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After watching Steve Jobs’s keynote launch of the iPad on 27 January 2010, my reaction was. “Steve I think you have just made your first major flop since returning to Apple.”

It seems that I was wrong! The first weeks sales were amazing, 450 000 Ipads sold, 600 000 iBooks sold, 3.5 million apps downloaded. Those figures are amazing in anyone’s books.

My obvious next question is, why? My first impressions of the iPad (I have not used one since they are not available in South Africa yet) is that it is nothing more than an oversize Ipod touch. Many call it an oversize iPhone but you can’t make phonecalls with it. It does not have a camera either so it can actually do less than an iPhone. You can’t view any flash media on the internet with it and with the amount of flash websites on the internet, that means you cant view the entire web. It runs on the same O.S. as the iPhone and the iPod Touch, so the iPad should not be able to do anything that the iPod Touch or the iPhone can’t do.

Is this a great product? Or is it selling because of the Apple phenomenon happening at the moment? It does seem that you can stick an Apple badge on a dead cat these days and you would be able to sell it.

Don’t get me wrong, Apple makes amazing products, I’m an Apple Man myself. I’ve been using smartphones since the very first one’s were launched in the late 90’s. After using an iPhone for the first time, I simply could not wait to replace my own smartphone with an Apple iPhone. Their approach to the needs of mobile phone users made this device 100 times better than anything I have ever used, and I have owned a lot of different smartphones.

I just cant help but feel when it comes to the iPad, that loyal Apple followers might be blinded by the light.

Is the iPad really as great as the sales statistics will have us believe, or is the Emperor not wearing any clothes, an nobody wants to make the call?

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  • http://thedonutproject.com Ricky Salsberry

    This article speaks like someone who hasn’t used an iPad… which you admit you haven’t.

    In your criticism of the iPad using the iPhone’s OS – don’t forget that the development of the iPad began long time ago, and is what spawned the iPhone. They’ve shared the same OS since the beginning. This isn’t some lame attempt by Apple to cash in on the cheap by using a lighter OS, it is the same OS which has been developed for use on both mobile devices since Day 1.

    As far as the software goes, yes, this is a big iPod Touch. But it would be moronic to stop examining this product there. The hardware is what makes this special. Think of what you can do on a 1024×768 screen that you can’t do on 480×320 screen? That’s the point of this thing.

    The apps make this product worth every penny, and will continue to do so as developers’ imaginations go wild. This media consumption machine will eventually be able to create light media as well. It’s a computer for my mom or grandmother or nephew. For consumers. Not professionals.

    While in the Apple store, I saw numerous grade-school or less children use this machine properly without instruction. It’s the simplification of basic computing. And it’s just the beginning.
    .-= Ricky Salsberry´s last blog ..Seuss Army Knife =-.

  • http://www.digitalmediaartist.net Eric Gage

    I had two first impressions regarding the iPad.

    One was that people who’re not necessarily the most hardcore techies, but like their gadgets, would love it, and they do. The other that it was the perfect solution for meeting with clients, without having to purchase a laptop. I’m a desktop user, and big fan of having multiple, large, beautiful displays wrapping around my corner desk, but it’s not exactly practical to unplug my iMac and haul it to a coffee shop to show a client what I’ve got done on their website.

    The iPad’s light, would easily fit in a backpack, can be laid flat on a table so a few people can see the screen without huddling over each other, and it’s about a quarter the price of a Macbook Pro. It sounded perfect, but no flash.

    Seriously, no flash!?!?!

    Not everything site I build is in flash, not even most, but a decent enough portion of them have some flash somewhere on the site. Whether it’s just embedded videos, or the top corner of the site with a subtle, looping animation, blended with the layout of the site.

    As far as I can see now, the iPad is almost worthless now to almost anyone except the people who’re out to buy the latest gadget, solely for the sake of fashion.

