PC People are still Skeptical
Ian Paul writing for PC world brings up the list of complaints that many people seem to have with the iPad.
Here is just a sampling:
Since the iPad is running the iPhone OS that means no Adobe Flash–unless you want to do this. The problem is there are so many Websites out there using Flash not only for advertisements, but regular video as well. To my mind this is a big miss on Apple’s part. Maybe one day HTML 5 video will rule the Web instead of Flash, but that day is not coming any time soon.
Is the iPad a threat to netbooks?
You can buy an external keyboard (price unknown), and the price for the iPad is right at $499. You can buy iWork, a suite of productivity apps for the device, so why not replace a netbook with the iPad? One concern might be Microsoft Office compatibility, but the standard version of iWork allows you to save files as Office documents, and presumably iWork on the iPad will do the same thing. Of course, most netbooks come with Webcams for video conferencing, and the iPad, well…
Why no Webcam?
You can put a Webcam in something as thin as the MacBook Air, but not the iPad? Are you kidding me? This is another big miss, to my mind. I have to wonder if the addition of 3G connectivity prevented Apple from even considering a Webcam. The telecoms probably wouldn’t be too happy to see people using Google video chat and Skype across 3G connections on the iPad. What other reason could there be for not having a Webcam? Was Apple afraid a Webcam-enabled iPad would cannibalize the 13-inch Macbook? Not likely, but you never know.