Originally Posted by freethinker
I have been a life long Apple customer (grew up on Macs and still to this day swear by them- 26 years later). I just don't think the iPad will be a hit in the way iPod or iPhone were. The reason is that it doesn't do anything different from an iPod- it just has a bigger screen. It is just an iPod Touch Pro that you can access 3G with (from AT&T who sucks btw). Correct me if I am wrong on this one but why exactly would people like me want to lug around an iPod Touch and an iPad? There is no way I could charge my iPad from my work computer's USB port (it is too big and therefore too conspicuous in a work environ) the same way I could charge my iPod touch. It is an at home device and therefore only WiFi is needed - 3G would be great for the iPod touch but not the iPad.
I think that Apple missed the mark on this product. But even so, they have been on fire for the past decade and should be recognized as the best technology company on earth. One mistake every 10 years ain't bad (and the iPad is still better than the Zune and Windows Vista!!!).
the iphone blew people away because it was totally new (the top selling phone in 2007, prior to iphone was a RAZR). people see the ipad and say meh, "it's been done before"... so the wow factor is not the same because the mechanics are the same. BUT...
pay attention to the demos at the keynote, and ignore everything but the chrome. there are new UI elements introduced, and new interaction paradigms that are hard to appreciate unless you actually use it (NOT that i've used it).. overall I think the keynote demos were pretty poor because they didn't split the screen and show the hands on one side, and the screen on the other.
initially, it wont take off like the iphone, there will not be hours long lines to buy, but that will change by summer. once new or pad specific apps start to hit the store and more and more people get their hands on it they'll realize that this isn't just a big ipod.
the iphone introduced intuitive mechanics: tap, flick, pinch.
the pad will introudce a [more] intuitive interface.. the quality and robustness of an app mean nothing w/o an intuitive interface. there's only so much you can do on the phone screen, as slick as the mechanics are the bigger screen means more/new innovations that utilize the same mechanics we already know (and dare I say.. now EXPECT?).. it's just that this time.. you have a bigger screen which means you can now support apps that simply wouldn't work due to the screen realestate limitations on the phone.
is it still a big ipod if they build apps that just won't work on a small screen?
apple threw down a blank canvas, the new iwork apps are "demos" of what's possible.. it's up to the devs to take those concepts and run with them.