Are Tablet PCs Just a Fad?

apple ipadThe founder of Acer, Stan Shih, recently described Tablet PCs as a passing ‘fad’. Taking a swipe at Intel’s new Ultrabook concept he proclaimed that the industry needed to be more innovative instead of latching onto current trends, pot kettle black springs to mind.

Mr Shih’s views are contradictory with those of market analyst Ben Riitzes, of Barclays Capital, who last week declared that he expected Tablet PCs to continue to cannibalize the laptop market. That sentiment has previously been echoed by Apple CEO Steve Jobs who released the memo “We’re living in a post-PC world”.

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Pros And Cons Of The iPad

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?

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Response to 3 Problems with Apple’s iPad

Back in March 1, 2010, we discussed 3 Problems with Apple’s iPad.

I choose the image on the left because talking about the iPad is literally a hot topic.

Whether you support or hate the iPad, if you talk about it, you will easily find that people have a strong opinion about it.

On the previous article, it was concluded that:

Unclear customer value, unreliable data network service of AT&T, and poor brand name cast a shadow of doubt on the performance of the iPad.

I received a lot of comments, both positive and negative, regarding this conclusion and the 3 problems that were pointed out.

Here is a further discussion of those 3 points based on feedback received from readers at, followers at @idaconcpts, and online forums.

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3 Problems with Apple’s iPad

On January 27th, 2010 Apple launched the iPad.

“iPad is our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “iPad creates and defines an entirely new category of devices that will connect users with their apps and content in a much more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before.”

What is the iPad?

The iPad is tablet PC that runs the iPhone operating system.

Basically, it looks like a giant iPhone.

Scratch that, a giant iTouch.

The iPad’s responsive high-resolution Multi-Touch display lets users physically interact with applications and content. iPad is just 0.5 inches thick and weighs just 1.5 pounds— thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook, but still bigger than a portable iTouch or iPhone.

The iPad includes 12 new innovative apps designed especially for the iPad, and will run almost all of the over 140,000 apps in the App Store. iPad will be available in late March 2010 starting at a rumored price of $499.

The iPad comes in two versions—one with Wi-Fi and the other with both Wi-Fi and 3G. iPad includes the latest 802.11n Wi-Fi, and the 3G versions support speeds up to 7.2 Mbps on HSDPA networks. Apple and AT&T announced 3G pre-paid data plans for iPad with on-device activation and management.

The iPad has 3 important problems.

Let’s start with the biggest issue .

Problem #1: What is the value of having an iPad?

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