The iPad sucks

So what if the new iPad comes in white? It’s still boring.

Now this I would have lined up for.

Apple sold 15 million iPads in nine months. But so what? The gadget is a dud.

Too harsh? I don’t think so. A year ago, there were some pretty high expectations for the iPad. It was “transformative“. It was “magical“. It was going to change computing. It was going to save publishing. It was going to kill netbooks—probably laptops too.

It has done none of these things. After the cool factor wore off, iPad owners were left with a nice way to surf the web on a couch. Compare it to the iPhone, a truly transformational device that owners interact with hundreds of times a day. My dad (not exactly a luddite, but close) got one as a gift, and within a week he couldn’t remember how he had lived without it. He now has a dorky little holster for it on his belt. It’s adorable. My mom followed up by buying him an iPad. He played with it for a day or two and hasn’t used it since. The iPhone is a crucial tool, the iPad a toy. Boys get bored with their toys.

Now we’re supposed to get excited all over again because the toy comes in white. Yes, it’s also a bit thinner and a bit faster. Guess what? Computers will always get smaller and faster. The problem with the original iPad wasn’t that it was too slow or too big. It’s that it was a solution in search of a problem. It didn’t let me do anything I couldn’t do before.

Perhaps this will change. As more and more people acquire iPads and other tablets (especially those that run on open platforms), new uses for them will emerge. New apps will be developed, and eventually someone will come up with something awesome that we will want to do all the time and that can only be done with a tablet. But when that happens, it will be despite Steve Jobs, not because of him.

Apple has steadily devolved from a maker of beautiful machines for creators to a censorious manufacturer of shiny doodads you can’t easily type on or share files with. Whereas once they led by innovating, they now aim to stay on top by using their market clout to bully others from doing so—see yesterday’s post by Chris Sorensen on Apple’s attempt to monopolize the touchscreen market.

Hoarding components—how magical!




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The iPad sucks

  1. While I think “magical” is going a bit to far, the iPad is not boring. I mostly use mine for gaming and reading, to the point where I would rather not do those activities on my laptop, given the choice.

    Without any imagination a computer is just a computer.

  2. While I think “magical” is going a bit to far, the iPad is not boring. I mostly use mine for gaming and reading, to the point where I would rather not do those activities on my laptop, given the choice.

    Without any imagination a computer is just a computer.

    • $500 for a handheld gaming device seems steep to me. I'd rather read on an iPad than a laptop, but I'll take a Kindle (or anything without backlighting) over either. Do you read books on your iPad, J Jones? Kinda fries my eyeballs after awhile.

      BTW, I like boring tech. If tablets got so cheap and common that they became boring, the results would be pretty interesting. Just like what happened with cell phones…

      • A Nintendo DS is about $150. It has two tiny little screens, and doesn't have the tactile feedback or motion sensors of an iPad. Games, on average, are 2-5 times more expensive. Or more.

        And yet you can't use it to read books, browse the internet, send email, write letters, and do a multitude of other things.

        • The Nintendo DS provides a much better gaming experience than the iPhone and iPad ever will. This fact alone justifies the price of games.

    • I would rather not read on a laptop either. Ew. But an iPad? For reading? That's also ew, for three major reasons. FIrst, It's much heavier than an e-book reader like Kobo or Kindle, and harder to hold comfortably. Second, it has a glare on the screen, it might as well be a laptop eh? ereader devices have e-ink screens with no glare. Third, the iBook app can hardly even be personalized, compared to about 6 or 7 other nice reading apps out there. It is to laugh that the best ereader I have for my ipod touch is so much better than the one especially made for Apple.

      So, now that we have eliminated the iPad as a book… it becomes even more boring.

  3. I was expecting more too from the new iPad. Maybe the Playbook will offer something new and exciting.

  4. I was expecting more too from the new iPad. Maybe the Playbook will offer something new and exciting.

  5. $500 for a handheld gaming device seems steep to me. I'd rather read on an iPad than a laptop, but I'll take a Kindle (or anything without backlighting) over either. Do you read books on your iPad, J Jones? Kinda fries my eyeballs after awhile.

    BTW, I like boring tech. If tablets got so cheap and common that they became boring, the results would be pretty interesting. Just like what happened with cell phones…

  6. Now you've done it, you've angered the iHordes…

  7. Now you've done it, you've angered the iHordes…

    • I don't think this is anger. There's no swearing, slang terms like "libtard" and "conbot", and people seem to be civilly disagreeing.

      You want anger? Go find an old Mark Steyn comment thread.

      • My doctor won't let me read those anymore

        • Your doctor is n expert in stress management. Good for your health.

  8. The first sentence is contradiction. How could a device that sold 15 million units be a dud? As for expectations, who can ever live up to the hype? But the reality is netbook sales *have* declined, and much of that decline has been attributed to the iPad.

    I find your anecdotal evidence re: your father unconvincing. I'll give my own anecdotal experience. I've never bought a laptop or netbook. I prefer having a fully-powered desktop machine for real work. But I bought the iPad. It is perfect for my "living room" computing needs. I can play games, browse the web, email, read books, all from the comfort of my couch, without having to use a fiddly trackpad or balance a clamshell on my lap. I use it every day.

    The "monopolizing LCD screen" argument is a canard. Why wouldn't Apple want to do the best they can to get the parts they need to build as many of a successful product as possible? If supply is low and demand is high, do you think other manufacturers aren't going to try and meet the demand?

    And finally, your complaint about Apple now making products you "can't easily type on or share files" is also quite weak. There are dozens of apps in Apple's marketplace that let you share files with the iPad. Apple itself offers a Mobileme syncing app. Typing is not onerous on a touch screen, and if you are doing a lot of typing and prefer more feedback, it's dead-simple easy to use a bluetooth keyboard or the keyboard dock with the iPad (or iPhone for that matter…)

    Frankly, I expected more detailed analysis of the real privacy and open market concerns with Apple's marketplace and subscription sales strategies than this rather weak lambasting of a quite popular and dare I say "magical" device.

  9. The first sentence is contradiction. How could a device that sold 15 million units be a dud? As for expectations, who can ever live up to the hype? But the reality is netbook sales *have* declined, and much of that decline has been attributed to the iPad.

    I find your anecdotal evidence re: your father unconvincing. I'll give my own anecdotal experience. I've never bought a laptop or netbook. I prefer having a fully-powered desktop machine for real work. But I bought the iPad. It is perfect for my "living room" computing needs. I can play games, browse the web, email, read books, all from the comfort of my couch, without having to use a fiddly trackpad or balance a clamshell on my lap. I use it every day.

    The "monopolizing LCD screen" argument is a canard. Why wouldn't Apple want to do the best they can to get the parts they need to build as many of a successful product as possible? If supply is low and demand is high, do you think other manufacturers aren't going to try and meet the demand?

    And finally, your complaint about Apple now making products you "can't easily type on or share files" is also quite weak. There are dozens of apps in Apple's marketplace that let you share files with the iPad. Apple itself offers a Mobileme syncing app. Typing is not onerous on a touch screen, and if you are doing a lot of typing and prefer more feedback, it's dead-simple easy to use a bluetooth keyboard or the keyboard dock with the iPad (or iPhone for that matter…)

    Frankly, I expected more detailed analysis of the real privacy and open market concerns with Apple's marketplace and subscription sales strategies than this rather weak lambasting of a quite popular and dare I say "magical" device.

    • "Frankly, I expected more detailed analysis of the real privacy and open market concerns with Apple's marketplace and subscription sales strategies than this rather weak lambasting of a quite popular and dare I say "magical" device."

      I needed to emphasize this. Irregardless of my opinions on the iPad, this article has very little depth it. It is mostly hot air, so to speak.

      • There's no such word as 'irregardless" 'irrespective' or 'regardless' will do…

        • Well, I can't edit my post, so we're going to gloss over it.

        • Irregardless is a word. It is a gramatically incorrect word but regardless of that it is a word.

          • Yeay finally somebody actually knows what they are talking about.
            It's also a great way of flushing out ignorant pedants,

    • "I prefer having a fully-powered desktop machine for real work… It is perfect for my "living room" computing needs"

      But isn't $500 or whatever too much for something like that? For $500 I want something that's more than just a dumbed down, less functional laptop – without flash, no less.

      While also not a perfect device, isn't Dell's Inspiron Duo a better value? It's still a real computer (in the has a keyboard and I can run applications I find useful sense), but has the ability to be used like a tablet.

      • Hadn't heard of that before, but let me check it out. Three times the weight? Noisy hard drive with moving parts? Runs Windows? What's the battery life on that? Dell doesn't say, but a web search shows four whole hours vs. 10+ on iPad. Lack of Flash, 90% of which is ads, drains battery life, and/or based on mouse/keyboard interaction is a feature, not a flaw.

        Pass.

        "dumbed down?" — Really? Serious question, what tasks would I need to do portably that the iPad can't do? Much of the iPad's appeal is the amazing marketplace with many specialized apps that connect with internet services, play games, and perform real productivity tasks.

        As I said, I don't need a portable that exactly duplicates a desktop machine. The iPad fits the needs of portable computing for me.

        • More to the point though, what can the iPad do that the iPhone can't? Isn't it really just a larger, faster iPod touch? The only benefit is the larger screen, I would wager.
          Doesn't the iPad have a worse battery life compared to these devices? Don't android tablets have similar battery life that also carry flash?

          • You would lose your wager. The iPad is "just" a larger, faster iPod touch in the same way a swimming pool is "just" a larger bathtub.

            The iPad's battery life is 10 hours. Don't know why people are so obsessed with flash.

          • That doesn't address what I said: What can the iPad do that the iPhone can't?

            I'm still waiting for an answer to this.

        • I hope you mean to say 90% of websites have Flash on them. But they don't just have Flash they also have Shockwave, Java, OpenGL DirectX, SQL, and XML. So as a web machine the iPad is incomplete. I also doubt that every time you read MacLeans with you iPad, you would walk over to your desktop to write a comment. Yes, the iPad has some sort of keyboard, but come on, you know you hate typing on it. So as a portable computing machine its incomplete. Then there are these intricate games which you just adore pretending you're not just frustrated by the lack of reliable interface, because the buttons are simulated by the touch screen. So as a portable gaming machine it's incomplete. At least there's that beautiful crystal clear screen… which will burn your eyes if you use it more than a couple hours at a time. So as a replacement for anything else, it's just incomplete, a dud, a disappointment.

          I have an Acer One netbook. Top of the line, maxed out hardware features, still cost me less than the cheapest iPads. It runs Windows 7 Starter(free) and Office 2010 Starter(free). Of course the starter means they have limited features but even then they have more capabilities then what you'll find on an iPad. It's about the size of an organizer and doesn't weigh that much more than an Ipad. At work I keep on my desk to have Windows live Calander(free) handy and keep track of my schedule. And if I get bored of my cubicle then I just take it down to the lobby and use Open Office(free) for a full featured productivity suite, at least 6 hours of it(trust me, neither you nor your iPad will last 6 hours of that much computing). Then at home I don't have to plugged it in and I can play listen to Steve Paikin in HD video and sound all evening. It has 300 GB of storage, not that I need it because I stream everything from my desktop through the wireless network or through Windows Live Mesh(free) when I'm away from home. I can also do presentations using a projector with a simple VGA plug, I can use a mouse, I can have Bluetooth, I have a webcam, my keyboard has all the keys and they actually work, I have a storage card reader and I can plug in three usb devices, it runs HD video…

          See, that's a complete device.

          • "I hope you mean to say 90% of websites have Flash on them"

            Do you have a source for that absurd statistic? I've been surfing without flash quite happily for months.

            "Yes, the iPad has some sort of keyboard, but come on, you know you hate typing on it."

            As a matter of fact, I don't. It's quite easy to type on it. I wouldn't want to type a novel, but nor do I need to to this.

            "Then there are these intricate games which you just adore pretending you're not just frustrated by the lack of reliable interface, because the buttons are simulated by the touch screen."

            This inane statement proves you have never even touched an iPad.

            "trust me, neither you nor your iPad will last 6 hours of that much computing"

            No, 10 hours.

            "I can also do presentations using a projector with a simple VGA plug"

            The new iPad has HTMI dongle output.

            "I can use a mouse, I can have Bluetooth, I have a webcam, my keyboard has all the keys and they actually work, I have a storage card reader and I can plug in three usb devices, it runs HD video… "

            This isn't portable computing. You still need a desk.

            I understand some people "don't get it." That's fine. History will decide whether this was the start of another type of computing device, or not.

      • What do you call real work? The iPad is the greatest leap in technology this world has ever seen! If it wasn't so great
        Why is there now 100's of copycat clones, all copying not inviting like the iPad! If you don't like it or can't afford it that's your problem but don't knock down something as great and Magical as the IPAD!

    • per your comment " I've never bought a laptop or netbook. I prefer having a fully-powered desktop machine for real work. But I bought the iPad. It is perfect for my "living room" computing needs. I can play games, browse the web, email, read books, all from the comfort of my couch, without having to use a fiddly trackpad or balance a clamshell on my lap. I use it every day. "

      yes, that's right. People who didn't have a laptop or iphone / ipod touch before are finding the iPad to be useful. Like my sister in law. But most of the people i know who have those things just don't seem to be using their iPads much except for games. That's a lot of money for a device to play games on, when it was supposed to be this great new thing. But the marketing, as everyone knows, was all about this device that had a place BESIDE these other devices.

    • DEAR GHOPPE,

      Please take Steve Job's wang out of your hole and consider that maybe – just MAYBE – Apple isn't the greatest thing in the history of ever.

  10. One day I hope to make a sucky product like the iPad as well and make over a billion dollars in the first year. Every tech company from LG to Samsung to HP to Microsoft to Google also agree with the author which is why they aren’t trying to build their own sucky tablet to try to compete with apple. Apple sucks.

  11. One day I hope to make a sucky product like the iPad as well and make over a billion dollars in the first year. Every tech company from LG to Samsung to HP to Microsoft to Google also agree with the author which is why they aren’t trying to build their own sucky tablet to try to compete with apple. Apple sucks.

    • Yeah, in October of last year iPad revenue eclipsed that of the iPod, and we all know what an unsuccessful dog of a product the iPod was.

    • That's because only apple has the secret sauce to the magic the build. Was 10 months ago when the world said
      We don't need a tablet, now everyone is jumping on the wagon, but as soon as they "think" they caught up Apple will
      Pour a little more secret sauce over another product that will keep the competion bamboozled for another 3 years!

    • When you do, make sure that 1. It runs Adobe Flash ( I have read Jobs' L. O. N. G. rationale for this, but it doesn't wash with me) and 2. It AirPrints to more wireless printers ( yes, I know why). BTW, I have written as much to Apple.
      Cheers from a disappointed 72 yr-old lady, named Patrice

  12. A Nintendo DS is about $150. It has two tiny little screens, and doesn't have the tactile feedback or motion sensors of an iPad. Games, on average, are 2-5 times more expensive. Or more.

    And yet you can't use it to read books, browse the internet, send email, write letters, and do a multitude of other things.

  13. This is a good example of the "I don't like it, so it sucks" approach to so much tech writing.

    I'm a scientist, and amongst other things that means I have a _tonne_ of 8.5"x11" PDFs to read constantly, a zillion emails to send/receive continually, talks to write, ideas to sketch out. My ipad lets me do all of that on the subway or airplane far in a way I'd never be able to do on my laptop, and so it comes with me everwhere while the laptop stays at home with my linux desktop, or only comes on multi-day trips and serves as basically a portable desktop. The day someone finally comes out with a non-crappy Android tablet of roughly the same aspect ratio and size, preferaby with the same range of applications, I'll seriously look at it as a replacement, because, hey, open and stuff. But what I have now is great, and other scientists are picking them up too.

    On the other hand, I can't be bothered with a smart phone. Too small to do any PDF reading on, PITA to send long emails with; to heck with it. I've got a cheap freebie from fido. But I _don't_ go around telling people that smart phones are a failure because I (and my Dad!) don't like them. Other people have different use cases; I get that.

    The fact that a bunch of _other_ tech pundits said a bunch of stupid things that were never going to happen – and so never did – makes their statements failures, not the product their statments were about. In fact, you might even suspect that they said outlandish things just to drive hits and links. A lot of tech pundits do that. Of course, I'd _never_ suggest that _this_ article is an example of that…

  14. This is a good example of the "I don't like it, so it sucks" approach to so much tech writing.

    I'm a scientist, and amongst other things that means I have a _tonne_ of 8.5"x11" PDFs to read constantly, a zillion emails to send/receive continually, talks to write, ideas to sketch out. My ipad lets me do all of that on the subway or airplane far in a way I'd never be able to do on my laptop, and so it comes with me everwhere while the laptop stays at home with my linux desktop, or only comes on multi-day trips and serves as basically a portable desktop. The day someone finally comes out with a non-crappy Android tablet of roughly the same aspect ratio and size, preferaby with the same range of applications, I'll seriously look at it as a replacement, because, hey, open and stuff. But what I have now is great, and other scientists are picking them up too.

    On the other hand, I can't be bothered with a smart phone. Too small to do any PDF reading on, PITA to send long emails with; to heck with it. I've got a cheap freebie from fido. But I _don't_ go around telling people that smart phones are a failure because I (and my Dad!) don't like them. Other people have different use cases; I get that.

