So, here it is, the idiotically named iPad. And it seems that it could annoy me.
First, the design completely misses a huge opportunity, captured beautifully by Lenovo in a forthcoming competing product — namely, the ability to become a notebook computer.
Second, no Flash support. Suddenly, what was a remote nuisance in the iPhone will become a major headache with the iPad. The best device to browse the Web? Nope. That device would support Flash.
Third, no camera. Half the fun of portable devices is having a portable camera in order to enter the social network space with new or weird or funny photographic observations. Well, you’ll have to use your iPhone or Droid to do that. Annoying.
Fourth, no way I’m taking that thing to a beach or bathroom (so it fails 2/3 of the 3B test for portable devices — bed, beach, bathroom). It’s too pretty to use except in my most sedate and sanitary environments. So, give me a fugly Kindle in a baggie for the beach, and I’ll be just fine, thanks.
Fifth, more AT&T tie-in, with no promises of fixing the apparently well-documented iP(hone/ad) reliability issues when it comes to 3G.
Basically, the iPad should have been:
- Designed to be detachable from a fully functioning notebook base, to provide ultimate utility
- Built to solve the long-standing Flash compatibility issues with these devices, especially since its purpose and dimensions will put these issues front and center
- Given a camera, so it would actually be able to contribute to social networking’s charm
- Built with a more industrial feel, so I wouldn’t feel so innately protective of it, and therefore less willing to integrate it fully into my life
- Allowed to connect to any cell provider, or shipped only once the AT&T connectivity issues were solved
But, instead, we get a lovely device that just magnifies the limitations of the iPhone.
That’s kind of annoying.