Posts Tagged ‘whyPad’
Today the media is full of Apple’s new iPad. It looks very pretty, but I mut say I don’t quite see it setting the world on fire; it’s already been dubbed the why-Pad.
It’s an iPhone, except you can’t make phone calls. And it doesn’t have a camera. And it’s too big for your pocket. And you can’t hold it comfortably in one hand (or I couldn’t, I’d drop it – I’d need a stout handle to hold it with).
It’s an iPod Touch, except it’s too big for your pocket.
It’s a laptop, except it won’t stand up, not even on a table, you’ll have to hold it constantly. And it doesn’t multi-task. And it doesn’t do web pages with Flash or Java or the like. And you have to get your software from the Apple Store. And of course there’s no handy keyboard or mouse, just the iPod’s pop-up screen keyboard.
It’s an e-book reader without the main benefit of an e-book reader, which is the easy-on-the-eyes e-paper display. Oh and it doesn’t fit in your pocket.
It’s a portable DVD player that you’ll have to hold in your hands all the way through the film.
Any way you look at it it seems limited. I suppose it’ll find some sort of niche market, especially with the iBookstore and Apple’s software design and marketing power behind it, but I can’t see me buying one.