    The fact that a bunch of _other_ tech pundits said a bunch of stupid things that were never going to happen – and so never did – makes their statements failures, not the product their statments were about. In fact, you might even suspect that they said outlandish things just to drive hits and links. A lot of tech pundits do that. Of course, I'd _never_ suggest that _this_ article is an example of that…

    • There's also the minor detail that the iPad makes an excellent digital benchsheet in a way that I could never accomplish with a tablet PC or smartphone, despite years of trying. As for the lack of file sharing, I've been able to get raw data out of my iPad and into my computer fairly easily. USB is not the end-all, be-all of moving bits around.

      Just because *you* don't find something useful, doesn't mean that no one does.

      • Absolutely. (Is there a particular app you use for that sort of work? )

        That's not to say that it's a perfect device, or that Apple's increasingly strict policies are entirely welcome. But it really has changed how I do a lot of things, and it sounds like several others agree.

        • I've been developing my own, since there's nothing on the store that I find really suitable. Most of the science apps are really educational.

    • Your use case makes sense (riding in a subway) for the iPad. However, I have to say that as i public places like coffee shops, public transit, etc.) I hardly ever see anyone with an iPad – where are they? I see most people with either smartphones or netbooks/laptops. There's even a coffee shop that I go to that is 90%+ Apple people and they all have their mac books out, but still, no iPads.

    • Sure, it's nice to be able to read PDFs so conveniently. But you paid a lot of money; more than you had to. Maybe a good device would be an wifi e-ink reader (no glare) for under 200 dollars that handles pdfs. hmmm, where could there be such a thing?

      I think overall most of the discussion is missing the vital factor that the ipad isn't the only option…it's not only the most expensive one, it's also the one that it's compnay spent the most marketing dollars on.

      • Man, I've been looking for something that does this for ages; I'm well aware of the options, and none of them are suitable. (I hate it when people on tech websites tell others, "I know what you need better than you do". So tiresome) My reading involves lot of color graphs, and lots of small, fidly mathematics. E-readers don't cut it. And they are single-purpose objects; I would still need to bring my laptop to work on talks, or to send emails.

    • Exactly what I was going to write (though you've probably written it more eloquently than I would have).

      I don't own an iPad, or even a cellphone, but I can certainly see how well made Apple's devices are, and I'd buy an iPhone or iPad if I had a use for them (I'm getting an Touch soon). I don't think that the iPad is as revolutionary as the iPhone, but that's due in no small part to them sharing so much technology and that the iPhone came out first.

      Just because I don't have a use for them doesn't mean that they suck, as you said. This really is the lamest sort of tech journalism, which is saying something considering how bad of a genre it can be (one of the few jobs you can be wrong in all year long and still be employed).

      It's sad to see such a weak article from Mr. Brown, as his other pieces here have been of much higher caliber.

  15. Yeah, in October of last year iPad revenue eclipsed that of the iPod, and we all know what an unsuccessful dog of a product the iPod was.

  16. well this is another fine mess I've gotten myself into.

    ok, ye faithful! I'll let the responses stack up and be back with something presently….(shall I retreat? double-down? not sure just yet…)

  17. well this is another fine mess I've gotten myself into.

    ok, ye faithful! I'll let the responses stack up and be back with something presently….(shall I retreat? double-down? not sure just yet…)

    • Nah. I was gifted an Ipad for christmas. For me, it's a handy alt-laptop, as I have neither a laptop nor a smartphone.
      Maybe it's all about the expectations? I didn't have any when i opened up the box. And I didn't have to make the decision to pay 600 smackers for it, so i didn't have to sell myself on what wonders it might accomplish.
      But now, I'm a lot less likely to buy a laptop, and I've finally set up my wifi for the house. It's also dirt-simple to use. Download app, click button, play game/use app. Maybe that's old hat to all you device wonks, but for a late adapter like me, it's a relief.
      As to reading, well, I've not used a kindle, but the various free reader apps out there seem to make reading pretty easy. Apple may have cornered the market for guys like me who can't justify 1000 bucks for a mac laptop, but were willing to compromise for a $500 pc laptop.

      • IPhones and iPads are gadget machines. They offer superior craftsmanship and technological integration but their only use are the thousands of little apps that just don't have the depth and completeness of a PC laptop. When you see it that way, you wonder why you want to pay upwards of $1000 in machine and apps just to be limited by Apple's design.

    • In for a penny, in for a pound
      You piss of the fanbois so double down

    • Definitely double-down. The iPad is a piece of junk. It's just an iPhone for old folks. Without the phone.

      • Old folks…also have cash. And it may be a "piece of junk" in comparison to an iphone, but …

        Lots of us old folks don't have an iphone, and maybe weren't planning on buying one. But we're using ipads.
        We also like a bigger screen. Cuz we're old and wear glasses. We like simple tech, because we don't want to have to spend time learning how to use every new device. Cuz we're old.

        Old people buy stuff.

        Did you fail marketing?

        • You've successfully listed a few reasons why the iPad may be a commercial success amongst the 55+ crowd. I don't argue that may be the case.

          But just because old people like to waste their money buying overpriced giant shiny objects, does not make the iPad awesome. In fact it makes it quite unremarkable.

          The fact that it's easy enough for the under-developed mind (children) and the senile (old-folks) only demonstrates it's ease of use, nothing more. And ease of use alone doesn't make a device revolutionary.

    • I really did think the same way for a long time. But I realized that just because it doesn't work for me (I already have an iPhone and a Macbook) doesn't mean that it won't work wonders for someone else.

      The iPad fills the niche of being a device for people who traditionally haven't been heavily invested technology already. It gives basic computer functionality to the masses without all the head aches that a complex Windows machine brings (Viruses, Confusing Error messages) or the hefty price tag of a Mac.

      It's simple and easy to use and that's exactly what your (gran)parents need. Not to mention young kids.

      For us Geeks who are power users it's just not worth it because it limits what we would normally do with a Laptop or a Desktop machine.

      • That's exactly the point I'm trying to make. I'm not questioning the iPad's purpose or its marketability, but the iPad is just not a useful replacement for anything, as opposed to what some die hardcore fans are trying to make themselves believe.

        As the brits would say: "It's a very expensive anorak"

  18. Nah. I was gifted an Ipad for christmas. For me, it's a handy alt-laptop, as I have neither a laptop nor a smartphone.
    Maybe it's all about the expectations? I didn't have any when i opened up the box. And I didn't have to make the decision to pay 600 smackers for it, so i didn't have to sell myself on what wonders it might accomplish.
    But now, I'm a lot less likely to buy a laptop, and I've finally set up my wifi for the house. It's also dirt-simple to use. Download app, click button, play game/use app. Maybe that's old hat to all you device wonks, but for a late adapter like me, it's a relief.
    As to reading, well, I've not used a kindle, but the various free reader apps out there seem to make reading pretty easy. Apple may have cornered the market for guys like me who can't justify 1000 bucks for a mac laptop, but were willing to compromise for a $500 pc laptop.

  19. There's also the minor detail that the iPad makes an excellent digital benchsheet in a way that I could never accomplish with a tablet PC or smartphone, despite years of trying. As for the lack of file sharing, I've been able to get raw data out of my iPad and into my computer fairly easily. USB is not the end-all, be-all of moving bits around.

    Just because *you* don't find something useful, doesn't mean that no one does.

  20. I don't think this is anger. There's no swearing, slang terms like "libtard" and "conbot", and people seem to be civilly disagreeing.

    You want anger? Go find an old Mark Steyn comment thread.

  21. I think it's very brave of you to write anything negative about Apple or an Apple product. You will be overwhelmed by arguments why you are wrong. And some of them might actually have value.

    I think yesterday's announcent was a typically hyped Apple oversell of incremental (but tangible) improvements to an already innovative device.

    I might not want one, but some people (like Jonathan above) have found that the iPad can perform useful functions in their lives. While not as portable as an iPhone, they are easier to read and that must count for something with us 'over 40s'. I know that some of my colleagues are finding them useful in their daily work. But still I would agree that the Ipad has yet to demonstrate that it is THE platform for some kind of new killer application.

    I also think iPad is too heavy to comfortably hold (like a paperback or Kindle) but that is personal preference. As is my interest in more open and low-cost technology. I'm kinda sorry the Ipad appears to be killing cheap and cheerful netbooks as I've got a lot of use from my old Acer Aspire One and hope to upgrade one day to a newer processor in a similar form factor.

  22. I think it's very brave of you to write anything negative about Apple or an Apple product. You will be overwhelmed by arguments why you are wrong. And some of them might actually have value.

    I think yesterday's announcent was a typically hyped Apple oversell of incremental (but tangible) improvements to an already innovative device.

    I might not want one, but some people (like Jonathan above) have found that the iPad can perform useful functions in their lives. While not as portable as an iPhone, they are easier to read and that must count for something with us 'over 40s'. I know that some of my colleagues are finding them useful in their daily work. But still I would agree that the Ipad has yet to demonstrate that it is THE platform for some kind of new killer application.

    I also think iPad is too heavy to comfortably hold (like a paperback or Kindle) but that is personal preference. As is my interest in more open and low-cost technology. I'm kinda sorry the Ipad appears to be killing cheap and cheerful netbooks as I've got a lot of use from my old Acer Aspire One and hope to upgrade one day to a newer processor in a similar form factor.

  23. "Frankly, I expected more detailed analysis of the real privacy and open market concerns with Apple's marketplace and subscription sales strategies than this rather weak lambasting of a quite popular and dare I say "magical" device."

    I needed to emphasize this. Irregardless of my opinions on the iPad, this article has very little depth it. It is mostly hot air, so to speak.

  24. If your dad doesn't want his iPad and (presumably) neither do you, I'll have it.

  25. If your dad doesn't want his iPad and (presumably) neither do you, I'll have it.

  26. Absolutely. (Is there a particular app you use for that sort of work? )

    That's not to say that it's a perfect device, or that Apple's increasingly strict policies are entirely welcome. But it really has changed how I do a lot of things, and it sounds like several others agree.

  27. "I prefer having a fully-powered desktop machine for real work… It is perfect for my "living room" computing needs"

    But isn't $500 or whatever too much for something like that? For $500 I want something that's more than just a dumbed down, less functional laptop – without flash, no less.

    While also not a perfect device, isn't Dell's Inspiron Duo a better value? It's still a real computer (in the has a keyboard and I can run applications I find useful sense), but has the ability to be used like a tablet.

  28. Reviewing the iPad is difficult because it's intended market is (I assume) non-technical people, assuming that tech reviews will still be produced mainly by tech enthusiasts. Reviewing is also difficult because we have yet to see if the iPad is succeeding in its actual purpose in the first place.

    The iPad is meant to be, or at least hopes to be, an appliance instead of a computer. No messy configuration, no complicated options, reduced chance of blue screens and spinning beach balls. This would entail restrictions on the device that the typical tech geek would be angered by, but would be seen as only a boon by the much greater majority of non-geeks. Regular computers cause frequent confusion among people; just ask anyone who works in tech support. What geeks perceive as freedom in a full computer is typically perceived as a source of headaches among regular people.

    Whatever the case may be with Apple's business practices, pricing, and proprietary hardware, as far as user experience specifically is concerned Apple still tends to outperform the competition. I suppose many tech enthusiasts are upset that Apple makes its decisions based on the user experience for regular people instead of for themselves. ;)

    For the sake of transparency, I own neither an iPad or even an iPhone, and do not intend to purchase either one in the near future. I have an old iPod Nano I got for free but never use. Nonetheless my desktop machine at home is a Mac, so I guess I'm still part of the iHorde.

  29. Sucks is a bit too harsh! I am a software developer I use linux on all my systems including my laptop but I too have to buy an iPad2 as soon as it is out, because all my clients are demanding that applications now run on iPad. 15 million in 2010 and 40 million this year, sucks or not you have to pay attention. What it means to do it does very well, tablet is the future of computing you can embrace it or go the way of the dodo!

  30. Sucks is a bit too harsh! I am a software developer I use linux on all my systems including my laptop but I too have to buy an iPad2 as soon as it is out, because all my clients are demanding that applications now run on iPad. 15 million in 2010 and 40 million this year, sucks or not you have to pay attention. What it means to do it does very well, tablet is the future of computing you can embrace it or go the way of the dodo!

    • Tablets and cloud computing

      Back to the future – mainframes and dumb terminals

  31. "Irregardless" You watch to mush Sopranos…lol. Sorry I hope it was a joke.

  32. What happened to reading books in "Book" format?

  33. What happened to reading books in "Book" format?

    • What do you mean by "Book"?

      • Point made.

        • Hahaha, I won`t change my books for a gadget, never, I love the sound when you turn the page and the smell of the paper and ink : )

      • what do you mean by "reading"?

    • over the years I have gathered over 600 book and still love them all, after I had a stroke and forgot a lot of what I had Iread I can
      reread them again but I can read much more comfortable from my I-pad , in bed without light or wherever I am , at the age of 80. lots of books now
      cost a bundle but now I can buy books from 4 different booksellers from my living room ,many books are for free or low priced, bought 12 books for $ 24.00 total
      2 days ago and none are cheap romances. beat that

      • I have about 4000 books and a habit of referring elementals of them to friends. It was a pain to carry them around

        Books could be called iPad 0.1

    • <img src=http://art.penny-arcade.com/photos/488173112_qKof7-L-2.jpg">

      • eh, I give up.

    • What happened to reading scrolls in the scroll format????

  34. The Nintendo DS provides a much better gaming experience than the iPhone and iPad ever will. This fact alone justifies the price of games.

  35. Hadn't heard of that before, but let me check it out. Three times the weight? Noisy hard drive with moving parts? Runs Windows? What's the battery life on that? Dell doesn't say, but a web search shows four whole hours vs. 10+ on iPad. Lack of Flash, 90% of which is ads, drains battery life, and/or based on mouse/keyboard interaction is a feature, not a flaw.

    Pass.

    "dumbed down?" — Really? Serious question, what tasks would I need to do portably that the iPad can't do? Much of the iPad's appeal is the amazing marketplace with many specialized apps that connect with internet services, play games, and perform real productivity tasks.

    As I said, I don't need a portable that exactly duplicates a desktop machine. The iPad fits the needs of portable computing for me.

  36. We've just finished converting a number of our company publications to ePub format for reading on iBooks. Our business specific apps are in the final design phase.

  37. We've just finished converting a number of our company publications to ePub format for reading on iBooks. Our business specific apps are in the final design phase.

  38. There's no such word as 'irregardless" 'irrespective' or 'regardless' will do…

  39. What do you mean by "Book"?

  40. The first line is entirely incorrect. The problem is that self-proclaimed "technical people" seem to be expecting to do the SAME things on all of their devices. I'm a very technical person who does ALL of my hard-core technical stuff on my powerful desktop from editing hi-def video to my daily dose of music piracy. As more than a few people have pointed out, the iPad is strictly for media consumption (no matter what Apple says) and basically lounging around. The aspect ratio is perfect for what it's used for, whereas the challengers are all great for video (16:9) but who wants to look at webpages or magazines and books that way? HP may have taken the best approach by basically COPYING the form factor of the iPad. For the record, I'm a die-hard PC and Windows person for desktops and laptops. But Apple is the best at making innovative and enjoyable music players (iPod) and media consumption (iPad).

  41. The first line is entirely incorrect. The problem is that self-proclaimed "technical people" seem to be expecting to do the SAME things on all of their devices. I'm a very technical person who does ALL of my hard-core technical stuff on my powerful desktop from editing hi-def video to my daily dose of music piracy. As more than a few people have pointed out, the iPad is strictly for media consumption (no matter what Apple says) and basically lounging around. The aspect ratio is perfect for what it's used for, whereas the challengers are all great for video (16:9) but who wants to look at webpages or magazines and books that way? HP may have taken the best approach by basically COPYING the form factor of the iPad. For the record, I'm a die-hard PC and Windows person for desktops and laptops. But Apple is the best at making innovative and enjoyable music players (iPod) and media consumption (iPad).

    • "the iPad is strictly for media consumption (no matter what Apple says) and basically lounging around"

      Riiight… You should check out the Keynote video, where Apple announces their new $5 iMove and Garageband apps for iPad. There are thousands of productivity, painting programs, writing, business and financial apps on the App Store…

      • I hope you're getting commission for your shilling. You are doing a stalwart job.

  42. Everyone uses their iPad differently, so although you find the iPad "boring", I'm sure many others do not. Personally, I find the differentiator to be its touch screen. Sure, the same or similar programs can be used on a PC (Mac or Windows), but using a mouse and keyboard is just not the same. The iPad is great in classroom settings where interactive apps greatly enhance the learning experience for young children. Apple itself noted how the iPad is useful as a learning tool for autistic kids. My eighty year old grandmother has never used a PC before in her life and it would be near impossible for her to learn how to use one now, but once we had some photos of her grand kids on our iPad and just handed to her so she could see them. Right away, she started using her fingers to scroll back and forth through the photos. The iPad might seem to be just a glorified e-reader, but really it allows us to do many things that we would never do on our PCs. That's exciting enough in itself.

  43. Everyone uses their iPad differently, so although you find the iPad "boring", I'm sure many others do not. Personally, I find the differentiator to be its touch screen. Sure, the same or similar programs can be used on a PC (Mac or Windows), but using a mouse and keyboard is just not the same. The iPad is great in classroom settings where interactive apps greatly enhance the learning experience for young children. Apple itself noted how the iPad is useful as a learning tool for autistic kids. My eighty year old grandmother has never used a PC before in her life and it would be near impossible for her to learn how to use one now, but once we had some photos of her grand kids on our iPad and just handed to her so she could see them. Right away, she started using her fingers to scroll back and forth through the photos. The iPad might seem to be just a glorified e-reader, but really it allows us to do many things that we would never do on our PCs. That's exciting enough in itself.

