Now you know!
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I suppose I owe a little more explanation. I’m sure I would enjoy my consumer surplus quite a bit…but that isn’t enough to tip the scales toward me purchasing an iPad.
There are a lot of people out there that are asking questions like, “what is it for?” and “what does it do differently?”. Then there are complaints such that it doesn’t have a camera (which, I admit is quite baffling…feature discrimination?) or USB port, or even Flash (I hear because Apple is betting on HTML5, though I don’t know exactly what that means).
I think the iPad will be successful despite these objections…but I don’t see how it will be useful for my mobile computing uses (Photoshop, Excel, heavy internet)…as it includes one one of those features. As far as e-reading, it seems identical to the laptop I currently use…and I find it a little hard to read on a computer screen, even though I do so regularly. However, there is certainly a niche to be created for tablet computers. Remember, consumer demands evolve with business plans, and visa versa.
I think that Apple made a huge mistake not shipping with a camera, as the iPad has the potential to do augmented reality extremely well.
As noted numerous places on the internet, the battle is poised to be between open architecture, like Android, and Apple’s business plan of very tightly-closed selection. I’m a fan of open architecture.