I being playing around with the Apple iPad for a little over a week and although I like it everyday more I use it I would say its definitely not a game changer out of the box like the iPod or the iPhone were, but it sure will be one day.
When your talking about the iPad, the discussion has to start with it as a e-book reader and the natural comparison to Amazon’s Kindle.
Although actually there is no comparison; the iPad Kicks the Kindle’s ass.
The iPad certainly looks and feels like a book.
It’s in color.
You flip pages of the book, with your finger, just like you do it when reading a hard book.
As you flip the pages over you can even see the words leaking through on the backside of the page your flipping.
And of course you touch to navigate, rather than to use the mouse and click like on the Kindle.
The store for ibook is just like iTunes and you can search by author, or title or type of book or simply check out the many lists like the New York Times bestsellers list for new material.
Like the Kindle, if you find a book that looks interesting you can preview the first 40-50 pages for free.
The free sample download takes less than 5 seconds.
But the ibook store is navigated by touch rather than that wheel and click of the Kindle.
While your reading your book on the iPad you can also listen to your music using the iPod function, glance over to see your e-mail or the latest news. sports or stock results, then go back to your book.
Because at the end of the day the Kindle is just a book reader, whole the iPad.com is a computer
A computer that is REALLY easy to use.
Is the iPad a laptop replacement?
For me absolutely not.
First of all, at best your going to get 64g of memory.
If I took my entire iTunes library with all the music, movies, TV shows and videos and moved it to the iPad, I would be out of room.
A typical Laptop has at least 200g-250g of room on the hard drive.
64g is simply not enough for use as a laptop replacement.
There are other limitations.
You can’t install Firefox and have to use Safari. It’s not the worst thing in the world, but I prefer Firefox.
I guess if all you were going to do is check your Facebook, surf around the internet and run your Apps, and check your e-mail (assuming you only got a couple of hundred a day) it wouldn’t suck just to use the iPad.
However, I would hate to have to rely on it to write blog posts, or have to work on excel files on it or even to have to use it to handle the thousands of e-mail’s I get a day.
Down the line, I can see uses for the iPad that would make it a game changer.
Every student in a class room could have one, and could use it to take quizzes or tests or learn lessons a virtual chalk board.
Test scores could be computed instantaneously, compared against the rest of the class, graded on a curve and back to the student within seconds.
Everyone at a meeting could have an iPad to follow a presentation rather than having to look up at a screen, they could make notes and comments that everyone else could see.
You could see one installed in the wall of every room in a house and used to run the lights, sound, air conditioning, TV; the brain of a true smart home.
The possibilities for the iPad are really endless and there will be an App for that.
Undoubtedly there will be a lot of companies making millions selling Apps for the iPad.
I don’t think its a stretch to say that when its all said and done, that the iPad, and iPhone will create more millionaires then any devices in the history of mankind.
It’s not a game changer today, but it will be.