    • Hey Jim,

      I bought a Samsung galaxy Tablet instead of the iPad. It has Firefox, it has free aps w/o a credit card needed, and runs Android OS (Linux based) instead of a locked down, iTunes required, iPad.

      I got the iPhone, it's alright, but looooove my galaxy and will replace the iPhone /w a Samsung touchphone after the contract wears out.

      Android OS aps are more open. No CC needed for the free aps. Can dl aps from other places other then their store (like online), and I can play Super Nintendo Emulator games of the copies I already own sitting in a box.

      If that were not enough, Wiimotes bluetooth work with the Galaxy's bluetooth for good gaming controllers!!!
      It has a chip reader on it's side, Apple's does not.

      …main point tho, the "boring" part of Apple is the lock down jail mode you buy it in. If I am to spend another 650 on a tablet, I want to not need cracking it and voiding the warranty just to use it as "I" see fit.

      These are my main points against Apple/For Samsung's Galaxy Tablet.

      The better the software market (Like Android OS' Ap Market) the more people can make their tablet more fun.

      Apple will block all 3rd party installs unless you can hack it, Android OS will check a simple check box "allowing 3rd party w/o holding them liable if you break it"

      …and can always install approved aps only, if you so choose.
      I bought:
      Apple iPod 80gb
      Apple iPod 30gb video
      Apple iPhone 30gb

      But they'll never get another dime from me now that better companies are making clones that provide better for customer's needs.

      Open Source Software for the win!

  44. Okay, think I'll double-down. Here goes!

    *How can I say the iPad sucks when it's sold a gazillion units? The same way I can say that the Black Eyed Peas suck. I mean, they're great if you're in the group, but otherwise…

    * "But dude, I use it all the time for _____". As well you should good sir, and more power to you! I'm glad you've found a killer app for your iPad, but most folks haven't. Think about it: Apple's massive surge in recent years came from making universally useful applications incredibly easy to use. Buying music online and listening to it on the go, surfing the open Internet and using email anywhere- these were things that most people wanted to do but didn't do before the iPod or iPhone. So what's the iPad equivalent? It was supposed to be bringing print media to mobile, complete with a working payment system. That would have been great! But it hasn't really happened, and Apple's greed, habit of censoring content, and "no amateurs" policy has much to do with that.

    * "Just because you don't like it doesn't mean it sucks". But I do like it! It's really fun to play with. I wouldn't buy one, but I'd love to get one as a gift (hint, hint, all of you who are feeling guilty for calling me a "link-baiter" a "hack", or a "link-baiting hack"). I think tablets are a fine addition to anyone's screen selection and that Apple has done the best job so far of making one that works well and feels good. But a $500 reading screen is a decadent purchase.

    Apple has chosen to appeal to our lesser selves, the parts of us that crave the shiniest, newest gizmo. The part that turfs last year's fetish object as soon as a minor upgrade hits stores. Would you throw out the $500 vacuum cleaner you bought last year because this year's model has 8% more suction? They're playing into a consumer-electronics marketing cycle that I would like to see us evolve from. And they're trying to maintain market share not by innovation, but by bullying content-producers, developers, and the competition.

    But it's okay- the upside to early-adopter object lust and overhype from the media (we are desperate for a savior), is that pretty soon all the discarded gadgets, the old iPads, the bootleg tablets, the imitators- they'll wash up on Craigslist and beyond. In a few years, if I need a cheap screen to click around the web on my couch, I'll be able to scoop up a dinged one for $100. Schools will finally be able to afford a bunch of them. Once they're as cheap and ubiquitous as USB keys, then we'll start to see some killer applications (hopefully sold through an open app store).

    We'll get there. But if Apple was a truly innovative company, we wouldn't have to do the same dance all over again.

  45. Is this your first product review? How cute…

  46. Is this your first product review? How cute…

    • Changing your user name for every comment isn't making them any more clever.

  47. I already had a laptop, but if I was using it or had to take it with me when I went out, my wife and two young kids were without it. An iPad was the perfect addition because we already have a full fledged computer, but needed something to check email, surf the web, watch videos and maybe play some games or keep track of expenses. A netbook is clunky and, quite frankly, not very well made. An iPad is expensive, but the quality is high, the apps are far more cheaper than on a regular computer, and it's easy enough to use my two young kids can use it.

    I'm not quite sure what you were expecting the iPad to do, but it's really the apps that are the selling point to it. I remember when we first got a computer, I was so excited until I discovered there was really nothing you could do on it (this is in the early-80's). I found it quite disappointing.

    The iPad is well used in our household, and even moreso with more good apps coming out all the time. In the end, that's all that matters. How well it's used.

    I know saying it sucks is far more controversial and inflammatory, but maybe leave that sort of bad journalism to Foxnews.

    • "but if I was using it or had to take it with me when I went out, my wife and two young kids were without it"

      YOu left your wife and two young kids home WITHOUT a Proper computer system?!?! HOW DARE YOU!!

      Ohh… opps… didnt read further. You didnt. you purchased another product so you each could have one.. PHEW!

      • Says the person on his computer.

        And my point is that my wife sometimes wanted to use the computer, but couldn't because I had to take it with me.

  48. I already had a laptop, but if I was using it or had to take it with me when I went out, my wife and two young kids were without it. An iPad was the perfect addition because we already have a full fledged computer, but needed something to check email, surf the web, watch videos and maybe play some games or keep track of expenses. A netbook is clunky and, quite frankly, not very well made. An iPad is expensive, but the quality is high, the apps are far more cheaper than on a regular computer, and it's easy enough to use my two young kids can use it.

    I'm not quite sure what you were expecting the iPad to do, but it's really the apps that are the selling point to it. I remember when we first got a computer, I was so excited until I discovered there was really nothing you could do on it (this is in the early-80's). I found it quite disappointing.

    The iPad is well used in our household, and even moreso with more good apps coming out all the time. In the end, that's all that matters. How well it's used.

    I know saying it sucks is far more controversial and inflammatory, but maybe leave that sort of bad journalism to Foxnews.

  49. JMHO Jesse, but Steve Jobs/Apple is following the Sony Walkman marketing strategy from 1979.

  50. JMHO Jesse, but Steve Jobs/Apple is following the Sony Walkman marketing strategy from 1979.

  51. "but if I was using it or had to take it with me when I went out, my wife and two young kids were without it"

    YOu left your wife and two young kids home WITHOUT a Proper computer system?!?! HOW DARE YOU!!

    Ohh… opps… didnt read further. You didnt. you purchased another product so you each could have one.. PHEW!

  52. I can tell you, I am not an Apple fanboi. We got an iPad for Christmas, expecting it to be a 'nice to have' alternate to our Dell Inspiron that we have had for 3 years running Win 7. I have 3 kids, 2, 4, and 6, and they are now Apple fangirls. They love the iPad – they know how to do everything but download games on their own, as I have restricted in-app purchases.

    The fact that iPad is instant-on, that the touch capability 'just works' and that the apps are so accessible by users wanting to customize their experience – has totally changed how businesses will manage their IT infrastructure. The shipment numbers do not lie, and the PC business is getting hit in a big way by users not wanting to refresh their laptop with a 'newer, faster Core i5 or i7 laptop' – they want a touch-enabled device.

    • I'm in IT and we introduced iPads at my company (including me) about 6 months ago.

      After a wild rush at first, our iPads aren't really used much (people still take them to meetings, but I don't see them on anymore). There are some occasions when they are indispensable, but most of the time they are less useful than a blackberry or your desktop/laptop at work. In my workplace experience, iPads are a parallel to niche product like Smartboards.

      The transformative event in the last few years was mass the roll out of Blackberries – iPads aren't having near that amount of impact.

  53. Point made.

  54. I can tell you, I am not an Apple fanboi. We got an iPad for Christmas, expecting it to be a 'nice to have' alternate to our Dell Inspiron that we have had for 3 years running Win 7. I have 3 kids, 2, 4, and 6, and they are now Apple fangirls. They love the iPad – they know how to do everything but download games on their own, as I have restricted in-app purchases.

    The fact that iPad is instant-on, that the touch capability 'just works' and that the apps are so accessible by users wanting to customize their experience – has totally changed how businesses will manage their IT infrastructure. The shipment numbers do not lie, and the PC business is getting hit in a big way by users not wanting to refresh their laptop with a 'newer, faster Core i5 or i7 laptop' – they want a touch-enabled device.

  55. None of this makes any sense to me as a justification of the statement "The iPad sucks", or "The iPad is a failure". It is a fantastically successful bit of gear that lots of people are buying and using, and has sold something like 18 billion dollars worth of apps for.

    So let's ask something more specific: what would it have to do for you to count it as a success?
    * Completely displace existing devices? That's, forgive me, an insane criterion for success. Even television _still_ hasn't completely displaced radio, was TV a failure?

    * `Most people' should own and use one? Again, an insane criterion for success. Most people don't own a smart phone, or a laptop.

    * Should be sub-$100 dollars? Why should that price point be the magic one? And who says?

    * "It was supposed to be bringing print media to mobile… But it hasn't really happened". Seriously, dude. It's been 9 frickin' months. You're absolutely correct that this device has failed to singlehandedly *completely restructure an entire sector of the economy* in his time. Is this really a criterion of success for you? _Seriously_?

    • I don't think I'm the one setting the bar so high- "magical" was Apple's word choice, after all.

      The failure here is that the thing is in 15 million peoples' hands and nothing interesting has happened! Shouldn't there have been some kind of impact by now?

      • …like what? What is an example of something that should have happened (and then you would have counted it a success) that did not?

        • Dude, I sure don't know! Isn't that where the real magic lies with tech? Once a tool escapes some companies grasp and is let loose in the world, anything can happen.

          I mean, who could have predicted that when you put cheap cell phones into the hands of millions of young people, they'd primarily use them to write millions of little letters to each other every day? Or that they'd use them to help overthrow governments? But if the gear is priced up and locked down, cool stuff doesn't happen.

          • So you can't say what would have made you call the iPad a success, but you know for sure it wasn't, because you'd recognize it if you saw it. Is that basically the meat of your argument?

            Man, if you were posting here saying "The iPad and devices like it have enormous promise that isn't being realized because of overly-restrictive policies", everyone would have agreed with you (but then the post wouldn't have gotten so many hits, would it?). But instead, you're saying "the iPad sux, becuase it has failed to meet my expectations which I can't verbalise even to myself". That's kinda weak.

          • Well when you put it that way…

          • I shouldn't have made the crack about getting so many hits. I don't really think that's why you're being so provocative. What would get _me_ to write something like this would be a reaction to the over-the-top hype the whole thing is getting from some corners, which is, admittedly, kinda noxious.

          • All is forgiven! And may I say, you are a fine debater (but not such a hot headline writer).

          • It's not just the media, it's product placement showing people in positions of super high-tech requirements like forensic science, when you know it just can't handle that kind of task the same a true tablet PC could.

          • As the kids say: "pwnd."

            ;-)

          • Still here making a fool of yourself, ghoppe? The iPad is a toy, plain and simple. and Flash is used on 90 of media sites. Look it up yourself.

      • Apple says magical, you say sucks, you call people who disagree 'faithful' as if they're religious zealots, you make up prices and ideas about 'the ipad was supposed to do this and that'. You keep shifting the criteria for success beyond anything other than acceptance by the people it was made for. Is it possible, just possible, that it wasn't made for you?

        What would be 'interesting'? And how much research did you do to look into what the actual impact is?

  56. None of this makes any sense to me as a justification of the statement "The iPad sucks", or "The iPad is a failure". It is a fantastically successful bit of gear that lots of people are buying and using, and has sold something like 18 billion dollars worth of apps for.

    So let's ask something more specific: what would it have to do for you to count it as a success?
    * Completely displace existing devices? That's, forgive me, an insane criterion for success. Even television _still_ hasn't completely displaced radio, was TV a failure?

    * `Most people' should own and use one? Again, an insane criterion for success. Most people don't own a smart phone, or a laptop.

    * Should be sub-$100 dollars? Why should that price point be the magic one? And who says?

    * "It was supposed to be bringing print media to mobile… But it hasn't really happened". Seriously, dude. It's been 9 frickin' months. You're absolutely correct that this device has failed to singlehandedly *completely restructure an entire sector of the economy* in his time. Is this really a criterion of success for you? _Seriously_?

  57. More expensive? You can easily get past that… The gaming experience on the DS (or even PSP) is far beyond the capability of the current (and looks like the next) generation Ipad.

  58. You double-down, and it is an improvement! An improvement that needs a bit more criticism…

    "I'm glad you've found a killer app for your iPad, but most folks haven't." — This is true in the sense that "most folks" didn't find a use for the first iPod, or "most folks" haven't yet found a use for what is arguably the most successful technological product launch ever.

    "Apple's massive surge in recent years came from making universally useful applications incredibly easy to use."

    What could be easer than touching a little rectangle on my iPad's screen and having new functionality or new content on my device in minutes?

    "Apple's greed, habit of censoring content, and "no amateurs" policy has much to do with that."

    Really? Your "no amateurs" policy is demonstrably false. http://itunes.com/sellyourbooks
    Just like with Music, Apple is short-circuiting the middleman big labels and big publishing houses.

    Your criticism of censoring has merit, but is a big tangled messy thing — I won't go into detail here… ;-)

    "They're playing into a consumer-electronics marketing cycle that I would like to see us evolve from."

    This is a valid point. But, such is the way of capitalism and progress. By the way, this point conflicts with what you say later. In order for things to become cheap and ubiquitous, they must go through a phase of rapid development and innovation, even if only incremental.

    • The censorship thing is so easily tacked on to Apple, but is shared by lots of companies. Facebook regularly turfs apps and accounts for spam or TOS violations. Amazon exercises its right to reject books, kick out Wikileaks, and has a kill switch that can remove any book from your kindle, like magic I daresay. Google loves to brag and swagger about being open in its app store, but not so much when they find out a bunch of malware has f'd over tens of thousands of people, which is when those apps get censored.

      Somehow, thought, it's only Apple because they actually say they do it, and they don't apologize for it. And that confidence is the real crime.

  59. You double-down, and it is an improvement! An improvement that needs a bit more criticism…

    "I'm glad you've found a killer app for your iPad, but most folks haven't." — This is true in the sense that "most folks" didn't find a use for the first iPod, or "most folks" haven't yet found a use for what is arguably the most successful technological product launch ever.

    "Apple's massive surge in recent years came from making universally useful applications incredibly easy to use."

    What could be easer than touching a little rectangle on my iPad's screen and having new functionality or new content on my device in minutes?

    "Apple's greed, habit of censoring content, and "no amateurs" policy has much to do with that."

    Really? Your "no amateurs" policy is demonstrably false. http://itunes.com/sellyourbooks
    Just like with Music, Apple is short-circuiting the middleman big labels and big publishing houses.

    Your criticism of censoring has merit, but is a big tangled messy thing — I won't go into detail here… ;-)

    "They're playing into a consumer-electronics marketing cycle that I would like to see us evolve from."

    This is a valid point. But, such is the way of capitalism and progress. By the way, this point conflicts with what you say later. In order for things to become cheap and ubiquitous, they must go through a phase of rapid development and innovation, even if only incremental.

  60. I don't think I'm the one setting the bar so high- "magical" was Apple's word choice, after all.

    The failure here is that the thing is in 15 million peoples' hands and nothing interesting has happened! Shouldn't there have been some kind of impact by now?

  61. …like what? What is an example of something that should have happened (and then you would have counted it a success) that did not?

  62. In for a penny, in for a pound
    You piss of the fanbois so double down

  63. You said that there is nothing that you can do on the iPad that you couldn't do already. That may be strictly true, but the details are important.

    I've just come back from a meeting at a coffee shop where we needed to discuss web pages (and it turned out that I needed to do some searching), needed to peruse several PDFs, look at the content of several files, and take notes. A notebook computer can do these things, but the space available made this nearly impossible (not to mention the weight and inconvenience of the computer). My iPhone was too small for both of us to look at the screen, is next to useless for PDFs (you *can* look at a PDF, but it's either too small, or you have to do a lot of scrolling around), and is weak on note-taking.

    When walking out the door, my wife suggested using her iPad (I almost never use it, since it's *hers* and I'm not normally allowed touch it), but I didn't have time. Luckily, the friend I met with had his own iPad. This solved most of my problems, though it left me taking notes with traditional pen and paper (which I now have to transpose).

    It's not the fact that it was Apple's device that made this meeting easier… the tablet form factor was the deciding factor here. I'm guessing the Xoom would work for me just as well (though I'm happy with the experience of the iPhone, so Apple have won points with me there). My point is that this form factor allows us to do tasks that are not as convenient on other platforms. I don't have one myself, but most of the people I know have one, and I'm constantly seeing new uses that I hadn't considered. I'm thinking that it could really help me… if I can just save up the money for one.

  64. Dude, I sure don't know! Isn't that where the real magic lies with tech? Once a tool escapes some companies grasp and is let loose in the world, anything can happen.

    I mean, who could have predicted that when you put cheap cell phones into the hands of millions of young people, they'd primarily use them to write millions of little letters to each other every day? Or that they'd use them to help overthrow governments? But if the gear is priced up and locked down, cool stuff doesn't happen.

  65. You said that there is nothing that you can do on the iPad that you couldn't do already. That may be strictly true, but the details are important.

    I've just come back from a meeting at a coffee shop where we needed to discuss web pages (and it turned out that I needed to do some searching), needed to peruse several PDFs, look at the content of several files, and take notes. A notebook computer can do these things, but the space available made this nearly impossible (not to mention the weight and inconvenience of the computer). My iPhone was too small for both of us to look at the screen, is next to useless for PDFs (you *can* look at a PDF, but it's either too small, or you have to do a lot of scrolling around), and is weak on note-taking.

