One of the fun things about a product release is reading the commentary after the reviewers and pundits have had a chance to handle it. Despite the fact that the iPad became available on 4/3, tech reviewers of some major publications have had it for at least a week prior to release (SONY VGP-BPS8 battery) .
There seems to be one consensus coming from the reviews - the iPad doesn't do everything that a laptop does, but it wasn't designed to replace one. This starts to sink in and make sense when you remember that for all of the cool products Apple sells, several are computers and laptops that account for a large chunk of revenue (Sony Vaio VGN-FZ battery) .
Apple is not going to dry those revenue streams like other computer companies do by selling cheaper versions of their larger computers.
Apple has also further refined its' strategy developed when it first released the iPod - to do one thing exceptionally well, albeit in a closed system completely controlled by Apple (SONY VGP-BPS8 battery) .
Some of the same complaints - I've made some of them myself - about what it doesn't do also appears in reviews. It did one thing extremely well, which was created a music experience unlike any other mp3 player on the market. In addition, iTunes, which was (and still is) the only way you can load music on the device, would become the world's largest music distributor (Sony Vaio VGN-FZ battery) .
Apple further refined this method in introducing the iPhone. This time, the only complaint was that if your carrier wasn't AT&T, you probably had to break a cell phone contract. The iPhone delivered, and in addition to gaining the largest market share of smart phones, iTunes is probably the largest single reseller of application software, which counts for numbers sake only, offering around 150,000 apps to date (Sony VGP-BPL11 battery) .
Almost three years later, it is tackling another market - the publishing industry. However, there are already competitors in this space, such as Amazon and its? Kindle device, along with other eReaders from manufacturers like Sony, and bookstores like Barnes and Noble and Borders (Sony VGP-BPL9 battery) .
However, when Apple first started to sell iPods, there were still device manufactures and large chain record stores, and major retailers like Target and Walmart were in the business. Will Apple win this battle as well? History says this is a distinct possibility (Sony VGN-FZ460E battery) .
Outside of eReading capabilities, nothing I am reading is particularly new, being similar to the capabilities of my iPod touch: quick access to things like email, web browsing and video. If I can get past the issue of it not displaying Flash-based or Flash-laden websites, my iPod Touch has replaced many of the things I used to do on my computer (SONY VAIO VGN-FZ4000 Battery) .
You would think that some of the iPad?s shortcomings leaves a huge opportunity for Apple?s competitors to move in with a better device. They are trying to put in all of the stuff Apple left out - cameras, Flash capability, storage card slots, and USB ports for peripherals and printers (Sony VGP-BPL9 battery) .
And they promise to include the crown jewel, multitasking, or the ability to operate more than one app simultaneously, into their devices (editor's note: Apple has introduced multitasking in the form of a new OS, announced 4/8/10. However, it will only be available to models released after the summer of 2009 and later) (Sony VGP-BPL11 battery) .
All of those "missing" gotta-haves will definitely suck up a lot of juice. If their devices will deliver half the battery life that the iPad boasts, ten hours or so, I'll be surprised. The iPad executes what it offers well, very well. How much of a price point will competitors be able to make in order to deliver all of those features (Sony VGP-BPL15 battery) ?
If they undercut Apple too much, you can bet it will show up in the materials, which means a two inch drop and you are buying another one, and you probably won?t get it to last a year or more of just normal usage. Too high of a price point, and the question becomes, "Why not get a laptop?" Then again, the question just might become, "Why get a laptop," cannibalizing existing product lines and sales (Dell Vostro 1000 battery) .
The reason we get these hand-held devices, iPhones, Blackberries and other smart devices, they are portable, faster and more convenient. I purchased a new desktop a couple of years ago, and really beefed it up. It no longer runs like a jackrabbit, and after two years of loading stuff on it, it CRASHES (Sony VGP-BPS13 battery) !
iPhones and iPods do this too, especially after loading a number of apps. The iWannabes', in trying to satisfy the "I want a cool computer" crowd, will migrate these PC-like traits to their tablet devices, and they too will slow down and crash. At that point, the devices are no longer cute or convenient, and in many cases, it will be replaced by the next generation iPad (Dell Latitude E6400 battery) .
I've kind of settled on the fact that I'll get an iPad, but will try to wait until the next generation is released. They usually have more power, more features, and a somewhat lower price point. I know that I most likely won't be purchasing an iWannabe. For all of the features that these devices will probably include, none will be done exceptionally well, save for the fact that they will emulated their PC ancestors, slow booting and crashing just as much, albeit doing so at your finger tips (Sony VGP-BPS13 battery) .