Apple released the iPad last week as many of you well know. I had little interest in the device, but still see some great potential in the world of tablet computing. After all I’ve seen and read, I feel the device, where it stands, is a great tool for someone like my parents but nothing more. As it stands, it will be a great tool for the basics (email, calendars, and simple web-browsing). I don’t think this hardware will be a great e-book reader. The Kindle is good for a reason… it’s not a back-light LED display.
Either way, these are where I feel the iPad has fallen short:
- No Multitasking
- No Camera
- No Flash
- Over all UI Design of the OS (identical to the iPhone)
- Closed Platform (Apple controls which applications developers can deploy)
With that said, I still have hope for the iPad. I also think it’s exciting that all my iPhone developer friends are now developers for the iPad as well.