The potential is huge. There are certainly things which are missing, but the experience is great, the apps are needing more depth but that will come. There's already some really nice stuff there.
I can't help but feel a lot of the nay Sayers see it as a really passive device where you just sit and consume. It's not like that if you don't want it to be like that.
For example, From a music production point of view you can buy an electroic replica of a synth from Korg that used to cost over a grand. It's polished, fun to use and of a professional standard. But it's not just that name brand staff, there is software to turn it into a touch screen control surface. Digital replicas of vintage synths, seminal music creation tools (analogue and digital) These are not passive tools of consumption unless you treat it like that.
Take that very small snapshot of a niche area and multiply it by your own personal fields of interest and you will see the potential. Which is not to say that you can't do these things with other devices, but it's never been this easy and this cheap to get this kind of functionality.
You don't want one of these? Sure don't buy it, there will be plenty of other similar devices, but this is the first time it's been done *right* and it's the start of big changes in the way people interact with computers (and the standard of experience they will expect)
*You* say it's been done "right". That's no more valid than those of us who can't see it as anything more than a "toy" at this stage. And your "naysayers" is about as valid as if I called you/others "fanboys" for your views, so let's just stick to talking about the item rather than each other, yeah?
As for being a digital control centre, why would not an iPhone or similar smart phone become that with a suitable app? A "controller" doesn't need some big interface, just a few buttons and dials for the function you're looking to do. I would much rather have an app or two on my smaller and much more functional phone that does that than have to purchase something separate just for that.
As I've said already, I can see uses within the digital music area, but for most other functions that have been mentioned I don't see why a smartphone wouldn't be the preferred choice for the majority of people. Even today's smh.com.au article, they mention about the iPad "doing away" with satnav products, where the iPhone (and other smartphones) are already doing that and are fine size wise, you want the voice talking to you anyway not looking away from the road as you're driving.
It's been done right because it works, it's a joy to use and works well. That's what I define as *done right* - I think that's a reasonably fair assertion. We've had tablet computers for the last 8 years and this is the first time that the usability and context of the device has been put first and foremost. The proof is in the pudding, and the machines which have come before this have been pretty awful to use and had no support for the interface (touch or using stylus) both in terms of operating system or application support.
As far as my comment regarding naysayers I'd happily defend that thought. People want to write it off as a toy, and if you use it like that, sure it's a toy, but it's got wider applications than that - it's a computing platform and it does the things you want it to do (unless that's flash). The music area is an example which was ripe for this kind of device but there's a whole lot more you can do with one of these if you so desire.
If don't appreciate it from that angle, that's your prerogative, and I won't loose any sleep. Beside that, the iPad is interesting for the same reason the iPhone is interesting - it will change the conversation with manufacturers of hardware. It used to be impossible to get a well designed, stable, which would integrate with your existing software smartphone (let alone be easy to use). The iPhone demonstrably, was the catalyst for change in that market.
The same will happen with iPad, the rest of the market will get a kick up the arse and will produce quality tablet computers too (Google has an Android based unit in the works, HP has bought Palm and is ditching Windows 7 for Palm OS for it's upcoming tablet machine, and Dell has got one in the works). These are more appropriate solutions than netbooks. The majority of netbook consumers just want a usable small form factor computer that doesn't cost a bomb that they can carry around with them. And remembering that netbooks have been the biggest growth sector in computer sales for the last couple of years, the potential for growth is huge.
You've once more defended your *opinion* with further opinion and conjecture. No more or no less valid than anyone else's with experience in the online/digital medium.
*"These are more appropriate solutions than netbooks"*, for example. Who says? You. Great, you're perfectly within your rights too, however I could just as easily argue that is not correct, since many, *many* netbook users want it for Word processing and other activities like that they can do without being lumbered with a larger laptop, activities which require a dedicated keyboard.
The "majority"? Who knows for certain, certainly not you, nor me, so once again I'll ask you to be able to respect another professional's opinion as much as you would hope someone respected yours, even if you don't agree with it.
And that's far more than I really care to write anymore about it, especially on a Monday bloody morning. :op
Firstly even if my post was entirely filled with opinion, this is a forum and I'm saying what I think. Secondly, my argument has basis in my experience with the device.
I'm putting my opinion up online, it's just as valid for me to challenge your pre-conception of it being just a toy than it is for you to disagree with my point of view. There's no empirical data here, there's nothing I can reference here other than my own experience with both netbooks and my iPad.
These are more appropriate solutions than netbooks because it's a nicer machine to use outside the usual paradigm of sitting on a desk using a computer. I bought a top of the line netbook and it was shit to use - simply shrinking down a laptop doesn't take into account users needs. If you try serious word processing on a netbook you'll see what a usability nightmare those things are. My argument is that the right tool for the right job, if that means a netbook, hurrah, if it means an iPad or a desktop machine, also hurrah.
You can use this on the couch, or on bed or just out and about without getting a sore neck and eyestrain because you're wresting with the technology. That's awesome if you ask me.
::The "majority"? Who knows for certain, certainly not you, nor me, so once again I'll ask you to be able to respect another professional's opinion as much as you would hope someone respected yours, even if you don't agree with it.
What is this? I don't even...
Are you seriously trolling? I'm taking the time to discuss this because I'm interested and you're trying to make it out like it's a major slight I'm aiming at you or that I'm besmirching you simply by disagreeing?