iPad – Hits and Misses


Now that the so-called revolutionary tablet is announced, I made a brief list of Hits and Misses for iPad. Do note that I haven’t put any detailed reasoning for the points I have made and will be doing this at a later point of time when the device is launched.

First, let’s look at the specification.

Specification:

Height: 9.56 inches (242.8 mm)
Width: 7.47 inches (189.7 mm)
Depth: 0.5 inch (13.4 mm)
Weight: 1.5 pounds (.68 kg) Wi-Fi model; 1.6 pounds (.73 kg) Wi-Fi + 3G model
Display: 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
Display resolution: 1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch (ppi)
Processor: 1GHz Apple A4 custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip
Connectivity: Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology, UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz), GSM/EDGE (850, 900,1800, 1900 MHz)
Digital Compass
Assisted GPS (3G model)
Cellular (3G model)
TV Out: Support for 1024 x 768 with Dock Connector to VGA adapter; 576p and 480p with Apple Component A/V Cable, 576i and 480i with Apple Composite Cable
Battery: Built-in 25Whr rechargeable lithium-polymer battery, Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music
Capacity: 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB flash drive

Looks yummy right? The most surprising announcement was Price.

Pricing:

Wi-Fi only iPad:

16 GB – $499, 32GB – $599, 64GB – $699

Wi-Fi+3G iPad:

16 GB – $629, 32GB – $729, 64GB – $829

Now to the main part of this post.

Hits:

No Arsenic, BFR, Mercury, PVC. Uses recyclable aluminium and glass enclosure.
Amazing base Price
Incredibly thin
Capacitive touch display with LED backlit S-IPS panel
Incredible web browsing experience
iWork on ipad is Terrific
Integrated ipod, itunes and iBook
Huge collection of ebooks and incredible book reading experience
Superb Processor that never shows any signs of lag
Flash memory of upto 64Gb
Compatible with existing apps
Customizable wallpaper (delight for Apple users)
Wi-Fi and optional 3G
10hr battery life

Misses:

The name sounds like some sanitary napkin
Not your regular tablet, functionality is less.
Cannot be used as a primary device
Need iTunes to copy content
$130 for 3G capability overpriced
microSIM is something that nobody uses/manufactures
Extra wide Bezel looks a bit odd
4:3 resolution display when entire world has moved to 16:9
no USB, HDMI, surround-audio, camera
TV out needs extra adapter and no Full HD TV out
need to buy adapters to connect any USB device
Ergonomically challenging for many due to the odd weight and bezel design
Apps designed for iphone OS look terrible on this though they work
Only Safari can be used as browser and if your websites are incompatible, god save you
Lack of browser plug-ins for safari can be depressing
Only option to go online is using Wi-Fi or 3G, no option for wired ethernet
No Multitasking
No support for flash
Not useful in countries where iTunes Music Store does not exist
If no 3G and no Wi-Fi in your area, well ……

Conclusion:

iPad is not a device that can be used as a primary portable device. If all that you do movie and music playback, mails and internet browsing, this device will give you a very good experience but nothing revolutionary. The same and more can be achieved using devices like macbook 13 and Ultraportable laptops. This device, as told by Steve Jobs site in between ipodtouch/iphone and macbook. You still need a fully functional laptop/PC. Though the price starts at $499, given that you still need a PC/laptop I would rate this device a 6 out of 10. I was expecting lot more from iPad and am a bit disappointed with the way Apple took.

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9 thoughts on “iPad – Hits and Misses

  1. Saying that you cannot hang an ethernet cable on it is a miss is a real stretch for trying to find fault. You may as well bitch about it not having an internal 56k dialup modem.

    Same goes for your gripe about 4:3 vs 16:9. You are way off the mark here. A computer display that has a 16 to 9 aspect ratio would look pretty odd and not fit any web pages or other document sizes that computers use. The only thing it would fit is wide screen movies.

    It will run iPhone apps and you put that in the “missess” group because iPhone apps were written for a different resolution. How about we make a version for you that will NOT run iPhone apps. Would you like that better?

    The name sounds like a sanitary napkin? Only if that is where your thoughts tend to reside. It never struck me that way.

    “Ergonomically challenging for many due to the odd weight and bezel design” What??? Odd weight? What is odd about 1.5 pounds? What is odd about the bezel design and weight combination? You give no explanation why that would be challenging to anyone and I cannot see it to save my soul!

    “microSIM is something that nobody uses/manufactures” Is this actually true or did you just say that it is true thinking that no one would challenge your statement? I believe it to be a false statement. Show me that I am wrong.

    “Only Safari can be used as browser” This is another false statement. there are several other iPhone browsers and I will bet my bottom dollar more browsers will be available by the time you can actually purchase an iPad.

    “Not your regular tablet, functionality is less.” Yet another baseless statement.

    Very little of what you listed in the Missess: section is true. Much of that which is true is irrelevant. You missed the mark in a big way I am afraid.

    • This article is written with Indian market in view. Not much of wifi, no 3G and definitely no microSIM at all. And do let me know one good browser like Chrome and FF that works on iphone and can be used on iPad. regarding aspect ratio, a movie meant for 16:9 is stretched if you watch the same on ipad at 4:3 resolution which sucks. If you are one of those Apple fanboys who won’t agree to any -ves put up, I can’t help but chuckle 🙂

  2. You cannot have a native aspect ratio that is a perfect fit for movies and also a perfect fit for everything else. The iPad is not intended to be a movie machine only. They had to pick an aspect ratio that will best suit what it gets used for most of the time by most of the people it intends to be marketed to.

    The iPad was not designed as an “India only” device. Do not expect Apple to change it’s hardware any time soon to accommodate one country.

    I suggest you forget about the iPad. It was not meant for you. There will no doubt be many copies of the Apple products, as there always is, that may be better suited to India and to your need for 16:9.

    I also use a browser on my iPod touch called “Mercury”, therefore Safari is NOT the only browser that will work on the iPad. You did not specify that your non-Safari browser had to be Chrome or FF.

    I am at a total loss of what your statement ” who won’t agree to any -ves put up,” means. I only speak English.

    • hey apple fan boy
      ipad doesn’t have a camera means there is no option to video chat or even do video-conferencing.
      where as most of the 3g enabled phone have

      another thing
      SD card support that option is not available.

      Another big miss is absence of Flash support. With a screen as big as 9.7 inches, Flash support is surely to be missed.

      As surfing the Web without Flash is not same. The `big, empty video boxes in the middle of a page’ that will appear are sure to disappoint. People won’t be able to access miniclip, play farmville, watch ESPN or Hulu.
      In iPhone 3GS too when users browse through Web pages with Adobe Flash, it displays empty spaces with missing icons.

      Multitasking seems to be becoming a computing norm, with even mobile OSes offering it. However, there is no multitasking option in iPad’s OS. This means for example users can’t listen to FM while they surf the Web, or switch back and forth between Facebook at Twitter, or write an email while talking on a VOIP call.

      There is no facility for HDMI output in iPad. This means users will not be able to view HD videos on a large TV screen even if they have downloaded the same from iTunes.
      Apple iPad has no USB ports

      So, whatever you want to use with it camera, printer or even a USB, you would need an adapter for it.

      you can download apps only from apps store

      i think it is waste of money buying an ipad unless all these problems are solved
      and one more thing India is one of the largest users of mobile phone and u cant neglect this (which apple will never do i believe)

      so if you are still not satisfied with my arguments then you go and buy it and waste your money

  3. By the way, Mercury (has an icon that looks like FireFox’s) is blazing fast on my touch. But of course this does not help out your 16:9 aspect ratio I guess 😦

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