iPad, iPad, iPad!

I’m a Mac guy ... not a cult-follower, but certainly a fan.  iPad looks cool, but doesn’t seem to do anything that my existing devices don’t already do. Plus it doesn’t have a WEBCAM!

I’m a Mac guy … not a cult-follower, but certainly a fan.
iPad looks cool, but doesn’t seem to do anything that my existing devices don’t already do. Plus it doesn’t have a WEBCAM!

While I’m still on R&R at home in Jersey, there’s not much military-related stuff I can blog about. And, you already know that I’m enjoying time hanging out with Muna and Taj until I have to return to Afghanistan soon. So, no new news there, either.

So, what to blog about?

Haiti? Um, yeah. God bless those affected, but I’m about Haiti’d out. (I’m referring to the media coverage, not expressing indifference to the seriousness of the situation.)

Oooh, I know! I’ll jump on the bandwagon and blog about the new iPad!

So, I haven’t seen the full-length press conference, but I’ve seen enough media hype about it to form an uneducated, armchair opinion. And, as someone who has been lusting after an iPhone for the past several months, I figure I’ve done enough Apple research to know if the iPad is worthy of my hard-earned cash.

In short: it isn’t.

Yes, the iPad looks cool. Certainly worthy of some “oohs” and “aahs.”

It’s thin. Aaaah.

All touch-screen. Oooh.

It has 3G data. Aaaaah.

It surfs the web. But, um, doesn’t almost every device that uses electricity do that? Within my living room, where I’m typing this, I have at my disposal a Macbook, an Acer netbook, an iPod touch, a Sony PSP, and a Nintendo Wii … All of which have internet capability. Why, exactly, would I need an iPad for this?

But, speaking of using the internet, the most frequent activity I perform using the ‘net is communicating with Muna and Taj through VoiP services (usually Skype.) With a computer and a microphone, I can stay in touch with family and let them see me.

But, wait … the new iPad DOESN’T have a WEBCAM!

Huh?!?!?

Steve Jobs says the iPad is supposed to be better at using the web … Please tell me, HOW can a device be better at using the web WITHOUT a webcam?

Jobs takes a stab at netbooks, calling them “cheap laptops.” Can’t argue with that. They are cheap, both in price and quality. But, netbooks do try to cram lots of features into them for the price.

Granted, Apple was never the company to take the Wal-Mart route and mass-produce cheap computers for profits. But, are they seriously asking me to pay $499 (for the low-end iPad,) or more than $800 (for the high-end one) for a device that only mimics other devices I already own (including APPLE devices,) and DOESN’T have a basic requirement (my webcam?)

Not gonna happen.

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