Why the iPad Is the Most Hated Gadget Ever

Why the iPad Is the Most Hated Gadget Ever

As the Apple iPad succeeds beyond expectations, it leaves in its wake an enormous body count of dead and dying products. While consumers love it, several major industries have grown to hate it. And for very good reason.

Why Tablet Competitors Hate the iPad

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. The iPad was supposed to usher in a new era of tablet computing, creating a thriving new market that looked a lot like the world of smart phones.

After gaining an early lead, the iPad was supposed to settle in as a big seller, dominating the high end of the market. Android tablets were supposed to grab most of the unit sales, offering a variety of successful sizes, options and price points. And tablets running proprietary platforms like HP’s WebOS and RIM’s BlackBerry Tablet OS were supposed to bring healthy new sources of revenue to those companies.

But that’s not what happened.

What happened is that Apple has asserted an unshakable lead, and no other company other than Amazon has taken significant share.

What’s worse, the vast distance between expectations for non-iPad touch tablets and the ugly reality is causing havoc,  wrecking companies and transforming whole industries.

The first major casualty was the HP TouchPad, which shipped July 1. Although HP had enormously high hopes for the tablet, its reception in the market was so bad that seven weeks later HP announced the termination of all WebOS hardware products.

Retail stores had literally hundreds of thousands of units that they knew would never sell at the initial price that started at $500. So they had a fire sale to dump the products starting at $99 each, a price far below cost. In the end, HP had to take a $1 billion cash charge on the fiasco.

The bloodbath was just beginning. Next up: RIM. The company’s BlackBerry PlayBook tablet has sold better than the TouchPad, but sales were disappointing and have declined since the launch on April 19. RIM’s estimates for unit sales were 2.4 million for second fiscal quarter, but they ended up selling only 200 thousand of them.

In order to dump inventory, RIM temporarily cut $300 off the price of each tablet, selling far below cost.

The company had to take a $485 million charge on losses from the PlayBook miscalculation.

Another factor is the Amazon Kindle, which is sold by Amazon at a loss to be recouped later with content purchased on Amazon.com.

Here’s the under-appreciated reality of all this: HP, RIM and Amazon have all moved millions of touch tablets into the market at below cost. This has caused two problems for the market. First, it’s created a domino effect. HP’s fire sale on the TouchPad cut demand for the BlackBerry PlayBook, reducing unit sales. That contributed to RIM’s need for a fire sale of its own. (Plus, Amazon has probably long intended to sell below cost.)

All this crazy, unexpected discounting has both artificially taken market share away from the various Android tablets, and re-set consumer expectations about how much a touch tablet is supposed to cost.

Now, the only way to sell a non-iPad tablet in any significant quantity is to sell it below cost.

Android tablet makers are faced with the choice between making a little money on each tablet but selling few, or losing money on each tablet and selling many.

It’s a horrible state of affairs for the tablet industry, unless you’re Apple or Amazon. And it’s almost entirely the fault of the iPad.

The iPad’s reception convinced the industry that they could succeed, too. The success of the iPad made HP and RIM vastly over-estimate demand. And the success of the iPad made it impossible to compete against the iPad in the market, forcing companies to ultimately dump inventory at below cost and, in doing so, nearly destroy the Android tablet market.

That’s why the consumer tablet industry hates the iPad. But they’re not the only ones.

Why Vertical Tablet Makers Hate the iPad

Tablets have been around for many years in various vertical industries.

The aviation industry offers something called the “electronic flight bag.” Several companies have sold expensive, dedicated tablets that give both professional and private pilots a variety of tools and charts necessary for aviation, as electronic replacements for the paper resources that used to be standard.

But the iPad is destroying that industry. The iPad hardware is much better. The interface is much better. iPads are far less expensive. And they can be used for other things. Pilot tools are provided as simple apps.

The electronic flight bag industry hates the iPad.

The same thing goes for a large number of industries, such as medicine, retail and many others. Everything was going fine. And now the iPad comes out of nowhere to destroy their expectations — and their revenue.

Why The Toy Industry Hates the iPad

The number one most requested toy for Christmas this year is the iPad.

And it’s also popular among parents as a gift for their children.

And boy does the toy industry hate that. The reason is that the iPad replaces not a single toy type, but thousands of them.

Apps make the iPad a replacement for all kinds of toys that parents now don’t have to buy. So the hardware takes away money that would have been spent on toys, then the apps take away money that parents would later spend on games, content, coloring books and so on.

Why the PC Industry Hates the iPad

The iPad has really thrown a monkey wrench into the PC industry.

One of the hottest segments three years ago was the tiny netbook. Many PC companies are still relying on netbook revenue. But, increasingly, they can’t.

Dell announced yesterday, for example, that it plans to discontinue consumer netbooks. Apparently iPads are too compelling an alternative. Instead, Dell plans to aggressively pursue ultra-portables that compete with the MacBook Air. Good luck with that.

Meanwhile, the Dells of the world have a bigger problem, which is that some people are using their iPad as an alternative to a full-size laptop or desktop.

Former PC World Editor-in-Chief and current Technologizer writer Harry McCracken said last week that the iPad 2 has become his favorite computer. McCracken wrote: “I think it’s possible to use an iPad as one’s primary device for professional-level content creation. Actually, scratch that. I’m positive it’s possible — because I’ve been doing it for the past three months, and I’ve been having a really good time.”

The number of people who favor an iPad as their main computing environment is small but growing.

And the PC industry hates that.

Why Amazon Will Soon Hate the iPad

The Amazon Kindle Fire is the only non-iPad touch tablet currently succeeding in the market.

The main reason is price. At $200, it’s far less than half the price of the iPad.

The other reason is that people like Amazon-specific goodies like free cloud service and easy access to Amazon content and shopping.

But mostly it’s the price.

It has also become clear in recent weeks that the Kindle Fire is a piece of crap.

The tablet has no physical volume buttons; no privacy, security or parental controls to speak of; a clunky user interface; not enough storage; an old version of Android; and a host of other problems.

