Alright. Here we go. My 2 cents.
So yesterday Apple announced the iPad . Their first tablet computer. Exactly what everyone expected. Steve (Jobs) called it his lifetime achievement. Actually I wouldn’t go this far…
To first cover the basics: The device has a 9.7 inch display, weighs 1.5 pounds, and is half-an-inch thick. It is powered by new chip made by Apple itself, a 1 GHz A4 and will come with 16Gb to 64 GB of storage. It supports WiFi, has an accelerometer, compass, and built-in speaker and microphone, just like the iPhone. The screen is a full capacitive multi-touch screen. Battery life is supposed to be 10 hours. In addition to WiFi, it will have a 3G option from AT&T. The Wifi-only version, with 16GB of memory, will cost $499. A 32GB version will be $599, 64 GB will be $699, and with 3G from AT&T it will cost $829 (for the 64GB version). AT&T will offer two data plans: $14.99a month for 250 MB of data or $29.99 for unlimited. All the 3G iPads, however, will be unlocked, meaning they can be used on other carriers as well.
Cool. Done with that. So now let’s get personal. Obviously it looks like a huge iPhone and most people keep saying that they don’t see where the iPad belongs to or for what it might be useful. Honestly, IMO, it’s the same category netbooks are in. Nice to have, cool toy, but no need for it. Well no need in personal life. I think it could be quite cool and useful in offices or elsewhere at work. I personally wouldn’t see me carrying this thing around since I’m quite happy with my Macbook and not in the need for another gadget. BUT to all those experts out there who keep already saying that it’s a failure. Wait and see my friend, wait and see. Remember what you all said when the iPhone 3GS came out? Or the first netbooks hit the market? Just because there is no demand right now does not mean Apple won’t be able to create this demand. And I am pretty sure they will succeed in getting even YOU into an Apple Store waiting for an iPad..