Funny how fast things can turn against you. After months of generating endless Apple tablet – er iPad – hype, now that the product is out there are plenty of journos and bloggers descending on the Apple tablet like a pack of rabid hyenas, ferociously attacking it.
Let us count some of the more common critiques of the new Apple iPad:
The proprietary “Splinternet:” The most common general critique of Apple is its closed system and proprietary nature. The iPad isn’t really even a Web device, say critics. Take this interesting conversation between journalist Kai Ryssdal and Forrester Resarch analyst Josh Bernoff. Bernoff has a new theory called “splinternet” in which proporietary mobile devices like those from Apple are creating runaway republics that aren’t fully capatible with the Web. Kai Ryssdal says that Apple “kind of blew it.”
DRM. Apple is facing a lot of criticism from the no-DRM movement given the propritetary, locked-down nature of its system and the fact that it controls most meda through its own DRM scheme. Ars Technica asks if the iPad is “nothing more than the golden calf of DRM.”
Battery life: There appears to be a smattering of complaints about the iPad’s battery life which was announced as 10 hours, meaning more like 4.5 hours in real life. These complaints ring pretty hollow for me. Most laptops only go about 4-5 hours. My standard for battery life is can it last five hours on a plane flight? That’s the most I want to use a computer on a plane flight anyway, unless I’m going to China. It would appear the iPad meets that criteria.
No 3G on entry level. The entry level price of the iPad at $499 only includes WiFi, but no 3G mobile network access. That’s less communications capability than the iPhone. Hence, the idea that the iPad is really just a large iTouch.
No Multitasking. No Flash. Lots of people, including Blip.tv CEO Mike Hudack, griping about the lack of multitasking support. Let’s just quote Mike cause his blog entry is so awesome: “No Flash support? No multitasking? No widescreen videos? No camera (this thing had the potential to REVOLUTIONIZE cam whoring)?” Mike says, “iPad more like iBad.”
Even the name isn’t original. Watch this naming dispute with Fujitsu, which marketed an iPad as early as 2002.
AT&T. Of course, the iPad will give folks even more reason to bash AT&T, with its exclusive deal with Apple intact. And increases the likelihood of even more network brownouts. For some AT&T bashing, why not go to the ultimate AT&T basher, Fake Steve Jobs.