  • http://cvresumewritingservices.org/howto.php how to write a resume

    i think iPad is really THAT great you know) I wish i had enough money for it

  • http://bkmacdaddy.com/blog/ Brian McDaniel

    I don’t like to dive bomb a comment section solely to leave a link to my own blog posts, but I recently wrote a post that answers your question, and I think pretty comprehensively. Rather than rehash it in this comment, you are welcome to read it here: http://www.bkmacdaddy.com/blog/ipad-impressions-from-an-apple-not-fan-boy

    I am absolutely NOT a blind Apple follower/fan-boy, but I am really enjoying the iPad I purchased, and that’s the bottom line for me. Do I need one? Is it important as a tool for my business, productivity or design? No, at least not yet. But it is a truly enjoyable and unique experience, and that’s what I like about it.

    Anyway, hope you get a chance to actually spend some time with one soon. I think that’s the best way to make your own educated decision.
    .-= Brian McDaniel´s last blog ..Should We Reevaluate, Redefine or Continue Regurgitating The ‘Design Blog’? =-.

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  • http://ipadwatcher.com Mauricio Longo

    While most might consider me biased as I write a blog about the iPad, I have to say that it exactly what I expected from Apple. The whole point of the device is making things simple and easy to do, for everyone.

    Yesterday I found this amazing video of a 99 year old woman who was just starting to use her first computer: an iPad. Having several senior people in my family who are not at all comfortable using a regular computer, I was quite moved by the fact that video said that not only had the lady read two books on the device, already, but she had written 12 limericks on it. Being able to be creative when you are almost 100 years old is fantastic and while some people at that age might be capable of using a regular computer, most really aren’t, for one reason or another.

    http://ipadwatcher.com/2010/04/22/99-year-old-lady-becomes-an-ipad-user-writes-poetry/
    .-= Mauricio Longo´s last blog ..99 year old lady becomes an iPad user – writes poetry =-.

  • Jean

    I have to agree with Jurie’s blog. There are so many thing the iPad cannot do, so many feature it just doesn’t have, will be in the next one, etc….

    The question you have to ask yourself and the point I agree with Jurie is if HP, Dell or any other manufacturer came out with exactly the same product, would it have sold even a fraction of what the iPad’s doing or would readers / reviewer have crucified it for its lack of features.

    What stuck me of an article in Time magazine is the writer asking the Apple guys during a visit to its HQ about all the feature is doesn’t have, a fraction of which Jurie listed above and their response: Its not about the features, its about the experience…

    Now tell me any other company but Apple who could do that and get away with it. None, zip, nada…

    The iPad may currently be selling on hype alone and that may explain the sales numbers we’re seeing.

  • Ipad

    The Ipad is too heavy to lounge with it at home or couch, or whatever

    you cant grip it while laying down with it.

    It does not run Mac OSX, which if it did, it would be hands down a must get.

    The thing is overhyped, if Microsoft released it without Windows OS, it would never sell.

    The only reason it sells its because of the apple logo on the back of the thing.

    It’s overpriced at $499 up to $900 plus monthly service,

    Until they come out with a pad that runs full OS, then Im out.

  • http://www.rajablog.com/ Ian

    This article speaks like someone who hasn’t used an iPad… which you admit you haven’t.

    In your criticism of the iPad using the iPhone’s OS – don’t forget that the development of the iPad began long time ago, and is what spawned the iPhone. They’ve shared the same OS since the beginning. This isn’t some lame attempt by Apple to cash in on the cheap by using a lighter OS, it is the same OS which has been developed for use on both mobile devices since Day 1.

    As far as the software goes, yes, this is a big iPod Touch. But it would be moronic to stop examining this product there. The hardware is what makes this special. Think of what you can do on a 1024×768 screen that you can’t do on 480×320 screen? That’s the point of this thing.

    The apps make this product worth every penny, and will continue to do so as developers’ imaginations go wild. This media consumption machine will eventually be able to create light media as well. It’s a computer for my mom or grandmother or nephew. For consumers. Not professionals.

