Haters, they are going to hate

I don’t even have mine yet (this week, hopefully), so it’s hard to get too worked up over these “why the iPad sucks” posts that seem to be everywhere now. This one popped up on an eWeek update I got today; it’s from last Thursday (April 22): 10 Reasons Why an iPad Is Not For You.

Let’s break down their 10 reasons:

1) Lack of support for Flash.
Legit, I suppose, although more developers seem to see the wisdom in moving toward open standards that Apple prefers for Web content and away from closed, proprietary environments like Flash. Examples of that here, and how lack of Flash on iPad is pushing development of alternatives here.

2) The Wi-Fi-only model is a tough sell.
Seriously? The iPad isn’t for you because a feature available on the device isn’t available on the base model. This is ridiculous.

3) It’s relatively expensive.
Compared to what? Every analyst in the world expected the iPad to be at least $800 for the base model before it was announced in January. Look it up; every single estimate was that this device would start between $800 and $1,000. Now $499 is too expensive an entry point? The article also makes a point to compare the $499 price to a $350 netbook; it’s not an apples-to-apples comparison, if you’ll pardon the pun.

4) No multitasking-yet.
Knocking hardware for a software limitation that won’t exist after fall doesn’t seem reasonable.

5) The competition is coming.
That’s the kicker – it’s *coming*. The iPad is here; you can buy one today. Everything else is just a flashy sales presentation on a Web site. No comparable product exists. Using “the competition is coming” as a reason to not purchase computing hardware equates to “never buy anything, ever, because something better is coming.”

6) It’s a first-run Apple product.
OK, this one may actually be legit. iPads had early issues with Wi-Fi, after all. But it’s hard to tell how legit this is until the product has been out for awhile. It could turn out to be true, it could turn out to be untrue.

7) Google might have other plans.
This is the same as 5), and it’s stupid. “Don’t buy this, because somebody else maybe, possibly might be rumored to be considering developing something.”

8) An iPhone is a better bet.
Why, exactly? Because it can make phone calls? Smaller screen… Same lack of multitasking (which you already told me was a negative)… Saying the only reason users might want an iPad is “touch-screen functionality and access to the app store” is a straw man; that’s it? Not the larger screen, or iPad-specific apps that are intended for that larger screen? Again, it’s hard to judge this having not seen one, but I can almost guarantee there will be a significant difference in user experience between the iPad and my iPod Touch (which, really, is a phoneless iPhone) because of the software.

9) The apps aren’t there yet.
Of course not; the iPad has been shipping for three weeks, and very few third-party developers, if any, had access to the actual hardware before launch. Everything was done through simulators in the IDE. iPad apps will be coming in droves now. Even so, there are some amazing apps available right now for iPad.

10) It can get expensive quickly.
“…if users want to use the iPad as it’s designed, spending extra money is an inevitability.” Are you kidding me? You can say the same thing for every other piece of consumer electronics in the world. I’ve got a BluRay player, but if I want to use it as it’s designed, I’ve got to buy or rent those damn discs. I’ve got a computer, but if I want to use it as it’s designed, I’ve got to buy that damn software. Take it a step further; I’ve got a car, but if I want to use it as it’s designed I’ve got to buy that damn gasoline.

Give me a break. Everything has peripheral costs. Everything.

So, really, of eWeek’s 10 reasons, in my world view two of them might actually be legit, and the other eight are just pointless and baseless rants that fall apart with even a modicum of examination.

Andy Bartlett

By day, I am the executive director of communications and marketing at Bemidji State University. The rest of the time, I'm a husband, father of three, and proponent of super heroes, lasers, space ships and explosions.

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