CAMERA: I’m surprised this was omitted.
NO USB or MEMORY CARD SLOTS: While Apple makes the iPad Camera Connection Kit it’s only for importing Photos & Videos from Digital Cameras (i.e. no hooking up printers or DVDs)
NO ETHERNET: Only WiFi or Optional 3G (I’m kinda OK with this . . .)
NO VIDEO OUT:  There’s an optional (low resolution) VGA output adapter, but it would have been nice to have a DVI output.
NOT USING ELECTRONIC PAPER: The Kindle is very easy to read because the screen was designed for viewing over long periods of time.  I personally feel reading books on the iPads shiney color screen (albeit beautiful) will be more taxing on your eyes.
IT’S KINDA HEAVY: At 1.5 lbs is a bit heavy when used as a portable gaming device (or to hold while watching a video). They need a "kick-stand" to prop-up the iPad for longer viewing.
NO OPTICAL DRIVE: While it’s a great screen for watching iTunes Videos & Movies, you won’t be playing Music CDs or watching DVDs!
STUCK WITH AT&T:  *sigh* what else can be said about being STUCK with AT&T.  While Apple states the iPad will be "unlocked" someday — special AT&T features like voice mail being integrated with email will probably NOT be available on Verizon.
NO GPS: Sure the maps look great on the iPad’s bigger screen, but YOU better know where you are located!
$499 BAIT & SWITCH: While the $499 16GB entry-level sounds like a great deal, most people will want more memory ($599 for 32GB, $699 for 64GB) as well as access to the AT&T data network (adding $130 along with a monthly fee of $15 for 250MB or $30 for Unlimited Data) . . . so now we’re up to $829!
The iPad is simply an Internet Device (like the Chumby but much nicer) tied to Apple’s online subscription services.  It’s basically a big iPhone (without the ability to make a phone call).  Since it’s not a replacement notebook or netbook, Apple is attempting to define a new niche.  It will be interesting to see if the Mac Fans embrace Apple’s new device.

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BLAKE was a Microsoft MVP and award winning programmer with over 20+ years experience providing complete Windows and networking support for small to medium sized businesses. BLAKE is also Jazz Musician and Instructor for residential clients on the Los Angeles West Side.
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9 Responses to Opinion & Review: Apple’s iPad

  1. Wesner says:

    The 3G version has GPS.

  2. Jody says:

    Actually both versions have a GPS. It says so in the Apple tech specs.

  3. Wesner says:

    If it says GPS, then it is satellite-based. I suspect the GPS is integrated into the 3G chip, which is why it’s not available on the iTouch or non-3G iPad. However, GPS signals has a number of limitations such as being an extremely weak signal, low precision, and not working indoors or in urban canyons and is often augmented by additional systems such as WAAS and cell tower triangulation.

  4. Praveen says:

    Hahaha. Is this a review or an obvious rant? :D As much as I try to stay away from Apple, I must agree that they are innovative unlike a lot of other companies *wink wink*. No GPS? Did we complain when the Kindle didn’t come with one? :D

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