iSad

I was one of THOSE people who held my breath for the new apple tablet dubbed the iPad.  I won’t say I was obsessed with it, but I did follow the it awfully closely, devouring any kind of rumor about specs or leaks of its capabilities.  On the day of the launch, I had three tabs of my firefox open to different livebloggers who were at the event and I would cycle through them to see the product pictures or specs.

In the interest of full disclosure, The Strickland Group is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner.  I have worked with and advocated for Microsoft technologies for more than half my life.  I was an early adopter of Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows 7.  I used a Windows Mobile phone for years, though I have an iPhone currently.  I really wanted to love the iPad.

I think the iPad will be a great device for the average well-to-do consumer.  I’d even go so far as to say that when the common home user is looking to replace their XP laptop in a year or two, the iPad might be a good enough choice for them.  And at an entry point price of $499, it’s not too shabby.  If you were to buy it as a top of the line e-book reader and that’s all you wanted to use it for, it would be a great device.

However, despite all my efforts, I just don’t love the iPad. Sure, it’s not all bad – at least it’s got it’s looks.  Also, the websites they demoed rendered beautifully.  I believe it would be a pleasure to read the New York Times on the device.  But it’s what the thing won’t do that’s stands out for me.

  • No support for flash.  Are you kidding me Apple?  You’re going to release an device that “puts the internet in your hands” that doesn’t play flash.  Dumbfounded.
  • No camera.  Would have been an amazing video conferencing device.
  • No multi-tasking.  I can’t listen to pandora while I’m surf?  I can’t  pause a game I’m playing and go google something I just saw on TV? I can’t keep IM going in the background?

Oh well.  Holding my breath for iPad 2.0…

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