+1 I agree. Yep, personally a bit of a let down as it’s not of much use to me or other designers as it stands (no “real” power apps for now like PS, Ai, Word, Excel, etc.) but I have no doubt they’ve seen a glaring gap in the market and addressed it.
It’s true, that likely 80%+ of computer users do no more than this thing can do. Web, email, photos, multimedia, and the odd other app, plus coverage of some of the daily work stuff with iWork. Most people don’t know or care where their files are stored in whatever folder hierarchy and a huge bunch I bet can’t even find where a file went once it has been downloaded (“did that go to the desktop, some random downloads folder…?”).
As Apple has shown with the ipod and iphone, it’s all about ecosystem and entire user experience. Give this thing a year or so to get up to speed an I think we’ll see a pretty amazing game changer.
Remember, when the first ipod (still got mine, working like charm) came out - 2001 itunes was Mac only and most people had other options for more well equipped music players or other means of getting music. It wasn’t the largest capacity, most functionality and certainly not the cheapest. What it offered was ease of use. There was no iTunes store for quite a while (2003).
Same goes for the iphone. No App store on launch, missing key features like copy and paste, etc. Still, to this day there are better equipped (technically) phones but iphone dominates.
With the content partners they’ve already been able to get in place for movies, books, music, etc. (all apparently in the last two weeks for iPad specific things), it’s pretty amazing. I wouldn’t be surprised to see PS, Ai and Word on it in a short time or for rev 2.0.
No phone functionality, sure. But really are you going to hold that giant thing up to your head? AFAIK, since it runs all iphone apps, Skype should work on wifi for couch calls, but haven’t heard if there is a mic (must be a speaker though). I do see a front facing camera as a bit of a missing feature accordingly, but they gotta save something for the next round, right?
No, it’s not perfect, but I think the hype has overwhelmed the change in mentality that the ipad brings to the consumer device market. My mom has a new iMac and i’m sure this thing would do everything she needs. Same goes for my sister who recently bought an iMac.
Only thing I’m hesitating on is seeing how this is rolled out internationally and what the according plans might be. The AT&T data plans and no-contract subscription seems great, but not sure how that might/might not play out in other markets.
From what I’ve seen so far on the UI though it’s looks 1000% times more useable than any janky windows notebook where you can download 100s of apps that wont work with the hardware or worse yet some kind of Linux/Android build that nobodys knows or cares about…
one other great thing they got is the OPTIONAL 3g. Works well for users who just want to keep it at home, but yet provides several options for those who want to take it out. Interesting nobody else got something so simple, right.