Being the concluding part of the article, The Apple iPad, do we really need it? Part One.
Why the Apple iPad has done very well
The ipad did very well the weekend it went on sale. It sold more than 300,000 units in its opening weekend and more than half a million units a couple of days later. In fact, the international launch of the iPad had to be delayed because of the quantity of the device that was being sold. It was literally selling in droves, and as a result, to my chagrin, the international debut of the iPad had to be postponed. You see, demand for the ipad far exceeded the supply, more than Apple could cope with.
So, why did the iPad do so well? Surely it must be really good to attract so much attention. People are not fools to dish out hard earned money only to live up to a Craze. Even, there were queues in the stores just as you had during the iPhone’s opening weekend sales.
The iPad is an engineering achievement. It was intricately designed with years and years of R and D to show for it. It is a laptop substitute. You could use it to listen to music, watch Movies, browse the web, use productivity applications, create documents, Play games, read E-books, newspapers and comic books. You can do all this while you lay back and relax on your sofa or on a bus. It is lightweight when compared to a full laptop or even a netbook. It definitely fits a niche. If you love the iphone User interface, the ipad is even much better. From videos I have watched of it, it looks exquisite, fluid and dexterous to behold. It is difficult to resist owning it! So I do not blame those who have to wait in the queue to buy it or the early adopters.
Ipad Competitors and “ipad Killer”
Just like the iphone, the ipad has begotten a long list of wanna-be “ipad killer”s. The sales were phenomenon and of course other manufacturers would want to catch in on the craze. It is only logical for them. Top companies like Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Google are already planning to come out with tablet computers ala the ipad. HP last week started leaking information about its own Slate tablet computer in blog posts and in teaser videos posted on YouTube. The HP Slate is expected to ship by mid-year. Other companies are also entering the fray. Dell is reportedly developing the Streak, while Nokia, Acer and Lenovo Group are also working on tablets.
I believe they have a lot of work ahead of them if they want to compete with and beat Apple Inc.’s popular ipad device. This only makes the tablet computer space highly competitive and consumers shall have many choice to show for it.
The ipad is a revolution. And also an evolution of what Computers would become. It is not simply a scaled down version of any computer or the MAC Operating system X. Rather, it is an intuitive OS, with easy to operate User interface with minimalistic design and an improvement over the iphone. It Boots from shut-down to full power in less than 15 seconds and you get your work done speedily with little clogging of the suave OS. Unlike what you have in a computer and more analogous to a phone, the ipad is mostly on standby and you can bring it on and to use in less than 3 seconds from standby. This is an obvious advantage over regular PCs.
The ipad is also more like a computer. You can watch videos and read books on it, and maybe even get some work done. Many authorities however have criticized it as a consumptive device for media and not a media creator. But such criticism appears to be extreme. You can actually get some work done on an ipad.
I believe that despite the renewed enthusiasm of the tablet PC format that has failed to catch up in the past, you cannot stop Apple, you can only hope to contain it. And even with that these days, it may seem like a bit too much to ask. The ipad has now popularized the previous moribund tablet PC form factor and would likely lead the pace. In addition to the successful launch of the ipad by Apple into the foray of the world of tablets, the company has transcendentally announced the iphone OS 4.0 which mobilitynigeria had been kind to announce earlier. What this means is that the ipad can only get exceptional. With coming iterations of it, it would have no choice but to get better and improvement shall lead it to become the ultimate device.