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January 28, 2010

Apple Fanboy 1: Why I (really!) need the iPad

Posted: 03:57 PM ET

After the Apple press event Wednesday, I sat back and watched Twitter and Facebook. I saw what we always see after one of these big gadget announcements: Two-thirds of the people who followed the event complained because the item that Apple announced, the iPad, did not live up to the hype.

The iPad was never going to live up to the hype for them.

Unless it was 100 different things to 100 different people, the item would always have some level of fail.

So, do I think the iPad perfect? Not even close. Is it what I thought it would be - and what I had hoped for?

Yes it was!

It is the perfect device for the person who uses his or her iPhone as their mobile computing device. But the iPad is better because it has a larger screen, more storage space, a faster processor and better graphics.

It doesn’t play Flash-format video. OMG! The iPhone has no Flash capabilities and we have dealt just fine with that. Besides, with the advent of HTML5 it will become less and less of an issue.

I do see the lack of a forward facing camera as a downside. I would think that the iPad would be perfect for video chatting.

I also don’t like that I cannot run multiple applications at the same time, but that’s also an issue we have dealt with on the iPhone. I am sure Apple will address it when they think it will not have an adverse effect on the user experience.

Will I buy one? Not sure yet. The price is not bad for the Wi-Fi only versions, but I’m not sure about it for the 3G/Wi-Fi ones. This really is one Apple device I’ll wait until I can play with before I try to convince my wife that we have to have it - or the world will come to an end.

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jim   January 28th, 2010 5:09 pm ET

Replace the iphone as mobile computing device? Its too big to pocket and its not a phone. Seems like a bad iphone replacement. Maybe an iphone supplement but it only provides a bigger screen and you have to carry the phone anyway to take calls.


hello   January 28th, 2010 7:06 pm ET

Hi Topher.

You points about Flash and multi-tasking are weak. You're saying it's okay that the iPad doesn't have these features because the iPhone doesn't... Thats just silly.


Ahmed Staitieh   January 30th, 2010 6:25 am ET

Disappointing iPad!!
I am really disappointed from Apple Co. as the company renovates its old product iPhone in a newer & bigger form; but similar options & no newer innovation.
In other words, there is no single progress. I only see failure & dependence made by the company on the good reputation it had made when it innovates iphone.
I don't have the iphone, but i have the ipod touch & i see that it is enough & more than enough & there is no urgent need to buy neither iphone (as i have a nokia mobile) nor giant ipad!!...These are all similar to ipod touch..


Judy   February 1st, 2010 3:03 pm ET

I am NOT OK with the lack of Adobe flash on the iPhone – it is needed for one of the websites I use the most and the lack of that and not being able to 2 apps at once are my largest quibbles with my otherwise beloved iPhone.


Phil   February 1st, 2010 9:45 pm ET

Quote"

I do see the lack of a forward facing camera as a downside. I would think that the iPad would be perfect for video chatting.

I also don’t like that I cannot run multiple applications at the same time, but that’s also an issue we have dealt with on the iPhone. I am sure Apple will address it when they think it will not have an adverse effect on the user experience."

These are two key problems – that and no USB support other than the dock no way to simply plug in a USB key or external drive for data transfer etc.

No doubt it will have a beautiful touch interface which is remarkably smooth like that with the iphone, the key difference is the iphone fits in my pocket, this will not.


Al IT DOD   February 2nd, 2010 2:16 pm ET

if this thing came out in 1996 it would revolutionize the world. But it is 2010 and this thing fails. I wrote info and my take on it on every cnn article about it. This reminds me of those new wireless photo frames everyone has in there house, except this costs way way too much. Buy a small laptop and ignore apple for the next year. This item way overpriced for such a limited browser. My blackberry has flash player and is encryptable. This iFail will not be able to view about 75% of internet sites properly because flash is NOTconfiguable on it, especially when Adobe conitues to excel in web viewing technologies....


kyon   February 2nd, 2010 8:28 pm ET

it lacks 3 components.....plz Steve Jobs...FLASH is a mus have !!!!!!!!and a forward facing camera and if it doesnt a camera on the rear!!


Tim   February 3rd, 2010 6:32 pm ET

I see the word "deal" repeating in the article. Why would I spend my money on anything I had to "deal" with. Apple fans think apple sets the tone for all technology, everywhere. They say that if the IPHONE/IPAD doesn't have it, you don't need it.
Sorry, society will not conform the rest of the world's technology to fit neatly into the confines of what apple products can and can't do.


IPF   February 3rd, 2010 7:58 pm ET

Missing in action:
– no FLASH. There goes a large % of the web sites I usually visit.
– no camera. On either side of the unit. There goes taking a picture or video phone use. And not just a lousy 2 or 3.5Mb camera – the 5Mb + flash please.
– no SD slot. So much for getting my pictures onto it easily. Now I need a cable as well....
– no multi-tasking. So much for research and typing. So much for e-mail with attachments that need annotation & Reply. And so many more examples ...
– no 16:9 aspect ratio video. WFT is this 4:3 again? So much for nice easy to see video without the black bars.
– no HDMI output. So much for going somewhere & plugging in a screen to see a movie.
– no USB interface. Stuck with that proprietary Apple cable again. More s$%t to carry.
– no open interface to the unit. Stuck with that f'g S@#t iTunes crap interface still. What a waste of time, space, effort, and everything else limiting.

and ...

what's with the pricing? I can get a decent laptop for those prices.


Skiking226   February 4th, 2010 6:36 pm ET

Why no Flash? Flash has not kept up with the times, it still runs on x86
computers. 2nd. What do all porn sites use, 3rd Uses to much of your processer when running. Test it for your self


Skiking226   February 4th, 2010 6:38 pm ET

I'm going to get one, main reason, it's color, and the Kindle is not


Pete   February 4th, 2010 6:46 pm ET

The iPad is not for everyone. It is not meant to replace a regular laptop or iPhone.

