I think, rather as with the iPod, it takes hands on use to help people understand the sheer intimacy of the UX with this device. In the promo video, it is clear that this is going to become the most 'personal' computer to date. I believe that this will be the true 'computer for the rest of us', i.e. the remaining billions of computer-phobes and avoiders, and of course everyone who wants to carry some fun, and light productivity capability with them, everywhere they go.
As with the original iPod in early 2001, people took a long time to get it. Once they did get it, the iPod became the indispensable device for 250 million buyers…. and counting. Even the after-market for the iPod is a multi-billion $ industry. I believe you will find the iPad achieves even greater success in less time.
Consider the rather poky, clunky, 5GB, monochrome 2001 iPod cost 499 in 2002 $s. That's a lot more in today's money. Now compare its spec with the entry level iPad 16GB wifi, at a 2010 price of ooooh $499. Absolutely astonishing value in features, style and functionality terms.
As to the twerps here, with their self-congratulatory, derogatory comments about another great innovation from America's greatest exemplar of success and user-centricity ...... I know just where the 'ilame' adjective should be applied.
This is an amazing, deeply personal device. As a UI designer, I recognise what it will mean to the billions who never felt comfortable with a computer. Most of all, it will come to be seen as the first computer that combines genuine, off-the-office-treadmill, human-scale productivity while also being great fun to use. This was a brave thing for Apple to do. A huge commercial risk, in fact. I think users and AAPL shareholders alike will find great merit in it.
Don't judge it until you have real, personal, experience with it. In an adult that is plain dumb and dishonest.
To the adults here who dismiss it, sight unseen I say, shame on you. Your snarky comments speak volumes about your own personal failings, your risk-cowardice, your easy terminal-cynicism as a first response to everything, your jaded views, low self-worth etc etc. 'fess up now. You know it's true, else why do you advertise your shameless lack of integrity by commenting on something you have never seen or used? Says a whole lot about you. Don't you know that? Eeeesh!
Every honest adult who consumes media, must acknowledge that Apple is their only champion for value. It is changing grasping industry after grasping industry to secure deals for its customers that put them firmly in charge of what they buy and how much they pay for it. In phone deals, in music, movies, tv shows, books, magazines, newspapers, olive oil, candles, underwear .... no wait, that's after they buy WalMart. etc. I wasn't supposed to mention that.
IPad is but the first-gen example of the device that puts so much power into the hands of the consumer.
And so many of you somehow failed to understand this? Ouch! Get aware guys.
I'm giving you pearls here.*
Embrace the iPad.*
It'll make you Prrroouudddd!* (Especially if you are American)
This rant we inspired by Al Pacino's performance in Scent of a woman.
(*with acknowledgments to Bo Goldman)
It's meant to be FUN schtoopid!
Did this in a rush, sorry for any typos.