so, it's for non geeks to email?
I've read the comments, seen the blurb. I'm no Apple fan, never will be. Reading some of the comments from various people, there's a feeling that these things aren't for people who use computers, they're for non-geeks. The popular uses mentioned are email and browsing.
So, you can browse, but, with no Flash support, there's a hell of a lot of websites that simply won't work. You may hate Flash, but, it exists, it is popular and it's everywhere. Tell a Facebook junkie they can't play Flash games on an iPad, they'll walk away.
Then there's email. Great. Err... no. Someone said something along the lines of being able to see the photos sent to you, you can file them and view them. Sounds good. How do I send my photos back? No USB and my camera doesn't have Wi-fi.. anyone know a decent DSLR that does? Strangely, I can connect my camera to a TV, to a PC and directly to a printer. Here's a device designed to show pictures and send emails, yet it can't get photos from a camera. Wait for version 2 with a camera? No, I have a very good camera, it is not some cheap built in megeapixel with crappy lens piece of junk. Anyone want to carry this thing round and take breathtaking landscape photos? Sporting action? Interchangable lenses for telephoto? No, thought not.
Then you have the problem of, presumably, not being able to print? No USB, no printers? Do printers connect to iPod connections? Mine doesn't and I'm not buying a new printer. So, you get your email confirmation of your flights to the sun, great, pack your bags, print off the boarding passes from your ticketless airline... wait... errr...
OK, so... a digital photo frame... nice. Anyone want to pay £400 for one? No, thought not. £100 for one with a bigger screen, card readers, USB ports, remote control. Want to show a family gathering the photos from cousin Susies wedding? Great, everybody, gather round this 9 inch screen... or, I'll just hook up my laptop to the 42 inch TV... anyone struggling to see that?
Reading ebooks? Call me old-fashioned, but, I prefer paying a tenner for a paperback that I can stuff into a case, cram into a laptop bag, drop, spill coffee on, lean on to write, use to wedge a door open... oh, and read, anywhere, no power needed. (Anyone ever see a paperback you can't read because you dropped it? Wouldn't fancy the chances of one of these working after sailing majestically down a flight of concrete steps.) And when I've read the book , I can give it to someone else to read. And they don't need a compatible reader... they have eyes, just like me. 500 books on an iPad? tell me how I read one whilst the wife reads another? Two iPads? A grand to read a tenners worth of book?
iPod, overpriced, but, does what it's supposed to do
iPhone, overpriced, can download farting apps and turn into a spirit level, apparently it can also make and receive telephone calls
iPad.... overpriced... can do.... well.... some things, half arsed, nothing well
So... can anyone tell me what the iPad is actually for? Posing?