Jan 28 2010

Apple Announces Disappointing iPad

Today, at a special event, Apple showed off its newest creation to the world. It’s called the iPad and it’s a huge disappointment. Perhaps we set ourselves up to be disappointed because there were so many rumors about how glorious the device would be, so anything that Apple came up with would fall short of our expectations.

I think the iPad will be a failure for Apple. The main problem I see for it is that there is no market for such a device. There is nothing that the iPad can do that cannot be done by a laptop, iPhone, or iPod Touch. There is no incentive for customers to spend, at a minimum, $499 on this device.

Another problem is the storage on the iPad. It comes in 16, 32, and 64 GB sizes, priced at $499, $599, and $699, respectively. That is really not a lot of storage space, especially for music, movies, games, and other entertainment-related content.

Speaking of different versions of the iPad, it also comes in a version that has 3G connectivity. Considering that the device is meant to be portable, the 3G iPad is the better one to get. However, users will have to pay for an AT&T plan to take advantage of 3G. The plan is priced at $15 a month for 250 MB of data, or $29.99 for unlimited. For users who want to stream movies, the unlimited plan is probably the one to choose, raising the price even more.

The iPad can run larger versions of iPhone apps. In fact, Apple is going to introduce a new version of iWork for the iPad. Each part of iWork will be sold separately, costing $10 per app. There still will be no multitasking for apps—only one can be running at a time (except for apps made by Apple).

Finally, the iPad is an e-reader as well. Apple is offering a new system called iBooks which will offer content from major book publishers. This is one of the few redeeming features of the device.

Another shortcoming on the iPad is the fact that it does not support Adobe Flash, just like the iPhone and iPod Touch. When will Apple learn that we really want Flash support on our mobile devices?

I admit to being a bit surprised at Apple. Usually Apple products are better than this. The design and the name are even uninspired, to say nothing of the features. The iPad is an excellent idea that unfortunately was not realized to its full potential.

Via CNET, image via Apple.

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