A few thoughts on the iPad

April 6, 2010

It’s been just under a week since I began getting really excited about the iPad. The idea of having a mobile, flatscreen web browser, media player and word processor was almost too much to bear. That excitement is wearing off.

Will I get an iPad? Maybe. But if I don’t, here’s why: By some accounts the iPad is difficult to type with, especially if you try to write more than a few sentences. This is frustrating for bloggers, students, and people who deal with lots of text for a living.  Sure, you can hook the device up to an external keyboard, but at the cost of compromising the iPad’s purpose — to fill the space between phone and laptop.

I want a device similar to the iPad that’s more than a media viewer. I want a media creator; one that has a front-facing camera and USB ports to attach external devices. I don’t want to deal with unstable wi-fi, and I want the ability to install OSX-compatible software of my choice.

I haven’t ruled anything out, but for now, I’m not completely sold.

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Stephen Torrence April 6, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Have you actually played with one? The typing isn't that bad. The lack of tactile or haptic feedback definitely takes some getting used to, but I found myself making a lot fewer mistakes than I expected.

I stand firmly by the belief that the iPad is not about mobile production, but rather mobile consumption. Media, games, music, web – that's what it does best. I think it was actually a mistake on Apple's part putting an office suite on it at launch. It gets away from what the device truly is – the best media consumption portal ever made.

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mcastellon April 6, 2010 at 9:46 pm

You bring up good points, Stephen, but for me 'web computing' means so much more than passive consumption.

For example, I'm typing this from inside a Web browser (production) and I also wrote this blog post in Gmail from inside the browser. I can't help but to feel that without having a lot of flexibility to type, my web experience will be compromised.

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Stephen Torrence April 7, 2010 at 2:17 am

Have you actually played with one? The typing isn't that bad. The lack of tactile or haptic feedback definitely takes some getting used to, but I found myself making a lot fewer mistakes than I expected.

I stand firmly by the belief that the iPad is not about mobile production, but rather mobile consumption. Media, games, music, web – that's what it does best. I think it was actually a mistake on Apple's part putting an office suite on it at launch. It gets away from what the device truly is – the best media consumption portal ever made.

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mcastellon April 7, 2010 at 2:46 am

You bring up good points, Stephen, but for me 'web computing' means so much more than passive consumption.

For example, I'm typing this from inside a Web browser (production) and I also wrote this blog post in Gmail from inside the browser. I can't help but to feel that without having a lot of flexibility to type, my web experience will be compromised.

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