Look out Star Trek, here comes the iPad. Looking very similar to the handheld devices in the hands of Captain Jean Luc Picard on the Enterprise, Apple has presented us with the iPad.
The commercials and media coverage has all but declared this next new addition to our technology arsenal as nothing less than a must-have. Having only been available for just over a month, Apple is reporting sales of 200,000 of these little miracles a week.
Naturally, the media coverage on these technology puppies has been growing like virtual kudzu on the net. One in five people have reported that they have plans to buy an iPad within the next year. Consumer reviews state that there’s a reported 92 to 99 percent of satisfied iPad users according to a poll conducted by ChangeWave.
And that’s just in America. It hasn’t even started infiltrating the rest of the world. But, what’s the real deal on the iPad? Is it just another unneeded device, or is it on the road to revolutionizing the way we do things, like the commercials proclaim?
The iPad has been consistently compared to its older sister, the iPhone. It’s in between size will be a huge plus for viewing content, movies, pictures, and Web surfing, which on the iPhone, can be a little tedious to the eye. It could be much easier to travel with than a bulky notebook, and easier to keep track of the little iPhone.
Like all new technology, there are always bugs and inconveniences to work out. Some new iPad users are complaining about the lack of a camera, the spotty Wi-Fi reception, the lack of support for Adobe Flash, its inability to create content effectively using spreadsheets and document programs, the costs of adding applications to make things work, and the substandard presentations of many of the apps that haven’t been fitted for the iPad yet.
Plus, its ability for storage and communication with other PCs hasn’t been fully explored. So, if you’re looking for something that has data recovery potential, you aren’t going to find it here.
The Bottom Line
So, the real deal? It really is a cool product, and has tons of potential. It still has some improvements to go through to really change the world, but it’s also just a toddler at this point. If Apple keeps improving, then we really could be on the road to exploring new universes.