Last month Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, unveiled the ‘iPad’ in San Francisco to an assembled throng of worldwide press, technology experts and investors. The tablet had been rumoured for a long time. On first impressions I was rather underwhelmed by it. It seems to have lots of potential, but without certain features, like Adobe Flash and crucially the ability to multitask, I don’t see any reason in casting my laptop aside for what is being billed as both a mobile and desktop device.
I don’t own an iPhone, but having seen all the amazing things that can be done with them from friends and people in the tech community, I’m seriously considering getting one later this year. As a smaller portable device, an iPhone would allow me even more freedom to gather information when out reporting, write stories on the go and, of course, past the time with a bit of entertainment. It is exactly the kind of device I could do with right now and it’s a whole lot cheaper than the upcoming iPad.
Even if I haven’t quite taken to the iPad, I couldn’t help but get caught up in scouring the net for expert views on the device. Take a look at some reactions from other publications on the web:
Edge was unimpressed by the device, seeing the games shown “as scaled up versions of those produced for iPhone/iPod Touch with tweaked controls.” They can see its potential, but want to see games designed specifically for it.
Joystiq were a little more favourable, although were unsure about the specifics. “While the higher-resolution graphics and iPad-specific optimizations will surely result in better gaming experiences on the iPad, we’re not sure if existing owners of iPhone games will be interested in the perceived ‘iPad tax’ for an optimized version.”
The Guardian’s technology team had trouble defining what the device’s key purpose was, but did say: “While playing with the iPad was not exactly a religious experience, it’s not hard to see that the gadget, or at least the ideas it contains, will be with us for a long time to come.” Stephen Fry and Charlie Brooker also weighed in with their thoughts on Apple’s new device.
BBC Click thought the device could have a big impact on the publishing industry, yet pointed out that the system lacks USB ports, Adobe Flash support and can’t multitask. BBC News also took reactions from analysts.
The Gadget Show gave little steer on their opinion, saving it for a full review once they got their hands on the device.
PC Advisor though the iPad was “awkward to handle,” were disappointed with the touchscreen keyboard and were not especially pleased with the upscaled iPhone apps, calling it an “interim fix.” Though they gave the device a real grilling, they said unique software for the device could see them warm up to it.
TechRadar praised the devices wide ranging functionality and weren’t put off by its ergonomic design. They weren’t too hot on the touch keyboard due to a “lack of tactile feedback,” but said the iPad’s “potential for innovative software is through the roof.”
Develop presented a news story on the launch, but also took stock of what the development community thought about Apple’s latest tablet. Meanwhile, sister site, MCV, collected a number of reactions from the technology community.
Gizmodo gave the device the full works assessing its specifications, features, accessories and overall value for money. They swooned over the tablet’s speed and beautiful design. They also enjoyed the large, touchscreen, but were less positive about the keyboard and app compatibility.