Quick thoughts on the iPad before being influenced by the crowd

I’ve been snowed under since “the announcement.”

Here are some quick thoughts before I read what others have written:

1. No where in the marketing materials or presentation (except for a slide with a quote from Walt Mossberg) are the words “slate” or “tablet” used. As I have predicted before, Apple created a new category of device that will be called “pad” media. This is not a tablet — not to be compared with a tablet, they’ll argue.

2. Why the iPad is the best name? It drafts off billions of dollars of brand investment in the iPod. And it describes the physical nature of the device.

3. As predicted, there is, among the geekiratti, the tendency to focus on what it “doesn’t” have. That’s great. Apple can hold the iPad up and say, “this is what the product is” and others can focus on what it doesn’t have. For example, I wanted a camera for video conferencing. I’ll have to wait for another year or so for that.

4. It’s pretty amazing to me how close the device is to the, frankly, made up stuff I used to envision the product to be.

5. Why did Jason Calicanus so blatantly lie on Twitter last night — and why did the Wall Street Journal pick up his tweets and treat them like fact.

6. Only losers will use the keyboard dock.

  • SplinteredMind

    Hahaha! The keyboard dock was one of the selling factors for me. I’m not sold yet on the iPad virtual keyboard since I haven’t used it. The iPhone keyboard is chock full of comedy gold with autocorrection in play. It can never keep up with me. A physical keyboard via dock or bluetooth just might make the iPad usable for me, but then I want to write books on it.

  • I actually meant (w/ #6) that only losers would use the keyboard dock — in public. I base my opinion on using portable keyboard in the past with mobile devices. If you start adding stuff to the device, the whole reason it exists starts to fracture.

  • SplinteredMind

    Very true. If I purchase an iPad, I intend to use the keyboard dock at home. It’s not something I would lug about with me. I remember using a keyboard with my Palm Zire—twice? You had to stick the Palm Zire in a stand that had a mirror that refracted the IR beams down to the keyboard. It was very Rube Goldbergesque and terribly clever, but didn’t work very well.

  • Expect an Apple store to open either in the Cool Springs Galleria or in the McEwen development by the end of the year.

  • Expect an Apple store to open either in the Cool Springs Galleria or in the McEwen development by the end of the year.