The much publicized launch of Apple’s latest offering – the iPad E-Reader– turned out to be a damp squid. No I am not talking of the usual first generation bugs, or its somewhat odd nomenclature. But the grouse is in the things that the device lacks, like 16:9 support, Flash support, HDMI or high-resolution video output support and multitasking. There is no SD card slot, which means you only have to depend on its in built memory. The device also does not feature USB ports and GPS. In fact, the list of things that the iPad does not have is quite comprehensive. Then it is also tied up to only AT&T’s network while the 3G wireless add-on will set you back by another $130, that too with a data limit of just 250MB per month. Sure there are many out there whose daily Internet usage would run up to that every day.
The thing that can safely be said is that several of the missing features will eventually make its way into the iPad sometime later. But as far as the iPad is concerned now, it is work in progress. Will you be buying one now knowing fully well that it still is just the first generation and with bugs yet to be sorted out? Well, it all depends on personal choice but what many are of the opinion is that as of now, the notebook is still a better buy than the iPad. For more information check out our e-reader forum
Let’s now delve a bit more into what the iPad really is. The iPad is an e-book reader that can store thousands of books, connect to the Internet, allow you to send e-mails, and read news print online. With a 9.7-inch screen and a weight of less than 700 grams, it can well revolutionize the way we read our newspapers online every morning. It has a full virtual keyboard and can be the ideal platform for watching video, streaming music, reading e-books, browsing photographs and playing games. Third-party applications too are slated to be a big draw on the iPad, and can be found on many e-reader blogs
Makers Apple is betting big on this new product and firmly believes the iPad is nothing short of a revolutionary product, something that is going to bring a sea change in the way we do things. What remains to be seen is whether the iPad is going to drive in customers in droves or just a faint trickle. It surely does have something in it but then, it also lacks quite a few things.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email