The amount of user-generated hype for Apple’s new tablet computer was so vast that almost anything was likely to be a let-down, so the immediate backlash (ipad sucks) is hardly a surprise. The iPad turned out to be, at bottom, an iPod Touch with a big screen. It failed to offer a magical new 3D interface, or an OLED screen, or a built-in projector, or any other revolutionary Apple M8983 battery features. Indeed, it doesn’t even have basic features such as a webcam, microphone, USB port, SD card slot, HDMI port, or a standard mobile phone SIM slot, though some of these will be provided at extra cost, via adaptors.
As Bobbie Johnson has already pointed out here in, the new tablet also lacks Adobe Flash support (which means that, like the Apple M9325 battery iPhone and iPod Touch, it can’t handle some websites) and multi-tasking. No Flash means no Farmville or similar Facebook games.
Gizmodo, the influential gadget blog, has a post - 8 Things That Suck About the iPad – that says No thanks! and gives the device the thumbs down. The list currently includes 11 things, though a rider adds: “This post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of others at Gizmodo.”
One aspect of the iPad was that some saw it as Apple’s answer to the netbook – a cheap form factor that millions want but Apple won’t supply. CNet argued that the iPad wasn’t the answer. It fails to mention that you can get netbooks that offer higher screen resolution than the iPad Apple M9756 battery, as well as the usual netbook features (hard drive, keyboard, webcam etc).
In The Case against the iPad, Timothy B Lee wrote: “I’m not impressed. I’m a lifelong Mac fanboy, so I’m not averse to buying Apple stuff. But I don’t understand who this product is marketed for, and I’m disappointed that Apple has decided to adopt the iPhone’s locked-down platform strategy.”
The iPad name also attracted derision because, as the Examiner pointed out, “For North American women the word ‘pad’ means but one thing “So flabbergasted were women, and a good many men, at the name that not only did iPad quickly become a trending topic on twitter but so did iTampon. And the jokes were flying through cyberspace …”
Jezebel quickly compiled The Internet’s Best Period-Related iPad Jokes.
Silicon Alley Insider had so many negative posts that it headlined its link post Wow, Did Apple Just Blow It? The stories include Apple’s iPad Is This Decade’s Newton, and The Truth About Apple’s iPad: It’s A Big Yawn.
Fake Steve Jobs (actually, Newsweek’s technology editor Dan Lyons) summed it all up in his live-blog of the launch:11:01– and i know what you’re thinking – we came up with a new device and all we could think to do with it is run the apps that run on your iphone, and have a clone of Apple MA458 battery Kindle, and now run iWork apps? um, yes. that’s all we could come up with.
11:04– good lord, did i really say this is the most important thing i’ve ever done in my life?
As software developer Dave Winer says in Apple’s jumbo Oreo:
“Finally, Apple went too far, and the emperor is totally naked for all of us to see. Ridiculous product. Absolutely completely ridiculous.”
But not everyone took such a negative view. Some reckoned it really was a new type of device, and the Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg argued that ultimately the iPad would be about the software and media, rather than the hardware.
After an attention-grabbing (but silly) headline, The PC Officially Died Today, Nicholas Carr claimed: “we’ve entered a new era of computing, in which media and software have merged in the Internet cloud”.“With the iPad, Apple is hoping to bridge all the niches. It wants to deliver the killer device for the cloud era, a machine that will define computing’s new age Apple MB771 battery in the way that the Windows PC defined the old age. The iPad is, as Jobs said today, ’something in the middle,’ a multipurpose gadget aimed at the sweet spot between the tiny smartphone and the traditional laptop. If it succeeds, we’ll all be using iPads to play iTunes, read iBooks, watch iShows, and engage in iChats. It will be an iWorld.”
However, he was not blind to the iPad’s obvious limitations, or to the risk of entering an Apple-dominated world. Jobs’s “overriding goal is to establish his company as the major conduit, and toll collector, between the media cloud and the networked computer. Jobs doesn’t just want to Apple MB772 battery produce glamorous gizmos. He wants to be the impresario of all media.” Carr concluded.
At The New York Times, David Pogue’s The Apple iPad: First Impressions said the iPad bashing “will last until the iPad actually goes on sale in April. Then, if history is any guide, Phase 3 will begin: positive reviews, people lining up to buy the thing, and the mysterious disappearance of the basher-bloggers.”
“My main message to fanboys is this: it’s too early to draw any conclusions. Apple hasn’t given the thing to any reviewers yet, there are no iPad-only apps yet (there will be), the e-bookstore hasn’t gone online yet, and so on. So hyperventilating is not yet the appropriate reaction.”
True, but it’s not as much fun.
Maybe the iPad will find a market among marketing people, old people, parents, as some have suggested to Dave Winer. “What they’re really saying is that it’s the computer for idiots. I agree. Idiots with $500 burning a hole in their pocket. Like me. I’ll almost certainly buy one. But unless Apple M8511 battery I’m missing something, I’ll still travel with the Asus that I’m typing this review on.”
iPad 2 on sale in the UK today
The wait is over, as thousands of UK punters wanting to buy Apple’s iPad 2 make their way to the online Apple Store to place their order.
Those who can’t wait for delivery, though, are gearing themselves up for 5pm, when the device will go on sale inand other retail outlets.
According to the Telegraph one eager customer, Jewels Lewis, arrived outside the Apple Store in London’s Regent Street 33 hours before the on sale time.
If you want to buy a Wi-Fi only version of the iPad 2 it’ll cost you £399.00 inc VAT for the 16GB model, £479.00 inc VAT for the 32GB model, £559.00 inc VAT for the 64GB model.
The iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G will be available for a suggested Apple M7621 battery retail price of £499.00 inc VAT for the 16GB model, £579.00 inc VAT for the 32GB model and £659.00 inc VAT for the 64GB model.
Accessories such as the Smart Cover will also be on sale, costing £35 for the polyurethane versions (grey, blue, gree, orange or pink) or £59 for leather (tan, black, navy, cream or red).