The Amazon Kindle Fire fits the description Steve Jobs once gave for the netbook. The problem with the Kindle Fire is that it’s not better than anything. It’s just cheap.

The Kindle Fire is far less expensive than the iPad for two reasons. First, Amazon is selling it at a loss, while Apple makes a huge profit on every iPad. But second, the Kindle Fire is a 7-inch screen device and the iPad is a nearly 10-inch one. The screen, the battery, some electronics and some materials are far cheaper on a smaller device.

Now there’s a rumor that Apple plans to replace the iPod Touch with a 7.85-inch iPad. The rumor looks as solid as such rumors get. Plus it makes perfect sense for Apple to do this.

Given Apple’s economies of scale, it’s likely that Apple could sell the iPad at the same price as the current iPod Touch — $199 — which is also, of course, the same price as the Amazon Kindle Fire.

Merely announcing such a product would immediately hammer Kindle Fire sales. And actually shipping it would be devastating. Why would you buy a Smart ForTwo car if you could buy an Infinity M37 for the same price?

Consumers love the iPad. But the unprecedented success of the iPad is laying waste to products, product categories, companies and even entire industries, and nobody can stop it. Never before in the history of consumer electronics has a single product earned so much love – and so much hate.

  • Allan Cook

    Interesting, and well-written. I hadn’t thought that anyone hated the iPad, much less practically everyone who doesn’t own one.

  • kinnaly yang

    Good article. Nice read.

  • kinnaly yang

    That is also a point missed in the article; people who dont own one hate all that do!

  • geek

    Interesting read but crap!  

  • Sameh Safaa Fahmi

    And Cult of Mac confirms some of my opinions posted on Tumblr yesterday http://studio79.tumblr.com/pos

  • tiresius

      Chalk it up to innovation and progress.  Polaroid and Kodak weren’t exactly excited about digital photography either.  Neither were many manufacturers of low end point and shoot cameras that have largely been replaced by smart phone cameras.  

  • Gustavo Gonzalez

    Very interesting article, nice for reading!

  • VGISoftware

    Great article! Well written! Although, “hating” the iPad is distinctly irrational, as well as misdirected.

    I think the staggering success of the iPad is making these companies realize how complacent they’d become, and how myopic and arrogant they had been in pooh-poohing both the iPhone and iPad when they first came out.

    This SELF-hate is perhaps due also to grossly mis-estimating the magnitude of effort it was going to take to not only meet the iPad’s quality and impact, but to then BETTER it somehow.

    It was obvious to me back at the iPhone’s introduction when I learned about its OS being a flavor of the Mac OS and the positive implications of that, and then realizing that no potential competitor then or since has had such a sweet OS also capable of anything similar.

    It would be an interesting read some day if someone could dig up the respective behind-the-scenes stories at MS, RIM, Google, Amazon, etc. which paralleled the time tracks of the iPhone and iPad.

  • Steve Wagner

    Concerning electronic flight bags, it has a lot of flaws. That’s why a lot of major airlines didn’t buy iPads. eg. you can’t read the display in direct sunlight. I don’t think it’s such a huge market currently

  • Mark Milley

    That’s funny. I have an HP Slate 500 (Not the ill-fated HP TouchPad) and I can’t for the life of me wonder why anyone would want to spend money on an iPad. The Slate 500 is smaller then the iPad, weighs less, and runs every application a PC runs—because it is a PC. Like the iPad, it has a multi-touch screen, but it also has a digitzer and stylus (the digitizer means you can actually rest your hand on it while you write), which means you get the best of both worlds. Same cost, more features, etc. The real problem for Microsoft (and their partners) isn’t creating desirable devices–it’s that their marketing efforts leave a lot to be desired. Jobs was more salesman than innovator; and his ads were simple and direct. Most MS commercials don’t even make sense. Insert your rants below.

  • Aaron

    The true reason why the iPad is the most hated gadget:
    Its features, price, and virtually every other aspect about it just plain suck, and FanboiS treat it like the revelation of God to man (aka, Ten Commandment tablets).

  • Brrriiiaaallliiiaaannnttt

    Businesses who like the IPad: Nuance, flash drive companies, Corning, Broadcom, Foxconn, TI, accessory companies like zagg_otter_jawbone, app developers like Big Fish_EA, Etc. Business is about adapting to massive change like the iPad represents. Being in denial will impact many businesses…

  • Amr Khalifa

    Elgan always likes to steal attention with his big headlines! While it’s a nice read overall, he’s way too dramatic… “nearly ‘destroy’ the Android tablet market.”
    And the 7″ iPad is the dumbest thing i’ve ever heard of. It would be so un-Apple do make such a move, what with the confusion it would create for the consumer as to which one they should get, or what would happen to the hundreds of thousands of apps that were written specifically for the 9.7″ screen. I mean, get real!

  • luis dominguez

    I own an iPad and love it.  At the same time I own a galazy tab and love it too.  I think the main reason why the other companies have done so terrible is because they think because apple sells there iPad at 500 so can they.  Well, obviously that isn’t working.  Look at motorola, they actually had the balls to try and sell the zoom for 600 when it came out and what happened, nothing.  Even now they have a xyboard and it is gonna cost 430 on a two year contract!  Point is, most people when shopping for a tablet look at the iPad and then see these other tablets priced just as much and give no thought to other tablets and right away choose the iPad.  So until we start seeing well made Android tablets around the 300-350 range I don’t see anything changing.  And if Apple does come out with a 7 inch iPad that’s less than 300, well that’s just game over.

  • Alberto Hernandez

    Like you said, the HP Slate is a PC. Some people hate PCs and just want to browse the web, read email and play games. The iPad is perfect for that.

    Also the HP Slate costs $799 vs iPad $499. Funny how you didn’t mention that.

  • Brian Hartman

    You’re missing a few important points as it relates to the Kindle Fire, Mike.

    1)  The Kindle Fire is no iPad, but it’s not “crap”.  

    2)  Besides the device size, the other reason the Kindle Fire is cheap is because it’s subsidized by content.  The $2-$10 (depending on who you listen to) that Amazon loses on the production costs of the Kindle compared it its sale price is made up for the minute someone starts buying content (i.e., the first day).

