Pros/Cons

The Pros and Cons of the New iPad from Apple

Apple has once has once again given us something to feast our eyes upon with the release of its latest product called the iPad. The reviews on this product are largely positive. It barrows the user interface from the familiar iPhone and iPod touch. It is also noticeably faster when opening applications compared to the past Apple products. Browsing the internet in full-size is also one of the iPad’s key strengths. It’s considered a better gaming platform because of its faster processing speed. I’m certain many developers are rejoicing at the number of games and applications they can tailor for this new device.

The iPad is not just something to play with. Its new touch-optimized iWork suite can make spreadsheet and presentation works not only quick and easy but also fun. According to Steve Jobs, during his keynote speech, in order to create a third category of device that is a hybrid between a smart phone and a laptop, it must be better than the two for certain tasks. iPad fulfills this promise in many areas including a better web browsing, watching movies, playing music, browsing through photos and playing games. These things are just more enjoyable with the iPad than with a smart phone or a laptop.

The iPad’s lack of Flash support can become a little frustrating at times. This is one crucial area that needs to be addressed or customers would assume that the iPad is just an over sized iPod touch. Seeing little blue squares in place for embedded videos can ruin the full-screen browsing experience especially now that most web designers favor multimedia-rich web pages.

The iPad’s appeal is also severely hampered by its poor multi-tasking support. You cannot write an email while listening to your playlists at the same time, or use an instant-messenger while browsing the web. This is one of the drawbacks that make the iPad seem to be just another iPhone or iPod touch. Customers expect that for something this expensive, they would get something more akin to a laptop.

iPad’s new application reader called iBooks is elegant, simple and well-executed. The pages imitate a printed novel. The only problem I can see is its back lighting which may cause some eye tiredness. I’m sure serious readers would stick to Sony Reader or Kindle.

For gadget fans, the iPad is something to lust over. I am still not fully convinced that it has a bigger advantage over a laptop or a smart phone. This is not surprising as it is still in its early days. I’m sure it can get even better when Apple would take the customers needs a little more seriously. As of the moment, I do acknowledge its potential to become a revolutionary gaming device.