Now before I start, I need to get this out of my system: the name is absolutely horrendous. I understand “iPod” and “iPad” somewhat work hand in hand, but other than that, the name itself is a complete EPIC FAIL. Yes, I just said EPIC FAIL even though I rarely ever use those words, but it’s the only phrase that truly comes to mind. I would have rather liked the name “iSlate”, although the name had some sort of legal issues surrounding it. Now that that’s really out of my system, let’s break down the iPad even further.
All the Apps: One thing that I truly love about the iPad is the ability to transfer the apps from the App Store and your iPhone to the 9.7 inch screen. There doesn’t need to be updates for every single app in the App Store, and it works right out of the box. I think Apple made a smart move here with the ability to transfer all your apps quite smoothly, and it’s more convenient for both developer and consumer.
But of course, the iPad isn’t limited to the iPhone’s graphics or speed. Developers have already announced that they are bringing HD graphics and more to the iPad, including features and stunts not available in the iPhone versions of the game. Either way, it’s good to see that you don’t need to update all your apps just to support the iPad.
Book Store: Very nice. The Kindle was one of the hottest products of 2009/2010, and eBook readers have just started to climb. If the iPad revolutionized anything in the technology field, it would have to be eBook readers. I just tried out some type of Sony eBook reader at Best Buy today, and it was nothing near the smooth, touchscreen interface found on the iPhone; let alone games, Internet, calendar, and more.
If you’re more of a book lover, then the iPad should be a great fit. Other than the $29.99 a month for unlimited 3G, the iPad seems to be much better than a Kindle and the other eBook readers. Personally, I would get the iPad for the book store and use the iPad as more of an eBook reader rather than an iPod and gaming machine.
Interface: The iPad has significantly improved the interfaces for Calendar, Contacts, and Mail. The Notes app interface looked somewhat the same with little to no change, and the other apps looked pretty normal. The Calendar interface was one that seriously stood out to me, and Apple did a great job with the interface like always.
Keyboard: You can basically dock the iPad and type using a physical keyboard. I’m not sure if the iPad will be big enough to type using the same method as a laptop, and the inclusion of a physical keyboard is quite welcoming. So when you’re at home and tired of typing using the touchscreen keyboard, the physical one should be enough to type with speed and accuracy.
No Flash: Now this, not too good. No flash support means no nothing: no flash games, no Adobe flash player, nada. It’s very disappointing as I would have liked the iPad to be closer to a computer than an iPhone, and users won’t be too happy with this news. Flash support should have come right out of the box, and there’s really no reason why there wouldn’t be. More like Apple is trying to milk the money for all its worth and upgrading the iPad sometime next year.
No Camera: If you want it like the iPhone, atleast add a camera. Yes, it looks to be quite bulky to hold up and take pictures, but atleast a frontal camera for some sort of Photo Booth application or video chat through iChat. Again, Apple failed to add some features that should have been there in the first place.
Speed: 1 Ghz. That’s the speed of a Google Nexus One phone or a Motorola Droid using the Snapdragon processing chip. And to me, the iPad looks significantly larger and seems to have more… stuff to do than the Google Nexus One or the Motorola Droid.
Speed is quite disappointing as I’m sure people will start to find the HD games lag or slow down. The processor is quite disappointing I must say, and I can care less if it’s some Apple-made special processor.
No Multitask: This has got to be the biggest mistake in Apple’s developing/inventing career. Or maybe it was the Apple I computer, but either way, not good. Again, this shows how Apple made the iPad in mind of more of an iPhone rather than a computer, and I believe it should have been significantly better than the iPhone.
No backgrounding should prove to be quite frustrating, especially when trying to type a paper and use the Internet at the same time. I just can’t wait until someone finds a way to jailbreak the device as I’m sure I won’t be able to live without multitasking. I can barely live without multitasking on my iPhone, so how do they expect us to live without multitasking on the iPad, a device that’s suppose to be a few steps away from a computer?
I look at the iPad now and can’t think of much to say about the product. I’m not going to say that it sucks, but I’m not going to say that it’s good. Some may find the device to be awesome or jaw-dropping, but to me, it’s basically an enlarged iPhone. If you have troubles playing games because of the small iPhone screen, then the iPad seems to be an alternative. If you don’t want to carry all your textbooks and books around, the iPad seems to be an alternative.
But other than that, there’s really nothing to the iPad. I must admit the book store is really cool, and I’m actually debating on whether to get it or not. But the other features (or lack thereof) is quite disappointing and not much what I was expecting from Apple. I may have set my expectations too high for the iPad, but honestly, it’s a disappointment to a lot of people.
Maybe it will be just like the 1st generation iPhone: a disappointment at first and a wonder within the next few years through Apple firmware upgrades. But for now, all the iPad is truly good for is reading books and playing games.