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Apple iPad Misses the Mark

 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:27 am    Post subject: Apple iPad Misses the Mark Reply with quote

Apple iPad Misses the Mark


Apple did not live up to the hype with their introduction of the iPad yesterday.   Here’s my list of the design decisions that fell short:

1.       Using their own A4 processor.  The A4 processor is a ARM processor which is compatible with the iPhone and the iPod Touch.  If they had use an Intel x86 processor and OS 10, the iPad would have been a bigger hit because it would run all the existing desktop applications.  Further to say that the A4 is a fast processor is interesting.  All ARM processors are RISC (reduced instruction set computing) where they execute an instruction per cpu cycle.   So the limiting factor on the performance will be the front side bus which is tied to the ram and flash storage.

2.       Using a color display. Using a color display is not as easy to read as the black and white displays that the Amazon Kindle uses.  Plus color displays use more power.  The Kindle practically powers down between page changes which improves the battery life.

3.       Including 3G internet connectivity.  By including 3G, Apple is focusing on an online experience with Safari.  Since the iPad has a larger display and internet access, users will expect more applications that integrate with Safari.  Examples add-ins include Adobe Shockwave, Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat, QuickTime and Java.

4.       Lack of integration with the home theater experience.  The iPad could have included consumer IR and been the ultimate home theater remote control.

5.       Running existing iPhone/iPod Touch apps by pixel doubling will make them look worse.   Pixel doubling will make the applications look “blocky” and make the fonts harder to read.  To really take advantage of the iPad, developers will have to create new versions of their applications to take advantage of the larger resolution.

6.       Cost.  Who is going to buy an iPad at $499 - $829?  I see other competition at this price range, and display size with the netbooks which are under $500 and some are subsidized by cellular carriers to $100-200.  Also at CES there were netbooks with touch screens and multitouch such as a version of the Asus EEE PC.  Also, it’s clear that Amazon has recognized this by offering a desktop reader version of their eBook software.

So based on the market projections of ebook readers selling around 6 million, I expect that the iPad won’t be that hot of a commodity due to its higher cost and the decision to support the iPhone version of OS 10.   (Source: Chris De Herrera, Tablet PC Talk)


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 9:43 am    Post subject: Sure, but it's got an "i" in its name Reply with quote

I agree with all of your points here - and further think that restricting it to the Apple App Store (like the other iDevices are) also limits the device in unfortunate ways.

However, it is an iDevice and that alone means that they'll sell 20 million of the things to Apple Fanboys and people who just have to be seen on the bus with one of these things in their hands.

Apple could introduce an iEtchASketch and it would sell 10 million as long as it was white and had a catchy commercial. Around the time that the fad dies Apple's iHype machine will start building the fever pitch for the next version that everybody will just have to have.

These things have become as much fashion accessory as functional devices.

In my opinion, of course.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 9:41 am    Post subject: The iPad Tablet Reply with quote

Why are they even calling this a tablet? It runs on the iPhone operating system!?! No USB?!? This is a glorified iPhone, just bigger, but again locked into only using pre-existing fixed applications. It is a closed system in other words, and that is not a good thing (well, I guess, unless your apple haha)

Is it great for reading, listening, and viewing? Yes, certainly. But as I predicted there is not one ounce of use for the mobile, business professional that wants more from their tablet experience… like going paperless!

So to wrap up this is the most expensive iPhone on the market… and you can’t even make calls from it

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,
Well the industry seems to call any touch screen device regardless of the OS a tablet.

The iPad is trying to compete in a similar space to small netbooks with touch screens.
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