Apple iPad, Pros and Cons

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By now you have likely read many things about Apple’s new iPad.  I imagine some were good, some were bad.  I wanted to do an old Ben Franklin style list, listing its pros on one side and its cons on the other side.  Please let me know if I am missing something on either side.  The end result of this list should be able to tell us whether or not the device makes sense to buy.

Pros:

  • Interface is extremely similar to the iPhone/iPod Touch.  This means that most of the 50 million odd owners of one of these devices should be able to pick it up and go.
  • The App Store is the iPad’s single biggest strength.  No company has a finer base of programs (or nearly as many) available to its end users.  Apparently 140,000 or so of those App Store programs will be able to be loaded up right away on the upcoming iPad.
  • Large screen.  In fact, its 10 inches makes it larger than most netbook screens, portable DVD players and mobile video game players
  • 10 hour battery life is pretty decent.
  • Big developer buy-in – It was good to see both Gameloft and EA demo their stuff during today’s presentation
  • Ability to read books, newspapers and magazines in a simple format.
  • Built in speaker and microphone

Cons:

  • No multitasking.  In fact, its Safari browser seemingly doesn’t support multiple websites being pulled up
  • No flash.  Flash is a major part of the web.  Without it being included, you will likely be missing a lot.
  • No removable battery.  When it dies completely, so does the iPad.
  • It’s too big to easily carry in one hand.  1.5 pounds can weigh you down after an hour or so of reading.
  • Questionable endurance.  How long can a device that only weighs 1.5 pounds take abuse?  One of its selling points is that kids could use this for their textbooks in school.  I don’t think I am going to allow Little Bobby Butterfingers near this $500 piece of technology.
  • No HDMI port, no camera, no built in phone
  • Screen does not use 16:9 aspect ratio (as many videos now are) resulting in a black box on each side when they are  played.

Where does that leave us?  On the ropes I think.  Personally I think I’ll hold off for a while and see what happens.  What are you going to do?

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14 Comments

  1. ROARMAN!

    April 12, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Hold off everyone on buying an iPad as many competitors are currently producing iPad killers with better features that we need. Apple as always is just the first out of the door with a new product and that is what they do, they get people to buy it with limitations on the products features making you the buyer feel stuck with their product knowing 6 months later that new “HP PadSmart” screams WOW I should of got that instead!

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  2. fdjyjfyf

    April 6, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    3 years its guna be the shiit

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  3. Jiggles

    March 23, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    With no Flash the POS “Huge Deals Daily” ad won’t be blocking the text when resize the page to make the article/comment text big enough to read.
    No Flash means I won’t have to pay the for bandwidth to download the crappy Flash Ads.

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  4. Derek

    February 22, 2010 at 5:54 am

    If one is to use the ipad mostly in the home then the problem of the battery running down is no real problem. One can just keep the ipad attached to an extension lead for browsing the web, reading books, playing games and so on. I know the ipad is not perfect but how many people will be strong enough to be able to resit the gloss and hype and not purchase one? Not many I say.
    Derek.

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  5. Sean

    February 1, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    The blue tooth controller not out of the question, apple ipads already can use blutooth keyboard in apps. So a made for ipad game 3rd party “keyboard” optimized for gaming is never out of question. But if apple make one I bet it would be like a 360 controller with multitouch laptop trackpad, joystick, phycisal buttons, and accelrometer.

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  6. Sean

    February 1, 2010 at 12:53 am

    Also about the cons
    no one said no multitasking and the os os still prototype(no matter how far it already is and for
    the casual what would multi tasking realy used for with iPhones os stop and start where you left off feature) and in safari I would bet tons of cold hard cash that in the final product it will be there. No flash, but what about new your times and the Olympic video, and anyway it’s only time before “there’s an app for that”.can’t day anything about battery endirance and weight. But the hdmi port camera and phone aren’t realy needed, the screen itself is gorgeous so apple thought watch it on that, camera is a add on USB for connecting one to it if you carry around a extra camera, plus is a camera on something that big going to be easy to use? And phone which I disagree with “there’s an app for that” skype plus ten billion other phone apps can do that with it’s built in mic( but ask yourself how you would put that in your pocket. The screen I think was a good choice it provieds a big area to interact with and the movies can fit to screen ( minus about a half head on eather side. Or be content with the most Lilkly 7in 16x 9 picture. So after recearch these are all my thoughts about it untill something new happens or they release it.

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  7. Sean

    February 1, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Why are some people mad about this! So what if it’s not a portable mac, what couldn’t you do through a app that you can’t do on macs. And so what if it is a giant iPod touch, I’ve sat down and wished my 64gb iPod touch had a bigger screen. Plus it’s bringing mobile gaming to the next level with a better and faster prossecor and possibly better graphics funtionalities. I do admit it’s not for everyone with it’s price, but it’s not made for everyone it’s made for people that want a crisp easy to read iPod touch that does some tougher computing with a slick fireware. I totaly see why they didn’t put osx on it, it wouldn’t be the same and it would come out later. Think about this the iPod touch is great for multitouch out of the box, macs not realy, almost everyone with a computer mows how to use a iPod touch, again mac not realy. And apps are a big point in this product, while in mac you would need a emulator, iPhone os already got this. I can totaly see this being used at my house and in school and at my job but other wise my iPod touch gets trips covered, and that is what I think apple is trying to say.

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  8. Cody

    January 29, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Bruce,

    For home, I think it makes more sense. For a mobile device, I’m not so sure. It would be cool to be able to buy a Bluetooth controller and play games that way. Of course, then you lose the ability to use the built in accelerometer.

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  9. Bruce

    January 28, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    I guess I am the odd one out, as I think a large-screen iPod Touch is exactly ideal for my home needs. I am actually looking forward to buying one of these!

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  10. MISERA

    January 28, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    This is a very deficient device-No multitasking. no flash, battery not removable and the price tag!!
    I’ll rather get a notebook with all these cool features and more

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  11. Bryan

    January 28, 2010 at 1:33 am

    I also agree. I was very disappointed with the specs but hopefully a lot will be fixed in the next software update. I also made a proconlist http://proconlists.com/list/technology-science/apples-ipad/27

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  12. Cody

    January 27, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Zack

    Good point. Jobs acted like the iPad was better than a netbook in every way yet a netbook has the ability to install whatever software you want to on it. A lack if openness might be a negative as well.

    I waited until the 3gs for my iPhone. I might be waiting that long on the iPad.

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  13. Zack

    January 27, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    It does need flash. That is a must. But I would choose buying a laptop before an ipad

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  14. matthew carleton

    January 27, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    we think along the same lines my friend. I too will be waiting a couple of “generations”

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