iPad Hands on and First Take

iPad hands on and first take are up at SlashGear. Check it out here

“When the iPhone went on sale, some called it a failure and predicted lack of consumer adoption. Like the iPod and iPhone, Apple did not invent the iPad device category. It has, however, done a better job to date than anyone else justifying that space to the market, and I expect both enthusiast and mainstream consumer demand to be strong.”

4 responses to “iPad Hands on and First Take

  1. Michael —

    I hold your opinions in high regard, as I hope you know. And I certainly am not among those calling the iPad a “failure,” but I see it very much as a 1.0 product, whose potential still remains at least somewhat unrealized.

    Apple did not invent the MP3 player market; it transformed it. Similarly, it did not invent the mobile phone, but transformed it as well.

    I don’t see a similar redefinition of an existing market with the iPad. I believe the iPad *is* indeed attempting to invent a category — a computer as consumer electronics device. It is not simply a redefinition of the current tablet computer, and thus has a different row to hoe than with those previous devices.

    I spoke about this at length on Chuck Joiner’s MacVoices podcast and would be happy to be enlightened as to what I’m missing, but it seems to me that it is targeting a much narrower niche than either the iPod or the iPhone; and in doing so has a much tougher — or at least different road ahead of it.

    Again — I’m very willing to be shown the errors in my perspective; they just haven’t been shown to me yet.


  2. Steve Job’s revolutionary iTablet will rapidly gain some steam after the first over-hype time during it’s unveiling. The A4 chip and Job’s potential to fix some problems will help to make the iTablet a monster in for the forseeable future.

  3. As an IT professional who is called upon by family members to solve home computer problems on an almost weekly basis, I have long argued that PCs (and I include Apple Macs in there) are hugely more complex than 905 of their owners need. I firmly believe that we need a home computer that works like a television, where no technical knowledge is needed to operate it,when you turn it on it just works and it doesn¡¯t keep crashing. On a side note it is interesting to note that the reverse is in fact happening, televisions and the like are becoming more like badly behaved PCs, I regularly have to reboot my freeview box when it crashes. But that is another story. As I was saying we need a simple PC for the masses, one that surfs the web, sends emails, handles media, and does some of the othere things we use PCs for. When I got hold of an iPod touch, my immediate reaction was, this is it. This is all the computer most people need. It works. It is intuitive to operate and it doesn¡¯t (seem to) crash. If only they made it a bit bigger, maybe had a optional keyboard and mouse. I should really mention these thoughts to Apple, I am sure it would take off¡­¡­ I am going to spend my remaining days telling anyone who wants to buy a PC and doesn¡¯t work in IT to get an iPad instead. Maybe Steve Jobs will give me one in lieu of commission.

  4. Thanks for the nice article, I’m excitedly awaiting my Samsung Captivate coming from T-Mobile as soon as they technically confirm that they’re carrying it. I was in my neighborhood shop today and experienced a hold of their dummy model. It looks and feels very much better than I thought. This is actually going to be the phone to have. Never mind the iPhone 4g, the Galaxy S is where it’s at. As for me, I’m upgrading from a Samsung Pixon after an 18 month contract and am thankful to have finally settled on the Galaxy S. The decision process was fraught with many, many hours of study on the world wide web. I was close to an HTC Desire and actually closer to an Xperia X10 but then, from out of nowhere, I came across the GSMArena.com review of the Galaxy S and it just does everything so well.

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