Reasons why the Apple I-Pad is a waste of your hard earned money…

January 27, 2010

1) This thing will not replace Amazon’s Kindle.

The Kindle is 6 oz.  The I-Pad is almost two lbs, according to endgadget. They also point out that the Ipad is not a light device.  If I am trying to read a book, that is a different move than trying to do multimedia things, which the I-Pad really doesn’t do all of.

2) This thing isn’t even going to kill the netbooks.

There is no way that the I-Pad will hurt the netbook.   The size factor is going to be one reason, and the other reason is going to be features.  The I-Pad is limited in what it can do.

3) Limited memory.  The top of the line memory for the thing is 64GB. Here is a listing from end gadget

After nearly a decade of rumors and speculation, Apple’s finally unveiled the iPad. It’s a half-inch thick and weighs just 1.5 pounds, with a 9.7-inch capacitive touchscreen IPS LCD display, and it’s running a custom 1GHz Apple “A4” chip developed by the P.A. Semi team, with a 10-hour battery life and a month of standby. It’ll come in 16, 32, and 64GB sizes, and it’s got the expected connectivity: very little. There’s a 30-pin Dock connector, a speaker, a microphone, Bluetooth, 802.11n WiFi and optional 3G, as well as an accelerometer and a compass. There’s also a keyboard dock, which connects underneath in the portrait orientation, support for up to 1024×768 VGA out and 480p composite out through new dock adapter cables, and a camera attachment kit that lets you import photos from your camera over USB or directly through an SD reader. The device is managed by iTunes, just like the iPhone — you sync everything over to your Mac. As expected, it can run iPhone apps — either pixel-for-pixel in a window, or pixel-doubled fullscreen — but developers can also target the new screen size using the updated iPhone OS SDK, which is available today. The 3G version runs on AT&T and comes with new data plans: 250MB for $14.99 and an unlimited plan for $29.99 a month contract-free. Activations are handled on the iPad, so you can activate and cancel whenever you want. Every iPad is unlocked and comes with a GSM “micro-SIM,” so you can use it abroad, but there aren’t any international deals in place right now — Steve says they’ll be back “this summer” with news on that front.

It starts at $499 for 16GB, 32GB for $599, and $699 64GB. Adding 3G costs a $130 per model, so the most expensive model (64GB / 3G) is $829. The WiFi-only model will ship in 60 days, and the 3G models will come in 90.

So, there seems to be a lot of things that I would want missing.  This is like the first ipods that had limited storage capability.  16gb is a joke.  I have flashdrives bigger than that.

a) NO CAMERA.  Not such a big thing in the world of Greg Oden, but for other responsible people, a camera is a ncie feature to have. I don’t use it, but it is an option I WANT to have.

b) THE DAMN THING DOES NOT MULTITASK!  That is the killer right there.  The ability to listen to music is critical to getting other assignments done.  You can work on only one thing at a time.

c) No FLASH!  If you don’t know why that is such a killer, here is some help from Wiki…

Adobe Flash (formerly Macromedia Flash) is a multimedia platform originally acquired by Macromedia and currently developed and distributed by Adobe Systems. Since its introduction in 1996, Flash has become a popular method for adding animation and interactivity to web pages. Flash is commonly used to create animation, advertisements, and various web page Flash components, to integrate video into web pages, and more recently, to develop rich Internet applications.

Flash can manipulate vector and raster graphics, and supports bidirectional streaming of audio and video. It contains a scripting language called ActionScript. Several software products, systems, and devices are able to create or display Flash content, including Adobe Flash Player, which is available free for most common web browsers, some mobile phones and for other electronic devices (using Flash Lite). The Adobe Flash Professional multimedia authoring program is used to create content for the Adobe Engagement Platform, such as web applications, games and movies, and content for mobile phones and other embedded devices.

Files in the SWF format, traditionally called “ShockWave Flash” movies, “Flash movies” or “Flash games”, usually have a .swf file extension and may be an object of a web page, strictly “played” in a standalone Flash Player, or incorporated into a Projector, a self-executing Flash movie (with the .exe extension in Microsoft Windows or .hqx for Macintosh). Flash Video files[spec 1] have a .flv file extension and are either used from within .swf files or played through a flv-aware player, such as VLC, or QuickTime and Windows Media Player with external codecs added.

So,  that limits a bunch of different useful apps, like Hulu and could limit youtube and other videos, as well as flash games and content by providers like ESPN.  ANOTHER FAIL!

d) DAMN THING IS LINKED TO AT&T again!  You have to sign up for a plan with a company that is garbage.

This thing is just a big Itouch…. I think I will pass….

One Response to “Reasons why the Apple I-Pad is a waste of your hard earned money…”

  1. […] be the features that are offered.  We have already looked at some of the limitations of the Ipad here and here. Now, with CES, Sony is looking to be the giant in the game. The hottest tech development […]

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