Now that the Apple Tablet storm has settled, it is important to set aside the rumors, expectations and wishes and look at the reality of what Apple iPad actually has to offer and more importantly, what it lacks.
Apple iPad seems to offer almost everything you hoped for in a tablet – let me list them down for better reading
- Rich user interface,
- multi-touch computing,
- high speed processor,
- eBook and eReader capabilities,
- rich web browsing & mail reading,
- high quality photo & video playback,
- ability to download and use millions of applications,
- Word processing, spreadsheet and slideshow functionality,
- Calendar, contact and data syncing
Sounds like a complete package. Isn’t it? If we dig further, we find so many things missing from the final package.
Apple iPad: What it lacks?
1. No Multi-tasking
Being someone who graduated from Apple’s school of iPhone and iPod Touch, I know exactly how important this feature is. With a 1GHz processor and something which Steve Jobs commented as ‘better than netbooks’, unavailability of Muti-tasking is a BIG FAIL.
2. No Flash support
I feel like I am writing an extension post of iPhone limitations. Everyone except Steve Jobs fail to comprehend the reason behind snubbing Adobe Flash support in Apple devices! With the screen size this big, seeing no flash plugin block in every other web page sucks big time. The above snapshot was taken during the presentation yesterday by engadget. Isn’t it embarrassing yet, Mr. Steve? Rich Web browsing – yeah right!
3. No Full GPS
There were lots of articles written about how Apple iPad is a perfect companion for travelers! Are you sure? The Wi-Fi-only versions flat out have no GPS support whatsoever. The 3G versions though, have Assisted GPS, which makes use of the cellular connection to help pinpoint your location. This would mean that, if you are somewhere with zero or poor connectivity, don’t even bother to use your iPad GPS.
4. No USB Port
Even those useless netbooks which Steve was referring to have USB support. Instead, this ultimate entertainment device mandates us to use a special custom dock connector to connect our cameras and other gadgets. In simple terms, this means you won’t be able to plug in an external USB keyboard you already own without buying a separate USB adapter.
5. No built-in Camera
The iPhone has a camera, the MacBook has a camera and heck, even the new iPod Nano has a camera. So, what about the iPad? Hell NO, don’t bother to try video chat, video conference or even grabbing a quick pic to upload to your Facebook profile. You just can’t.
6. No User-Replaceable Battery
Steve Jobs claims that the iPad will come with an impressive 10 hours of battery life and a full month of stand-by time. Pretty cool, but as with the iPhone, the iPod Touch, and the latest MacBooks, the iPad battery comes sealed in the case, and there’s no way to swap in a new one yourself.
7. No HDMI Out
This one though, will not be a shock for many. Apple has failed to support HDMI in any of its other products and same holds good for iPad, a device meant to be an ultimate entertainment gadget! Even to get video out at all, you’ll need a proprietary Dock to VGA adapter, which obviously limits you to VGA resolutions!
8. No widescreen
You can double tap during a movie to see it in either fullscreen or widescreen. But this widescreen is not wide enough! The tablet’s resolution tops out at 1024 x 768, which falls into the 4:3 standard definition range and not the glorious, widescreen 16:9 high definition aspect ratio we’ve come to know and love.
9. AT&T only for 3G
Steve Jobs announced that the tablet will be sold unlocked and got a huge cheer from the gathering. Soon after he announced an exclusive deal with AT&T for the 3G service. AT&T is already being unable to cope with the 3G data usage of the iPhone. This sure isn’t going to help things. The iPad’s 3G modem supports UMTS/HSDPA 850/1900/2100MHz and GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz bands which rules out T-Mobile’s 3G band which runs on 1700MHz.
10. Apple iPad – the Name
iPad? Of all the possible names, I had really hoped this wouldn’t be it. iPad is already the butt of many jokes, specially hygiene ones.