You can’t buy the Apple iPad yet.
And when you can, what will you use it for? Web surfing on the toilet, reading in bed? As IT executives would/should say “where’s the use case?” What are people going to use it for?
I thought back to the HP TC1100 tablet, which was the best of the Tablet PCs. It died because of a lack of a need for it. Oh sure, there were some vertical markets for it. I know of several hospitals where it was used for bedside care. But I got to thinking, the Apple iPad was announced 5 years after the TC1100, so it’s got to that much better, right?
Lets look at some selective specs:
|Apple iPad||HP TC1100|
|USB||No||Yes x 2|
|Keyboard||via keyboard dock||via keyboard dock or USB|
|Weight||1.5 pounds||3.1 pounds|
|Screen size||9.7 inch, 1024×768||10.4 inch, 1024×768|
|Cost||$499 (16GB model)||$2,299|
So is the Apple iPad 5 years better? No.
Does it matter? No.
It won’t matter because it’s made by Apple, it’s fairly cheap, and light enough to carry around. Sure there are going to be flaws. The biggest one for me would be, being locked into the iTunes “must buy applications from Apple” store monopoly.