Gizmodo's Adam Frucci writes "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."
Well, it does seem like a pretty big piece of crap. But maybe that's just my opinion. Mine, and maybe a couple of guys over at Gizmodo.
TBH i dont know any thing about it and i really dont care to me its a HUGE iphone im i right ?
Crap? It's like an iPhone, that doesn't fit in your pocket anymore! Lovin that right? I hate carrying things around in my pockets. Now I can buy a backpack, or a purse! It's awesome. It's almost as useful as a netbook, but with no usb, no mouse support, AND it cost MORE! And there is NO keyboard! No flash either! So I can pay for all those games instead of play them free. I'm glad they keep out that multitasking mumbo jumbo too. That's too efficient. I hate listening to slacker radio while I browse. Too entertaining for my tastes.
Before you guys all get wrung up in your lederhosen, let's think about what everyone here is saying for second. I still remember when the first iPod's were released... people were like, "Why would I want to commit to some proprietary music player that doesn't have any integrated memory slot and no radio or recording functions? I can download music for free online or from other stores. Why would I want to buy from an Apple iTunes store? The Rio Nomad is so much better, I'm not stuck with one hard drive. Ipod's suck lol." Hopefully now that your head is clear, lets think about the developer SDK that was released with this iPad and why it doesn't just use the iPhone SDK. Let's also all try to remember that even though it looks like an iPhone or an iPod touch... it is neither. It is also no e-reader, netbook or notebook. Therefore drawing conclusions from any at the moment, is rather infantile at best. One might also note the failures currently of tablet systems in the general market. The old tablet PC were clearly able to do everything each of the previous devices could do etc, but why did they not sell? Surely Apple is stupid to jump into this dying niche? And yet why is EVERYONE IN THE INDUSTRY watching how this product plays out? Finally your initial conclusions aren't anything new. So stop acting like you know anything abut this product or its serviceable niche. Steve Jobs himself famously said [paraphrased], "Short of net surfing on the crapper, what would i need this [tablet] for?" Back then, he saw no reason why anyone would need a tablet system. This was like 3-5 years ago. Guess what? Apple's probably discovered a niche. The fact that we can't think of what... is what Apple is hoping to make millions or billions on. Instead of being a naysayer shooting of your mouth and potentially blowing off your foot, why not think about it? Yeah outside of that "box" you live in? It might help you make your first million when the iPad store opens.
Well, I don't know if people saying it's got no point to them shows them to be idiots, not really anyway, I mean I'm still confused by why people want an iPhone and even more ovcer why they would want an iPod touch and I've had one of each myself! Seriously, I've bought a ton of apps and games for my iPhone and haven't ever played with anything for more than an hopur or two in total and just glaze over when people say they prefer theirs to a DS or PSP so why anyone would desire this when, as far as I can see, a decent small lappy or netbook is better for just about every purpose I can imagine-including surfing on the crapper as a keyboard is a million times more useful than a touchscreen in that situation AND you'd have Flash support anyway. Maybe I'm even more stupid for not understanding(or agreeing )with why people say their iPhones are so great so would never get why this iPad was something I'd want. Anyway, twice bitten and thrice shy for me and unless there's something better than playing games with controls that obscure the screen and have zero tactile feedback then I doubt I'll be jumping on board this time round. I like Apple designs and usually had a Mac for a long time but, really, the craze behind all this has passed me by even though I purposely tried to see if I was missing out. The iPhone wasn't , or hasn't been, a great phone for me either and I've ended up back with my Samsung in anycase. Though I don't "get" the iPhone at all I can accept that others do but, to me, it's a struggle to see what having a bigger screen offers and there's very little difference apart from that from all I've read about this. As it's also dearer for what it is than a comparably sized screen laptop I see this one being more of a struggle for Apple as, though I think it's stylish, it isn't portable and isn't replacing one or two possible devices as the iPhone could claim to. Maybe people will find that, this time, Aplle got it wrong, who knows? Thing is they aren't always right even if they have jhad an amazing run since starting the iPod revolution and iTunes. The place I CAN see it being useful is either on holiday or on car journeys for the kids to pass around as a decent alternative(and more portable)one than taking a home console with you and would leave the laptop free for mum and dad. It's a stretch even then but the bigger screen than an iPhone does give it a better chance if people are playing a "pass the pad" style game. Seriously, I've tried to imagine why and where thios would be a better bet than anything we alredy have and none of the answers I found were worth the price tag it has. Hell, if I'm wrong then fair play to Apple and enjoy your billions fellas but just because they were right the last few times doesn't automatically make any criticism of them incorrect as a matter of course.
I was bit miffed reading some of the more puerile posts earlier, since it seemed everyone just took turns stating the obvious. But I've recanted my fouler assessments since. Truth be told I don't even own an iPhone. I don't need the features, but not only that, I want a very small phone strictly for calling so I don't have a bulky lump in my pocket. I don't want to watch movies on a phone (more for teen mindset) and drain my battery for calls that I do need. Perhaps that makes me a potential iPad user. Most notebook applications I use are strictly MS office related. I like writing down notes as much as I like typing and sometimes when I need to note something quick, waiting for a notebook/netbook to come out of sleep ... sucks. I like the idea of working just off one machine when taking a call while in the middle of an email or chat .
