I'll be honest, I was initially pretty underwhelmed by the initial iPad launch. To be frank, it was one of Apple's/Jobs' most boring keynotes ever. I don't blame for Steve for not being a dynamo of energy at that point in time. But it lacked that usual Apple electricity.
To be clear, I think the iPad is a pretty cool product now - I have an iPad 2. I think part of the misunderstanding of it was that the iPad is so plain physically. Beautiful, slim, capable. But it's especially featureless without software
. After all, the iPad is essentially a portal to apps, games, websites, books, and other content. And that stuff did not quite appear to be there at launch.
Even now, if I'm perfectly honest, the iPad is a bit of an enigma. Extremely simple and pared down to its essence. Yet, you have really have to reframe your expectations for it. If a friend asked me if they should get a Mac, I'd say, "Sure, I've been using Macs for 8 years and I'd recommend one for anyone that's not a hardcore gamer. " And even then, you could Boot Camp. If someone asks me if they should get an iPad, I say, "It's really
good at a handful
of things. Reading books/magazines, web browsing, touch games, etc. Things you do while sitting on a couch. Don't expect it to replace your computer."
I think even today, tablets are still finding their place.