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

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.