Dont you just love how with just marketing alone Apple has made it to the top of the "tablet" pile and has everyone gunning for them ?
now we have :1.iPod killers
3. and now iPad killers
Its lonely at the top !
what's revolutionary about it?? What does it do (besides a large screen) that an iPhone or iPod touch don't already do?
If you don't "get" what the iPad is about, little I say here will likely make a difference, but perhaps the words of others will help you to understand that the iPad is *indeed* more than "just a big iPod Touch":
Here's a good starting point: someone who has ACTUALLY USED AN IPAD: Hands-on with the Apple iPad – it does make sense :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Andy Ihnatko
And another such report (with pics and video) from AppleInsider:
AppleInsider | Hands on with Apple's iPad (with videos and photos)
Next, I think it's important to look at the iPad as part of a bigger picture:
The iPad's future shock | Tablets | iPhone Central | Macworld
In addition to that very good article, here's another "meta-thinking" essay:
stevenf.com - I need to talk to you about computers. I?ve been...
Another signal that perhaps you are overlooking something comes from the plethora of developer "buzz" about the iPad, starting at the keynote and spreading particularly among publishers:
Publishers and Developers Talk iPad -- Mighty Industry Morphin' Time? | Mac|Life
And finally here's a longer essay on my own initial impressions and how the machine affects both me and the many people I teach computers to:
The iPad — The ?Goldilocks? Computer?
In particular (should you read this), pay attention to the last paragraphs.
I'd be interested to hear your revised opinion after polishing off the above articles.
I'm not saying this thing is a killer. But the iPad is an over sized iPod touch and no one wants to admit it.
That is my impression of it as well. I will say, however, that I will look again when v2.0 comes out (at a September iPod event perhaps?) and see what's new. A few "common" features added to it might change my opinion.
Just as many article like these, There are just many against it.
One thing the above articles have in common are it's comparison to the original iPod back in 2001,But that was 2001
Hardwise the iPad is not impressive, 1Ghz processor??
Hey it's a nice device,But it's not revolutionary it's nothing like the iPhone when it was announced.
Most people haven't even touched it yet.
I get the distinct impression that you did not *actually read* the articles linked. Most of them are not "pro-iPad," they are looking at larger issues.
So? This "argument" makes no sense. There were already a number of MP3 players on the market when the iPod appeared, just as there are already tablet computers on the market right now (even Mac ones if you really wanted them -- which apparently nobody here does!). The criticism of the iPod's perceived "shortcomings" compared to its competitors was withering -- and, ultimately, proven wrong.
The iPad enters the market with exactly the same circumstances as the iPod did (and iPhone -- let's not forget how ludicrous the idea was that "the masses" would go for expensive smartphones was waaaay back in 2007), surrounded by "competitors" that would appear to offer "more" if you don't "get" the device. I (and the illustrious authors I quoted, all of which have a lot more experience with this than you I would suggest) all feel this is a replay of 2001 and 2007. Given Apple's track record with this, particularly, all they (and I) are suggesting is that you might be missing something in your assessment.
It's quotes like this that convince me you just don't understand the product. It's not ABOUT speed per se; its about doing the tasks it DOES do *incredibly enjoyably.*
My iPhone (one of the original ones) has a processor speed of 412Mhz with 128MB of working RAM. Pathetic specs by today's standards.
Yet I have *no* complaints regarding its speed doing everything I do with it, and neither do the millions of people who made it the #1 smartphone in the world in less than two years. How can this be, by your logic?
Quite the contrary, it is EXACTLY like when the iPhone was announced.
That's *precisely* why the first two articles I linked to are from people who HAVE used it for an extended period of time.
Which you apparently didn't read ...