It looks like I’m the one of the few people in the world who is not overwhelmed with the new iPad from Apple.
In case you missed all the noise about the new Apple product, the iPad is shaped like a tablet PC (you know, the flat, non-folding PC that still hasn’t found a market). This tablet has a 9.7 inch touch screen. The most magical thing about it is the price — for only $499 you can buy the entry level model.
Wi-Fi models should be shipping in late March and 3G (wireless) shipping in April. The iPad is uses the AT&T network. Yep, the same one that people have been complaining is too slow and congested. Of course, AT&T changed all that by killing the "unlimited data" plan and forcing anyone getting a new iPad, new iPhone or switching to a tethering plan for their computer, to move to either a 2GB/month or 200MB/month plan.
Functionally, the iPad sounds like nothing more than a large iTouch — you’ll be able to surf the web using Apple’s Safari web browser, while touch typing on the screen keyboard (like the iPhone and iTouch, you have to skip through three different keypads to get to letters, punctuation and numbers).
You’ll be able to read ebooks on it, run applications from the iTunes App store, watch videos including HD videos as well as YouTube videos, do email, have a calendar, keep notes, and play music in its iPod functions.
In other words, do everything that I can do with my iPhone except use it as a phone. Or do everything an iTouch can do, just with a bigger screen.
Now, about that bigger screen. You’ve got a flat panel that’s appears to be about the size of a pad of paper. It’s 9.7 inches diagonally, plus has a black margin of roughly an inch all the way around.
The iPad weighs 1.5 pounds and is 0.5 inches thick. But, the front is glass. You won’t be carrying this one around, like you do an iTouch or iPhone. If you do, it’s bulky and fragile.
Is it a notebook killer or a netbook killer? Not likely. The same usability issues apply, plus you can’t use PC or Mac computer applications on it.
It just won’t do the things that a netbook will do, unless you’re one of those few people who don’t use the netbook as a small PC.
My solution was to sell my netbook and get an ultralight notebook running Windows 7, the Acer Aspire TimelineX AS3820T-5246 13.3-Inch HD Laptop (Black Brushed Aluminum)