    When walking out the door, my wife suggested using her iPad (I almost never use it, since it's *hers* and I'm not normally allowed touch it), but I didn't have time. Luckily, the friend I met with had his own iPad. This solved most of my problems, though it left me taking notes with traditional pen and paper (which I now have to transpose).

    It's not the fact that it was Apple's device that made this meeting easier… the tablet form factor was the deciding factor here. I'm guessing the Xoom would work for me just as well (though I'm happy with the experience of the iPhone, so Apple have won points with me there). My point is that this form factor allows us to do tasks that are not as convenient on other platforms. I don't have one myself, but most of the people I know have one, and I'm constantly seeing new uses that I hadn't considered. I'm thinking that it could really help me… if I can just save up the money for one.

  66. I've been developing my own, since there's nothing on the store that I find really suitable. Most of the science apps are really educational.

  67. Innovation and progress are all great. Just make sure we do things responsibly. I wonder at the Decision to make the origional obsolete so fast. couldnt they offer upgrades? I dunno maybe they do. I understand its hardware changes too..

    anyways, just figured this could be a relavent video.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sW_7i6T_H78&fe

  68. So you can't say what would have made you call the iPad a success, but you know for sure it wasn't, because you'd recognize it if you saw it. Is that basically the meat of your argument?

    Man, if you were posting here saying "The iPad and devices like it have enormous promise that isn't being realized because of overly-restrictive policies", everyone would have agreed with you (but then the post wouldn't have gotten so many hits, would it?). But instead, you're saying "the iPad sux, becuase it has failed to meet my expectations which I can't verbalise even to myself". That's kinda weak.

  69. Innovation and progress are all great. Just make sure we do things responsibly. I wonder at the Decision to make the origional obsolete so fast. couldnt they offer upgrades? I dunno maybe they do. I understand its hardware changes too..

    anyways, just figured this could be a relavent video.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sW_7i6T_H78&fe

  70. Well when you put it that way…

  71. "the iPad is strictly for media consumption (no matter what Apple says) and basically lounging around"

    Riiight… You should check out the Keynote video, where Apple announces their new $5 iMove and Garageband apps for iPad. There are thousands of productivity, painting programs, writing, business and financial apps on the App Store…

  72. I shouldn't have made the crack about getting so many hits. I don't really think that's why you're being so provocative. What would get _me_ to write something like this would be a reaction to the over-the-top hype the whole thing is getting from some corners, which is, admittedly, kinda noxious.

  73. What a horrible review. This is based on purely personal feelings and no real facts to back up his statements. You could of presented your idea's and thoughts so much better than you did, but you did not.

    Learn to write.

    • Learn the difference between a blog post and a review

      • I'd like to think bloggers can hold themselves to a higher standard. Otherwise, the ongoing critiques of mainstream media reporting needs to be thrown out the window.

  74. What a horrible review. This is based on purely personal feelings and no real facts to back up his statements. You could of presented your idea's and thoughts so much better than you did, but you did not.

    Learn to write.

  75. All is forgiven! And may I say, you are a fine debater (but not such a hot headline writer).

  76. My daughter has a DS. I will admit that I have only a little experience playing games on the DS. Have you played games on an iPad?

    There are some games available on the DS but not the iPad, and they each cater to different needs and markets (portability, youth, etc.) Scrabble, for example, is available on both. Racing games are available on both.

    This hyperbole (FAR beyond the capability) seems like nonsense to me. In what way is the DS a better experience? Smaller screen? Use of a stylus? Faster? I've seen smooth and responsive action games on the iPad, marvellous translations of board games, thoughtful and innovative physics games… what is it missing?

    • Reliable and multi-dactyle buttons(you can use more than two at a time), stereo sound, network play, does the iPad even have a storage card bay? multi-platform gaming(meaning your DS can interact with the Wii),

      • - The iPad can recognize 11 different simultaneous screen touches.
        - It has stereo sound (wear headphones).
        - It has network play, there are hundreds of games that can network wirelessly locally or across the internet.
        - Storage card bay? How quaint. Technically, there is a camera connection kit, but I see the lack of need to carry a bunch of storage cards as a feature, not a liability.
        - Multi-platform gaming: possible. I have played games of Scrabble against someone using the Facebook scrabble game. I'm not aware of games that interact with consoles.

        • - The iPad can recognize 11 different simultaneous screen touches.

          Pfffffffhahahahahahaha

          - It has stereo sound (wear headphones).

          Sure, the headphones you wear are stereo but not the program that produces the sound.

          - It has network play, there are hundreds of games that can network wirelessly locally or across the internet.

          How about iPad to iPad? That's network play by the way.

          - Storage card bay? How quaint. Technically, there is a camera connection kit, but I see the lack of need to carry a bunch of storage cards as a feature, not a liability.

          If you don't have enough content to fill the 16 Gb storage then you have no use for all the features you praise about the iPad.

          • You need to read more about iPhone and iPad gaming. IGN and other media outlets have written a number of times about how serious a gaming platform it is. By some counts, these devices are the most popular gaming platform in the world.

            As well, iOS has a network play feature. You can play wirelessly with anyone you want with an iOS device.

            I understand the aversion to any game that doesn't have a gamepad to play it with. That's actually one of the reasons I've been hesitant to get into it as a gaming platform. But for tens of millions of consumers, it's their platform of choice. There's a reason why all the big gaming companies (At least those who aren't selling competing hardware) are making games for iOS – SquareEnix, EA, etc.

  77. My daughter has a DS. I will admit that I have only a little experience playing games on the DS. Have you played games on an iPad?

    There are some games available on the DS but not the iPad, and they each cater to different needs and markets (portability, youth, etc.) Scrabble, for example, is available on both. Racing games are available on both.

    This hyperbole (FAR beyond the capability) seems like nonsense to me. In what way is the DS a better experience? Smaller screen? Use of a stylus? Faster? I've seen smooth and responsive action games on the iPad, marvellous translations of board games, thoughtful and innovative physics games… what is it missing?

  78. Don’t worry Jesse, I’ve partly got your back. I’m very happy with my iPhone 4, but back when iPad came out, I thought “now why would I want this?” when a friend showed me his iPad, and after using it for the first time, I thought again “now why would I want this?”

    Now, I say PARTLY got your back, because you haven’t said one word about UBB, and if past trends are any indicator, if you ever write about the upcoming broadband auction, it’ll have a severe Rogers slant to it.

    Have you read the Macleans opinion piece on UBB? It’s as if all critical thinking by the editors suddenly stopped, and they spewed out Rogers talking points. As if someone performed a partial lobotomy on the eds to deprive them of any critical thought on UBB.

    “What’s this about UBB? Sounds horrible. These arguments are easily defeatable… hey, I suddenly feel drowsy… (goes unconscious, enter Rogers team to tinker with the eds’ brains, wakes up from effects of anesthesia) … Must… write… glowing editorial… of UBB……….. Must.. sing… praises… of UBB…… UBB good……”

    • When Rogers buys a stake in Apple, Jesse will be writing glowing reviews about iPad 5 and dissing the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 (when it's partially owned by Bell). Such is the sorry state of media in this country that publications and their writers/editors are simply whores and pawns to the various properties of the parent company.

      • That's me!

        • You kinda dodged my question there. Will we be hearing your thoughts on UBB or the wireless auction?

          • I oppose #ubb. I have been a vocal critic of the practice for some time now. Don't mean to suggest that you should have known that! But here's a link to a recent podcast of mine on the subject:
            http://bit.ly/eA9uFO

            I also support the wireless auction and think it should be exclusively offered to new players.

  79. Don’t worry Jesse, I’ve partly got your back. I’m very happy with my iPhone 4, but back when iPad came out, I thought “now why would I want this?” when a friend showed me his iPad, and after using it for the first time, I thought again “now why would I want this?”

    Now, I say PARTLY got your back, because you haven’t said one word about UBB, and if past trends are any indicator, if you ever write about the upcoming broadband auction, it’ll have a severe Rogers slant to it.

    Have you read the Macleans opinion piece on UBB? It’s as if all critical thinking by the editors suddenly stopped, and they spewed out Rogers talking points. As if someone performed a partial lobotomy on the eds to deprive them of any critical thought on UBB.

    “What’s this about UBB? Sounds horrible. These arguments are easily defeatable… hey, I suddenly feel drowsy… (goes unconscious, enter Rogers team to tinker with the eds’ brains, wakes up from effects of anesthesia) … Must… write… glowing editorial… of UBB……….. Must.. sing… praises… of UBB…… UBB good……”

  80. " I'm glad you've found a killer app for your iPad, but most folks haven't."
    I'm sure you have data to back that up, right?

    "Buying music online and listening to it on the go, surfing the open Internet and using email anywhere- So what's the iPad equivalent?"
    Um, its the same as the other iThings.

    "It was supposed to be bringing print media to mobile, complete with a working payment system."
    I must have missed when Apple promised to do that.

    " "no amateurs" policy"
    Off-handed comments about rejecting half-assed apps as being "amateur hour" aside, amateur developers, podcasters, authors and artists have been making quite good use of iTunes for a while now.

    "Apple has chosen to appeal to our lesser selves"
    How so? I don't recall Steve Jobs getting up on stage and telling everyone that the original iPad was now junk. Are you saying that Apple shouldn't update their products as new components become available? If so, why are you holding Apple to a different standard than the rest of the industry?

    "Would you throw out the $500 vacuum cleaner you bought last year because this year's model has 8% more suction? And they're trying to maintain market share not by innovation, but by bullying content-producers, developers, and the competition."
    Anyone who throws away their year-old iPad because there's a new one (that everyone was expecting) is insane.
    Bullying how? If you're referring to the subscription thing, it seems like its distributors and middlemen who are getting screwed, not actual content producers. How is Apple bullying developers? Sure, they don't give us the freedom that we get with PCs, but compared to mobile development before 2008, its like the Promised Land. Or let me put it this way, I didn't seriously get into software development before the iPad was announced. As for its competitors? In what way is Apple *bullying* them? By securing components? Having it own retail stores? Aggressive maybe, but bullying's a strong word.

    I expect better from you than hyperbolic rants like this. There's no killer app? Sure there is: its the App Store! You want a used iPad? Better get one quick, they're getting scooped up pretty fast on Gazelle. Or maybe they get passed on to family members, like my original iPhone, which is still in service, albeit as an EOL'd iPod Touch. I think maybe people are not as greedy or insane as you make them out to be.

  81. Hey Jesse,
    I think you're a little off on this one.
    It sounds like you're expecting the world to change overnight with the introduction of new tech, but I think we all know well enough that's rarely the case.
    While your father may not have been smitten with it (which is totally fair and his prerogative) an Ipad has dramatically improved my mothers quality of life.
    Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis a couple of decades ago, her mobility has become increasingly compromised with each passing year. She derives great pleasure from staying in touch with friends via email, surfing the web, playing cards and reading books. Over the past year, she had more and more trouble using a keyboard to do some of these things.
    On a whim, my father and I picked her up an Ipad (I half expected it to become a $500 paper weight at the time).
    To my delight, she immediately took to it and uses it daily for all of her interests listed above. Additionally, my father (a true luddite), has become a bit of a whiz with it himself.
    It looks like when the Ipad 2 rolls out they'll be getting a second one – both to prevent fights over who gets to use it and so that my mom can Facetime with her family in Winnipeg and those of us here in Toronto.
    Additionally, I've heard some incredible success stories about families with autistic children leveraging these devices to better facilitate communication.
    I'm not trying to suggest that two examples make the device a winner, rather just offer up a personal example that stands in stark contrast to yours.
    All the best,

    -Brian.

  82. Hey Jesse,
    I think you're a little off on this one.
    It sounds like you're expecting the world to change overnight with the introduction of new tech, but I think we all know well enough that's rarely the case.
    While your father may not have been smitten with it (which is totally fair and his prerogative) an Ipad has dramatically improved my mothers quality of life.
    Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis a couple of decades ago, her mobility has become increasingly compromised with each passing year. She derives great pleasure from staying in touch with friends via email, surfing the web, playing cards and reading books. Over the past year, she had more and more trouble using a keyboard to do some of these things.
    On a whim, my father and I picked her up an Ipad (I half expected it to become a $500 paper weight at the time).
    To my delight, she immediately took to it and uses it daily for all of her interests listed above. Additionally, my father (a true luddite), has become a bit of a whiz with it himself.
    It looks like when the Ipad 2 rolls out they'll be getting a second one – both to prevent fights over who gets to use it and so that my mom can Facetime with her family in Winnipeg and those of us here in Toronto.
    Additionally, I've heard some incredible success stories about families with autistic children leveraging these devices to better facilitate communication.
    I'm not trying to suggest that two examples make the device a winner, rather just offer up a personal example that stands in stark contrast to yours.
    All the best,

    -Brian.

  83. "What is the use of a new-born baby?"

    I hope this John C. Dvorak style of column-as-flame-bait has brought in enough page views to keep Rogers happy with you. : )

    Though I would like the ability to sideload any iOS app without jail breaking, both you & Cory are trying too hard with the Apple-as-evil reasoning. Hedging against component scarcity as they build more tablets than ANYONE estimated doesn't equate to attempted market monopolization.

    But the uncredited "expectations" that you premise your piece upon are a straw man.
    Despite the writing on the wall since last century, Publishers don't want to change their revenue models, even as their business dries up. Apple finessed the record industry, but movies & publishing can now see them coming. (The Daily is a great example of how NOT to evolve.) it will take a game changing company from outside Apple or Amazon to reform publishing. Netflicks may have enough of a head-start to truly disrupt television & film distribution. Time will tell.

    Most first world technology is decadent, but a well-designed tablet is much more than a reading screen. As with Windows, quantity doesn't mean quality. But do try out GarageBand next week on the iPad and tell me what other app on ANY tablet has that kind of wow factor.

    I enjoy the podcast.

  84. "What is the use of a new-born baby?"

    I hope this John C. Dvorak style of column-as-flame-bait has brought in enough page views to keep Rogers happy with you. : )

    Though I would like the ability to sideload any iOS app without jail breaking, both you & Cory are trying too hard with the Apple-as-evil reasoning. Hedging against component scarcity as they build more tablets than ANYONE estimated doesn't equate to attempted market monopolization.

    But the uncredited "expectations" that you premise your piece upon are a straw man.
    Despite the writing on the wall since last century, Publishers don't want to change their revenue models, even as their business dries up. Apple finessed the record industry, but movies & publishing can now see them coming. (The Daily is a great example of how NOT to evolve.) it will take a game changing company from outside Apple or Amazon to reform publishing. Netflicks may have enough of a head-start to truly disrupt television & film distribution. Time will tell.

    Most first world technology is decadent, but a well-designed tablet is much more than a reading screen. As with Windows, quantity doesn't mean quality. But do try out GarageBand next week on the iPad and tell me what other app on ANY tablet has that kind of wow factor.

    I enjoy the podcast.

  85. I don't think even Steve Jobs expected the iPad to change computing, save the publishing industry and kill netbooks/laptops… in only 13 months!

    Even if all the iPad did was create an entirely new product category that RIM, Samsung, Google, Microsoft, LG, HTC, and a couple dozen other competitors are all falling all over themselves to get in to, is that not impressive in and of itself?

    This article may be true, but if so I weep a little bit for the billions and billions of dollars being wasted trying to emulate Apple's sucky new product. Then again, everyone I know who has an iPad would rather cut off their left hand and give it to me than give up their iPad, so maybe I'm just in a demographic that is blinded by the distortion field and can't see how much it sucks.

    As for $500 being to much for an iPad, keep in mind that when the iPhone came out in 2007 the 8Gb version was $599. Yesterday, the price of First Gen. iPads dropped $130. No matter what one thinks of the iPad, it's pretty darned impressive to me that a year after they came out (and a year after Microsoft showed off SEVEN different tablets at CES) Apple has introduced a refreshed version, dropped the price on the original by 16-27% (depending on the model) and STILL no one's even come out with a competitor device yet (Windows is going to demo their new tablet several months AFTER iPad2 comes out).

    Anyway, you may still prove to be right, but I'd hold off on declaring that the iPad has failed to change things the way we thought it might until it's at least as old and established as the television show Glee is.

  86. I don't think even Steve Jobs expected the iPad to change computing, save the publishing industry and kill netbooks/laptops… in only 13 months!

    Even if all the iPad did was create an entirely new product category that RIM, Samsung, Google, Microsoft, LG, HTC, and a couple dozen other competitors are all falling all over themselves to get in to, is that not impressive in and of itself?

    This article may be true, but if so I weep a little bit for the billions and billions of dollars being wasted trying to emulate Apple's sucky new product. Then again, everyone I know who has an iPad would rather cut off their left hand and give it to me than give up their iPad, so maybe I'm just in a demographic that is blinded by the distortion field and can't see how much it sucks.

    As for $500 being to much for an iPad, keep in mind that when the iPhone came out in 2007 the 8Gb version was $599. Yesterday, the price of First Gen. iPads dropped $130. No matter what one thinks of the iPad, it's pretty darned impressive to me that a year after they came out (and a year after Microsoft showed off SEVEN different tablets at CES) Apple has introduced a refreshed version, dropped the price on the original by 16-27% (depending on the model) and STILL no one's even come out with a competitor device yet (Windows is going to demo their new tablet several months AFTER iPad2 comes out).

