Apple has finally released the over-expected iPad Tablet with the conference at Yerba Buena in San Francisco, 2 days ago.
Maybe ok for fanatics, but really a great disappointment for the rest of us, the iPad is basically a low-end portable netbook that looks like an enormous iPhone. Yes, it has cool features like the 9.7 inch touch screen, a capacity of 16 to 64 GB of storage space, and uses a Apple A4 1.0 GHz processor. Apple also included 802.11 wireless and Bluetooth 2.1, compensating in fact everything the iPhone lacked.
For a device that is supposed to be dedicated to web browsing, it is almost unbelievable the tablet has no support for Adobe Flash; as they did for the iPhone, they developed an app that allows streaming Youtube videos. But nothing more than that. In some perspectives, the tablet has even less functionality than the IPhone or other smartphones. There is no webcam included, so – no videoconferencing, no support for GSM voice calls (and we believe they took that decision because they still need to sell the iPhone).
Apple Ipad is provided with a sim-card available only at the AT&T operator, a thing that will restrict user’s choices in matter of carriers and will not allow the use of the device outside the U.S. Talking about other crucial features that are missing… the screen is nice and shiny, but not HD, supporting a maximum of 1024x768px. In the era of hi speed transfers, when USB 3.0 has just been released, Apple did not bother implementing a single USB 2.0 port. And the biggest disappointment, which has no reasonable explanation – there is no multitasking; even old-gen phones like Symbian S30 have the ability to run multiple applications simultaneously; why won’t Apple do it?
It’s probably that they will fix most of the issues in the next version of the Tablet like they did with the iPhone; Apple is known for not really finishing what they start. Marketing, yea, that’s what they call it. But until they do something about it, we declare ourselves deeply disappointed by this wannabe tablet which is just a bit more than an e-book reader, being by far the miracle that Steve Jobs announced.