March 7, 2012

Apple's "The new iPad" announcement

Quick thoughts from today's rather disappointing "new iPad" announcement from Apple.

The Good:

  • Retina display
  • Quad-core CPU
  • Better cameras
  • 4G LTE
  • Can be used as mobile hotspot
The Missing:
  • Everything else....
  • no iPad mini
  • no HDMI out (or even Apple's not-close-to-a-standard "Thunderbolt" display-out)
  • no SD card slot (or expandable storage of any kind)
  • no 128 GB
  • no price drop (yes, I know the iPad 2 is still available, and it is cheaper, but that's not the same thing)
  • no Siri (voice dictation is not the same thing)
  • no Flash (yeah, I know Adobe stopped development, I still think it's a bonehead move)
The Bad:
  • Thicker
  • Heavier
  • idiotic short-term-thinking name....  "The New iPad" will not be "new" forever or even very long.  And what's next year's model going to be "The all-new New iPad"?  It's just stupid.
The "who cares":
  • AppleTV
  • iLife / iWork updates - FOR THE iPAD (while iLife and iWork for Macs are still stuck back in 2009).
The "dur":
  • "We're just getting started" - duh, we already know 10.8 is coming, and I would hope Apple wouldn't let a calendar year go by without any updates to the iPhone / iPod / Mac line ups.
As usual, Apple makes an obvious evolutionary speed bump style upgrade sound like "we're changing everything again again" earth-shattering mega-upgrade.  It's not.  It's just a few of the obvious changes they should have made already.  Nothing at all noteworthy.

Personally, my suggestion to anyone even remotely considering getting an iPad.  Get an iPod Touch and a name-brand Android capacitive touch tablet.  You'll spend about the same amount of money, get 2 devices, and have more features on your tablet (like everything that's missing above).

I personally have an Acer Iconia A100 Android Tablet and an Apple iPod Touch 4 and I love them.  No contract, and still only cost me $450 to have both.  The extra $49 I spent on an OnLive video game controller for my Acer.  Much better deal in my opinion.  And (since they mentioned something about the iPad having a higher resolution than the 360 and the PS3) I can plug my Acer into my HDTV and play console game through OnLive with my controller.

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