    3)  Economies of scale aren’t magical.  There’s only so much you can save on production costs.  If Apple produces a 7″ tablet (which isn’t a sure bet by any means), you can bet your last dollar that they won’t sell it for $200.  In typical Apple fashion, they’ll load it with all the bells and whistles of the current iPad, and charge $350-$400 for it.  That will attract people who would buy an iPad if it was smaller, but it won’t attract the Kindle Fire crowd.

  • Phil

    Your absolutely right, Apple has set the iPad on a silver pedestal and people believe it. They see the iPad as the superior tablet and the rest as the generic or alternative tablet. They see that the “cheap” tablet costs the same as “good” one, then they will buy the best one always. You see a name brand cheese and a store brand cheese and they cost the same, which one would you buy? 

  • Top_Gear

    You’re out of your damn mind if you think any amount of marketing can make people want this slate of yours or any Win 7 and below tablet.

    You also give drugs a bad name.

  • FenTiger

    What? Like the confusion whether to buy a 13″, 15″ or 17″ MacBook Pro? Nah, Apple would never try that…

  • Luciano Chavez

    Excellent points! I couldn’t have said it better!

  • Able Lawrence

    I had a good look at the iPad. I liked the superficial looks and after due consideration of value and how it would work with my other devices (my Sony TV, my Galaxy s2 ) I went for Galaxy tab 10.1 (It has 3G too)

  • Jeff Mitchell

    Aaron, when you say “…virtually every other aspect about it just plain suck…” what precisely do you mean?  Specifics please.

    I have two iPads in my home and neither of them “just plan suck”.  They are powerful, useful devices that allow my family to have fun and do a wide variety of things.  The iPad has its quirks, and its not perfect, but we enjoy it.

    I’m so tired of reading through forum comments and reading posts like yours.  Be specific or go home.  Sweeping, generic statements serve no purpose to anyone. 

  • alansky

    When Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone, he said that the technology in the iPhone was five years ahead of the competition. He was being very conservative, and the same holds doubly true for the iPad. Poorly-designed shameless knockoffs of the iPad do not a successful iPad competitor make. Read it and weep, suckers.

  • Jeff Mitchell

    Mark, I don’t think it’s correct to say that the HP Touchpad can run every application a PC runs.  Can it run Microsoft Office…nope, don’t think so.

    Also, an important consideration is the content ecosystem…music, movies, TV shows, etc.  HP didn’t do adequate legwork to build a support system for the Touchpad that makes it easy and quick to load content.

    Hey, I hate being locked in to Apple, but I’m I’ve spent far too many years playing around and fighting with PC-like devices that don’t work or make it exceedingly difficult to do what I want to do.  The Apple stuff is, for the most part, a breath of fresh air.

  • Karras

    Rather interesting then that other companies have tended thus far to make tablets with similar features and identical prices, no?

    I’m not going to stoop to calling all other tablets ripoffs of the iPad but they do all seem to have followed Apple’s example in terms of what kind of things people want from such a device. And whilst it is true that there are some things that they do better, there is not one of them that you could point to that is a significantly better product overall.

  • Jubei Kiwagami

    The Kindle Fire has been so overhyped and propped up by the blog sphere, so called journalist, main stream media, iHaters and Android Army. There are more non tech savvy people than there are, so I feel bad for these buyers who got tricked into thinking the Fire POS is good enough to be an iPad replacement and an unbelievable price.  Thats how the Kindle Fire is winning. 

    Kindle is a product sold for a loss, hobbled Android OS, portable register for Amazon Bazaar Store.

  • Christopher McManus

    The $2-$10 you quote does not include marketing, transportation, returns, or in-store promotion. 

    It also does not include any margin they pay retailers, such as Best Buy.  Amazon likely pays Best Buy 15% of the selling price, or about $30. For these sales at retailer stores, Amazon is likely $40-$50 dollars in the hole per unit. 

    I’m sure they have modeled out a path to profitability on these.  It would be fascinating to see their assumptions  (average books bought, e-commerce sales generated via Fire, etc…).  Ultimately, what is the lifetime value of these users 

    At a minimum, it is a big risk as they are relying on their assumptions  

  • Al

    Hi Amr,

    A 7 inch iPad, so the rumours go, would have the same resolution as the 10 inch one, so apps would not have to be modified. Although, I think its important to consider how our fingers would not shrink too, so a few apps would become more fiddly and need some layout changes to be optimal for a 7 inch screen.

    I don’t think it would necessarily cause confusion among consumers. After all, if all the content is the same, then 7 or 10 inch screen is just a matter how much you want to spend and/or personal preference. Like buying a TV.

  • Al

    Yeah, and its amazing how a gadget which “just plain suck[s]” had sold better than all its competitors.

    Maybe this is one of those “Christmas miracles” we hear so much about?

  • Karras

    To be fair though, the way that they force you to opt for a bigger screen to get the higher spec (especially between the 13″ and 15″ models) does help to differentiate them somewhat, The 11″ and 13″ MacBook Airs probably make for a better comparison.

    Though I don’t entirely agree with Amr. Although some apps might become fiddlier to use on a smaller screen, I reckon there could be a market for a smaller model.

  • annyjay

    Please explain why you think the article is crap.  I am an iPad owner but did give the other tablets a try. They simply don’t compare.

  • jmmxx

    Sounds good Able. Hope you like them. Let us know how it goes with the G-Tab.

    I would be interested in what you mean by liking the iPad’s “superficial looks”??

  • OgilvyTheAstronomer

    “Being a PC” isn’t exactly a feature. What people love the most about the iPad is precisely that it isn’t a PC.

  • Al

    “Insert your rants below.”

    Okay ;)

    “runs every application a PC runs—because it is a PC”. I believe the reason people want an iPad is precisely because it is not a PC. Its easier to use for many. Consider how the HP Slate has a dedicated Alt + Ctrl + Delete key.