Why should it be a device that suits everyone's computing purpose? It doesn't have to.

Stop it with the "it is bigger than iPhone and can't fit in pocket argument"!

Stop it with the "it doesn't have this and that" argument !

Granted this is Apple so people naturally have high expectations.

Here are a couple of uses in which I see a huge market:

1. Waitress takes order with iPad
2. Researchers collect data out in the field
3. Walking around a new city and having a tablet to view information is less cumbersome than a flip notebook in hand (4+lbs vs 1.5 lbs)
4. USPS uses iPad so people can sign with their fingers

As you can see there are way many other uses other than personal computing!


Kurt   February 4th, 2010 7:45 pm ET

Why is this titled "Why I (really!) need the iPad"? You do nothing but talk about its faults. If you already have an iPhone, why on earth would you want to pay a SECOND monthly fee for internet that has the exact same functionality as your iPhone? What a waste of a product this is. If they instead under-hyped it as an ... I don't know, iPod Macro or something, it wouldn't seem so lame


Edd Knowles   February 5th, 2010 4:36 pm ET

I was really looking forward to Apple's release of their "tablet device", thinking that it would be really cool to have a computer the size of a paperback book, with Apple's touchscreen technology, running OS X (which would mean running full-fledged applications), with USB ports, an 'e-Paper' mode for e-book reading, etc...
What we got instead, is a gigantic iPod Touch (!?!?). WTF?? How lazy and stupid is that (not to mention the unfortunate name - "iPad"). First off, with a 10-inch screen, it's less portable than a netbook. Also, 64 GB storage (at the high end ), might be fine for a phone or mp3 player, but is ridiculous for a modern computer. Also absurd, is the use of a Phone OS. Some people have been complaining that the iPad doesn't have a phone or a camera - well, I wouldn't be getting a tablet computer to replace my phone, but I would be getting it to replace my netbook or laptop. iPhone apps are great for a phone, but stupid on a laptop. The iPad doesn't have any USB ports!! So tell me why someone would by an iPad for $500 – $900, when a netbook at half the price has 5 times the storage, 10 times the RAM, has a real Operating System (who runs 1 application at a time?? ), and is expandable through USB. Some say the iPad is positioned to compete against the Kindle. Well, I think the Kindle is really cool as an e-book reader, mainly because of it's easy-on-the-eyes screen technology (I think reading on the iPad's backlight screen could get old real quick). I think the Kindle is over-priced (but I'm one of those dinosaurs that prefers printed books), but it's half the price of a iPad. The Kindle-DX not withstanding, I think the iPad is too big. I have an iPod touch, and I like the apps that it runs, and it's a great mp3-player - why would I replace it with something less portable? If I had an iPhone, the question would be, why would I carry around something that's not portable and has less functionality??? (and still have to get a phone). The silly Safari browser on the iPad doesn't even support Flash. Also, the iPad really is just a giant iPod Touch - the icons are scaled so that the bigger screen doesn't allow you to have more apps displayed on a page !

I'm a big Apple fan, but they really dropped the ball with this one.

The only thing I sort of disagree with is that I think that it's okay that the iPad doesn't have a physical keyboard. If I wanted a physical keyboard, I'd just get a netbook. When the iPhone came out without a keyboard, I thought that that would be a drawback, but it wasn't - Apple's touch screen technology is really good. Too bad they didn't figure out how to use it with their MacBook technology to create a really great tablet computing device.


DZ   February 7th, 2010 6:00 pm ET

I like how everyone is complaining about this thing before they even get their hands on it. I just want to add to what Pete said about the potential markets for this device and say that this would be perfect for high school and college students that need something easy to carry. Word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet program, capability to listen to music, use most of the apps on the app store, and downloadable e-books. Just because you don't think it's better than your "precious" little iPhone, doesn't mean it is purposeless.


Alicynx   February 9th, 2010 12:57 am ET

Is this for real? Come on, Topher, you put up a title like "Why I (really!) need the iPad" and then you say "Will I buy one? Not sure yet." Even _you_ aren't totally on board. I read the title of the article and clicked through thinking, maybe this guy can tell me what all the hype is about and really pitch it to me. I was SO wrong. If you're going to tell me you (really) need this product, don't tell me you're not sure you'll get it, down at the bottom of the article.


Ryan Martinez   May 27th, 2010 9:15 pm ET

Mobile computing is on the rise these days. Maybe we will get a dual core powered cellphones in the future.*.`


Adam Brooks   July 26th, 2010 12:55 pm ET

mobile computing nowadays is not yet very powerful compared to netbooks but time will come that it would become like that.""'


Esme Fisher   September 12th, 2010 1:29 pm ET

mobile computing always have a growing trend in the succeding years`."


Hamster Cages    October 13th, 2010 8:36 am ET

mobile computing is the future of personal computers, we want more portable and mobile pc's;-.


Anti-Aging :   October 24th, 2010 6:42 pm ET

we would likely see an increase in the demand for mobile computing in the years to come*;,


Petrol Leaf Blower   December 20th, 2010 2:11 pm ET

we need some smaller and energy efficient microprocessors to support mobile computing "~~


iBacklinkPRO   March 2nd, 2012 4:15 am ET

I like how everyone is complaining about this thing before they even get their hands on it. I just want to add to what Pete said about the potential markets for this device and say that this would be perfect for high school and college students that need something easy to carry. Word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet program, capability to listen to music, use most of the apps on the app store, and downloadable e-books. Just because you don't think it's better than your "precious" little iPhone, doesn't mean it is purposeless. http://www.ibacklinkpro.com


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