On January 27, 2010, at Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco, Apple launched its newest creation in the digital world. It’s called the iPad. Yeah, it’s a non-slang for the iPod.
Months ago, Apple gave a clue to what their secret gadget is. It sounded like It’s something too big to fit in your pocket, but too small to fit on your laptop bag, or so.
Personally, my first impression was Woah, is this going to dominate the market of slate PCs? Just looking at its features will actually answer the question.
In his keynote, Steve Jobs said that there’s a missing link between a smart phone and a laptop. It’s a device that will exemplify the key tasks that we end users do in this time. These are web browsing, email, photos, video, web streaming, music, and ebook. The CEO said that a netbook is not the answer to these tasks. Instead, he showed Apple’s newest baby, the iPad. He always used of the adjective gorgeous to describe how amazing the device is.
Just summarizing the gorgeous features of this tablet posted on Apple’s website, here’s a quicklist aside from the key tasks.
- LED-backlit display
- 16, 32, 64 GB of memory
- 1 GHz A4 processor
Examining these, the iPad doesn’t really look so spectacular – far ahead of the HP’s tablet that can do what a great laptop can do. Sad to say, Apple’s tablet cannot do multi-tasking because it runs on iPhone OS 3.2. So if you want to copy a phrase from an ebook, I guess you have to close the reader first, then run an iWork application or Safari to paste it. Adding to that, this still doesn’t have Flash.
Starting at $499, I guess this is a shit to most people who would really want those key tasks with portability.
In the context of the Philippine retail, this device would go with the same avenue of the iPod 3G. That is, approximately P38,000 is what you should pay to grab this slate.
$499 is way too expensive, considering there’s a subscription plan behind that price. What we really consumers want is a device that is portable, can do key tasks, and is sold at a very reasonable price. Moreover, there’s nothing really amazing with its features. Until HP Slate isn’t deployed, we won’t see if this Apple slate is a good buy.