    “I can’t for the life of me wonder why anyone would want to spend money on an iPad”. Well, cost has a lot to do with it. A quick Google search shows your HP Slate 500 retails from $799 US. The iPad retails from $499 US. $300 is a big difference, especially if you have to buy TWO – one for each of your kids to avoid a nuclear Armageddon come Xmas morning!*

    Besides, if you are running generic Windows 7 software, all the multi-touch magic which people like so much, is lost or not used at all.

    So, easier, usually cheaper, and arguably more fun. Its not difficult to see why the iPad has been successful – especially with the excellent marketing, as you pointed out.

    If I needed to buy a Windows PC though, maybe for work, then yes the HP Slate 500 looks damn nice. But its not for families or non-techies.

    * Just think about this: Its Christmas morning and you say, here you go Son, an HP Windows 7 tablet! Yes its just the same as your normal PC, but you’ll have to sit down and read some tutorials to install your games on it, as there is no DVD drive, oh and they probably won’t work all that well as you need to operate it with a stylus. I can just imagine the little boys face light up as he starts configuring Windows Security Notification Centre! Yes, “why anyone would want to spend money on an iPad” when on Xmas morning the kids can gather round and be enthralled watching Dad use a stylus to install AVG AntiVirus.

  • jmmxx

    Everybody misses the point. For an original analysis of Amazon’s decision to lose money on the Fire, see:

    http://jmmxkindlepage.wordpres

    I would like to add to Mr McManus’s note, that on top of all the additional costs he notes, Amazon does not charge fro their cloud service, and Prime is a money loser designed to bring customers, and finally, with a real Android device, they should not be looking to pick up any significant $$ from app sales, since overall, Android users do not pay for apps. They are not necessarily big readers either. 

    So then WHY? – see the link.

  • recyclops117

    Is that why the iPad 2 running IOS 5 out performs any other tablet?The why are you on an ios and mac news site if you hate it so much. You just sound like a fandeoid that has no reason to hate apple and there devices and the only reason bejng is to be un-mainstream. You just sound stupid having this much hatred for a company.

  • recyclops117

    A stylus? Who wants a stylus? Yuck!
    -Steve Jobs

  • RecallElliottNow

    One word: bloodbath!

  • jmmxx

    I do agree with you Brian – the Kindle Fire is NOT crap. 

    It DOES, however, have some very serious issues that have been brought out. Currently, in their own reviews, 22% are dissatisfied with the device. (1 or 2 star reviews), many to the point of returning them. This does not bode well.

  • Matthew Darner

    “But the iPad is destroying that industry. The iPad hardware is much better.”
    You said it best with, “The iPad hardware is much better.”

    I know this article isn’t necessarily demonizing the iPad so much as just stating the feelings from other industries but I guess I would say the only answer is for them to “be better”. Apple certainly has the lead and I absolutely love their products. But I would say that a majority of my friends dislike Apple products simply because they are so popular. It seems hipsterish but it’s a reality (at least in my experience) so there is a market for people who will buy non-Apple, if for nothing else, to spite the popular opinion.

    I think companies are just going to have to work harder at making a solid, excellent product to compete with Apple. OR (as your said) just continue being the best price out there. I recently bought an iPad 2 with some early Christmas gift money but before that I would have (and tried) to go with an HP TouchPad for 99 dollars. I had some money to subsidize my purchase of the iPad (and still then shopped around until I found an okay deal) and that’s what brought me to purchase.

  • scottbodenheimer

    I can’t believe that you don’t talk about weight.  Weight is the number one problem with the iPad and Kindle Fire.  They’re too heavy to hold with one hand comfortably for long, and so that’s a big negative for media consumption. I prefer to use my little iPod Touch for reading eBooks, specifically because it’s lighter to hold and less tiring to use.

  • Sean Gordon

    It is the superior tablet. Not just perceived as such.

  • AVO_tek

    I think the other end of the equation that very few people are talking about is how many American jobs are being shed and obsoleted by all our “advances”. The hugely successful iPad, digital content downloads (both legal and illegal) and the internet itself are causing entire industries to collapse. Thats not some vague abstract description of some old world company that just needs to “get with it” pick a new business model and get back in the ring. No, we are evaporating THOUSANDS of jobs that simply aren’t coming back. Record stores, book stores, video stores, electronic stores are all vanishing for good. Not just the small local mom and pop shops but whole companies that operated hundreds of chains across the country. As the author of the article pointed out, vertical market companies are also getting clobbered and shutting down. The US Postal Service itself is hovering on the brink of collapse. While we pat ourselves on the backs for making so much progress and how much money we’re saving, very little discussion is being held as to the price our economy is paying for the brutal consolidation that is wiping of the livelihood of millions of Americans. Not everyone can just switch gears and become a mobile app developer. I love tech and apple stuff but frankly it scares the hell out of me when I see a shuttered Boarders/Blockbuster/Virgin Megastore/Tower Records/etc. I wonder “what happened to all the people who worked there and needed that paycheck to pay rent/buy food? 

  • geek

    Gladly,

    The article is full of generalizations of groups that hate the
    iPad that miss the mark.

    Tablet Competitors don’t hate the iPad, they have however so far
    been unable to present a product that competes at multiple levels. Therefore it
    is not a matter of hate but rather frustration.

    Suggesting the Amazon Fire is an iPad competitor is pure
    crap.  The Fire was designed to be
    a platform to sell e-books and video content and be a gateway to Amazon’s
    marketplace.  In addition the
    linkage to Android is intentionally weak at best but an OS of cost and
    simplicity.

    It is correct that RIM is dumping their inventory at a loss but
    it is crap to lump Amazon or paint it as a desperation or distressed
    seller.  Amazon configured and
    priced the Fire to sell missions of the device as a magnet to sell content on
    an enduring basis that is where the money will be made and a great strategy. To
    the point of being redundant the Fire is not an iPad competitor in the same way
    that a Ford Focus is not a Mercedes.

    The electronic flight bag industry makes its money on the
    software. It remains to be seen if the iPad will secure FAA approval for use,
    regardless the market is trivial.