    While in the Apple store, I saw numerous grade-school or less children use this machine properly without instruction. It’s the simplification of basic computing. And it’s just the beginning.
    .-= Ricky Salsberry´s last blog ..Seuss Army Knife =-.

  • http://www.ousiadroid.com Andre Rodrigues

    I agree with you 100%. I just thought maybe I was thinking the same because I never used one. But using one, yes you get that initial cool. But then you realise the limitations.

    I personally am waiting for the Notion Ink Adam. Because I also do photography,and while I cannot use the IpAd without buying a seperate USB port. I can use the USB’s on the Notion ink, then output it on a big screen using the HDMI.

    Anyhow. I think the whole IPAD is a farce. I personally cannot do anything with it. It may have 100000’s of rehased iphone apps. But i dont see myself playing high resolution fart or beer games. I want a tablet because i seriously want to use one.

    Andre

  • http://www.adorableaccess.com/ Sarah

    I had two first impressions regarding the iPad.

    One was that people who’re not necessarily the most hardcore techies, but like their gadgets, would love it, and they do. The other that it was the perfect solution for meeting with clients, without having to purchase a laptop. I’m a desktop user, and big fan of having multiple, large, beautiful displays wrapping around my corner desk, but it’s not exactly practical to unplug my iMac and haul it to a coffee shop to show a client what I’ve got done on their website.

    The iPad’s light, would easily fit in a backpack, can be laid flat on a table so a few people can see the screen without huddling over each other, and it’s about a quarter the price of a Macbook Pro. It sounded perfect, but no flash.

    Seriously, no flash!?!?!

    Not everything site I build is in flash, not even most, but a decent enough portion of them have some flash somewhere on the site. Whether it’s just embedded videos, or the top corner of the site with a subtle, looping animation, blended with the layout of the site.

    As far as I can see now, the iPad is almost worthless now to almost anyone except the people who’re out to buy the latest gadget, solely for the sake of fashion.

  • http://www.tornadosocial.com/ Eric

    While most might consider me biased as I write a blog about the iPad, I have to say that it exactly what I expected from Apple. The whole point of the device is making things simple and easy to do, for everyone.

    Yesterday I found this amazing video of a 99 year old woman who was just starting to use her first computer: an iPad. Having several senior people in my family who are not at all comfortable using a regular computer, I was quite moved by the fact that video said that not only had the lady read two books on the device, already, but she had written 12 limericks on it. Being able to be creative when you are almost 100 years old is fantastic and while some people at that age might be capable of using a regular computer, most really aren’t, for one reason or another.

    http://ipadwatcher.com/2010/04/22/99-year-old-lady-becomes-an-ipad-user-writes-poetry/
    .-= Mauricio Longo´s last blog ..99 year old lady becomes an iPad user – writes poetry =-.

  • http://www.profitpullingcopy.com Mr. Sam Mlambo|Direct Response Copywriter

    Hey I see you have a great blog here. I’ve have a similar blog so It’s cool to see another person talking intelligently about the same topic. Keep up the good work. I look forward to seeing more from you!

  • http://www.ipad-for-free-online.co.uk iPad

    For years i haven’t liked Apple or its products but ive got to say that these days i dont think they can be touched for innovation. I have recently purchased an iPhone and iPod Touch and both are made very well indeed.

  • http://birdrepellenthq.info pigeon repellent

    I like my ipad, the videos are so bright.

  • http://johnlowden59@gmail.com John

    Hi mate,,,I read your blog. It’s a bit old now ,so I don’t know if you have that iPad yet or not,,bu.t for mine they are a magnificent invetion,,I am addicted to it you can mark my words on this quote,,,iPad will take over computing as they are sure to improve the current version slightly and you’ll find it will be the future of not only computing but gaming.,tv,music etc etc,the limits are boundless ,whatever man can think of will be able to be done via iPad,,,I see here that local supermarket chain,,big name one are offering old peoples homes installed ipads and they have there grocery store items on iPad for ppl to log on and buy,,they then drop the groceries off to them,,also medicine ,and it’s only new,,imagine in a year or two?