Unless you live under a rock you have undoubtedly heard about the much anticipated Apple iPad. I had thought about doing a quick post when the iPad was first announced, but it seemed like everyone and their mother was covering, so I thought I would wait for some of the hoopla to die down. Over the past few weeks I have read a variety of sites discussing the iPad, with opinions ranging from it is an unimpressive product to it is a product that will revolutionize. I thought this would be a good opportunity to see what the readers of MediaSmartServer.net think.
My initial thoughts are to be honest I am not sure what to think of the iPad. I will admit I don’t buy into the whole Apple ecosystem. I do own an iPod Touch (I got it for free ) and do own an excellent door stop known as an AppleTV. I just can’t figure out what I would do with the iPad. It doesn’t replace a notebook/netbook/desktop nor does it replace a smart phone or an iPod. Much of my video collection is high bitrate mkv/m2ts, so no luck there. I refuse to pay for another subscription service (i.e. 3G) just to have unlimited wireless, and since the iPad does not support using a cell phone as a modem like my laptop, I would be highly limited to Wi Fi hotspots when traveling. The lack of Flash support is a negative, as many of the sites I visit use Flash in some fashion (I hate seeing that broken flash icon!!!). If the iPad is meant to be a truly mobile device then I need more then just 16GB/32GB/64GB of space, and even going to the largest model (64GB) requires paying a premium. And then finally there is the price, ranging from $499 – $829 (see pricing model at the bottom of the post), which throws the iPad against netbooks/notebooks that are far more capable for the same price, if not less.
Given all the shortcomings of the iPad for my particular situation, the amazing thing is I am still very interested in the iPad as let’s face it, there is a certain “coolness” factor to it. I also know that if I were to pick one up it would instantly be a hit in my house. For the time being though I think I will sit on the sidelines and see how all this plays out. My interest is probably more towards the HP Slate or the Microsoft Courier which on paper looks to have more of the features that I am looking for.
So here is the question for our loyal readers, are you interested in the iPad, or have you already preordered one? If you are planning on getting one how do you see yourself integrating it into your setup? Are then any apps/plug ins that you hope will enhance your Windows Home Server Experience? Or maybe you think the whole tablet craze is nothing more then a fad that will fade over time.
iPad Pricing Model:
|Wi-Fi Available April 3.||$499||$599||$699|
|Wi-Fi + 3G Available late April.||$629||$729||$829|