    The number one most requested toy for Christmas this year is the
    iPad.

    And it’s also popular among parents as a gift for their
    children.

    And boy does the toy industry hate that. The reason is that the
    iPad replaces not a single toy type, but thousands of them.

    Apps make the iPad a replacement for all kinds of toys that
    parents now don’t have to buy. So the hardware takes away money that would have
    been spent on toys, then the apps take away money that parents would later
    spend on games, content, coloring books and so on.

    The number one toy requested this year is an iPad, who dreamed
    that up?

    The Amazon Fire is a piece of crap, that statement is pure
    crap.  Day 21 of ownership and I
    have no buyers regret nor do those I know who own it.  I also do not know anyone who thinks the Amazon Fire is a
    laptop, Netbook replacement. 
    Interestingly I know at least 3 people who own an iPad and the thrill is
    gone. 2 know have gone back to using their Kindles to read books and 1 know
    travels with his laptop instead of her iPad.  I suspect my small sample size is just as valid than the
    crap presented.

    BTW the statement that all consumers love their iPad is far from
    true, many just refuse to say otherwise after having spent their hard earned
    money.

  • Steven Zahl

    A Product that is just so good……

  • FalKirk

    “(The iPad’s) features, price, and virtually every other aspect about it just plain suck”-Aaron

    The iPad has a 95% customer satisfaction rating. NINTY-FIVE PERCENT. I dare you to find any other tech product in the world that has garnered a higher satisfaction rating.

    Source: “iPad satisfaction hits 95% in October ChangeWave survey”-Apple 2.0

    See also: “Tablet Reliability and Satisfaction: iPad Comes Out on Top”-PCWorld

  • metalhaze

    If it has “very serious issues” then compared to the iPad (which has no serious issues) the tablet is “crap”.

    The problem is, the definition of crap is subjective and means different things to different people.

    Based on the userbase of kindle Fire users who are complaining about tons of issues, I would also consider the Fire “crap”

  • metalhaze

    No. When the Zoom came out they had the balls to sell it for $800! Not $600

  • metalhaze

    Maybe because HP’s marketing department has failed at telling the public what a “slate” is. I have never heard of this device.

  • metalhaze

    Well apparently you haven’t been keeping up on your news.

    The iPad DID secure FAA approval for in-flight use.

  • taylerz

    1) Stop innovating. Stop competing. Stop inventing. Stop creating. STOP WORKING!

    2) The economy and many industries are changing, no question about that. It’s those who adapt the best and quickest survive. If you don’t, then you’re not working hard enough.

    3) If it wasn’t Apple, someone else would have done it. No, on second thought, it’s every tech and media company that you can think of that has a hand in this.

    4) Do you have a computer? HDTV? DVR? DVD/Blu-Ray player? Throw them all out if you’re going to proudly stand behind your words.

  • jmadlena

    I think it’s more likely that many major airlines haven’t begun using iPads as electronic flight bags because it was only recently approved by the FAA. Now that it has their stamp of approval we shall see how popular it becomes in cockpits.

  • FalKirk

    Avo, dont’ be a Luddite. Do you want to end unemployment? Bring back the telephone switchboards. Outlaw bulldozers and ditch diggers. Make farmers work without tractors and harvesters. 

    Creating jobs is easy. Creating meaningful jobs is not. Don’t blame technology for unemployment. Every reputable study ever done has concluded that technology has created far more and far better jobs than ever existed before.

    Don’t get mad, Avo. Get educated.

  • Kyle Leslie

    Oh course he didn’t talk about 1 tiny, minor, subjective flaw in the iPad’s design; he’s writing about how the iPad is too awesome for anyone to compete against. That has no place in his article.

    And to humour your qualm with the iPad’s design: most people would agree that the benefits of the iPad’s larger screen real-estate outweigh the inconvenience of a slightly heavy reading device.

  • Mitchell Busby

    “Tablet Competitors don’t hate the iPad, they have however so far
    been unable to present a product that competes at multiple levels. Therefore it
    is not a matter of hate but rather frustration.”
    More like a matter of semantics. I’m pretty sure everyone else understood the meaning of the word hate in this context. In case you don’t, then I’m very sorry for you.

    “Suggesting the Amazon Fire is an iPad competitor is purecrap.  The Fire was designed to be a platform to sell e-books and video content and be a gateway to Amazon’s marketplace. In addition thelinkage to Android is intentionally weak at best but an OS of cost andsimplicity.”
    Hm, that doesn’t sound like Apple’s iPad at all, does it? *cough*iTUNES*cough*iBOOKS*cough*APPSTORE*cough*.
    I love android but simplicity is taking it a bit far, I have to admit.

    “It is correct that RIM is dumping their inventory at a loss butit is crap to lump Amazon or paint it as a desperation or distressedseller.  Amazon configured and priced the Fire to sell missions of the device as a magnet to sell content on an enduring basis that is where the money will be made and a great strategy. To the point of being redundant the Fire is not an iPad competitor in the same way that a Ford Focus is not a Mercedes. “

    Look, this is what all the companies INCLUDING Apple, Google, MS, et all are doing. Wonder why the iPad and Macbook Air are so cheap compared to the majority of the competition? Plus then you use a completely irrelevant and invalid analogy.

    Just pointing about a few of your flawed rebuttals – maybe you shouldn’t be so hell bent on hating this article and the iPad in an attempt to justify your purchase?

  • geek

    Thanks, I missed that. I will have to check if that is for both General and Commercial aviation. I was in an Ecllipse 500 8 days ago (if you know what that is) and I knew it was approved for General use but had not heard it was approved for commercial.

  • Jacob Thomas Brauer

    This is about as dumb as Obama saying ATM machines are destroying jobs, lol.

  • ChKen

    Wow, you can’t put the digital genie back in the bottle. These advances are good for consumers. Sure, jobs in some industries are being eliminated, while jobs in other industries are growing. This happens all the time. Remember the buggy whip industry? Used to employ lots of people, from leather tanners, to farmers that raised the animals, to weavers to retail haberdasheries. Got replaced by auto parts stores, and auto parts manufacturers, and machine shops, etc.

