Reading in to the iPad

So the iPad is finally out, and the reviews are mixed. For the most part, it was a disappointment since our imaginations ran wild with crazy speculations on what this device would do, its user interface and capabilities.

I’m actually quite impressed with the product, and think its a great piece of technology. It seems to me that this device is not a netbook, and it’s not a laptop, and it’s not a smartphone, and it’s not a full fledged tablet PC. It’s a tablet device for the consumption, and light content creation, a portable media player (PMP) that has a platform for developers.

There is controversy over the lack of multi-tasking, and I agree, a device of this size and capabilities should by all means be able to do more than one thing at a time, but when the purpose of the device is to focus on the current media at hand eg: reading a book, watching a movie, or surfing the web, then it seems to me a valid point. If you were to want to do more than that, you would use a laptop or a desktop with a larger screen, more comfortable keyboard and specialized apps.

I am not impressed with the fact that it doesn’t have a front facing camera, and that for some reason, Apple seems to have forgotten about iChat recently. It used to be touted as one of its flagship software products, available on all macs, but sorely missed in its portable products. The iPad would have a good place for it, what with the capable cpu and larger screen, but really, when it comes down to it, it would be a pain to hold that thing up while you go for a 20 min video chat session with someone.

Then there is the lack of Flash, and though its a deal breaker for most, I’m not really fussed with it. Sure, it would be nice to watch all the videos on websites that stream in flash. But then there are sites that use Silverlight, and then all the other plugins. I hope with the advancement of HTML 5 and its adoption now by the biggest video content deliverer, Youtube, followed by Vimeo, soon, we will not need Flash for something as ubiquitous as video. And for those websites that are developed in Flash, for a “Enhanced User Experience”, I never liked you. You annoy me! Big time!!

So thats my two cents. The iPad wasn’t a totally jaw dropping announcement, with a few missing features, but a very promising future I believe.

What do you think?

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