iPad is Definitely a Consumption Machine


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Phil Long (@RadHertz) and I are definitely in agreement on what the iPad is and what it is not. Phil eaned my sympathy when I read his post to find his MacBook failed in Copenhagen and he had to fall back on his iPad.

His comment is spot on and absolutely corresponds to my own findings:

Trying to write text and compose a lecture complete with slides all on the iPad, well, wasn’t easy. The lack of multitasking is a real killer. But worse is the lack of a common access to a memory buffer that could transfer content from one app to another.

Even little things, like trying to use gchat, are difficult. As everyone using the iPad says it’s a consumption machine not a creation device. This version of the OS never will be a creation device. But in an emergency something is better than nothing.

Will iOS 4.2 improve the situation?

Republished with author's permission from original post.

Michael Rees
Mijare Consulting
I am an IT academic interested in Web 2.0 application development and use, social media tools for organisations and individuals, virtualisation and cloud computing applications.


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