    As for those retail workers at Borders/Blockbuster/Virgin, they now work at Best Buy. They’re RETAIL! Totally fungible with other retail outlets.

  • Rev Scrios

    You’re missing the point with the fire. It is not supposed to be an all in one tablet. Just an e-reader with a few extras. It is supposed to be extra portable with the small screen so it can fit places the ipad cannot.

    I am shocked you didn’t catch on to this since Amazon has mentioned it again and again and again. You, as a reporter, would know this if you had done any research on the kindle fire at all…

  • Beardog1

    Why are there always a**wipes on these forums that have to make everything a political analogy? And why are they always mean-spirited (actually just MEAN) right wingers? 

  • EvilEmpireRaiders

    your arguments made sense up until you compared the iPad to the Kindle Fire. You miss the point completely on this one.  Amazon is not selling Fires to compete with iPads, they are selling Fires as a simple entry to the selling of their products on Amazon.com.  They could care less about iPad or Apple.  Amazon wants the consumer to discover the shopping ease of coming to their site for all their shopping needs.  Apple wants to sell hardware and apple downloadable software and take a 30% cut of everybody’s apps that are sold in their app store.

    Amazon will turn out to be the bigger fish later on when it comes to sells. He who sells a huge diversity of products will always have the advantage over he who sells a few types of products (and lets be clear on this, Apple is a COMPUTER SELLER PRIMARILY, whereas Amazon sells computers and everything else…..at a discount).  

     Even Apple has Amazon apps (so that Apple users can easily go to Amazon.com to BUY from Amazon).

    With comparisons between apple and amazon, you were mixing apples with oranges, Mike, but a good article overall anyway.

  • woooter

    It is not what Amazon thinks it is supposed to be – a platform to offload their merchandise – but what people expect it to be – a cheaper iPad. And although it might be a successful platform to offload Amazon merchandise, it is certainly not sharing much functionality as the iPad.

  • Mike Lee

    It’s called evolution. Get with the program (literally).

  • geek

    I will say it again, the article was crap full of generalizations and statements lacking a solid foundation. 

    Pricing products is both an Art and a Science.  The Amazon Fire is being sold like a razor to make money on the blades.  I am not aware of any Apple product that has sold with a margin below 30%.   I own a MacBook Air and at the time of purchase there was no competition for the form factor.  In the future I will look at the market and decide.  I will be evaluating Ultrabooks at CES and the price and performance gap with the Air on the agenda for analysis.

    No reasonable person would compare a Ford Focus with a Mercedes but many do the same with the Fire and iPad, the analogy of apples (pun intended) to oranges is valid.

    Frankly and no polite way of saying this, the $200 I spent on the Fire is not something I have to justify or rationalize, it’s too me just another gadget, but it does go in my briefcase when I travel.  I almost hate to say this but I more often also travel with a Netbook instead of the MacBook Air, personal preference.

    I accept the flaws you pointed out in my post I composed it quickly and it did not have to pass peer review or that of an editor.

  • hisshadow

    A little hit and miss but some good points in there…

  • aardman

    Is Alaska Airlines or American Airlines classified as commercial aviation?

  • Ray Long

    Is everyone so out of shape that they can’t stand holding a couple of pounds for an extended period of time?  /firstworldproblems.

  • aardman

    It’s much harder to detect irony and hyperbole when you’re reading the stuff rather than listening and watching a person say it.

  • AdamC

    Anyway you have a choice as to what your needs are but your generalisation of the iPad’s usefulness is pure crap and btw after plunking your $199 on the fire and you have buyer regrets then you are shallower than I thought.
    I suppose it will also travel with you instead of your netbook?

  • IrelandJnr

    I own a kindle 3 and an iPad 2 and I can tell you with my hand on my heart an LCD screen of any sort is not good for reading books on. The iPad is the best consumer electronics device in the history of the world, but it’s just not designed for reading books on. The kindle is the next best thing to reading on paper, but the slight problem is Amazon is useless at making products – the took the best book reading display ever created and fucked it up as best as they count. Even the page turning buttons don’t work right.

  • crateish

    Training wheels for the iPad. Amazon is not only building their customer base, but Apple’s too. Maybe more so.

  • JT_CHITOWN

    There have been plenty of tablets before.  It is just that the iPad is the most compelling to date when it comes to public appeal.  That popularity is disruptive, just like the advent of the printing press was to the town crier industry.

    Such is progress.  Just ask all the typewriter manufacturers.

  • EvilEmpireRaiders

    Kindle Fires were not made to compete with iPads or any other tablets. Amazon uses Kindle Fires to give easier access primarily to the stuff they sell on Amazon.com. Even Apple has an app to come to Amazon. I don’t think there’s an app on Amazon’s site to go to Apple.

    Thus Amazon has accomplished what it intended to do. Get people to pay $200 for a tablet that is built for you to shop at Amazon at anytime with instant buying power. Apple just sells computer software and hardware, whereas Amazon sells everything Apple does plus everything else.

    Apple(s) compared to oranges, is the case between Apple and Amazon.

  • François Badin

    Does the ipad support flash yet?

    edit: What people don’t understand is the tablets are a MANUFACTURED “need”. Nobody really needs a tablet. I got one for free at a conference (galaxy tab) and honestly, it’s an overpriced e-reader that lets me watch movies on planes.

    The only reason why the ipad is more successful than other tablets is that their clientèle are apple fanboys – the people who are dumb enough and rich enough to buy such a product.

  • mansky

    Ah, Jacob. David is right. You’re a troll.

  • mansky

    Probably not so simple. Recent reports of a ?Samsung plant in Texas that’s as large as 9 football fields making A5 chips for iPhones and iPads (and little else). There, of course, must be at least 3 people employed there – one to turn on the robots for each 8-hour shift.

    But that’s an interesting problem. We’ve created technology that’s done away with jobs (and mostly done away with the need for other devices – music players, cameras, computers, GPS, etc.) but there are many fewer jobs to pay for the technology that transforms our work into leisure. What happens at the vanishing point? – stay tuned!

