(13 Glaring iPad Shortcomings, Ker Than & Robert Roy Britt, LiveScience.com via Yahoo! News, 04/05/10)
The iPad shows great promise. It's thin and sleek and not like any other gadget out there. It was also more hyped than any new device in recent memory. But is it worth buying?
Given the cost, and a slew of drawbacks, the answer boils down to how much you're willing to pay for a toy.
Unless you're working, either at home or in the office, all tech is pretty much nothing more than fancy toys for those with disposable income. My work PC is a tool, my laptop is a tool for my freelance writing but, when I'm blogging, playing on-line poker, searching the web etc. It becomes a shiny toy. My mobile device (toy) mp3 player (toy), video-cameras (toys) and a host of other devices don't do much to improve work productivity, but they're fun to play with.
Which brings us back to Apple products. Except for a few certain fields of work, Apple's entire product line qualifies as toys for most users. Not that there's anything wrong with buying an accessory for style, fun, etc...but let's call it what it is.
Over the weekend I got to play with a friend's iPad for around one hour. At the end of the hour I realized that it was fun but (for me) had no practical application. It was neither as powerful as my home laptop nor as easy to use as a netbook, as a matter of fact, when I finished I returned home and completed my income taxes, on my laptop.
In other words, playing on the iPad was fun, for a while but, when I needed to get something done, I dropped the glitz and the glamour and returned to my good ol' non-sexy productivity tool.
And I saved $500 to boot.
Bottom line: If you're comfortable buying a toy, albeit one with a very slick interface & beautiful design, for a minimum of $500 then go right ahead. But don't try and lord it over the rest of us that you're on the cutting edge of technology. That bird only flies with the fanbois. For the rest of us.....well...we've got work to do.