Although Apple's iPad
hasn't hit store shelves, tech bloggers are already bashing it. They
complain about its cost, its ergonomics, its lack of memory-card
slots and a host of other grievances. Anticipating this quibbling,
The New York Times' David Pogue wrote a forewarning yesterday:
The bashers should be careful...remember
how silly you all looked when you all predicted the iPhone’s demise in
that period before it went on sale. Like the iPhone, the iPad is really a vessel, a tool, a 1.5-pound
sack of potential. It may become many things. It may change an industry
or two, or it may not. It may introduce a new category — something
between phone and laptop — or it may not. And anyone who claims to know
what will happen will wind up looking like a fool.
this chasten the armies of gadget geeks across the web? Not a chance.
Today, a swarm of bloggers took to their keyboards to preemptively eviscerate the
sleek device. Inevitably, with great expectations come great
disappointments. Here's a taste:
- It’s Unproven as an E-reader, writes Paul Boutin at VentureBeat: "iPad lacks the Amazon Kindle’s non-backlit screen and long battery life
designed to make reading an entire novel comfortable. I don’t
personally believe this makes it a bad e-reader, but I’d want to spend
some time test-reading before committing to it.
- No Camera, writes Matt Hickey at CNet: "One killer feature that would have made this a
must-have for many people would have been a forward-facing Webcam for
iChat-like video chatting. Sure, MacBooks and iMacs have them already,
but that's more to the point. A mobile, anywhere-in-the-house device
like this seems much more video chat-friendly than a laptop or desktop.
It seems that Apple could have used this opportunity to really
introduce the video phone appliance as a reality but for some reason it
- No Flash, writes Bobbie Johnson at the Guardian: "The new tablet also lacks Adobe Flash support (which means that, like
the iPhone and iPod Touch, it can't handle some websites) and
multi-tasking. No Flash means no Farmville or similar Facebook games."
- The iBook Store's No Good, writes Timothy Lee at Bottom-Up: "From all indications, the books you 'buy' on an iPad will be every bit
as limited as the books you “buy” on the Kindle; if you later decide to
switch to another device, there’s no easy (or legal) way to take your
books with you. I think this is an issue that a lot of Kindle owners
haven’t thought through carefully, and that it will trigger a backlash
once a significant number of them decide they’d like to try another
- Adapters, Adapters, Adapters, writes Adam Frucci
at Gizmodo: "So much for those smooth lines. If you want to plug
anything into this, such as a digital camera, you need all sorts of ugly adapters. You need an adapter for USB for god's sake."
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