Two main things that strike me as very weird about the iPad:
1) no multi-tasking
2) complete Apple control of all 'apps for that'
I understand how multi-tasking has the potential for bad applications to cause system crashes, but operating systems have had multi-tasking since the middle-1960s. We know how to do that. Sure, Windows is a classic example of what not to do, but there are plenty of operating systems that can multi-task. How can a modern computer appliance expect to be one application at a time?
2) the Apple approval process is completely closed, undocumented and opaque. There is no freedom in following the policies of Chairman Steve, no matter how benevolent he tries to be.
To me, these are the big ones. The lack of camera, lack of USB and HDMI, etc. are consistent with Chairmain Steve's world view.
ankur rathi wrote:How do I get the movies in it at the first place? Does it have DVD drive?
Nope. Chairman Jobs doesn't believe in ports, they are ugly. And when he has them, he changes them every couple of years. I have a less than 3 year old Mac Book (or my wife does) and it has a "mini-DVI" port, but all new Mac Books have Display Ports. Different cables, more money for Apple
Bear Bibeault wrote:Yeah, progress is such a terrible thing! Should it still be using VGA?
Progress? How is "Display Port" better than DVI? All it does is add money to the Apple account.
Even HDMI is not really better than DVI, and many electrical engineers say its worse. It does add audio, but it also adds the idiotic copy protection that Hollywood wanted. DRM has been tried before, and consumers hate it.
As to what the iPad should have as a video port, I don't know. But anything, even Bear's VGA beats what it has today.
Jesper Young wrote:no camera, no USB connection (or does it have one?)
Just about everyone already has a camera these days in their mobile phone; and since it has Bluetooth, I wouldn't be surprised if it became possible soon to share images -and possibly other data- with an iPhone (and possibly other phones).
One possible use for the iPad is for example that I'd want to use it for Skype. I can imagine sitting on the couch with the iPad, talking to someone via Skype with it. But it doesn't have a camera, so that would limit Skype to audio only. So not having a camera feels like a big disadvantage.
Between the book-reader capability, and the game platform, it's more than enough for me. But then there's all the other stuff too.
It's great to take into meetings (rather than unplugging my MacBook Pro from everything) in order to look stuff up on the web (we use online tools like Rally and Bugzilla), as well as to take notes. (And play pinball with the sounds off when things get boring.)