“Lately, the most prevalent technology buzz is the Apple iPad. Apple describes it as a magical and revolutionary product at an unbelievable price. Overall it is a good, unique idea. One device to read and play everything from videos, books, music and magazines.””
Lately, the most prevalent technology buzz is the Apple iPad. Apple describes it as a magical and revolutionary product at an unbelievable price. Overall it is a good, unique idea. One device to read and play everything from videos, books, music and magazines.In fact, a demo of the iPad Tablet on YouTube with Sports Illustrated shown on the screen depicts a device to save the future of print media. But the technology for this idea is not exactly there yet.Basically, it is a giant combination of a laptop and an iPod Touch with fewer functions and less compatibility. And the unbelievable price? The cheapest model costs around$500. The iPad is a huge, 1.5 pound touch-screen (9.7 inches) waste of space intended to replace the ever popular netbook. It does all of the same things as the iPod Touch. The only difference is that it is enormous and awkward. The body is bulky with a large bezel surrounding the screen. There’s no keyboard, so users must type on an enlarged iPhone-style virtual keyboard. Who wants to type out anything longer than a web address using that? Apple has done a pretty poor job of revolutionizing tablet inputs considering that this is the same giant touch screen keyboard on every other tablet on the planet and it is physically awkward to use. As one would expect, the iPad comes with built in iPod, calendar, high def movie player, photo slideshows, Google maps and all the other typical Apple applications. The inclusion of all of those apps would be great if it had the ability to multitask, but it doesn’t. This means that users can’t have a browser open at the same time as Facebook, or a Twitter app open at the same time as e-mail. If the iPad is supposed to replace netbooks, how can it not have the ability to multitask? In addition, there is no camera on either side of the iPad. This means no video iChat or even the simple function of taking pictures. On a screen that is huge, why would Apple exclude a camera? There is no Flash on a piece of technology that is supposed to mimic a netbook or a laptop. This means no streaming video. If you want to plug anything into this monstrosity, chances are you need an adapter or a USB.How about the name iPad? Enough said.It is almost as if Apple felt as though they needed to release a new piece of technology immediately, but weren’t sure what, so they started selling the first thing they thought of without realizing it had no purpose and made no sense. The iPad, while good in concept is not exactly all there yet. No one wants to carry around a giant tablet that can barely do what it was hyped up to do. If you really want to you might as well get two iPads and stand up dressed as Moses. The iPad is about as useful as a stone tablet currently. Hopefully the next giant piece of electronic equipment that doesn’t do what it is supposed to do will at least do more than this iFail from Apple.