Most of the Apple products created a buzz in the market and then, revolutionized many aspects of computing of their age when they were launched by Google. The most recent examples of this were iPod, iPhone, and then, the all new iPad. The all new iPad became a sensation in the mobile computing market being one of the latest Apple-powered tech toys that promised something to each one of us. The factors that accounted for this were, great multimedia support with iTunes, support for wireless Web through Wi-Fi and 3G both, sleek design, portability, wealth of available applications, a killer user interface Apple have been famous for.
Being an Apple enthusiast and a person who spends their life working in apple mac support, I bought my iPad within first few days of its launch after waiting in the queues of people wanting to get their hands on it. The excitement phase continued until I actually started travelling with my iPad and thought, it should now replace my laptop, of course for simpler tasks than programming and here is what I found:
- There was no office suite, but there are Pages, Numbers, and Keynote available that are actually the iPad based Text editor, Spreadsheet, and presentation software respectively. Unfortunately, usability and feature wise they just cannot be compared with MS Office applications, not even with OpenOffice.org suite. They seem to just fit the slot just for the heck of it, but for no frequent (or professional) use really.
- Fairly limited multitasking is really a painful thing after you have spent a good amount of money and had built huge expectations buying an iPad. You can listen to music while you work, but you can’t edit your text in the text editor in order to paste it back into the e-mail you’re composing in Gmail.
- Lack of camera really surprises me, especially because the relatively junior device, iPhone 4, sports a sexy Facetime app supporting the use of two cameras.
- No USB ports and which is why, I still need access to a proper laptop or desktop just in case I need to store some downloaded data to carry it to a client’s place
- No support for the standard RTF (Rich Text Format) format, which makes creation of portable rich text content a nightmare.
I have now accepted the reality that I was wrong to expect a replacement of my laptop with iPad. In my view, iPad is a device for some very lightweight work, presentations, Web on the move and utilizing some Apple specific features, not the PC specific features.