Yet another reaction to the iPad

Steve Jobs unveiling the iTouch Macro

It is not technically possible for you to have gotten to this post without having heard from someone that Apple released it’s entry into the tablet market yesterday, the iPad. It’s impossible because news of it is everywhere, and I just don’t have that kind of reach to have gotten to you first. So I won’t bother recapping.

I will say the negative reaction has been weirdly huge. Everything from jokes about the name, (the hashtag “#itampon” was huge on Twitter yesterday,) to complaints about what the thing doesn’t have, (camera, Flash support, the ability to make phone calls,) are making even the most hardcore Apple fanboys cry.

I’m not an Apple guy – I don’t have a problem with their stuff, but I don’t own a Macbook or an iPhone or an iTouch. I’ve had the same iPod for three years now, with no need or hope of replacing it. That having been said, I recognize that Apple is brilliant at defining new markets, and frankly the iPad will do just that.

Everyone has been, for some reason, running to Kindles in the last few years. I don’t get it, because I like reading books on paper myself. But a burgeoning market has opened up, and Apple is now stepping into it. This is just like what they did when they debuted the iPod: MP3 players were everywhere, then Apple came in and redefined the standard. It’s also what they did for smart phones, which were very rare before they came out with the iPhone. They aren’t trying to give you a newer version of something you already have, which frankly really would annoy me. Instead, they’re trying to improve upon what you already have.

The iPad is getting slammed, I think, because most of the people slamming it have no use for what it does. Fine. But that doesn’t mean it sucks, it just means it isn’t meant for you. Not everything is, you crybaby. Given what people say they want to use this for, I think most of them were hoping for a completely touch screen laptop.

The one complaint I do understand is that it will finally cripple AT&T’s data network. AT&T was the single worst possible service provider Apple could have ever tied themselves to. They’d already started asking iPhone users to take it easy with their use of the data service they were actually paying for. Think of that – people were paying for AT&T data service, and AT&T was asking them to not use so much of the data service that their customers were giving them money to use… the bald-faced chutzpah of that always screws me up.

And now Apple has a new wireless device that’s going to need to use the same network. Hey – maybe AT&T are the ones getting everyone to bitch about how the iPad is crap! Because if it does succeed, they may have to finally throw in the towel and admit they don’t know what they’re doing.

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4 comments

  1. The only thing that really irks me was the sheer volume of otherwise intelligent people who were completely underwhelmed by the iPad… and immediately (and publicly) resigned themselves to buying one. “Oh that isn’t what I was hoping for/expecting at all… guess I’ll buy one anyway.”

    That’s MADNESS. That’s the horror of brand loyalty turned up to 11. They don’t even really want it, pretty sure it’s not anything they need to incorporate into their routine/life, and yet they immediately, without hesitation, state they’ll buy one. Right out of the gate, too – not even waiting for a later model with features more congruent to their desires, perhaps.

    The only time I got in on a bleeding edge device release was when I got my G1. I use it, I even more or less like it, but I still kind of regret it. It didn’t take long at all for something better to come around, and now the Nexus One is out, and it’s actually got specs comparable with the iPad everyone’s so ga-ga about (oh, AND multitasking, FYI)! If I had just waited, I’d have that money in my pocket today (provided I hadn’t spent it all on booze of course) to get the obviously better product. So on some level I do get it – I’m not immune to that ground-floor giddiness, and that does make me kind of a hypocrite, but the difference here is I learned from it. I feel like the people who are resigning themselves to buying something they ~already know~ they’re not that thrilled with haven’t learned the value of waiting 6 months.

    Underwhelmed Appleites sound off! Are you getting one of these crazy things anyway?

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