    Anyway, you may still prove to be right, but I'd hold off on declaring that the iPad has failed to change things the way we thought it might until it's at least as old and established as the television show Glee is.

  87. Says the person on his computer.

    And my point is that my wife sometimes wanted to use the computer, but couldn't because I had to take it with me.

  88. When Rogers buys a stake in Apple, Jesse will be writing glowing reviews about iPad 5 and dissing the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 (when it's partially owned by Bell). Such is the sorry state of media in this country that publications and their writers/editors are simply whores and pawns to the various properties of the parent company.

  89. I'm in IT and we introduced iPads at my company (including me) about 6 months ago.

    After a wild rush at first, our iPads aren't really used much (people still take them to meetings, but I don't see them on anymore). There are some occasions when they are indispensable, but most of the time they are less useful than a blackberry or your desktop/laptop at work. In my workplace experience, iPads are a parallel to niche product like Smartboards.

    The transformative event in the last few years was mass the roll out of Blackberries – iPads aren't having near that amount of impact.

  90. More to the point though, what can the iPad do that the iPhone can't? Isn't it really just a larger, faster iPod touch? The only benefit is the larger screen, I would wager.
    Doesn't the iPad have a worse battery life compared to these devices? Don't android tablets have similar battery life that also carry flash?

  91. Apple says magical, you say sucks, you call people who disagree 'faithful' as if they're religious zealots, you make up prices and ideas about 'the ipad was supposed to do this and that'. You keep shifting the criteria for success beyond anything other than acceptance by the people it was made for. Is it possible, just possible, that it wasn't made for you?

    What would be 'interesting'? And how much research did you do to look into what the actual impact is?

  92. The censorship thing is so easily tacked on to Apple, but is shared by lots of companies. Facebook regularly turfs apps and accounts for spam or TOS violations. Amazon exercises its right to reject books, kick out Wikileaks, and has a kill switch that can remove any book from your kindle, like magic I daresay. Google loves to brag and swagger about being open in its app store, but not so much when they find out a bunch of malware has f'd over tens of thousands of people, which is when those apps get censored.

    Somehow, thought, it's only Apple because they actually say they do it, and they don't apologize for it. And that confidence is the real crime.

  93. That's me!

  94. Well I sure stuck my pecker in a beehive today. And yet, on I go:

    Brian Corcoran, thanks for sharing that story. Your anecdote, along with others about infants and the elderly and the disabled getting/staying connected through the iPad are the most compelling responses I've gotten. That IS magical, it is transformative, and shame on anyone who says otherwise. BUT I think any touchscreen tablet computer would do that. The technology for such a device has been around for years (not so different from the iPhone, is it?).

    So to be clear- touchscreen tablet computers do not suck. The iPad sucks, because when we finally got a touchscreen tablet, we got one that lives entirely in a walled garden, patrolled by armed Cupertinos.

    Another good point made by a few folks here: we NEED someone like Apple to start this process, because their flawed product creates a market demand for cheaper and more open alternatives, and we'll eventually get to the scenario I describe, where touchy glowy screens are everywhere, and anyone can use them for anything.

    Well, yes, that's true- or at least, that's how it's gone so far. It seems we're locked into this inefficient cycle where gadgets must arrive hobbled and overpriced, and five years later much better and much cheaper versions are in wide use.

    I don't think that's the only way to do things. I wish, perhaps naively, that hardware could take a cue from software and develop in a more organic, collaborative and open way. But Apple's products are increasingly sealed shut and unfriendly to tinkerers, makers and hackers. They are shamefully un-upgradable, and it's gross how easily we accept their terms, chucking yesterday's gear for mild improvements.

    • I look forward to your next few columns on why, a decade after it was first introduced, the iPod is a failure because Apple is a closed ecosystem, why rainbows taste funny, and why UBB is a horrible thing for the Internet (unless of course you have an vague anecdote involving your father about that).

      • Well, I hope he writes the one about UBB being horrible for the internet because UBB is horrible for the internet.

    • I think any touchscreen tablet computer would do that. The technology for such a device has been around for years

      Yes it has. Microsoft has been working on tablets for 15 years and in all that time I don't think they've sold as many tablets as the iPad sold last year. Isn't the fact that tablets have been around for over a decade and after all of that time it's the iPad, and so far ONLY the iPad that has finally given us one that anyone would actually want to own more a point in favor of the notion that the iPad DOESN'T suck than the other way around?

      It seems we're locked into this inefficient cycle where gadgets must arrive hobbled and overpriced, and five years later much better and much cheaper versions are in wide use.

      By "inefficient cycle" are you referring to the space-time continuum and the linear nature of time, because I think that's a physics/relativity problem that we can't actually solve! Products start imperfect and more expensive, and over time get better and cheaper. What alternative to that cycle is there? Is there some more "efficient cycle" in which products launch without flaws on day one as cheap as it is metaphysically possible to make them? Would you prefer if products started off perfect and free and got worse and more expensive? I guess I don't understand how you propose Apple break out of the cycle in which their products get better and cheaper over time. I think to do so, they're going to need a flux capacitor!

      • Ha! From now on, all my opinion pieces will be thinly veiled attacks on the space-time continuum.

    • As a well-written blog post put it recently, easy beats open. You have a political bent on 'open' or at least the appearance of it, but the reality is that what you want is for devices to conform to the level you are comfortable at. Why don't you complain about the way other operating systems dictate what you can do with a machine, or the way a CPU limits the instructions that can be given to the machine? Because that's not where you're comfortable. Moreover why aren't you angry at Google for not disclosing the pagerank algorithm, the custom OS that runs so much of the economy? Why do they constantly get a pass?

      Building for the tinkering crowd does two things: it demands that an entire product line to bend to the whims of a niche market and increases support costs. It also alienates those who just want it to work. We've had computers open for tinkering for decades, and they are hard to maintain and never broke through to non-technical people in a sustainable way.

      I could also get into the ongoing paranoid slurring of Apple behaving as a business that refuses to listen to you, but that would be a rathole from which there's no return.

  95. Well I sure stuck my pecker in a beehive today. And yet, on I go:

    Brian Corcoran, thanks for sharing that story. Your anecdote, along with others about infants and the elderly and the disabled getting/staying connected through the iPad are the most compelling responses I've gotten. That IS magical, it is transformative, and shame on anyone who says otherwise. BUT I think any touchscreen tablet computer would do that. The technology for such a device has been around for years (not so different from the iPhone, is it?).

    So to be clear- touchscreen tablet computers do not suck. The iPad sucks, because when we finally got a touchscreen tablet, we got one that lives entirely in a walled garden, patrolled by armed Cupertinos.

    Another good point made by a few folks here: we NEED someone like Apple to start this process, because their flawed product creates a market demand for cheaper and more open alternatives, and we'll eventually get to the scenario I describe, where touchy glowy screens are everywhere, and anyone can use them for anything.

    Well, yes, that's true- or at least, that's how it's gone so far. It seems we're locked into this inefficient cycle where gadgets must arrive hobbled and overpriced, and five years later much better and much cheaper versions are in wide use.

    I don't think that's the only way to do things. I wish, perhaps naively, that hardware could take a cue from software and develop in a more organic, collaborative and open way. But Apple's products are increasingly sealed shut and unfriendly to tinkerers, makers and hackers. They are shamefully un-upgradable, and it's gross how easily we accept their terms, chucking yesterday's gear for mild improvements.

  96. Only for consumption of media?
    … The gadget is a dud.
    … It was going to change computing.
    … iPad owners were left with a nice way to surf the web on a couch. Compare it to the iPhone, a truly transformational device that owners interact with hundreds of times a day…
    http://bit.ly/dS4PCN

    • well yes, that is very cool.

  97. Only for consumption of media?
    … The gadget is a dud.
    … It was going to change computing.
    … iPad owners were left with a nice way to surf the web on a couch. Compare it to the iPhone, a truly transformational device that owners interact with hundreds of times a day…
    http://bit.ly/dS4PCN

  98. Reliable and multi-dactyle buttons(you can use more than two at a time), stereo sound, network play, does the iPad even have a storage card bay? multi-platform gaming(meaning your DS can interact with the Wii),

  99. I look forward to your next few columns on why, a decade after it was first introduced, the iPod is a failure because Apple is a closed ecosystem, why rainbows taste funny, and why UBB is a horrible thing for the Internet (unless of course you have an vague anecdote involving your father about that).

  100. I hope you mean to say 90% of websites have Flash on them. But they don't just have Flash they also have Shockwave, Java, OpenGL DirectX, SQL, and XML. So as a web machine the iPad is incomplete. I also doubt that every time you read MacLeans with you iPad, you would walk over to your desktop to write a comment. Yes, the iPad has some sort of keyboard, but come on, you know you hate typing on it. So as a portable computing machine its incomplete. Then there are these intricate games which you just adore pretending you're not just frustrated by the lack of reliable interface, because the buttons are simulated by the touch screen. So as a portable gaming machine it's incomplete. At least there's that beautiful crystal clear screen… which will burn your eyes if you use it more than a couple hours at a time. So as a replacement for anything else, it's just incomplete, a dud, a disappointment.

    I have an Acer One netbook. Top of the line, maxed out hardware features, still cost me less than the cheapest iPads. It runs Windows 7 Starter(free) and Office 2010 Starter(free). Of course the starter means they have limited features but even then they have more capabilities then what you'll find on an iPad. It's about the size of an organizer and doesn't weigh that much more than an Ipad. At work I keep on my desk to have Windows live Calander(free) handy and keep track of my schedule. And if I get bored of my cubicle then I just take it down to the lobby and use Open Office(free) for a full featured productivity suite, at least 6 hours of it(trust me, neither you nor your iPad will last 6 hours of that much computing). Then at home I don't have to plugged it in and I can play listen to Steve Paikin in HD video and sound all evening. It has 300 GB of storage, not that I need it because I stream everything from my desktop through the wireless network or through Windows Live Mesh(free) when I'm away from home. I can also do presentations using a projector with a simple VGA plug, I can use a mouse, I can have Bluetooth, I have a webcam, my keyboard has all the keys and they actually work, I have a storage card reader and I can plug in three usb devices, it runs HD video…

    See, that's a complete device.

  101. IPhones and iPads are gadget machines. They offer superior craftsmanship and technological integration but their only use are the thousands of little apps that just don't have the depth and completeness of a PC laptop. When you see it that way, you wonder why you want to pay upwards of $1000 in machine and apps just to be limited by Apple's design.

  102. After all the raking over the coals that you've been subjected to, Mr. Brown, I just want to say that that's an AWESOME picture and caption. :)

  103. After all the raking over the coals that you've been subjected to, Mr. Brown, I just want to say that that's an AWESOME picture and caption. :)

  104. Only a very brave man would dip a toe into the Apple cult waters.
    But then I'm an old guy with a monster desktop stuck in the middle
    of a bunch of bookshelves … with books in them. And I threw away my
    cell phone a couple of years ago. Clearly I'm doomed.

    • Doomed because you'll be crushed by alll those things when they fall over on you. If my iPad fell over onto me I'd squeal, "Oh! How cute!"

  105. Only a very brave man would dip a toe into the Apple cult waters.
    But then I'm an old guy with a monster desktop stuck in the middle
    of a bunch of bookshelves … with books in them. And I threw away my
    cell phone a couple of years ago. Clearly I'm doomed.

  106. Jessie, I have to agree with you. The product is wonderful but the way it's been delivered to us is crap. The one thing we really need from the iPad is the killer app that makes it different from other devices. Right now, it's just a big iPhone.

    Not that that is a bad thing. It's just not special.

    The killer app would come a lot faster if Apple had an open platform. I understand why Apple is the way it is and concede it is a trade off — stability vs. freedom.

    Until there is something to differentiate the tablet from being a simple cross breed between a dumbed down laptop and a larger iPod, it will be be innovative simply because it's fun (i.e. not life-changing or essential).

    Again, it's not a bad thing.

  107. Jessie, I have to agree with you. The product is wonderful but the way it's been delivered to us is crap. The one thing we really need from the iPad is the killer app that makes it different from other devices. Right now, it's just a big iPhone.

    Not that that is a bad thing. It's just not special.

    The killer app would come a lot faster if Apple had an open platform. I understand why Apple is the way it is and concede it is a trade off — stability vs. freedom.

    Until there is something to differentiate the tablet from being a simple cross breed between a dumbed down laptop and a larger iPod, it will be be innovative simply because it's fun (i.e. not life-changing or essential).

    Again, it's not a bad thing.

  108. well yes, that is very cool.

  109. I manage a large IT environment. I have access to almost any device that I need to cmplete my job. The ipad in has released me from the confines of my laptop. It is small and handles email better with our exchange environment better then any microsoft device hanheld period. I find myself grabbing my ipad more then my laptop for the simple fact of speed and instant information grabbing. To say this device sucks is a poor fact. As far as any device i have ever used the ipad just works reliably and efficiently. Windows 7 and the mobile flavors of wndows dont come close as touch friendly devices.
    I use the ipad as a tool for email and web browsing often side by side with my personal computing devices. Every device has growing pains and as a generation 1 device the ipad is rather impressive.

    • Excuse my spelling it is late

  110. I manage a large IT environment. I have access to almost any device that I need to cmplete my job. The ipad in has released me from the confines of my laptop. It is small and handles email better with our exchange environment better then any microsoft device hanheld period. I find myself grabbing my ipad more then my laptop for the simple fact of speed and instant information grabbing. To say this device sucks is a poor fact. As far as any device i have ever used the ipad just works reliably and efficiently. Windows 7 and the mobile flavors of wndows dont come close as touch friendly devices.
    I use the ipad as a tool for email and web browsing often side by side with my personal computing devices. Every device has growing pains and as a generation 1 device the ipad is rather impressive.

  111. Excuse my spelling it is late

  112. Definitely double-down. The iPad is a piece of junk. It's just an iPhone for old folks. Without the phone.

  113. Hahaha, I won`t change my books for a gadget, never, I love the sound when you turn the page and the smell of the paper and ink : )

  114. What do you call real work? The iPad is the greatest leap in technology this world has ever seen! If it wasn't so great
    Why is there now 100's of copycat clones, all copying not inviting like the iPad! If you don't like it or can't afford it that's your problem but don't knock down something as great and Magical as the IPAD!

  115. That's because only apple has the secret sauce to the magic the build. Was 10 months ago when the world said
    We don't need a tablet, now everyone is jumping on the wagon, but as soon as they "think" they caught up Apple will
    Pour a little more secret sauce over another product that will keep the competion bamboozled for another 3 years!

  116. You would lose your wager. The iPad is "just" a larger, faster iPod touch in the same way a swimming pool is "just" a larger bathtub.

    The iPad's battery life is 10 hours. Don't know why people are so obsessed with flash.

  117. "I hope you mean to say 90% of websites have Flash on them"

    Do you have a source for that absurd statistic? I've been surfing without flash quite happily for months.

    "Yes, the iPad has some sort of keyboard, but come on, you know you hate typing on it."

    As a matter of fact, I don't. It's quite easy to type on it. I wouldn't want to type a novel, but nor do I need to to this.

    "Then there are these intricate games which you just adore pretending you're not just frustrated by the lack of reliable interface, because the buttons are simulated by the touch screen."

    This inane statement proves you have never even touched an iPad.

    "trust me, neither you nor your iPad will last 6 hours of that much computing"

    No, 10 hours.

    "I can also do presentations using a projector with a simple VGA plug"

    The new iPad has HTMI dongle output.

    "I can use a mouse, I can have Bluetooth, I have a webcam, my keyboard has all the keys and they actually work, I have a storage card reader and I can plug in three usb devices, it runs HD video… "

    This isn't portable computing. You still need a desk.

    I understand some people "don't get it." That's fine. History will decide whether this was the start of another type of computing device, or not.

  118. You kinda dodged my question there. Will we be hearing your thoughts on UBB or the wireless auction?

  119. Doomed because you'll be crushed by alll those things when they fall over on you. If my iPad fell over onto me I'd squeal, "Oh! How cute!"

  120. Old folks…also have cash. And it may be a "piece of junk" in comparison to an iphone, but …

    Lots of us old folks don't have an iphone, and maybe weren't planning on buying one. But we're using ipads.
    We also like a bigger screen. Cuz we're old and wear glasses. We like simple tech, because we don't want to have to spend time learning how to use every new device. Cuz we're old.

    Old people buy stuff.

    Did you fail marketing?

  121. What I was expecting was more from Jessie Brown. This just sounds like sour grapes to be honest. The fact is the device is good at what it is which is exactly what Brown described it. A device for accessing the internet and reading, it's not being made to fill the roll of a desktop, it's not being made to be a laptop. It's being made to be a dedicated large scale tablet device. My girl friend recently had an operation and has been pretty much bed ridden for the last week. She had seen my iPad around but barely touched it beyond the occasional game of scrabble. Since the operation she's not touched the laptop or the desktop because she doesn't need to. It does exactly what she wants.

    This is a girl who is not technologically inclined and she's using it to watch movies from her sick bed, she's using it to play games and she's using it to keep in touch with friends and family. Sure the laptop could do all these things but not elegantly and this introduced elegance in and of it's self is the wonder of the iPad.

    While the form factor of the tablet has been around for years no product up until now has grabbed the public attention or the success of the iPad. Why? Because it uses a familiar interface (the iOS) to easily interact with people. Windows and Android have yet to be able to do this and by that very fact this is not a dud. Sure it isn't exactly what you want but to call it a dud is to simply bait people for reactions. I honestly expected more from you.

