Saturday, January 30, 2010

Defending the iPad

OK, So the Nerds and Geeks were again disappointed that Apple is no making a gadget worthy of their talent to hack and tweak any product to no good end. Well, wake up! Apple is a consumer company now and has been for some time. They build devices for the average person. But lets get into the details, shall we.

Check out those 10 things the iPad can't do and tell me is anybody serious enough about his work will do those on any netbook and not use a full laptop!

There is the 10 things from CNET which I will go over one by one
1. Video Chat.
Ask yourself how many times have you used video in a chat out of all chats you have made recently. Close to nothing right? And why is that? It's simple. The bandwidth is not there yet to do it anywhere at anytime. People are also a bit touchy when it comes to privacy. Lighting is also not good at all times. Do I need to go on more?

2. Run Flash.
The only 2 good things about flash are its everywhere and that people know how to do stuff on it. However, Flash has much more drawbacks:
  • it's consumes processing power in a big way draining your batteries quickly
  • is is not a open standard that everyone can contribute to like HTML 5 or Webkit
  • it is very unreliable
  • it is very unsecured
  • Flash sites are not indexable by google
  • there are better and open alternatives
Apple is the only company that has taken an active stance against this technology that adds no true value to our internet experience.

3. Not good for hacking as it does not run Windows 7.
Come on! This one ruined your point already

4. Cannot Upload Photos from a camera.
Well, I go you here. There are simple dock adapters with SD card slots already. I guess, you have not paid attention. That too ruined you credentials.

5. Store more than 64GB.
That's flash memory not some hard disk. Its durable and its fast. The iPad is not a laptop to store all you files, and the Netbook's 160GB are also not enough for that too. By the way, Windows 7 takes 10 times more space than the iPhone OS and that says a lot.

6. Play Facebook games.
Are you kidding me. WTF. The App Store has 20,000+ games most of which far better than anything on Facebook.

7. Swapping a battery for a better one.
Seriously dude, you need to actually read the iPad specification before posting stuff like that. I have an iPhone 2G for 2.5 years now and the battery works just fine. The iPad will have a battery live of 5 years that's to the 1000 recharge cycle ability. The iPhone proved that external batteries are much more flexible than replacing your internal one.

8. Instal CD Media.
WTF again. Are 11 million songs from iTunes and 140,000 apps from the App Store are not enough for you? You know you can sync the iPad to your computer to load anything else trough iTunes right?

9. Not good for typing.
5 things:
  1. There is a special dock with full size keyboard with some custom iPhone OS keys.
  2. You can use apple bluŠµtooth keyboard as well
  3. Last I checked there are a lot of non English typing people out there. The iPhone keyboard can transform to efficiently enter characters in tents of languages. Can a netbook do that? No
  4. Can you type of a netbook without sitting with one or 2 hands? No
  5. Are the netbook keyboard actually full sized keyboard good for serious typing? No
10. Upgrade.
I have yet to meet a regular person who has actually upgraded his netbook or any laptop. By the time you feel to upgrade anything, more often than not people just buy a new device, because the device is obsolete. With old netbooks trying to run Windows 7, this is just the case.
I can still run the latest apps and games on my iPhone if I want even though startup time is a bit slower. The iPad is a big leap in performance and will stay relevant for years to come.

Now for the last and most serious criticism. Lack of listening to Pandora while doing something else. WTF.
For one you need to be in the US. For two you need an active 3G/WiFi connection at all times.Its much more power efficient to just listen to your build in iPod.

The iPad is not a serous productivity machine like a Laptop. It is not meant to be, even though it will be one day, believe me. Multitasking as we know it on the laptop is not a good idea on such a device. If my apps could load instantaneously and remember the state I have exited them, I will be more than happy with the Apple model. And it seams the iPad does just that.

All Apple need to do with 4.0 is allow intelligent memory management based on user habits. The software should learn the most used apps and try to keep them in memory for faster startup.

Lets give the iPad an year to evolve and judge it by its sales, software and capabilities then or we risk swallowing our own medicine as was the case with the iPhone.

No comments: