The Apple iPad. Jack of most trades. Master of none. My take.
Apple have a habit of bringing out products with about as much hype as the Second Coming of the Messiah and with the launch of the new iPad this was no exception. Rumours about how this gadget would change our lives were numerous and the press were loving it. However, when it finally came down to it, did reality live up to our wildest hopes and dreams?
Firstly, the iPad may be the worst name for a tech product in a long time. Proof. Billed as a crossover between a laptop and an iphone, it showed great promise during Steve Jobs’ unveiling. Sadly, after all the hype and gloss, I really don’t want one. Combining all that is weak about an iphone (no multitasking, no video chat, camera etc) with the killer feature that is, iWork. Now don’t get me wrong. Works and Keynote (powerpoint for Mac) may be good products in themselves but it doesn’t grab the imagination in the least for me. iBooks is the other supposed ‘killer feature’ that did little to change my already deflated expectations.
It does, however, have a ludicrously nice screen and I’m pretty sure playing games on it will be off the hook. Battery life is pretty good and it does have 3g on some of the models. So Apple hasn’t failed completely, it just feels like an overgrown iphone with not much more to offer.
I’m sure they’ll move a bunch of these units but until I can find a motivation to have an iphone, a macbook AND and iPad, I’ll be sticking to what I have. Here are all the tech details for those that care PLUS an early hands-on:
You know … something happened a long time ago in Haiti. … They got together and swore a pact to the Devil…
…They said, ‘We will serve you if you get us free from the French.’ True story…
….And so, the Devil said, ‘OK, it’s a deal.’ And they kicked the French out…
…You know, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free. But ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after another.
”—Rev. Pat Robertson explains why the Haiti earthquake happened. I don’t know what kind of baggage he’s carrying but trying to claim that a natural disaster was caused by some pact made with the Devil is amazing.. I’m speechless. Source
“Last week was my birthday and I didn’t feel very well waking up that morning. I went downstairs for breakfast hoping my wife would be pleasant and say “Happy Birthday”, and possibly have a present for me. As it turned out, she barely said good morning, let alone, “Happy Birthday”. I thought….well, that’s marriage for you, but maybe the kids will remember. My kids came down for breakfast and didn’t say a word. So, when I left for the office, I was feeling pretty low and somewhat despondent. As I walked into my office, my secretary Jane said, “Good morning,
Boss, Happy Birthday”. It felt a little better that at least someone had remembered. I worked until one o’clock and then Jane knocked on my door and said, “You know, it’s such a beautiful day outside, and it’s your birthday, let’s go out to lunch, just you and me”. I said, “Thanks, Jane, that’s the greatest thing I’ve heard all day. Let’s go”. We went to lunch. but we didn’t go where we normally would go. We dined instead at a little place with a private table. We had two martinis each and I enjoyed the meal tremendously. On the way back to the office Jane said, “You know, it’s such a beautiful day….we don’t need to go back to the office, do we?” I responded, “I guess not. What do you have in mind?” She said, “Let’s go to my apartment”. After arriving at her apartment Jane turned to me and said, “Boss, if you don’t mind, I’m going to step into the bedroom for a moment. I’ll be right back.” “OK”, I nervously replied. She went into the bedroom and after a couple of minutes, she came
out carrying a huge birthday cake……followed by my wife, kids and
dozens of my friends and co-workers, all singing “Happy Birthday”. And I just sat there…….. on the couch……. naked.”—