  122. What I was expecting was more from Jessie Brown. This just sounds like sour grapes to be honest. The fact is the device is good at what it is which is exactly what Brown described it. A device for accessing the internet and reading, it's not being made to fill the roll of a desktop, it's not being made to be a laptop. It's being made to be a dedicated large scale tablet device. My girl friend recently had an operation and has been pretty much bed ridden for the last week. She had seen my iPad around but barely touched it beyond the occasional game of scrabble. Since the operation she's not touched the laptop or the desktop because she doesn't need to. It does exactly what she wants.

    This is a girl who is not technologically inclined and she's using it to watch movies from her sick bed, she's using it to play games and she's using it to keep in touch with friends and family. Sure the laptop could do all these things but not elegantly and this introduced elegance in and of it's self is the wonder of the iPad.

    While the form factor of the tablet has been around for years no product up until now has grabbed the public attention or the success of the iPad. Why? Because it uses a familiar interface (the iOS) to easily interact with people. Windows and Android have yet to be able to do this and by that very fact this is not a dud. Sure it isn't exactly what you want but to call it a dud is to simply bait people for reactions. I honestly expected more from you.

  123. I oppose #ubb. I have been a vocal critic of the practice for some time now. Don't mean to suggest that you should have known that! But here's a link to a recent podcast of mine on the subject:
    http://bit.ly/eA9uFO

    I also support the wireless auction and think it should be exclusively offered to new players.

  124. I think any touchscreen tablet computer would do that. The technology for such a device has been around for years

    Yes it has. Microsoft has been working on tablets for 15 years and in all that time I don't think they've sold as many tablets as the iPad sold last year. Isn't the fact that tablets have been around for over a decade and after all of that time it's the iPad, and so far ONLY the iPad that has finally given us one that anyone would actually want to own more a point in favor of the notion that the iPad DOESN'T suck than the other way around?

    It seems we're locked into this inefficient cycle where gadgets must arrive hobbled and overpriced, and five years later much better and much cheaper versions are in wide use.

    By "inefficient cycle" are you referring to the space-time continuum and the linear nature of time, because I think that's a physics/relativity problem that we can't actually solve! Products start imperfect and more expensive, and over time get better and cheaper. What alternative to that cycle is there? Is there some more "efficient cycle" in which products launch without flaws on day one as cheap as it is metaphysically possible to make them? Would you prefer if products started off perfect and free and got worse and more expensive? I guess I don't understand how you propose Apple break out of the cycle in which their products get better and cheaper over time. I think to do so, they're going to need a flux capacitor!

  125. Well, I hope he writes the one about UBB being horrible for the internet because UBB is horrible for the internet.

  126. Your use case makes sense (riding in a subway) for the iPad. However, I have to say that as i public places like coffee shops, public transit, etc.) I hardly ever see anyone with an iPad – where are they? I see most people with either smartphones or netbooks/laptops. There's even a coffee shop that I go to that is 90%+ Apple people and they all have their mac books out, but still, no iPads.

  127. My doctor won't let me read those anymore

  128. Changing your user name for every comment isn't making them any more clever.

  129. Learn the difference between a blog post and a review

  130. Ha! From now on, all my opinion pieces will be thinly veiled attacks on the space-time continuum.

  131. What I hate most is that Apple insults its customers. They charge $100 for 16GB more memory. You can buy a 16G micro-SD card (smaller than a dime) for $15. But you can't put that card in your iPad even if you buy one. I have 10 year-old devices that can take SD cards. I can take the memory card out of my camera and look at pictures on my crappy GPS, but not the iPad. The iPad is missing core computer functions, like being able to access files – instead you need to 'sync' it with another computer. You need to buy an expensive, ugly adapter to use USB – USB for god's sake.

    Apple makes great user-friendly products, and I own some of them, but I'm tired of being insulted as a consumer.

  132. What I hate most is that Apple insults its customers. They charge $100 for 16GB more memory. You can buy a 16G micro-SD card (smaller than a dime) for $15. But you can't put that card in your iPad even if you buy one. I have 10 year-old devices that can take SD cards. I can take the memory card out of my camera and look at pictures on my crappy GPS, but not the iPad. The iPad is missing core computer functions, like being able to access files – instead you need to 'sync' it with another computer. You need to buy an expensive, ugly adapter to use USB – USB for god's sake.

    Apple makes great user-friendly products, and I own some of them, but I'm tired of being insulted as a consumer.

  133. I really did think the same way for a long time. But I realized that just because it doesn't work for me (I already have an iPhone and a Macbook) doesn't mean that it won't work wonders for someone else.

    The iPad fills the niche of being a device for people who traditionally haven't been heavily invested technology already. It gives basic computer functionality to the masses without all the head aches that a complex Windows machine brings (Viruses, Confusing Error messages) or the hefty price tag of a Mac.

    It's simple and easy to use and that's exactly what your (gran)parents need. Not to mention young kids.

    For us Geeks who are power users it's just not worth it because it limits what we would normally do with a Laptop or a Desktop machine.

  134. Your doctor is n expert in stress management. Good for your health.

  135. One thing I will say, is the the pile of advertising agency guys, youngsters all, I see coming through my doors are all toting ipads. They love the plug and play, and say it does the basic stuff quick and easy. For most people, "basic" is all they need in a computer. This damn thing may have just killed the laptop.

  136. I'd like to think bloggers can hold themselves to a higher standard. Otherwise, the ongoing critiques of mainstream media reporting needs to be thrown out the window.

  137. If it had a slide-out keyboard and a stylus, I might seriously consider it for note-taking in meetings. It's certainly cheaper than a touch-screen tablet PC, although the latter would be more powerful and could substitute for my current laptop.

    • Couple of the ad guys have a handy little bluetooth keyboard/stand with their ipad. Think i saw one online when i was looking for a cheapo case.

  138. If it had a slide-out keyboard and a stylus, I might seriously consider it for note-taking in meetings. It's certainly cheaper than a touch-screen tablet PC, although the latter would be more powerful and could substitute for my current laptop.

  139. over the years I have gathered over 600 book and still love them all, after I had a stroke and forgot a lot of what I had Iread I can
    reread them again but I can read much more comfortable from my I-pad , in bed without light or wherever I am , at the age of 80. lots of books now
    cost a bundle but now I can buy books from 4 different booksellers from my living room ,many books are for free or low priced, bought 12 books for $ 24.00 total
    2 days ago and none are cheap romances. beat that

  140. Couple of the ad guys have a handy little bluetooth keyboard/stand with their ipad. Think i saw one online when i was looking for a cheapo case.

  141. I would rather not read on a laptop either. Ew. But an iPad? For reading? That's also ew, for three major reasons. FIrst, It's much heavier than an e-book reader like Kobo or Kindle, and harder to hold comfortably. Second, it has a glare on the screen, it might as well be a laptop eh? ereader devices have e-ink screens with no glare. Third, the iBook app can hardly even be personalized, compared to about 6 or 7 other nice reading apps out there. It is to laugh that the best ereader I have for my ipod touch is so much better than the one especially made for Apple.

    So, now that we have eliminated the iPad as a book… it becomes even more boring.

  142. Jessie, my man, you've got great big cojones and I admire your style. To dare blaspheme the great mystical "Apple Corp" is a rare thing for a writer to do, even though your assessment was bang on.

  143. Jessie, my man, you've got great big cojones and I admire your style. To dare blaspheme the great mystical "Apple Corp" is a rare thing for a writer to do, even though your assessment was bang on.

  144. I think you go too far… even though I'm disappointed because the purpose I bought the iPad for — taking a video course — didn't work out due to Apple not allowing Flash on it. When I complained to Apple I was told it wasn't Apple's problem to provide an alternative to Flash. Excuse me?

    Anyway, I'm sure I'll find a use for it eventually and I can't return it anyway because I had it engraved.

  145. I think you go too far… even though I'm disappointed because the purpose I bought the iPad for — taking a video course — didn't work out due to Apple not allowing Flash on it. When I complained to Apple I was told it wasn't Apple's problem to provide an alternative to Flash. Excuse me?

    Anyway, I'm sure I'll find a use for it eventually and I can't return it anyway because I had it engraved.

  146. per your comment " I've never bought a laptop or netbook. I prefer having a fully-powered desktop machine for real work. But I bought the iPad. It is perfect for my "living room" computing needs. I can play games, browse the web, email, read books, all from the comfort of my couch, without having to use a fiddly trackpad or balance a clamshell on my lap. I use it every day. "

    yes, that's right. People who didn't have a laptop or iphone / ipod touch before are finding the iPad to be useful. Like my sister in law. But most of the people i know who have those things just don't seem to be using their iPads much except for games. That's a lot of money for a device to play games on, when it was supposed to be this great new thing. But the marketing, as everyone knows, was all about this device that had a place BESIDE these other devices.

  147. Sure, it's nice to be able to read PDFs so conveniently. But you paid a lot of money; more than you had to. Maybe a good device would be an wifi e-ink reader (no glare) for under 200 dollars that handles pdfs. hmmm, where could there be such a thing?

    I think overall most of the discussion is missing the vital factor that the ipad isn't the only option…it's not only the most expensive one, it's also the one that it's compnay spent the most marketing dollars on.

  148. Man, I've been looking for something that does this for ages; I'm well aware of the options, and none of them are suitable. (I hate it when people on tech websites tell others, "I know what you need better than you do". So tiresome) My reading involves lot of color graphs, and lots of small, fidly mathematics. E-readers don't cut it. And they are single-purpose objects; I would still need to bring my laptop to work on talks, or to send emails.

  149. Wowie Zowie. A techie that doesn't like (fill in the blank). How….average. Linux users look down on Microsoft users who look down on Apple users who look down on everyone else. The world is round as are the critics circular logic. I'm not an Apple-ite, or a Microsoft-bot or a sanctimonious Linux-ee. I actually dislike most technology. I don't use technology for some status symbol. I use it as a tool to do what I want with as little pain as possible. If a hammer could surf the net I'd gladly use that. I have a simple Win 7 desktop and now this iPad. The iPad is painless, it does what I want it to do very well, is fun and easy to use. Dud? Boring? Jeez man, what do you want?

  150. Wowie Zowie. A techie that doesn't like (fill in the blank). How….average. Linux users look down on Microsoft users who look down on Apple users who look down on everyone else. The world is round as are the critics circular logic. I'm not an Apple-ite, or a Microsoft-bot or a sanctimonious Linux-ee. I actually dislike most technology. I don't use technology for some status symbol. I use it as a tool to do what I want with as little pain as possible. If a hammer could surf the net I'd gladly use that. I have a simple Win 7 desktop and now this iPad. The iPad is painless, it does what I want it to do very well, is fun and easy to use. Dud? Boring? Jeez man, what do you want?

  151. You've successfully listed a few reasons why the iPad may be a commercial success amongst the 55+ crowd. I don't argue that may be the case.

    But just because old people like to waste their money buying overpriced giant shiny objects, does not make the iPad awesome. In fact it makes it quite unremarkable.

    The fact that it's easy enough for the under-developed mind (children) and the senile (old-folks) only demonstrates it's ease of use, nothing more. And ease of use alone doesn't make a device revolutionary.

  152. Well, I can't edit my post, so we're going to gloss over it.

  153. As a well-written blog post put it recently, easy beats open. You have a political bent on 'open' or at least the appearance of it, but the reality is that what you want is for devices to conform to the level you are comfortable at. Why don't you complain about the way other operating systems dictate what you can do with a machine, or the way a CPU limits the instructions that can be given to the machine? Because that's not where you're comfortable. Moreover why aren't you angry at Google for not disclosing the pagerank algorithm, the custom OS that runs so much of the economy? Why do they constantly get a pass?

    Building for the tinkering crowd does two things: it demands that an entire product line to bend to the whims of a niche market and increases support costs. It also alienates those who just want it to work. We've had computers open for tinkering for decades, and they are hard to maintain and never broke through to non-technical people in a sustainable way.

    I could also get into the ongoing paranoid slurring of Apple behaving as a business that refuses to listen to you, but that would be a rathole from which there's no return.

  154. i wouldn't be surprised if 4 years ago you told everyone "iPhone is the most stupid product ever." Back then, there was no app store, and even then Apple sold millions. You are too narrow-minded to recognize iPad as the single most important product Apple has ever released. Unlike an iPhone, is that this is a truly mainstream device. iPhone is still a phone, and most people do not need a smartphone that can do everything. But most people do need a method of getting to the web at home, and current computers are not intuitive and simple enough for most daily usages. iPad represents a new portal device, a device that will streamline our accessibility to the web. It is a pure consumer oriented device. I seriously doubt your ability to become a successful journalist.

  155. i wouldn't be surprised if 4 years ago you told everyone "iPhone is the most stupid product ever." Back then, there was no app store, and even then Apple sold millions. You are too narrow-minded to recognize iPad as the single most important product Apple has ever released. Unlike an iPhone, is that this is a truly mainstream device. iPhone is still a phone, and most people do not need a smartphone that can do everything. But most people do need a method of getting to the web at home, and current computers are not intuitive and simple enough for most daily usages. iPad represents a new portal device, a device that will streamline our accessibility to the web. It is a pure consumer oriented device. I seriously doubt your ability to become a successful journalist.

  156. When you do, make sure that 1. It runs Adobe Flash ( I have read Jobs' L. O. N. G. rationale for this, but it doesn't wash with me) and 2. It AirPrints to more wireless printers ( yes, I know why). BTW, I have written as much to Apple.
    Cheers from a disappointed 72 yr-old lady, named Patrice

  157. Magic? Have you used square? As say a landscaping contractor, I can use an ipad to locate my clients, display photos of other work I have done, collect credit card payments, do all related accounting and e-mail from my truck. Something like this was not possible before the ipad. An iphone is simply not productive enough as it is too small.

    If I was a small retail store, again, I could have a digital display of products that others could order, and order them for it right away. It's insane that it is not considered magical

  158. Magic? Have you used square? As say a landscaping contractor, I can use an ipad to locate my clients, display photos of other work I have done, collect credit card payments, do all related accounting and e-mail from my truck. Something like this was not possible before the ipad. An iphone is simply not productive enough as it is too small.

    If I was a small retail store, again, I could have a digital display of products that others could order, and order them for it right away. It's insane that it is not considered magical

  159. I believe the iPad is just one USB port slot away from being perfect.

    • I agree about the USB port.

    • The camera connection kit includes a usb port dongle.

  160. I believe the iPad is just one USB port slot away from being perfect.

  161. Hard anecdotal evidence to why the iPad is a dud? His Dad stopped using it. 15 Million of us don't have a clue.

    I use it every day. I am a voracious reader, so it does that for me. I use it as my consumption device, much better than a laptop/netbook. I update our blog with it.

    I have been using PCs since 1980 and had all kinds of laptops throughout the years. The iPad is perfect for what I want in a portable device. Was iPad 1 perfect? No, that's technology evolution. Would I buy iPad 2 right now? No, it's not compelling enough for me to switch so soon. Will those who do not have a tablet yet buy it? You bet!

  162. Hard anecdotal evidence to why the iPad is a dud? His Dad stopped using it. 15 Million of us don't have a clue.

    I use it every day. I am a voracious reader, so it does that for me. I use it as my consumption device, much better than a laptop/netbook. I update our blog with it.

    I have been using PCs since 1980 and had all kinds of laptops throughout the years. The iPad is perfect for what I want in a portable device. Was iPad 1 perfect? No, that's technology evolution. Would I buy iPad 2 right now? No, it's not compelling enough for me to switch so soon. Will those who do not have a tablet yet buy it? You bet!

  163. Hey Jim,

    I bought a Samsung galaxy Tablet instead of the iPad. It has Firefox, it has free aps w/o a credit card needed, and runs Android OS (Linux based) instead of a locked down, iTunes required, iPad.

    I got the iPhone, it's alright, but looooove my galaxy and will replace the iPhone /w a Samsung touchphone after the contract wears out.

    Android OS aps are more open. No CC needed for the free aps. Can dl aps from other places other then their store (like online), and I can play Super Nintendo Emulator games of the copies I already own sitting in a box.

    If that were not enough, Wiimotes bluetooth work with the Galaxy's bluetooth for good gaming controllers!!!
    It has a chip reader on it's side, Apple's does not.

    …main point tho, the "boring" part of Apple is the lock down jail mode you buy it in. If I am to spend another 650 on a tablet, I want to not need cracking it and voiding the warranty just to use it as "I" see fit.

    These are my main points against Apple/For Samsung's Galaxy Tablet.

    The better the software market (Like Android OS' Ap Market) the more people can make their tablet more fun.

    Apple will block all 3rd party installs unless you can hack it, Android OS will check a simple check box "allowing 3rd party w/o holding them liable if you break it"

    …and can always install approved aps only, if you so choose.
    I bought:
    Apple iPod 80gb
    Apple iPod 30gb video
    Apple iPhone 30gb

    But they'll never get another dime from me now that better companies are making clones that provide better for customer's needs.

    Open Source Software for the win!

  164. Apart from the dumb handicap of not being able to access files using Flash, I find the iPad invaluable every day.
    As a senior, I find my iPod touch too small to see and to manipulate,and the iPad is an ideal size to access information on the web and the numerous apps make the use of the iPad versatile. I use my classic iPod for podcasts and music, my Mac pro for photography, recording music and writing and my PC computer for business, banking, creating sound files and writing. But the iPad is used for emails,reading books, Facebook, following stock and shares and the Internet.
    Slate the iPad or future equivalent, Jesse, but for shut-ins, seniors, the sick, kids, business people in meetings etc…the iPad idea will not go the way of the hula hoop.

