Sunday, May 9, 2010



After three years Apple is back to what it is known to be

best at - launch new product. The computing giant

launched iPad, a sleek table that aims to revolutionise the

publishing business the same way as Apple iPod

transformed the music industry and iPhone transformed

the telecom industry.

But can iPad really do what iPod and iPhone could in their respective

domains? While there are many who are going gaga over Apple's new

launch and see it as a disruptive technology. There are others who are

cautious and apprehensive.

The critics are lamenting the absence of some features which they feel are

basic for any product of iPad's category. So what is it that is missing from

Apple's big launch? Read on to find out:


Lack of camera

One big miss in Apple iPad is camera. Lack of camera seems

disappointing especially since the device is said to be

somewhere between a smart phone and laptop and in today's

smart phones presence of camera seems almost default.

Lack of camera means there is no option to video chat or videoconferencing.


No SD card support

With iPad coming in 16, 32 and 64 GB versions, storage seems

big. Extra storage is always welcome and with no SD card

support that option is not available.


No Adobe Flash support

Another big miss is absence of Flash support. With a screen as big

as 9.7 inches, Flash support is surely to be missed. As surfing the

Web without Flash is not same. The `big, empty video boxes in

the middle of a page' that will appear are sure to disappoint.

People won't be able to access miniclip, play farmville, watch


In iPhone 3GS too when users browse through Web pages with Adobe

Flash, it displays empty spaces with missing icons.


Lack of multitasking with applications.

Multitasking seems to becoming a computing norm, with even

mobile OSes offering it. However, there is no multitasking option in

iPad's OS. This means for example users can't listen to FM while

they surf the Web, or switch back and forth between Facebook and

Twitter, or write an email while talking on a VOIP call.

Widescreen/Aspect Ratio

Analysts feel that a 4:3 aspect ratio may be just perfect for

using iPhone apps in full screen mode. However, a similar

aspect ratio may not be as good for media. Especially since

the digital world is rapidly moving to widescreen formats.


Digital ink and paper

Being touted as a 'Kindle killer' by many, Apple iPad is not

exactly that. For, Apple iPad lacks the advantages of a digital

ink and paper which are considered to be integral parts of an




There is no facility for HDMI output in iPad. This means

users will not be able to view HD videos on a large TV

screen even if they have downloaded the same from


Need of Adapters

The design may seem just seamless. But, you may find it

too seamless when you will figure out the number of

adapters you would require with it. Apple iPad has no USB

ports reportedly. So, whatever you want to use with it

camera, printer or even a USB, you would need an adapter

for it.


Can't 'download' Apps

In ipad one can download applications only from Apple's

AppStore. iPad doesn't allow users to download any apps

other than from the App Store!

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