The hype and the show are over. For the Apple iPad which CEO Steve Jobs described as "so much more intimate than a laptop, so much more capable than a smartphone", the time has come for a reality check.
It's time for some serious rumination of the much anticipated Apple tablet device with a touch screen, Web browser and email functions.
As the anticipatory madness wears off, sobering thoughts take over. Figuratively speaking, the cat is out of the bag.
Technology aficionados are breathing easily now. Industry watchers are weighing the pros and cons of this tablet device that "sits between a laptop and a smartphone".
But imagine if you are sitting between Hulk Hogan and a sumo wrestler, how would you feel if both sidle up to you?
If I were an iPad I would feel like something that has been squelched.
While some analysts think this Apple gadget is cool and has a bright future, some others are not so sure it could be as successful as the iPod and iPhone.
Research firm Interpret's Mike Gartenberg was quite enthusiastic about the iPad. He told the BBC: "I think this is going to be a very successful product for them (Apple), and exceed expectations . . .Apple did what they needed to do. They gave this form factor a reason to exist."
A CNet poll, run immediately after the iPad launch, had indicated that slightly over half of the respondents said: "No way. It's not what I hope/expected."
Doesn't sound promising there. According to CNet writer Erica Ogg, a lot of people had ""expressed dissatisfaction with everything from the size, the price, the specs, and the content availbale, to the usage model."
Tech blog Gizmodo's Wilson Rothman is of the opinion that the iPad is not about replacing your netbook or your Kindle e-reader. If you love these two products, you are likely to stay with them rather than switch to the Apple tablet.
The social media guide blog, Mashable, has Stad Schroeder questioning: "If you’re sitting at your computer, will you go fetch the iPad to send some e-mails on it? I don’t think so. Will you play on your iPad if you have a PlayStation? Ask your kid, I’m sure he/she knows the answer."
However, Schroeder feels that the iPad's time is coming, but it may be "very far ahead."
Many detractors have pointed out that the iPad is not all it's cracked up to be because...
- It lacks the ability to do multi-tasking which is already a common feature in laptops, notebooks and netbooks.
- There's no camera
- There's no Flash, the ubiquitous, video and animation software
- Connectivity issues need to be addressed
At $599 for a 32GB iPad and $699 for a 64GB model, and with some of the features that you can find on a laptop or a cheap netbook missing, I bet not many people are going to change the balance of their bank account. - Markk
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