Originally Posted by cubefan
Why would we ever see Flash?, its a resource hog, and opens the door to ANY flash software no matter how indifferent the application- enabling Flash is a gateway to losing control of the platform and that's not going to happen.
Flash is like 90% of all TV shows or streaming.
This tablet is a huge letdown.
This story sums it up well...
The Anti-Hype: Why Apples iPad Disappoints
The iPad is not the transformational device so many Apple enthusiasts were hoping for. It wont turn all the content industries upside down, it wont be your primary computing device, and its not even a bigger, better iPhone.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the iPad as a device to fill the gap between smartphones like the iPhone and high-end laptops like the MacBook and MacBook Pro. He said there needs to be a middle device, but it needs to be better than the alternatives at what it does. Netbooks currently fill the void, but according to Jobs, netbooks arent better at anything. He and his colleagues at Apple believe that the iPad is.
Apples website and promotional video call the iPad magical. Were told the iPad is the best way to experience the web, e-mail, photos, and videos. Hands down. But its not its not even close. Its mighty cool, its super convenient and its very sexy, but its not even better than a netbook at some of those things.
This isnt the middle device folks have been waiting for because and Im using Steve Jobss own criteria here its not better at anything than any other device on the market. Its a step in that direction, but the day hasnt come yet. Here are just a few of the ways the iPad isnt as magical as Apple claims.
Its Not the Best Way to Browse the Web
Steve Jobs said it needs to be a better web device than the alternatives. The Apple website says its the best way to experience the web. Some variation of that phrase is repeated several times in the promotional video Apple has released. But its just not true.
It might be one of the best ways to browse the web on a mobile device, but laptop and desktop computers even netbooks are still better. Most current websites were designed to be experienced on those devices with a mouse and a keyboard. Maybe the mouse isnt necessary, but you dont have to pop up a software keyboard to type in URLs on a netbook or laptop. Even if you lug around the keyboard dock, it will be a tad awkward moving between the keys and the screen to interact. Youre sacrificing some usability for simplicity on the iPad.
Most importantly, the iPads browser does not support Adobe Flash, the foundation of rich media on the web today. Adobe is planning to make it possible for Flash developers to develop apps, but it wont work on the web.
Ill admit that the decision not to support Flash is a logical one if you start at the right premises; Flash is responsible for countless reported crashes on Macs, and Apple cant control it to ensure quality of experience. Apple is banking on a transition to HTML5 and CSS 3 for rich web content. While that transition has already begun, it hasnt fully happened yet. Until it does, its ridiculous to call this device the best way to experience the web when one of the most ubiquitous and essential web technologies is not supported.
Its an Unprecedented Win for Closed Computing
Many of the software restrictions that drive people mad when theyre using the iPhone are going to be just as frustrating on the iPad. All the devices content apps, songs, TV shows, movies, books, you name it can only be processed through Apples iTunes Store.
You wont be able to drag and drop or share files with other computers like you can with your laptop on your home network. You wont be able to download a program or music file from the web and play it on the spot. You wont be able to use any application that doesnt meet Apples strict approval guidelines. Its closed computing at its most extreme.
Unfortunately weve come to expect that from our smartphones. For a larger device thats supposed to replace your netbook as a complete portable computing solution, though, this is almost unprecedented at least from a device thats likely to have a great deal of influence on the market and on the design of future devices. Thats bad news no matter how you spin it.
Its Not Really a Competitive eReader
The Kindle owns the eReader landscape right now, and the greatest expectation for the iPad was that it would bury the Kindle. While the iPads reader interface is indisputably sweet-looking and the list of participating publishers is promising, there are several ways it just wont beat the Kindle.
The most important issue is the price. The Kindle costs $260; so do Barnes & Nobles Nook and the comparable Sony Reader. The Kindle even comes bundled with free 3G network access, though it admittedly cant do anywhere near as much with it as the iPad can.
But if you are considering the iPad primarily as a reader, that price difference is a big problem. Also a big problem: The lack of an e-ink display. E-ink doesnt wash your face in eye-strain-inducing light like the displays on the iPhone, the iPad and laptop computers do. Its meant to be a soft experience, just like reading a book. Without e-ink, you might not be able to tolerate spending four straight hours reading Stephen Kings latest on a regular display, cool IPS tech aside.
Finally, as impressive as 10 hours of battery life is for a multi-purpose device like the iPad, the Kindle can run in reading mode for a week without recharging longer if Wi-Fi is disabled. Because its trying to do everything, the iPad isnt the best at anything.
Its Not Worth It If You Have a Smartphone and Laptop
If the iPad isnt a good option as a middle device, it ought to at least be attractive to power users and enthusiasts who already have other devices. Unfortunately, its not.
Its not significantly better at anything than either your iPhone or your MacBook. It cant be used as your daily workhorse computer on the go, because just like the iPhones OS 3.1.2 the iPads OS 3.2 doesnt multitask. And if you already have an iPhone, you can do basic information gathering, mapping, and so on while youre on the go without spending an additional $29.99 per month for 3G service.
Furthermore, your laptop or netbook very likely has a web cam for video conferencing, and your cell phone probably has a camera (or even video camera) for capturing images. The iPad has neither.
Since the interface is graceful and satisfying, you might want to buy it as an extra device just for the experience, but at between $499 $829, thats not practical for most consumers.
The iPad isnt going to be a phenomenon with either netbook users or power users. Its not better than existing devices at anything, and its too expensive for most people to use it as a secondary device. I might have said something different if the rumors that the iPad would be all about a new push in the content marketplace were true, but that didnt happen. Instead, we got a cool toy.
In addition, people that don't understand that flash is more than 90% of all media content and Macs have a problem with it.