Steve Jobs took the wraps off the Apple iPad this week, touching off a debate on whether this upcoming tablet will re-make the portable computer market or be a black eye for Apple.
The TechnologyGuide editorial staff is asking its readers to vote in a quick poll on the iPad. This should give the editors and the general public a better idea of peoples’ first impressions of this product.
Vote in the poll to see the results.
Note: This poll is also running on Brighthand’s sister site NotebookReview.com
A Spirited Debate
Ever since the Apple iPad was unveiled on Wednesday, Brighthand readers have been posting their thoughts about it in the forums. At this point, it has both supporters and detractors.
For example, frequent forum posted Hook said, “So far I’m intrigued. I probably won’t know for a long time if I want it or not, but the idea of sitting on a train, checking Pocket informant, reading the New York Times while listening to music, and then in the afternoon either reading a good book or doing some writing…”
tmedvick, on the other hand, said “I really don’t get it. It’s a giant iPod touch + 3G. Did I miss the opportunity for a hard drive? I am happy with a phone with 8gb, but a computer with 64gb for $700?”
A topic often brought up is how well this tablet will compete against netbooks — low-cost, stripped-down laptops. “A netbook does a better job than this IPAD in many of these respects-more hard drive, bigger screen, keyboard, USB ports, camera and even SD card reader and even cheaper by $200,” wrote palur.
Another part of the debate centers around limitations in the iPhone OS, the iPad’s operating system — especially the weak support for multitasking — running multiple applications simultaneously. The Turtle said, “What is going to be a dealbreaker for many is the lack of multitasking. Battery and architecture complaints which Apple singled out before as reasons against multitasking are not valid in the iPad and its monster of a CPU and bevy of RAM. The only reason multitasking isn’t on the iPad is because Apple doesn’t like it.”
The full debate is available in the Brighthand Forums, and additional comments are welcome, as well.