Apple positions the new iPad as the middle ground between phones and laptops. Â They state that netbooks were supposed to fill that void, but their typical slow speed kills that solution. Â How does Apple decide to bridge the gap? Â Take the OS from their phone and slap it on a 10 inch screen and price it aggressively. Â Once the initial hype wears off, I don’t see Apple selling even 15% as many iPads as iPhones.
How can you not love this thing? Â It’s like a huge iPhone with awesome new apps!
Unfortunately, there is a lot missing in comparison to an iPhone. Â It’s lost, primarily, the ability to make phone calls! Â Also, no camera, no GPS, no compass and the screen DPI drops by 20%. Â If you’re carrying around your iPad, you better make sure you have your iPhone as well.
Who cares! Â That screen is huge! Â It can do all sorts of things!
No, it still doesn’t support multitasking or any sort of notification system. Â Yes, there are apps that will support the iPad natively, but how efficient will you be using the iPad apps when you could just carry your laptop instead? Â Yes, I think the iPad going to be used in addition to a laptop, not instead. Â There are just too many things you cannot do with just an iPad.
It’s only $499!
Sort of. Â If you want just 16GB of storage, no 3G and no accessories, that fine. Â Anyone that wants to make serious use of the device would easily pony up for the 3G model and the keyboard dock, at a minimum. Â The 64GB 3G model and a keyboard dock will be just under that magical $999 price point. Â Again, why wouldn’t you buy a laptop?