In between are the steady, relentless, evolutionary improvements that make Apple’s products the must-have toys of the discerning masses. The new iPad is no different. It’s revolutionarily evolutionary.
Why iPad Doesn’t Suck So Much (anymore)
Just about two years ago, long before anyone actually owned an iPad, Adam Frucci listed the 8 Things That Suck About The iPad.
His temperamental consideration offered no hands-on experience, but plenty of silly reasons why nobody should buy an iPad.
Number one on the list was the huge, ugly bezel that surrounds the iPad’s screen.
When I first saw the photos of the iPad, before actually using it, I thought the same thing. Big. Ugly. Bezel.
After using an iPad for a year, most of us already know how stupid that thought was. It’s the perfect size for most fingers and hands (which come in a variety of lengths and sizes).
No Multitasking. Remember that canard? Apple’s version of multitasking just works and extends battery life like no other similar product. Besides, you can’t do more than one thing at a time on the screen (two things if one of them is downloading or playing music).
No Cameras. Uh oh. I skipped the first generation iPad for that reason. Since then I’ve taken a grand total of six photos on the iPad. Four of them were to try it out. They’re crummy photos. The new iPad will be better. But the high resolution camera should be facing the user, not for taking photos.
Touch Keyboard. It’s not as easy to use as a MacBook Air keyboard, but it works.
No HDMI Out. People who love bullet points and PowerPoint love to add things to the list that Apple should have but usually ignores. Hey, it’s the 21st century already. Can you say, Wireless?
The iPad Name. It’s just a good thing Apple didn’t call it a MaxiPad. iPad brought out a few MaxiPad jokes but that died away quickly. No iPad 3. No iPad HD. It’s just iPad. The way Steve God intended it to be.
No Flash. Really? Flash? That was a bullet point that never found any user who cared. Where is Flash on mobile devices now, two years later. Uh oh. It’s not.
Frucci got all silly after that with a desire for Adapters, a Widescreen, T-Mobile 3G (do you know anybody that uses T-Mobile?), the Closed App Ecosystem. Customers have had 55-million opportunities to vote on what the iPads (all three versions) need. One thing I forgot to mention is that Adam Frucci is a moron (so says Lukewind).
The iPad HD Sucks*
TechCrunch is no stranger to come on link bait headlines, but MG Siegler goes the extra distance with a sucky headline and an asterisk (that and the question mark absolves the headline writer of any responsibility).
The iPad HD Sucks* came out the day before Apple’s new iPad was introduced. For all their insider sources, even Siegler believed the new iPad would be an iPad HD, not the iPad 3.
Everything else on the commoners wish list came true. More RAM. Faster CPU. Fabulous screen. iOS 5.1. Button. Phrase of the day is “Being pre-disappointed is the new disappointed.”
The rest of us, the ones called customers, will vote for what we like because we like it. Pundits will hate it because it doesn’t have HDMI, or an SD card slot, or T-Mobile 3G, or wheels, or human teleportation bean, or Liquid Metal. The rest of us will like it because it has 200,000 apps, it’s easy to use, fun to use, plays well in business, is lighter than a similar sized book, and runs 4G LTE screaming faster than any other major tablet (hint: there is no other major tablet; it’s an iPad market).
Tony Bradley listed Five Things That Would Make The iPad 3 A Better Business Tool.
Most of them are esoteric (Join Windows Domains, Native Remote Desktop, Multi-Factor Authentication, Remote Access for Admins) considerations worthy of a CIO, but users, actual iPad users in business, won’t give a horses patootie.
The fifth is Office on iPad. Microsoft may launch Office for iPad, completely shutting out Android tablets from future business consideration, but I don’t think it matters. After all, Apple has shipped nearly 60-million iPads so far, not one with Office. Who cares? Not users.
I signed up for Onlive Desktop so I could run Windows and Office on my iPad. It works. It’s reasonably fast. It’s Windows, Internet Explorer, Office and a few other apps right on my iPad’s screen.
Big whoop. After 20-minutes I figured out that I didn’t need Office on my iPad. I’m not doing power spreadsheets, power documents, or power presentations on my iPad now. What difference would Office make? None.
Office is part of the PC era. Everything iPad is part of the post-PC era and Apple remains a light year or two ahead of Microsoft. Business is already adopting the iPad in record numbers. So are schools and governments.
This photo is worth a thousand words.
Ignore the pundits. Ignore the lists of things people hate about the iPad. Ignore the lists of what the iPad needs before it’s a worthy machine for business.
Go with your heart. Try it out. Use it for an hour. You’ll see why so many have been sold.