∞ Debunking the iPad bunk

I’ll admit it. I get very frustrated reading opinions from people saying the iPad has problems and it may be better to wait until the next version to buy one. Most of these people haven’t even touched one, but yet they feel compelled to give an opinion. Take this statement from Mitch Wagner at Computerworld:

Seems like the iPad might be awkward to hold no matter how you position it. It’ll be too heavy to hold in one hand, you can’t operate it if you hold it in two hands, and it will be impractical to use for long periods in your lap.

So, Mitch must have some great sources, right? Well, it turns out that Mitch based that bit of wisdom on an article from Download Squad. So they must have great sources then. No, they based it on the first iPad television commercial.

What’s more, the Download Squad writer even says he hasn’t touched one yet.

I have used an iPad and can tell you that it’s not uncomfortable to use in one hand, two hands, cradled on your forearm, or many other ways that I used it.

Another article on SmartMoney.com gives you five reasons not to pre-order the iPad, which is available tomorrow. Here are the reasons for not getting an iPad on day one.

Price drops: Putting off your purchase a few months could cut your bill substantially. When Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007, it slashed the 8GB version’s $599 price tag to $399 just 10 weeks later. (Outraged early adopters received a $100 credit.)

Apple learned their lesson from that fiasco when it happened. I wouldn’t expect a price drop until a brand new version comes out next year. There is no way Apple is going to make that mistake again.

Bugs: “This is version one — there’s a lot that has to be worked out,” says Aaron Ray-Crichton, an independent technology consultant and the founder of ARC Systems Consulting in Brooklyn, N.Y. Apple originally anticipated an iPad release in late March, and analyst reports have pointed to possible production problems.

This is not version one. They are using the same technology they’re using in the iPhone and iPod touch, just on a larger scale. The analyst that claimed significant production delays gave no sources for the rumor and Apple delayed the launch by three days. Not a big deal.

App availability: Currently, the iPad has very few apps of its own. Most are iPhone apps, Carnell says. Displayed on a 9.7-inch screen instead of a 3.5-inch one, they may appear too jagged and low resolution to be useful, he says. If you’re looking at the iPad for the apps, hold off a month or two until developers can catch up.

App developers have had the iPad SDK since the device was introduced in January. Do you really think it will take developers months to catch up? They have been working on apps two months, which is why Apple gave them the SDK in the first place.

Connectivity: A Wi-Fi-only device is fine if you plan to use it at home or other areas with Wi-Fi hotspots. But 3G connectivity – available in iPad models set to launch later this spring — is basic for consumers who want their iPad to work while traveling in the car or in other locations where Wi-Fi is scarce.

The Wi-Fi + 3G model is not “set to launch later this spring.” They will be available later the same month. However, for people that will use 3G, I would recommend waiting too.

Competition: It’s still unclear exactly what the iPad will do best, Enderle says. Competing devices slated for release may be better choices, depending on what you would use the iPad for. Shoppers looking for an e-reader may want to wait for Amazon’s expected Kindle 3, while Dell’s Streak tablet offers more computing power, he says.

That is about the stupidest paragraph I’ve read in a long time. That should have just never made it onto the Web.

Having used an iPad myself, I can tell you that it is a remarkable device. No movie or video does it justice. Picking it up and using it, you start to realize all the things that you can do.

The only way to know for sure if you can use one is to go to an Apple store and try it out for yourself. I’d rather you do that than listen to people who have never touched it before.

  • It's amazing how many dumb things people can think to write about when they make up their minds that they don't like a particular bit of technology, a particular company or that company's actions.

    Can anyone really be thinking that in the next couple of months Asus, HP or even Google are going to come through with an experience that beats what the experience and knowledge three years of real-life iPhone OS and iPhone/iPod hardware feedback has brought to Apple? These are some of the companies I've heard mentioned as being in that position.

    Microsoft has been trying to get it right for a decade without managing to do so, and most people that work in their research and development groups aren't exactly dumb.

  • Se7en

    Wait….analyst Rob Enderle says wait for the Dell Streak? The same Rob Enderle who serves as a consultant to..Dell? Thanks for the advice, Rob!

    • I couldn't even bring myself to comment on that, so yeah, that sums it up.

  • JohnO

    I'm glad I'm not the only one that feels that way.

    And regarding Enderle's comment: it's Enderle — nothing more to be said. The shame of it is that not everyone knows his history when writing about Apple products.

    • What's worse is that consumers probably don't know his track record. They see him as an expert. That's why I would encourage everyone to touch it for themselves.

      • Pustoolio

        You're stil talking about the iPad, right Jim? 😉

  • Perry Clease

    Good job Jim.