  165. Apart from the dumb handicap of not being able to access files using Flash, I find the iPad invaluable every day.
    As a senior, I find my iPod touch too small to see and to manipulate,and the iPad is an ideal size to access information on the web and the numerous apps make the use of the iPad versatile. I use my classic iPod for podcasts and music, my Mac pro for photography, recording music and writing and my PC computer for business, banking, creating sound files and writing. But the iPad is used for emails,reading books, Facebook, following stock and shares and the Internet.
    Slate the iPad or future equivalent, Jesse, but for shut-ins, seniors, the sick, kids, business people in meetings etc…the iPad idea will not go the way of the hula hoop.

  166. Well I think that this article is pretty much correct! Ipad has not been able to replace computers in the slightest. All you can pretty much do on it is read books/browse internet/ and play some games (for games psp and the ds are actually much better, having better games, better controls and better graphics; it's a smaller screen but it's made to be portable on purpose. You can carry psp or ds in a pocket, can you do the same with an Ipad…) Also The sharing options on all apple devices are just a total mess. They try to protect copyright laws, but really usb drives are a much better solution to just transfer files. But using itunes can be a real pain since it only lets you transfer certain types of files and it also doesn't support many file types. To view documents you have to get third party apps, to watch videos you have to convert every video… I mean really this isn't the ipod touch, why do we still have to convert videos to watch them?! Even my Samsung Galaxy S Captivate – a 4in touchscreen smartphone – is capable of playing videos of any format by just transferring them over to the phone! Other devices like the Archos media players have been able to do it for years! And really tablets existed way before apple invented the Ipad so is it really that innovative? Archos has a portable 7in tablet for ages, just less marketing power.

  167. Well I think that this article is pretty much correct! Ipad has not been able to replace computers in the slightest. All you can pretty much do on it is read books/browse internet/ and play some games (for games psp and the ds are actually much better, having better games, better controls and better graphics; it's a smaller screen but it's made to be portable on purpose. You can carry psp or ds in a pocket, can you do the same with an Ipad…) Also The sharing options on all apple devices are just a total mess. They try to protect copyright laws, but really usb drives are a much better solution to just transfer files. But using itunes can be a real pain since it only lets you transfer certain types of files and it also doesn't support many file types. To view documents you have to get third party apps, to watch videos you have to convert every video… I mean really this isn't the ipod touch, why do we still have to convert videos to watch them?! Even my Samsung Galaxy S Captivate – a 4in touchscreen smartphone – is capable of playing videos of any format by just transferring them over to the phone! Other devices like the Archos media players have been able to do it for years! And really tablets existed way before apple invented the Ipad so is it really that innovative? Archos has a portable 7in tablet for ages, just less marketing power.

  168. Although to add to my post above; unfortunately there aren’t enough alternatives available at the moment.
    Also somehow most of these alternatives tend to make themselves more expensive than the Ipad. They do run on an open os though like the Windows 7. Now if they fall in price quite a bit, I think they will provide much better competition for the Ipad; especially with the prices falling on the Ipad 1 with the release of Ipad 2.

  169. Although to add to my post above; unfortunately there aren’t enough alternatives available at the moment.

    Also somehow most of these alternatives tend to make themselves more expensive than the Ipad. They do run on an open os though like the Windows 7. Now if they fall in price quite a bit, I think they will provide much better competition for the Ipad; especially with the prices falling on the Ipad 1 with the release of Ipad 2.

  170. I forgot to mention that i know of at least one ER specialist I spoke with uses it everyday in the ER as part of their job.

  171. I forgot to mention that i know of at least one ER specialist I spoke with uses it everyday in the ER as part of their job.

  172. I agree about the USB port.

  173. Loki, it is rude to make fun of other people's gramatical error's.

  174. Loki, it is rude to make fun of other people's gramatical error's.

  175. Irregardless is a word. It is a gramatically incorrect word but regardless of that it is a word.

  176. This is a fascinating collection of opinions. Most of the critics say it is no good because you cannot do task "X". In many cases, it's like complaining that my hammer makes a poor screwdriver. In other cases, you can do some of the 'cant do' tasks. For example, with the help of a single compact and inexpensive accessory, you can connect USB devices and you can quickly and easily transfer images from your camera's SD card. I have been a computer user since 1980. In those days, many detractors said that computers were boring duds. You could not do anything useful with them without adding software and devices that were anything but user friendly. The iPad, in contrast, is a useful tool right out of the box. The addition of more software is dead easy and inexpensive. I have been using my iPad for a couple of hours a day and I love it. I bought mine the day it was first available and have never regretted the purchase. Now that I have this device, I hardly ever use my desktop machine and rarely use my notebook. My 3G iPad goes with me everywhere but what is really important to me is that I can use it in my living room. By that, I mean that I no longer have to isolate myself from my family when I want to use a computer as I did when I was restricted to using the desktop machine in my home office. I use it to read books, magazines, and newspapers to the exclusion of the paper equivalents. I use it for email, games, browsing the Internet and for serious research and productive work. I use it for journal and letter writing. I find the keyboard easy to use and I can type faster on the iPad than I can on a real keyboard. When it was first hyped, I scoffed at those who said it would be a game changer. Well, I was wrong. it has been a complete game changer for me and I would feel lost without it. When I visit my 90 year old mother, her first question now is not "How are you?". It is "What can you show me today on your magic machine?".

  177. This is a fascinating collection of opinions. Most of the critics say it is no good because you cannot do task "X". In many cases, it's like complaining that my hammer makes a poor screwdriver. In other cases, you can do some of the 'cant do' tasks. For example, with the help of a single compact and inexpensive accessory, you can connect USB devices and you can quickly and easily transfer images from your camera's SD card. I have been a computer user since 1980. In those days, many detractors said that computers were boring duds. You could not do anything useful with them without adding software and devices that were anything but user friendly. The iPad, in contrast, is a useful tool right out of the box. The addition of more software is dead easy and inexpensive. I have been using my iPad for a couple of hours a day and I love it. I bought mine the day it was first available and have never regretted the purchase. Now that I have this device, I hardly ever use my desktop machine and rarely use my notebook. My 3G iPad goes with me everywhere but what is really important to me is that I can use it in my living room. By that, I mean that I no longer have to isolate myself from my family when I want to use a computer as I did when I was restricted to using the desktop machine in my home office. I use it to read books, magazines, and newspapers to the exclusion of the paper equivalents. I use it for email, games, browsing the Internet and for serious research and productive work. I use it for journal and letter writing. I find the keyboard easy to use and I can type faster on the iPad than I can on a real keyboard. When it was first hyped, I scoffed at those who said it would be a game changer. Well, I was wrong. it has been a complete game changer for me and I would feel lost without it. When I visit my 90 year old mother, her first question now is not "How are you?". It is "What can you show me today on your magic machine?".

  178. Goodness, looks like any old doof can write for Maclean's these days. A personal gripe is clear all through out the article. Although I don't see a need for iPad for my use yet, specially because of the weight. But I know people who depend on it greatly and there is still no realistic alternative to iPad on the market today. If browsing is all you want then any tablet out there will do. But iPad does much more than just browsing and email.

  179. Goodness, looks like any old doof can write for Maclean's these days. A personal gripe is clear all through out the article. Although I don't see a need for iPad for my use yet, specially because of the weight. But I know people who depend on it greatly and there is still no realistic alternative to iPad on the market today. If browsing is all you want then any tablet out there will do. But iPad does much more than just browsing and email.

  180. Guys let's calm down. It doesn't matter if RIM is still putting out solid devices with better multi-tasking capabilities and a more efficient OS that is actually designed to communicate (despite a much slower processors – which is where they are lagging behind). It doesn't matter that Android based devices are now more innovative than iOS. Because Apple products are shiney! They are smooth and they are silver and they are shiney!!!!!!!! Umm do I want a device with an indented keyboard that's easy to type on? Do I want a phone with a truly innovative OS and unparalleled web experience? Do I want a tablet that actually supports multitasking? NO NO NO NO NO NO. NOT SHINEY ENOGUH

  181. Guys let's calm down. It doesn't matter if RIM is still putting out solid devices with better multi-tasking capabilities and a more efficient OS that is actually designed to communicate (despite a much slower processors – which is where they are lagging behind). It doesn't matter that Android based devices are now more innovative than iOS. Because Apple products are shiney! They are smooth and they are silver and they are shiney!!!!!!!! Umm do I want a device with an indented keyboard that's easy to type on? Do I want a phone with a truly innovative OS and unparalleled web experience? Do I want a tablet that actually supports multitasking? NO NO NO NO NO NO. NOT SHINEY ENOGUH

  182. The camera connection kit includes a usb port dongle.

  183. Yeay finally somebody actually knows what they are talking about.
    It's also a great way of flushing out ignorant pedants,

  184. I hope you're getting commission for your shilling. You are doing a stalwart job.

  185. - The iPad can recognize 11 different simultaneous screen touches.
    - It has stereo sound (wear headphones).
    - It has network play, there are hundreds of games that can network wirelessly locally or across the internet.
    - Storage card bay? How quaint. Technically, there is a camera connection kit, but I see the lack of need to carry a bunch of storage cards as a feature, not a liability.
    - Multi-platform gaming: possible. I have played games of Scrabble against someone using the Facebook scrabble game. I'm not aware of games that interact with consoles.

  186. The reason why I dislike Apple is their restriction on app development and their caving to the US gov over wikileaks.

    Both are so against what Apple likes to sell itself as and as such shows a character weakness behind their work ethos.

  187. The reason why I dislike Apple is their restriction on app development and their caving to the US gov over wikileaks.

    Both are so against what Apple likes to sell itself as and as such shows a character weakness behind their work ethos.

  188. what do you mean by "reading"?

  189. While doing your research for this article, did you ever consider people with special needs? Did you ever looked into that convert speech to text or apps for autistic children? We have bought iPad for our daughter who is partialy deaf among other disabilities (autism thankfully not being one of them), and today she can spell, write, and has has mastered letter and number recognition ALL BY HERSELF. Yes, we have tried many other traditional methods, and guess what? After spending well over 1000 bucks on all kind of special learning aids, iPad was actually cheap, and IT WORKED. If you can ever be bothered to look into it, you'll find that in US (whom we love to slam for lack of med ins.), some health insurance provider cover costs of iPad as an alternative for other devices, just ask the members of the Yahoo Holoprosencephaly group. To us iPad in nothing short of a miracle.

  190. While doing your research for this article, did you ever consider people with special needs? Did you ever looked into that convert speech to text or apps for autistic children? We have bought iPad for our daughter who is partialy deaf among other disabilities (autism thankfully not being one of them), and today she can spell, write, and has has mastered letter and number recognition ALL BY HERSELF. Yes, we have tried many other traditional methods, and guess what? After spending well over 1000 bucks on all kind of special learning aids, iPad was actually cheap, and IT WORKED. If you can ever be bothered to look into it, you'll find that in US (whom we love to slam for lack of med ins.), some health insurance provider cover costs of iPad as an alternative for other devices, just ask the members of the Yahoo Holoprosencephaly group. To us iPad in nothing short of a miracle.

    • All of which is available on laptops. So your point is moot.

  191. - The iPad can recognize 11 different simultaneous screen touches.

    Pfffffffhahahahahahaha

    - It has stereo sound (wear headphones).

    Sure, the headphones you wear are stereo but not the program that produces the sound.

    - It has network play, there are hundreds of games that can network wirelessly locally or across the internet.

    How about iPad to iPad? That's network play by the way.

    - Storage card bay? How quaint. Technically, there is a camera connection kit, but I see the lack of need to carry a bunch of storage cards as a feature, not a liability.

    If you don't have enough content to fill the 16 Gb storage then you have no use for all the features you praise about the iPad.

  192. That's exactly the point I'm trying to make. I'm not questioning the iPad's purpose or its marketability, but the iPad is just not a useful replacement for anything, as opposed to what some die hardcore fans are trying to make themselves believe.

    As the brits would say: "It's a very expensive anorak"

  193. It's not just the media, it's product placement showing people in positions of super high-tech requirements like forensic science, when you know it just can't handle that kind of task the same a true tablet PC could.

  194. did you ever consider software and apps and carriers just aren't changing with the times so the iPad's capabilities are being held back by the very content it's been created to support. it's a means to other ends…but those ends are just not keeping up with jobs. moreover, people don't know how to use this technology to it max. consumers see a shiny new toy for the internet and maybe a movie…they don't bother with figuring out what it's actually capable of and how it can 'be more' to them.

  195. did you ever consider software and apps and carriers just aren't changing with the times so the iPad's capabilities are being held back by the very content it's been created to support. it's a means to other ends…but those ends are just not keeping up with jobs. moreover, people don't know how to use this technology to it max. consumers see a shiny new toy for the internet and maybe a movie…they don't bother with figuring out what it's actually capable of and how it can 'be more' to them.

  196. "Do you have a source for that absurd statistic?"

    It would be less absurd than saying 90% of flash is ads but it's you who pulled out that stat so I wouldn't know.

    "As a matter of fact, I don't. It's quite easy to type on it. I wouldn't want to type a novel, but nor do I need to to this."

    So you don't use it for typing, yet you know how typing feels like on it…

    "This inane statement proves you have never even touched an iPad."

    Every flipping day actually. Troubleshooting for people who thought they were buying a desktop replacement. Oh and by the by, a broken iPad is the most time consuming piece of tech I've ever had to fix.

    "No, 10 hours."

    Well, you've made it clear that you don't use your iPad for anything more than web reading in the evening so I won't take your word for it. I'll stick to my experience with co-worker who are come to me because their iPad's won't last a workday.

    I got to say, I'm tech savvy but I still had to look up what an HTMI dongle was. I know that neither it nor the HDMI input is found in most work projectors more than 2 years old.

    "This isn't portable computing. You still need a desk."

    Not for bluetooth, not for the webcam, not for the keyboard, not for the storage card, not for the USB devices, not for the HD video, and even my wireless optical mouse will work on the couch, on the table, on the floor, on the chair, on the keyboard, and even in my left hand if I'm pressed for space, but then, the touchpad isn't useless either.

    "I understand some people "don't get it." That's fine. History will decide whether this was the start of another type of computing device, or not."

    *sigh* If that would really be the case then you wouldn't trying so hard selling the iPad as the ultimate tool for everything wouldn't you. It's not a tool, it's a handbag. Buying handbag is fine. Selling a handbag as a toolbelt is not fine. And history will actually that the iPad will live up to up to the hype in it's sales but not to its promise of performance so about half the people who buy them won't be using them for anything important and will say it's magical and the other half will buy it for it's promise of technical prowess and be disappointed.

  197. eh, I give up.

  198. Exactly what I was going to write (though you've probably written it more eloquently than I would have).

    I don't own an iPad, or even a cellphone, but I can certainly see how well made Apple's devices are, and I'd buy an iPhone or iPad if I had a use for them (I'm getting an Touch soon). I don't think that the iPad is as revolutionary as the iPhone, but that's due in no small part to them sharing so much technology and that the iPhone came out first.

    Just because I don't have a use for them doesn't mean that they suck, as you said. This really is the lamest sort of tech journalism, which is saying something considering how bad of a genre it can be (one of the few jobs you can be wrong in all year long and still be employed).

    It's sad to see such a weak article from Mr. Brown, as his other pieces here have been of much higher caliber.

  199. You need to read more about iPhone and iPad gaming. IGN and other media outlets have written a number of times about how serious a gaming platform it is. By some counts, these devices are the most popular gaming platform in the world.

    As well, iOS has a network play feature. You can play wirelessly with anyone you want with an iOS device.

    I understand the aversion to any game that doesn't have a gamepad to play it with. That's actually one of the reasons I've been hesitant to get into it as a gaming platform. But for tens of millions of consumers, it's their platform of choice. There's a reason why all the big gaming companies (At least those who aren't selling competing hardware) are making games for iOS – SquareEnix, EA, etc.

  200. He's entitled to his opinion, 
    but I find it shoddy on Maclean's part because it's not a real review. 
    It's a opinion. It's not a report or informative in any way. 

    The truth is, it does so many things and can be a real-world replacement for someone who only checks email, surfs a bit, watches movies/tv shows, and video chats with family. It's even a book/magazine reader. 

    People will hate and dislike it, but the bottom line should really be,
    "does this fit into my lifestyle?"

    In your case, I feel it does. For about $500-1000 cheaper than most PCs.

  201. He's entitled to his opinion, 
    but I find it shoddy on Maclean's part because it's not a real review. 
    It's a opinion. It's not a report or informative in any way. 

    The truth is, it does so many things and can be a real-world replacement for someone who only checks email, surfs a bit, watches movies/tv shows, and video chats with family. It's even a book/magazine reader. 

    People will hate and dislike it, but the bottom line should really be,
    "does this fit into my lifestyle?"

    In your case, I feel it does. For about $500-1000 cheaper than most PCs.

    • Pc's are far cheaper then iPads.

  202. What happened to reading scrolls in the scroll format????

  203. Am used to better writing then this from Mcleans.

    A test group of 1 and that is representative?

  204. Am used to better writing then this from Mcleans.
    A test group of 1 and that is representative?

  205. DEAR GHOPPE,

    Please take Steve Job's wang out of your hole and consider that maybe – just MAYBE – Apple isn't the greatest thing in the history of ever.

  206. Canada / RIMM FUD across the board here

  207. Canada / RIMM FUD across the board here

  208. There is your key point:
    Once they're as cheap and ubiquitous as USB keys, then we'll start to see some killer applications (hopefully sold through an open app store).

