The Larger Scratchable Surface (iPad)

Well that was a surprise. Not the fact that it was indeed an Apple Tablet but the fact that it looked great yet was in simple terms, a bigger iPod Touch.

There were so many assumptions flying around the internet with regards to the name that everyone was potentially decided on the iSlate, which to be quite honest is a very cool name and one I had a personal preference with.

Then came the iPad announcement. What in the WORLD were they thinking. It sounds like something a woman would carry in a bag. I mean really, it’s not exactly, erm… well ya know? Right?

I’d heard rumours about the price being around the $1000-$1200 mark some time ago, of which was pretty expensive (depending on the features it rolled out with). We’re now being told the lowest model will ship at a cost of $499. Not bad in all fairness. Around the same cost as the iPhone was shipping at when they first came out.

The features are massively lacking in my eyes, the iPad is just an oversized iPod Touch. I put my view forward on twitter for someone to reply;

try surfing the web on an iPhone for 2 hours. The screen is too small.
Stephen Allred

Stephen was right, surfing the web on an iPhone for anything longer than 5 to 10 minutes can make you go cross-eyed quickly and you end up with some sort of crab hand within twenty minutes however the iPhone is a mobile device. The iPad seems like an inbetweener. It’s in a middle ground area where it’s not either. It’s certainly not something that you’d pull out on the bus and start using. You’re not about to carry it in a pocket and listen to music on it.

It’s also not something that I think I’d find myself using. My macbook covers all areas that I think need to be covered. If the iPad had a much more unique offering tailored to it’s unique design and build I think I’d force myself to buy one.

Don’t get me wrong I’m as much an apple fanboy as the apple fan however it’s just not something I can see myself using over my macbook. It seems very much like an introductory piece of hardware.

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Gavin

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4 thoughts on “The Larger Scratchable Surface (iPad)”

  1. The iPad is gonne change how we use the typical home computer.
    Surfing – youtube – music – blogs – email etc.

    If you cant see the need for this for yourself, then you should as a designer or entrepreneur see the enormous potential this device has for everyone else.

    Interactive Magazines or newspapers is gonne be a big one. Imagine Newspapers with living pictures delivered automatically every morning.

    Im so sick n tired of reading people meh @ iPad or is “underwhelmed”.
    If they are designers or entrepreneurs they should be frikking excited!

    iPad is a Netbook killer. We all need it, but we dont know it yet.

    1. Thanks for the comment Tommy. The post was very much from my own personal point of view and I’m not a typical home user. I can safely say I will still use a normal laptop which at the moment is the 13″ macbook unibody because it’s an ‘all-in-one’ solution for me personally. This is why i said it’s like an introductory piece of hardware, I can see a lot of families owning a slate (iPad) as an introduction Apple piece to the home.

      I’ve never had a love for netbooks, I personally don’t ‘get them’. It’s like a half assed attempt at a laptop. I suppose in time we’ll see how it pans out and how far they go. At the moment it’s not something I personally want or need.

      I also like my newspapers and books being old school paper and hardback. I like them being authentic.

  2. “I also like my newspapers and books being old school paper and hardback. I like them being authentic.”

    – I understand, but I still think this device will be a game changer, even that we like reading real magazines or books. Take a look at this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntyXvLnxyXk. This is how we gonne use media in the future – no matter how much we love old school paper.

    And the device will just lay home on the table with access to 1000s of books and interactive magazines ready to be purchased and downloaded instantly. Thats a game changer. I had the same feeling with Kindle(witch I have and love), but iPad just killed it.

  3. It’s not a revolutionary device, but it is a step beyond the Kindle. netbookspoint.com had an interesting article on this, if I had to guess I’d say that more than one killer app is going to be developed for it that will make it practical beyond life as an ebook/second computer/big IPod and open niches where it sells well.

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