  • I just don't understand it Jim. It just sounds like any moron can get a job spewing conjecture and hyperbole all over the internet and I am really tired of it, they don't pay any attention to the confirmed facts about the device. I know one of the nice things about the internet is most people can get online and say whatever they want but publications shouldn't be giving them a voice that should be saved for their blog, thats the same reason we don't let the homeless lady with a pet suitcase go on TV and report the news.

    Jim I have a source, at least I say I have a source yet due to journalistic ethics I cannot reveal my sources. With that being said the iPad will actually be powered with Apple's new Lithium-Plutonium battery with an estimated battery life of ten years, the hours was a typo(sometimes even Steve makes mistakes). When I was having coffee with Steve yesterday though he refused to confirm or deny this then we played ultimate frizbee.

    • ROTFL!! Did you win? 😉

      • The guy in the turtleneck won. I may have let him win but only by 1. We then hi fived and shared a sweaty man hug. Ballmer was there too but we left him on the sidelines as he kept shouting FRISBEE FRISBEE FRISBEE!

    • Lucas

      "It just sounds like any moron can get a job spewing conjecture and hyperbole all over the internet and I am really tired of it,"

      yeah pretty much. The only thing worse than tech is celebs. The 'journalism' behind the tabloids is a riot to break down. Funny thing is that a good friend of mine is a high school teacher (of journalism) and I just helped her put together a week long lesson plan on this topic. For our examples we used Apple and Robert Pattinson/Kristen Stewart. It's great because every day there's new 'articles' and 'facts' to use in class.

    • ozogg

      Has anyone not read what VAMSACK actually wrote ? Plutonium in a domestic consumer battery ?

      Not only woud such a battery fail EVERY safety regulation, it would be confiscated at every airport inspection as a WMD !

      Either this this guy is spoofing the shit out of all the MAC sycophants here drooling over their keyboards, or he's just plain whacked out of his brain like every other MAC sycophant.

      I suggest that all iPADs be sold in the "Feminine Hygiene" section of supermarkets, and be disposed of in the same way.

      Yeah, this is being written on a MacBokPro, that's how I know what a crock of shit they are.

  • John Baxter

    I must agree with the idea of not pre-ordering, for most people. Just not for the reasons stated. I don't think anyone except reviewers should pre-order. I think one should wait until (a) real reviews–based on a couple of weeks' hard usage–appear, and (b) one has had a chance to try the machine hands-on, unless so remote from a hands-on opportunity that one must plunge in.

    For most of us, there's no need to be first on the block. But–it might sell out on day one! So?…You still want to wait–the difference is that now you have to.

    For those who buy several of everything (eg Leo LaPorte) the above doesn't apply, of course.

  • Rick

    My recollection about the $100 price drop on the original iphone was not "outrage." I thought Apple did a pretty good job getting in front of it before it became an issue.

  • Looking forward to reviews from folks who actually have one in hand!

  • Michael Adams

    Apple is dying! 🙂

    Actually, this certainly justifies going to the brick and mortar Apple Store to try one out – if I can get anywhere near one.

  • Eric

    All this high signal to noise ratio comes from the hysterical fear that Apple will once again set so high a standard that others will never catch up, once again proving their belief that Apple's way of doing business is wrong.

    Someone's going to write a book someday that's going to sum it up, and I can only imagine the title:

    "Enderle Big & Ugly" (see: http://tr.im/RwEX)

    "Deep Thurrott"

    "Dvorak & Dummer"

  • Guru

    We had a booth at Macworld Expo this time, and we met quite a few folks from media, including Peter Cohen. Most, well, all of them got a hands on session to play with the device after the iPad announcement. And everyone of them who played with iPad had great stories to tell about. In short, everyone had the same message — just play with it once and you’ll be blown away! And we believe in them who have had spent time on it.

  • Camillo

    Great article Jim! I think you forgot to mention that all of those people are analysts that loved the ol' good AAPL of 2008/early 2009, in other words the dream title of short buyers – the AAPL that plummeted every time Steve had to sneeze. Know what, you morons?! Those days are over! Get over it!

  • Richard Smiley

    A picky little correction: Apple delayed availability by a week (not three days) from Steve's 60 days – from the last Saturday in March to the first Saturday in April. (BTW, 90 days is the last Monday in April.)

    As for the likelihood that someone else will come up with a better product for your needs, remember this January's CES? Remember how everyone announced tablet computers, but everyone was a little vague on the exact features, and the prices?

    Remember that the commentators said everyone was waiting to see what Apple was going to introduce? The commentators got that part right.

  • nice article, thanks