    The "ijunk" is: Too expensive, too "manufacturer locked", too complicated, and does not do enough for most folks to justify the price. And in 366 days, guess what? Your $500 ipad V.1 Toy… or your $500 ipad V.2 Toy… Will be replaced by a $500 V.3 Toy. And so on.
    Apple, the original company of "freedom" and simplicity has let us down, and wants too much control over our lives, as they milk their cash cow(s) to death.
    EXAMPLE:
    A friend bought an ipod. Neither of us could figure out how to do anything with it. I bought him a $25 mp3 player at Wal Mart. Now he has 50 pieces of music on it he can listen to. And when he gets bored with those next week… We'll delete them, and put another 50 or 60 (or more) on it. He can even carry PDF, and WORD or EXCEL files, and Pictures on the thing. And it only took us a couple of hours to figure out and make use of.
    Nice try Apple. NO cigar. YET!
    Try again Stevie Wonder! You'll get it right soon. Look back to your roots!

  209. There is your key point:
    Once they're as cheap and ubiquitous as USB keys, then we'll start to see some killer applications (hopefully sold through an open app store).

    The "ijunk" is: Too expensive, too "manufacturer locked", too complicated, and does not do enough for most folks to justify the price. And in 366 days, guess what? Your $500 ipad V.1 Toy… or your $500 ipad V.2 Toy… Will be replaced by a $500 V.3 Toy. And so on.
    Apple, the original company of "freedom" and simplicity has let us down, and wants too much control over our lives, as they milk their cash cow(s) to death.
    EXAMPLE:
    A friend bought an ipod. Neither of us could figure out how to do anything with it. I bought him a $25 mp3 player at Wal Mart. Now he has 50 pieces of music on it he can listen to. And when he gets bored with those next week… We'll delete them, and put another 50 or 60 (or more) on it. He can even carry PDF, and WORD or EXCEL files, and Pictures on the thing. And it only took us a couple of hours to figure out and make use of.
    Nice try Apple. NO cigar. YET!
    Try again Stevie Wonder! You'll get it right soon. Look back to your roots!

  210. That doesn't address what I said: What can the iPad do that the iPhone can't?

    I'm still waiting for an answer to this.

  211. I don't own an IPad or an IPhone, I do have a Droid incredible and find it sufficient for what I need to get done on a 3" screen.
    Now I do own and Ipod and used it daily while I was running but even that has stopped, not the running but taking the Ipod with me.
    The best part about Apple is the price of the stock, when I heard about the Ipod and Itunes coming out is when I loaded up on AAPL stock at about $32 a share , it has split since that time several times and now what was a 32k investment has turned into a substantial amount of $$ Maybe someday I will break down and get an Ipad to play with, I do use my 5 laptops quite a bit and my 3 desk tops as they are very functional for what I do, but I don't play games and I can read as much as I want with a good hard cover book or use one of my laptops if I feel like it, But once again what I do love about APPL is the stock price, like PCLN, it was a great deal at $12 share & now trading at about $470 a share. but I traveled so much when I was in my 20s& 30s that I am not into taking many trips these days. to me its all about the $$$ and how each of these companies have marketed themselves, If you think back before the Ipod and Itunes APPL was having a difficult time keeping the share price above $30, Great job by Steve and his crew (pun intended) on making a failing company into the largest market cap share Co, on the S&P 500. Its fairly straightforward to me. if you don't like it don't buy it. but thanks to all of you that have, by the way The Ipad did not make the company what it is now. there were a host of great ideas coming out of APPL to make it what it is today, Oh yes excuse any typos, or I should say who gives a rats ass

  212. I don't own an IPad or an IPhone, I do have a Droid incredible and find it sufficient for what I need to get done on a 3" screen.
    Now I do own and Ipod and used it daily while I was running but even that has stopped, not the running but taking the Ipod with me.
    The best part about Apple is the price of the stock, when I heard about the Ipod and Itunes coming out is when I loaded up on AAPL stock at about $32 a share , it has split since that time several times and now what was a 32k investment has turned into a substantial amount of $$ Maybe someday I will break down and get an Ipad to play with, I do use my 5 laptops quite a bit and my 3 desk tops as they are very functional for what I do, but I don't play games and I can read as much as I want with a good hard cover book or use one of my laptops if I feel like it, But once again what I do love about APPL is the stock price, like PCLN, it was a great deal at $12 share & now trading at about $470 a share. but I traveled so much when I was in my 20s& 30s that I am not into taking many trips these days. to me its all about the $$$ and how each of these companies have marketed themselves, If you think back before the Ipod and Itunes APPL was having a difficult time keeping the share price above $30, Great job by Steve and his crew (pun intended) on making a failing company into the largest market cap share Co, on the S&P 500. Its fairly straightforward to me. if you don't like it don't buy it. but thanks to all of you that have, by the way The Ipad did not make the company what it is now. there were a host of great ideas coming out of APPL to make it what it is today, Oh yes excuse any typos, or I should say who gives a rats ass

  213. Still here making a fool of yourself, ghoppe? The iPad is a toy, plain and simple. and Flash is used on 90 of media sites. Look it up yourself.

  214. No one has yet posted a valid use for the iPad. Computing devices go obsolete quite quickly, but iPad are obsolete while still sitting on the store shelves. This product is THE most useless computing device to ever hit the market. But Jobs already has an army of suckers to buy his crap. If people made purchases based on research, and not social appeal, Apple would be long out of business.

  215. No one has yet posted a valid use for the iPad. Computing devices go obsolete quite quickly, but iPad are obsolete while still sitting on the store shelves. This product is THE most useless computing device to ever hit the market. But Jobs already has an army of suckers to buy his crap. If people made purchases based on research, and not social appeal, Apple would be long out of business.

    • The comments are full of descriptions of valid uses. Maybe you should try reading some of them!!!

  216. Pc's are far cheaper then iPads.

  217. All of which is available on laptops. So your point is moot.

  218. The comments are full of descriptions of valid uses. Maybe you should try reading some of them!!!

  219. I've been hesitant to wade into this one, but the militant devotion of the iHorde that's on display here reeks ever so slightly of a self-conscious desire to justify one's own fetishistically expensive purchase.

  220. I've been hesitant to wade into this one, but the militant devotion of the iHorde that's on display here reeks ever so slightly of a self-conscious desire to justify one's own fetishistically expensive purchase.

  221. Tablets and cloud computing

    Back to the future – mainframes and dumb terminals

  222. I have about 4000 books and a habit of referring elementals of them to friends. It was a pain to carry them around

    Books could be called iPad 0.1

  223. Shock. Horror. Headline. Nice one ;-) I know you secretly love your iPad really, and probably used it to write your attention-grabbing headline… well you got my eyeballs so well done. Shame there wasn't much sense or weight, and not even that many words in your article. Unlike the iPad, that IS boring.

  224. Shock. Horror. Headline. Nice one ;-) I know you secretly love your iPad really, and probably used it to write your attention-grabbing headline… well you got my eyeballs so well done. Shame there wasn't much sense or weight, and not even that many words in your article. Unlike the iPad, that IS boring.

  225. Yes, there were some great descriptions of valid uses such as the ER doctor and the guy that reads academic papers on the subway while he goes to work, or people that have accessibility issues. I also get the feeling that the overwhelming use of the iPad is to use it while on the couch for surfing the web, reading an email or playing a video game.

    Really? Is that what we have evolved to? The need to spend $500+ on a device to sit on our fannies and multitask relatively mindless activities? That is supposed to be a game changer?

    The brilliance in the iPad, for the most part, is iTunes. The iPad is all about consumption, not computation. Without iTunes, the iPad would be nothing.

    The touchscreen aspect is completely oversold in my opinion. While doing any type of computer task I'm doing one of two things: I'm either reading a screen or typing. I spend a ridiculously small amount of time navigating a UI (I assume that I somewhere close to "normal" in this regard). Unfortunately the iPad is rather lacking in the concept of typing in both form and function. It is a device for reading and digesting media, and an expensive one at that. It works well for some people and others just like it, but I don't think it is a device to hold up as bastion of technological need or supremacy. Perhaps it can be held up as a brilliant work of marketing though.

  226. Yes, there were some great descriptions of valid uses such as the ER doctor and the guy that reads academic papers on the subway while he goes to work, or people that have accessibility issues. I also get the feeling that the overwhelming use of the iPad is to use it while on the couch for surfing the web, reading an email or playing a video game.

    Really? Is that what we have evolved to? The need to spend $500+ on a device to sit on our fannies and multitask relatively mindless activities? That is supposed to be a game changer?

    The brilliance in the iPad, for the most part, is iTunes. The iPad is all about consumption, not computation. Without iTunes, the iPad would be nothing.

    The touchscreen aspect is completely oversold in my opinion. While doing any type of computer task I'm doing one of two things: I'm either reading a screen or typing. I spend a ridiculously small amount of time navigating a UI (I assume that I somewhere close to "normal" in this regard). Unfortunately the iPad is rather lacking in the concept of typing in both form and function. It is a device for reading and digesting media, and an expensive one at that. It works well for some people and others just like it, but I don't think it is a device to hold up as bastion of technological need or supremacy. Perhaps it can be held up as a brilliant work of marketing though.

  227. I disagree…. My friend's mother is terminally ill and hospitalized… they gave her a PC, then a Macintosh… she couldn't get the hang of either of them… then they gave her an ipad… She won't stop emailing them! She loves it… It's an accessible tool that she can wrap her head around. Sure it doesn't change 99% of the stuff that they claimed it would, but what it's really turned out to be is the computer for people who don't want, need or understand computers.

  228. I disagree…. My friend's mother is terminally ill and hospitalized… they gave her a PC, then a Macintosh… she couldn't get the hang of either of them… then they gave her an ipad… She won't stop emailing them! She loves it… It's an accessible tool that she can wrap her head around. Sure it doesn't change 99% of the stuff that they claimed it would, but what it's really turned out to be is the computer for people who don't want, need or understand computers.

  229. "The iPad is a toy, plain and simple."

    I heard this same sentiment 27 years ago when the Macintosh was introduced. Comforting to know the more things change, the more they stay the same.

    According to Mefeedia, 63% of all video on the Web are now (data as of Feb 2011) HTML5-compatible, compared to 10% a year ago. Wonder what's driving that?

  230. All Apple has done is create a new "niche" product to make money with. It's like car companies coming up with new categories and sub categories. There are some hits and misses and the iPad just happens to be a huge hit. No surprise there, people will buy anything that has an Apple logo on it.

    Of course, people that already own a smart phone and a laptop or desktop have no need for an iPad or any other tablet. But don't tell people that, they just have to figure it out for themselves…

    Anyways, thanks for this post. It's always interesting to read somebody questioning this brand's hegemony.

  231. All Apple has done is create a new "niche" product to make money with. It's like car companies coming up with new categories and sub categories. There are some hits and misses and the iPad just happens to be a huge hit. No surprise there, people will buy anything that has an Apple logo on it.

    Of course, people that already own a smart phone and a laptop or desktop have no need for an iPad or any other tablet. But don't tell people that, they just have to figure it out for themselves…

    Anyways, thanks for this post. It's always interesting to read somebody questioning this brand's hegemony.

  232. Okay so I own an iPad, an iPhone 4 and will be getting the iPad 2 (the original iPad is going to my mom who couldn't use the Win7 laptop we gave her but was using the iPad to e-mail, etc within five minutes). For the sake of transparency, my desktop computers have been Macs since my first year of university (that would be 2005). I switched over from PC initially not because I was in love with Macs at the time (in fact, I very much hated the Macs we had at school which ran OS9) but simply because it was a necessity of my program (film production & screenwriting). But I did grow to love my Mac (and OSX) quite quickly. I also use an iMac currently at work (I make training videos for Correctional Service Canada).

    @shmish – I agree with you in some ways about the iPad being more of a consumption device. But what's wrong with that? It's the ultimate travel companion for me. I take the bus back and forth from work every day and I get to read really interesting, in-depth investigative articles courtesy of Instapaper Pro's Editors Picks. I get to catch up on all my news and actually get through another chapter of that book I've been reading.

    I don't see an iPad as a replacement for a laptop but I see it as a viable alternative for a laptop. If you plan on doing in-depth, detailed work on-the-go, then a laptop is probably your best option. But for those who don't need that kind of detailed process on-the-go (I always prefer doing my heavy work on a desktop and I've never owned a laptop), the iPad is a more than capable piece of hardware that is easier to use as a reader. I mean, yes I'm using it for consumption, but I hardly think reading is a "mindless" activity. 50% of the reason I initially got my iPad was as an ebook reader with bonus capabilities.

    Now while I agree the iPad is most useful as a consumption device, I vehemently disagree regarding its typing functions. I have to say you're wrong – it IS possible to type fast on it. Yes, it takes a while to practice and get used to. No, it's not faster than typing on a standard keyboard. But it's fast enough. I know it works because I can type faster on it than the average person can type on a standard keyboard. My typing speeds on a physical keyboard average around 100-120 WPM (probably from playing piano for most of my life). I am capable of typing on the iPad at at least 74WPM. I know because I just did a test (and here's the screenshot from my ipad: http://img828.imageshack.us/img828/153/photok.png… and that's the speed it gave me. I had 3 errors though the iPad auto-corrected a few more, and I wasted about 5 seconds looking for the STOP button once I finished.

  233. I also use the iPad as a remote-desktop. I use Splashtop Desktop Remote and connect to my computer at home to pull documents into my Dropbox folder which then instantly syncs to my iMac at work, allowing me to grab any files I might have forgotten. I use my iPhone's 3G connection to tether for internet on my iMac as it's not connected to the CSC network for security reasons. It is now possible with the latest update iOS to get a WiFi-only iPad if you have an iPhone 4 and just create a WiFi hotspot with your 3G connection which your iPad can use. I mean, these are things I never would have thought possible only a few short years ago!

    In regards to what some others have stated regarding the size – I don't even bother with the 64GB because I can stream all my music from my home computer using Splashtop and I can stream all my videos using Air Video. Splashtop is also getting closer and closer every day to being able to play videos over WiFi flawlessly which would save yet another step. I can already watch HD videos from my home computer on my iPad with minimal motion jutter. I can create Keynote presentations, work with Excel type documents and Word documents, write and post my blog entries (which I did during the Toronto Film Festival – wrote reviews of every film I saw while in line for the next one and I saw 32 films like this) complete with pictures and proper formatting…it's a handy resource for referencing things quickly…

    The fact is, the iPad has already found numerous uses everywhere from archaeological digs to the several implementations in hospitals for monitoring heartrates to (unexpectedly) as an aid for people with disabilities. 80% of of Fortune 100 companies are now actively experimenting with the use of the iPad in their workforce. Like I said, I work for the Correctional Service Canada and my Director-General is seriously considering bringing in 30 iPads to replace the manuals they have to give out to instructors on the field (as these are people who have to be training on shooting ranges, etc…places where it's not really conducive to bringing 30 massive manuals out with them). On top of that, it is proving to be a much more dynamic way to deliver training where there is the capability for video embeds, interactive 360 degree views (i.e. of a 9mm pistol), etc.

    This is all in barely A YEAR'S TIME. I don't know how much more people need to see before they see the iPad (and therefore, the tablet in general) as having made an impact. All the tech people here complain about how underwhelming all this is – I'm sorry but the iPad has already shown its force. I mean, do I have to repeat that statistic, 80% OF FORTUNE 100 COMPANIES now testing it. You just must not be in the right place or have the right needs for the device to really make an impression on you.

    And I mean, we haven't even gotten to the iPad 2 which opens up the potential even more business-wise with the Facetime two-way video conferencing capabilities. We must be really jaded if we can't appreciate these kinds of advances in technology.

  234. @Markus – I hear your kind of comments over and over on the internet. And it simply tires me out to read these kinds of useless comments. Even when I give my valid reasons why I have an iPad and why I find it useful, haters will always use utterly worthless statements like yours – "There are some hits and misses and the iPad just happens to be a huge hit. No surprise there, people will buy anything that has an Apple logo on it." as a counter. Wow, really? You really convinced me. The way you tried to undermine the validity of the iPad's excellent sales figures in your first sentence inherently shows your bias AGAINST Apple. And this is what I see time and time again. Not Apple cultists, so rabid that they can't form valid reasons why they (god forbid) are fans of a company that consistently creates quality products (which, I might add, you probably haven't ever used in detail). But rather I see tons of Apple haters, dismissing Apple's innovation as a company by rationalizing all its users as faceless zombies who just follow the latest trends. As if we fool ourselves into liking something.

    Yeah okay – let's get this straight. I am a passionate Apple fan because they consistently make great products that have worked beautifully for me, at least since 2005. The day they start making bad products, I won't be a fan. IT'S AS SIMPLE AS THAT. I may be an Apple fan but if I believe an Apple product isn't good, I won't fawn over it and "fool" myself into buying it. I disliked all the previous iPhones before the iPhone 4 – I felt the form factor and design was poor. The iPhone 4 is the first iPhone that I thought was well-designed. If they make a new laptop or phone I don't like – I will voice that. And I won't buy it. Got it?

    Quite frankly, the "Apple as a mindless cult" attack is baseless and an easy rationale that Apple haters have just jumped on. But it's a rationale that has no logic behind it and frankly, counters absolutely nothing that I say. If you really want to prove that the iPad is worthless, how about you actually respond to the REASONS people have given for liking their iPads rather than just using that lazy, blanket rationale (which conveniently allows you to dismiss…oh just about EVERYTHING that anyone says positively about the iPad) which is quite frankly, laughable in any actual logical debate.

    And if you want to actually have a valid debate on the iPad, you can read my reasons for why I think it is great up above in my two posts in response to shmish.

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