John B. Judis finds the early adopter problem and pans the iPad. The first problem was his wireless network (mine works flawlessly). From NPR (via New Republic):
And that brings me to the next problem with the iPad: the glare from the screen. When I look at an ordinary computer screen and try to read something on it for longer ten or 15 minutes, the images begin to blur, and even go double. I have trifocals designed for reading computers. With the iPad’s screen, the problem is worse because it seems even more inclined than your average LCD screen to pick up glare.
You can use the iPad to communicate with other people, but to do so, you have to use the machine’s cumbersome touchpad. That’s OK for exchanging gossip or oohs and ahhs on Twitter, but not for any kind of mutual reflection. You can’t really touch-type on these screens. When I did hunt and peck, I made more mistakes than I make with my thumbs on a Blackberry.
Another old fart who can write but can’t think. Or remember that learning something new takes a little time.
Between my desktop, notebook, smartphone, and Kindle, I don’t know whether I need still another gateway to the land of bits and bytes.
And how many people have serious usage problems with their desktops (Windows PCs), notebooks (Windows PCs), smart phones (BlackBerry et al)? Plenty. Kindles? I know three people who own one. Like it or don’t, the iPad is the next killer computer.