Man, that’s brutal. I’ve looked forward to the iSlate iPad unveiling for quite some time, and up through the last few minutes of the presentation, I was still intrigued, at least. Then the price point appeared. Really? $500-$830? A $130 surcharge for the right to pay $30 a month for 3G?
I was following along with Engadget’s excellent live blog of the event (while working, of course) all afternoon. Certain aspects of the iPad are great – the ability to use iWork, the excellent looking interface, and the external keyboard. But through it all, I kept thinking the same thing – “where’s that ONE feature that makes this a must-have?”
Much to my chagrin, it never happened. It started off looking like they’d blown up the iPod Touch. Then it morphed into a blown up iPod Touch with more firepower and a better UI. Then, in the end, it became a blown up iPod Touch with more firepower and a better UI and a massive pricetag.
What did I expect? Well, to be honest, I don’t know. The idea of a tablet didn’t thrill me to begin with, but Apple tends to be very good at making things I want. The word “revolutionary” kept getting thrown around, so I thought, OK, ignore the fact that tablet PCs have been around and rather underwhelming for years. Apple will do to tablets what they did to cell phones.
Yeah, that’s what they did – a little too literally.
I don’t know what I wanted from the iPad, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t this.