Its a big Ipod Touch - since the iphone can actually do things the pad cant (E.g Camera, make calls etc). I would buy this if it had a front facing cam built in for video calls, Flash for Web Browser, Multi-tasking for background apps etc and more ports for SD cards and maybe USB port. It really does nothing more than what an Ipod Touch can do, with a bigger screen and some new apps (Calander? - not worth hundreds of $ for the upgrade!) Edit: O, and obv the flash thing isnt because of resource drain, since their Macs seem to handle it ok with great Batt life, but then again, they arent getting $ from Macs using the App store, only the ipods/iphones (which funny enough are the only ones that "cant" use Flash?)
NO FLASH! Stop trying to shove quicktime down my throat, its garbage.
It would be nice, and at some point if it doesn't sell, they can add support, they would have to come to agreement with adobe of course. Many of the complaints are valid. I will still be getting one. First, I am a gadget geek and have to have the newest stuff. It is not going to replace a netbook for me, because I don't want a net book. I like how I can take it with me, and watch movies, surf the web, check email, play games, and I can still listen to my ipod music and surf the web, so it kinda can multi task. It is not everything it was hyped to be that is for sure. But what would people have said if it had, 2 cameras like we thought, and some other bells and whistles and they sold it starting at 1k bucks, people would have complained. So there is no making everyone happy, and I am sure it will only appeal to the guys like me that just have to have every gadget no matter what it is. Just my 2 cents.
You're like me with PC hardware always looking for something new to stick in that case, hehe. Asus and MSI are not waiting for this to be successful before making an alternative, they are doing it now, due to Apple product track record. the Asus version sounds very good. These tablets are just something I would not ever need or use.
"No Multitasking This is a backbreaker. If this is supposed to be a replacement for netbooks, how can it possibly not have multitasking? Are you saying I can't listen to Pandora while writing a document? I can't have my Twitter app open at the same time as my browser? I can't have AIM open at the same time as my email? Are you kidding me? This alone guarantees that I will not buy this product." That made me lose my interest.
why are you posting in the open zone? this comment is more coherent then anything int he gamer zone right now anyway
alcon is right, I just posted in the gamer zone calling it a piece of crap. So, if that slides, Im pretty sure you're good to go.
I got banned for 14 days for using the word 'douchebag'. Someone was trolling like crazy and I wrote something like "stop being a douchebag and stay on topic". @Lich120 - I don't think calling it a piece of crap is offensive. It's just your opinion of it. Just don't call it a "douchebag" and you'll be fine lol.
well, looking forward to having you back in the gamer zone. you're one of the good guys. bubble for ya
I don't have one...yet. That price point is kind of sweet, I thought it would have been $1000, which would have made my prior WTF comments valid.
The only thing ok is the price, and i like the "pay as you go" 3G, nice touch. I think the next version of the iPad will be a MASSIVE improvement and give us all what we actually want, so im waiting on that...
so what, its shiny and im getting one :-) edit: (@ disagree) lol ok its not shiny and im not getting one :-( happy now haha
I really don't understand the reason for USB adaptor requirement and lack of flash support. Seriously, WTF Apple?
maybe b/c with Bluetooth 2.0 EDR, wifi, 3G/4G... it doesn't need it? Most macs have both. There's also something called iSync. If you're talking about movie files... why not just wirelessly copy from ur comp to ur ipad? Isn't Wifi faster? Why go through a third medium... Photos? I dunno. That's a toss up when you could show pics/video on a camera and what you "really" want to show to your friends after iPhoto. Maybe that's another useless medium. Document files under 20 meg? email it. Keyboard mouse? wireless. Anything else?
They are all acceptable solutions but WHY should there be a need to think about and discuss such stuff. Shouldn't there be some, you know... things were are used to use?
This thing is gonna sell and sell big. It doesnt matter if you dont need it or like it. Its going to change your life and there is only 2 things you can do about it. Nothing & Like it. Prepare for all the clones.
Clones? Have you seen all the tablets shown at CES this past year? Almsot ALL of them are more feature rich then the ipad and were seen BEFORE the ipad. The ipad is an oversized iphone without a camera and ability to make calls. The high end model costs $829 and to put that in persective: Alienware released a netbook that cost $799 and that thing can run crysis and has a full OS....AND IT RUNS FLASH. The only pwople going to buy the ipad are the Apple horde. This is Apples worst product yet...next to the new Ipod shuffle.
it SUCKS!! i WAS exited but now im depressed because im passing on it i rather get a notebook..
I'm usually apple's biggest fan for their latest junk released.. But this is terrible. No flash, no usb without an adapter, no camera, and no multitasking.. How could they think this was a great idea? What is the target audience for this..? People who want a bulkier iPod touch? I just don't understand.