  • Chris Cummings

    … pretty sure that “argument” is a moot point since adobe is killing mobile flash….

    just in case you need a source,

    http://techcrunch.com/2011/11/

  • mansky

    Is weight the number one problem, or is it readability/resolution, or is it user interface, or can some people use a device differently than you and experience something they like as much, or better?

  • Mitchell Busby

    interesting, why do you prefer a netbook? I’m merely curious, not going to argue the point. :)

  • starxd

    Why on earth would Apple “replace” the iPod Touch, an enormously successful product, with a 7 inch tablet? Wouldn’t they just add the 7 inch tablet to the line rather than killing a cash cow like the iPod Touch? I don’t follow your logic.

  • mansky

    Aaron is a troll. Why do you respond to him?

  • starxd

    This is about the dumbest comment I have ever read. Apple is selling tens of millions of iPads. You think that all of those are to “fanboys”? If so, you’re an idiot. They are selling to everyone, including tons of people who have never owned an Apple product before.

    And as to your dumb question about Flash, of course the iPad doesn’t support Flash. Adobe doesn’t even plan to support Flash on mobile devices going forward. Flash is dying.

  • mansky

    geek – if you have nothing to contribute to the dialogue – don’t contribute. Not interested in your comment.

  • PXLated

    Remember that Amazon is also a bank. They make more money on the float than the goods. Consumers buy with a credit card, Amazon gets the money immediately but doesn’t pay their supplier for 60-90 days. So, there’s hidden money in their system. Always been that way. It one reason they’re usually cheaper than everyone else.

  • starxd

    You say this “slate” of yours is smaller than the iPad, yet it’s nearly twice as thick, therefore it is in fact much larger.

  • Jerimum

    I suppose you would like to buy one, but where is your money? Poor people, poor mind.

  • mansky

    no – we’re your peer review. Pricing is also about what you pay for components, and Apple has done a stellar job in recent years in tying up their supply chain and undercutting the competition (thanks for your anachronism about Apple prices – very funny. You must be still living in the 90s). 

    And how do you use your multiple expensive devices? We really can’t tell why you like what you like, because you assume we all use them the same way. But you seem to have several, and are able to compare them.

    I won’t say you’re full of crap, but you make counter-generalizations that you don’t back up with personal use history. Ford Focus/Mercedes analogies don’t cut it with people who actually pay for and use these devices, so it’s unclear what’s a Ford or a Mercedes (since the iPad is cheaper than everything except the Fire, which is underwritten).

    Tell me about how your use your netbook, macbook air, iPad, or Fire tablet, and we can have a discussion. I have a 1G iPad, and it’s not my device of choice, but I certainly see its values. This also feels like the early PC days – all tablets, more or less, can perform multiple and different tasks with similar competence. Is it user experience or hardware cost that will prevail? Since the iPad mostly succeeds on both fronts (unlike its competitors), it will be successful for the short run.

    If $200 for a Fire is throwaway $, why bother commenting? You’ve only added opinion, not substance.

  • Daniel H

    The iPad is basically a giant iPod Touch with a larger screen, and a faster processor.
    It offers nothing ‘different’ completely contradicting Apple’s original ‘Think Different.’ Slogan whole.

    The iPad is a piece of crap, face it. That’s not a tablet, that’s another Apple toy. Yes, enjoy your bigger screen, but it’s really not worth it. I mean for bigger screen users, I guess, but in the long run… No.

    A real ‘Tablet-PC’… look at Microsoft’s ‘Tablet-PC’ designed Windows 7 – Windows (soon to be released) 8.

    This is an example of a REAL tablet computer.
    I’ve got to say this is a worse fail than the MacBook Air, the Apple TV, the G4 Cube and the Mac Pro ‘Server’ Combined! (Mac Pro server is OK I suppose, but still out of the ordinary in a certain scenario.)!

  • lb51

    I personally don’t mind being dumb and rich, it’s far better than smart and broke, and at least I can be a consumptive idiot.

  • GeekyBen

    everyone keeps predicting that the iPad will go the way of the iPhone in terms of competition and marketshare, something I have doubted for a while, largely because;

    iPod = luxury product not essential like a phone = dominants market
    iPad = luxury product not essential like a phone = dominants market
    iPhone = fills a need, need can be filled with a cheaper and similar product

    When it comes to luxury, people generally think Apple, tablets and iPods won’t be updated on a regular contract cycle so however good the product is, the brand is why people trust their money going to Apple. 

    iPad is synonymous with tablet exactly like the iPod is synonymous with mp3 player for the general public.

  • victor seah

    The tablet market is littered with the carcasses of the Android copybooks, the Playbook amateur-timers, the Touchy-feely under pads and the Windows slates dinosaurs. Apple will be exhibiting them in its new tablet museum at the spaceship in Cupertino for the benefit of historical connoisseurs.

  • ElmerCat

    The hatred should be directed to the other companies that have been constantly rushing to market unrefined products; always proclaimed to be “the next iPad killer”; instead of taking the time to develop something truly superior. 

    Too many customers have been burned by pricy products that were heavily promoted in marketing campaigns, but turned out to be cheaply designed and/or poorly built, and then discontinued with no support.

    Apple’s competitors did this to themselves! If anything, this is a story about self-hate.

  • Stephen Vivian

    This was absolutely a pointless comment. Who wants to support flash? It’s dead! Second of all, an iPad doesn’t equal the galaxy tab. For many, the iPad is replacing their laptop and desktop computers, so obviously it’s more than “an overpriced e-reader that lets (you) watch movies on planes.” 

    iPad’s sell because they are functional for consuming the internet content that most users desire, such as media, email and general web browsing. That’s why people are replacing whole computing devices for the iPad. If you view the iPad for all it can do it stacks up well against most laptops, so in effect, it’s actually cheaper to get an iPad as your primary device. That’s why it’s selling to non-Apple fanboys.

