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Too much hype + too much fakes = too much disappointment in the end
Authored by: auco on Jan 28, '10 01:31:57AM
I'm really disappointed about the iPad's. The biggest mistake for me is that the iPad is running the totally restricted iPhone OS and not SlowLeopard with UIKit, which would have been absolutely possible. As someone aware of digital rights, I can tolerate this for an embedded computer like the iPhone, but if this gets into the "laptop"-word, I really don't like it. This tastes very bad...

I bought an iPhone because it replaced my iPod and my cell phone and gives me some very cool extras. Now if I buy an iPad it won't replace my phone neither my Netbook nor my Macbook, so I have to carry another device (and worry about one more item to get stolen or lost).

Then there's the lack of multitasking... And what about the external VGA? If it's the crippled one like in the iPhone (which I guess it is), it's useless, 'cause you can only show Videos, but not the actual screen of the iPad.

The painting app is nice (though no pressure) and using it as a reading device for novels and mangas is great, but - haven't had the impression it's possible to add PDFs to your iBook shelf, probably just ePubs. What about annotations? Bookmarks?

I dunno... and then I see these "wood" elements like in the calendar app and iWork apps and it just feels like I really don't like it. Also, the home screen is really ugly. The Icons look very lost. And the backgrounds are horrible.. c'mon Apple? What was that?

Maybe all the hype this time was a little bit too much for Apple. Guess if I hadn't seen some much better fakes (nice Snow Leo Screen UI, tactile feedback patents on the screen-keyboard, smaller border around the screen) then my expectations wouldn't have been so high that I wouldn't be that disappointed by now.

So, they're available in two or three months, not now. Eh? Guess I buy an eBook reader instead and wait for the next product line... ;-(
Edited on Jan 28, '10 01:41:19AM by auco

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