Well i somehow am . I always wanted Apple to decline their touch line with bigger screens . Sure it's not perfect , but it's up to everyone to ask themselves what they would need from such a device . I need a good and responsive tablet to read books , comics and manga , personally , and do some work , without the hassle of Laptops and usual tablets . I dont need to show my mug on IM services , nor do i need to look stupid holding somehow as big as a book to take a picture ... I personally dont need it as a browser , but so far yeah flash is the big thing missing . That one hurts i'll admit . But a proper reader with a proper screen plus network capabilities at a decent price ? i'm sold , however offending and stupid it sounds to some people . Been there done that with other tablets ... they are slow , the interface lousy , and they cost MUCH MORE than the hefty 500$ price tag of the ipad . Laptops ? Try reading a whole day on it non stop . it just aint practical and comfortable for some of us . it's great to transport data and function as a proper pc , but for what i described and some other function it's not good enough . I basically need something i can hold like a magazine , books , or graphic pad .... not a mini pc . E-book readers ? those things mostly reading only black and white and at horrendous prices ? And with 90% of them only reading pdf files ? There is definitively a market for Ipad anyway . Some might only follow apple hype and get burned in return , but that's their damn fault then . Only buy products according to your need , not some trendy brand and sleek design .
So the market for this iPad nonsense is anyone who is willing to spend $500 on a large iPod touch who doesn't mind a lot of features, that should be included naturally - usb, multitasking, camera - missing completely, just because they want a colorful kindle. And that's how Apple is cashing in. Gross.
Or maybe you can't read when i explained that most of the wanted feature here still cost double with the alternative tablets and with a worse interface . Or maybe you need to get over yourself and get a frickin phone , I or not , if that's what you need . I've said my piece anyway . it will be useful for me at work and for some entertainement ( i hardly see the gaming part being good however) , so you'll have soon enough a few or many ipad drones to ridicule or moan about .
The thing with this iPad is that it currently only appeals to a small selection of people. But they will love it. And it will spread by word of mouth. I'm also not a fan, but I see the niche where it fits perfectly. There are a lot of professions where a digital notepad would come in handy, but a notebook is too bulky and a smartphone is too small.
I think Steve Jobs made the mistake of trying to compare it to the netbook. It's not. What it is is a large iPod Touch with 3G and a microphone and nothing is wrong with that. I love my iPod Touch, but have wished it had a standard mic and a larger screen. Wish granted. With the announcement of VOIP over 3G today I have one more reason to upgrade. iWorks will help out with some basic school work. all my old educational apps will work out the box and I can really use them because of the screen size. No camera= bummer, but nothing a upgrade program can't fix. No Flash= not a biggie since it didn't work on my iPod Touch anyway. No Multitasking= I will wait to see what iPhone 4.0 OS brings. I remember when my iPod didn't have any Bluetooth support, now it does. Obviously if I can afford to buy the iPad I could easily get a netbook or laptop, but I won't because this fills the niche that's been missing in my life: Simple computing, no viruses, no booting up, no security software. Just easy access to my apps, email, music, videos, and a web browser. This is perfect for fast paced school life. Oh, and I even get VOIP over WiFi or 3G as a added bonus. It just works like magic. Thanks Steve Jobs and Apple!! birth of an Apple drone!! HA HA HA
Personally I don't agree with anything this douche says about the iPad, just another idiotic rant. But in Regarding to the no camera issue I too wondered why no camera but then i thought do i really want to run around with this thing taking pictures? I suppose having one on the front one could get by but I just cannot fathom why anyone would think no camera on the Touch screen side would be a bad thing. The iPad can be turned vertical and horizontal, for that reason alone a camera on the touch screen side cannot work or rather not be practical. Say your holding the ipad vertical and there is a camera at the top. Turn the iPad left to the horizontal position and your left hand is now covering the camera. Same goes for the horizontal position but on the right. Just wouldn't make sense. Apple was smart not to put camera in this. At least till something can be figured out to make such a feature practical and maybe even economical which is possibly another reason a camera was not put it.
I could care less if you agree or not, but nothing in that post was a lie. I simply stated how buying a iPad would benefit MY life. You disagree with that as if you know what's best for me? Get a clue! So I'm a douche because I want an iPad or is it because I can afford to buy one? Dude you need therapy!!
It should have been called ibook lol
8 things? Only one really sucks ... EVERYTHING. This thing is nothing more then an expensive giant ipod touch.
Let's see first of all battery life would suck. If you keep touching the screen a lot battery won't last long. Another thing finger printing is a HUGE ISSUE KEEP TOUCHING THE SCREEN YOU GET FINGER PRINTS ALL OVER. Next not even sure how the gaming system would work on that I already see NEED FOR SPEED anyway so theirs nothing good with that. Another price tag of course all APPLE lovers will buy it cause they all love their Ipods/iPhones. IT JUST SUXS PERIOD.
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