Something which I’ve been working on a lot recently is wire-framing and increasingly finding the need for a tidier version than simple sketching. Over time I produced this iPad wireframe set in Illustrator to work from. Every time I start a new project I use this asset file as a starting block.
Note: The wireframe set is now up for sale in my shop.
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 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.