I agree MP, though you have to wonder if this is just a case of holding back features for v2. You know that a certain percentage of people will buy this thing out of the chute almost no matter what. Apple seems to play the game of screwing the early adopters better than anyone. If that is the case here they may be going too far.Been eagerly awaiting the iPad launch notes, but after seeing it... wow what a disapointment. Only thing I like is the price point. No flash, no camera, no full OS, no OLED screen... this thing is just a 9.7" iPhone. Without the phone. Boooo.
AT&T is offering 2 plans for the ipad....$15/month for 250 mb, or unlimited for $30/month. No contracts for either planThis is more like a really big iPod Touch. The 3G might appeal to some, but the price goes up pretty quick to get there. Also, there is probably a pretty pricey monthly 3G plan to buy.
I'm with you on this one. If I were to start traveling a lot for work again, I would almost definitely get one of these. If it had the ability to at least multitask to the point of allowing me to surf the web while listening to music, I'd be sold. Even as is, I'm looking forward to holding it and trying it out. I really think this is about the user experience more than the specs, and that's where it seems like it will shine.For those who travel regularly and/or have a longer commute on the subway or L, this type of device has promise. I also see it finding a place in the education system - the ability to eventually carry all of your textbooks in a single .5" thick , 1.5lbs device when you're walking all over campus is a big potential benefit.
I agree that missing the camera for video conferencing is an issue, but AT&Ts network needs updates/upgrades before that happens... iPad 4G .
I don't see the OS as being a big detriment, especially from the development perspective - one code set with fairly minor tweaks (yes, I'm oversimplifying) to take advantage of the higher display capabilities and you're hitting all iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad users.
I'd venture to guess you could listen to music and surf the web at the same time due to the fact that you can at least do that much on an iPod Touch..I could be wrong though.I'm with you on this one. If I were to start traveling a lot for work again, I would almost definitely get one of these. If it had the ability to at least multitask to the point of allowing me to surf the web while listening to music, I'd be sold. Even as is, I'm looking forward to holding it and trying it out. I really think this is about the user experience more than the specs, and that's where it seems like it will shine.
OLED screens still suck for outdoor use. Other than that I agree with the critique, and in general I can not figure out why I would want one. I have an iPhone and a laptop already and they do everything the pad can do better. I will not go to 3 devices and the ipad can't replace the phone or laptop so what is the point?
No, actually it can't. All the hands on testers yesterday commented on this very fact. That's just silly. Trust me, I was really really wanting one. But Apple's refusal to pay the fees for Flash is ridiculous, and the limitations of this device make me think they are continuing their deliberate strategy of saving the goodies for gen 2. At the end of the day I don't see paying that much money for a 9.7" crippled web browser, which is about all I would want it for. Pity.Yep, you can surf the net and listen to music at the same time on the touch.
I think it's safe to say it can be done on the ipad.