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On the iPad

Posted by tigerhawkvok on January 27, 2010 15:28 in computers

Some quotes for you, to give you what I'm feeling.

It's a gimped tablet computer.

Like the internet? Well you don't get to use all of it. No flash (flash is terrible, but you miss a ton of the internet without it)

Okay I'll just listen to internet radio while doing some emailing and facebook-ing. No multitasking.

I want to draw on it. No stylus

Okay I'll just type up some notes on it during class. No keyboard. Onscreen keyboard works well for your thumbs on a phone size device - for full regular typing with no tactile feedback? No.

Okay I'll just load pictures from my digital camera on it and use it as a big gorgeous portable display device. NO SD FUCKING SLOT. NO USB SLOT. WHAT THE FUCK.

$500 fucking dollars. HALF a thousand dollars.

Via Ars Comments

Image (C) Engadget (thus hotlinked via my usual policy)

And am I missing something or does this not do handwriting recognition? You know, like the Windows Tablet PC software has since 2002?

The eBook reader stuff is another example of Apple mimicking real life objects unnecessarily. Creating a "library" page that looks like a real bookshelf and a book interface that visually resembles a book does not make this "easier to use" or "nicer." It makes it unprofessional looking, actually. Childish.

And don't get me started on the superiority of eInk over any screen display. It's no contest unless you're trying to fast track to bad vision.

Via Paul's supersite blog

  • There's no multitasking at all. It's a real disappointment. All this power and very little you can do with it at once. No multitasking means no streaming Pandora when you're working in Pages... you can figure it out. It's a real setback for this device.
  • The ebook implementation is about as close as you can get to reading without a stack of bound paper in your hand. The visual stuff really helps flesh out the experience. It may be just for show, but it counts here. Comment: Still not E-Ink. If the software is good it might be better than a standard PC, but really?
  • No camera. None, nada. Zip. No video conferencing here folks. Hell, it doesn't have an SMS app!
  • It's running iPhone OS 3.2.
  • The keyboard is good, not great. Not quite as responsive as it looked in the demos.
  • No Flash confirmed. So Hulu is out for you, folks!

Via Engadget

My god, am I underwhelmed by the iPad. This is as inessential a product as I've ever seen, but beyond that, it has some absolutely backbreaking failures that will make me judge anyone who buys one.

Via Gizmodo

And here I was thinking if it was implemented well I might eventually upgrade my netbook to one. Hah. I probably wouldn't even have a post on this if it wasn't for years and years of rumors to come out with, well, this.

For more on the underwhelming: PC World, CBS, Newsweek, ZDNet informal poll, Lifehacker informal poll. When David Pogue has little good to say, and even tries to spin backlighting as good, you know something is wrong.

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Re: On the iPad

Rachael | 01/28/2010, 10:45

haha your comment about apple mimicking real life unnecessarily like that reminded me of Atlas Shrugged (yet again) - how "when man invented steel, he didn't use it to make replicas of wood bridges" - just because it works in one medium doesn't mean it is nice in another