Although Apple's iPad
hasn't hit store shelves, tech bloggers are already bashing it. They
complain about its cost, its ergonomics, its lack of memory-card
slots and a host of other grievances. Anticipating this quibbling,
The New York Times' David Pogue wrote a forewarning yesterday:
- It’s Unproven as an E-reader, writes Paul Boutin at VentureBeat: "iPad lacks the Amazon Kindle’s non-backlit screen and long battery life designed to make reading an entire novel comfortable. I don’t personally believe this makes it a bad e-reader, but I’d want to spend some time test-reading before committing to it.
- No Camera, writes Matt Hickey at CNet: "One killer feature that would have made this a must-have for many people would have been a forward-facing Webcam for iChat-like video chatting. Sure, MacBooks and iMacs have them already, but that's more to the point. A mobile, anywhere-in-the-house device like this seems much more video chat-friendly than a laptop or desktop. It seems that Apple could have used this opportunity to really introduce the video phone appliance as a reality but for some reason it didn't."
- No Flash, writes Bobbie Johnson at the Guardian: "The new tablet also lacks Adobe Flash support (which means that, like the iPhone and iPod Touch, it can't handle some websites) and multi-tasking. No Flash means no Farmville or similar Facebook games."
- The iBook Store's No Good, writes Timothy Lee at Bottom-Up: "From all indications, the books you 'buy' on an iPad will be every bit as limited as the books you “buy” on the Kindle; if you later decide to switch to another device, there’s no easy (or legal) way to take your books with you. I think this is an issue that a lot of Kindle owners haven’t thought through carefully, and that it will trigger a backlash once a significant number of them decide they’d like to try another device.