  • Seth Chapman

    I’d love to see Apple tie the iPhone and iPod together. Basically, make the iPhone an off-contract iPod. If you either sign a month to month, or contract thing, you get a free download that enables all the iPhone features. Getting rid of the iPod in favor of the Kindle-fire sized iPad makes zero sense.

    Unless the iPod nano gets a memory bump to 32/64GB. Then, get rid of it, sure.

  • AppleKilledMobileFlash

    Losers are always jealous of winners.  All the Wintards and Droidtards are probably eating sour grapes by the truckload.  Like Apple would really give a damn about the iHaters.  Consumers are begging for the iPad and they’re the only ones that matter.  So far, consumers have no interest in those crappy mid-range priced Android tablets.  The most they’re willing to pay for is $199 for the Kindle Fire because Jeff Bezos is offering free content for Amazon Prime users.  If not for that, Amazon couldn’t give those mediocre tablets away.

    As for Windows tablets, forget it.  They’re not even worth mentioning.  Even Amazon sold more tablets in a couple of weeks than Microsoft’s Windows partners sold in over nine years.  How pathetic.  The Wintards think the world is just waiting on some Windows 8 tablet, but by the time it goes on sale, consumers will have already bought an iPad.  The Windows 8 tablet will likely be another unfulfilled dream on Microsoft’s part, just like the Courier.

  • Thewirehead

    ‘Crap’ is a word children use. A professional writing this column/story/article could be a little less subjective but instead he’s high on his Apple pedestal looking down at everything else. This Mike is a tech columnist but his blatant bias makes me lose respect for him and his articles.

  • chano

    My God!
    This is almost an intelligent article.
    In Cult of Mac too, of all places!
    Imagine that>

  • gregorylent

    even ipad OWNERS hate the ipad .. mine’s in a drawer somewhere, haven’t missed it at all

  • AvoidDroid

    You make me laugh…In a scoffing kinda way.

  • Random Dent

    good article

  • AvoidDroid

    Amazon themselves make head-to-head comparisons of the Fire to iPad. Go search iPad on Amazon. The very first thing that pops up is a Fire Vs iPad comparison. This is the only thing I’ve seen Amazon mention again and again and again….and again…

  • AvoidDroid

    Come on…. You know that “crap” is just a more polite substitution  for the word that begins with S.

  • Guest

    Take it easy Mike.. I think you are jumping the gun here.. It’s been really a year since the Android tablets have started appearing on the market. Calling iPad unstoppable is pretty shortsighted. During the first year, Android had less than 4% of marketshare and we know what happened there.

    All the signs are showing that the same will happen with the Android tablets. Amazon and Nook are just the 2 most mainstream tablets but other tablets like ASUS Transformer Prime (that is sold out everywhere) and Samsung ones will sell much much better if nothing but for the simple fact that now Android phones will run ICS on both phones and tablets and there is zero logical reason why a consumer would buy an iPad when they have apps and everything else running in the open Android ecosystem.  Another fact is that after a year, iPad’s marketshare fell from 97% to around 65% and that’s before Amazon Kindle Fire and new Nook numbers are counted in. Apple raised the spotlight again on the tablet market, this is true, because they had a good product and have amazing cult following and marketing, but to expect they will dominate for a long time is a huuuuge stretch and being completely blind to the reality of the world we live in and what happened previously in the smartphone and desktop markets before that.

    if Android has shown us anything is that diversity, choice, and open ecosystems trump closed up propriatery platforms like Apple’s any time of the day. It happened with Windows and it is happening with Android. 

    Apple benefited nicely from the hype they created, and got pretty penny for reigniting the smartphone and tablet industries but the reality is that in the long run, they will fall back into niche just like they did with Macs back in the day. This time it might not be 3% marketshare but maybe 15% but that’s where it’s going. 

    While Apple and it’s approach has always been very damaging to the whole industries, not because they are so great, but because they abuse the patent system and patent general things but with a minor twist so it can go through and the patent office just allows them to do it and then when they start losing marketshare because they are slow to continue innovation and to keep up with the competition, they use lawyers to try to stop everyone. 

    Very very unhealthy company for the whole tech ecosystem in every possible way. Consumers, naturally, are completely unaware of what supporting Apple really means. They are the epitome of closed up, anti-competitive, anti-consumer (with the whole lock-in and consumer’s inability to move away from their hardware) technology company. 

    Thank god they are being stopped by Motorola and hopefully banning their products in Europe and courts in other countries. A good product is not enough to justify behavior Apple exhibits on a daily basis and trying to destroy everyone else. What’s even worse is that they steal ideas from others. On top of everything.

    No wonder people hate them.

  • Guest

    Take it easy Mike.. I think you are jumping the gun here.. It’s been really a year since the Android tablets have started appearing on the market. Calling iPad unstoppable is pretty shortsighted. During the first year, Android had less than 4% of marketshare and we know what happened there.

    All the signs are showing that the same will happen with the Android tablets. Amazon and Nook are just the 2 most mainstream tablets but other tablets like ASUS Transformer Prime (that is sold out everywhere) and Samsung ones will sell much much better if nothing but for the simple fact that now Android phones will run ICS on both phones and tablets and there is zero logical reason why a consumer would buy an iPad when they have apps and everything else running in the open Android ecosystem.  Another fact is that after a year, iPad’s marketshare fell from 97% to around 65% and that’s before Amazon Kindle Fire and new Nook numbers are counted in. Apple raised the spotlight again on the tablet market, this is true, because they had a good product and have amazing cult following and marketing, but to expect they will dominate for a long time is a huuuuge stretch and being completely blind to the reality of the world we live in and what happened previously in the smartphone and desktop markets before that.

    if Android has shown us anything is that diversity, choice, and open ecosystems trump closed up propriatery platforms like Apple’s any time of the day. It happened with Windows and it is happening with Android. 

    Apple benefited nicely from the hype they created, and got pretty penny for reigniting the smartphone and tablet industries but the reality is that in the long run, they will fall back into niche just like they did with Macs back in the day. This time it might not be 3% marketshare but maybe 15% but that’s where it’s going. 

    While Apple and it’s approach has always been very damaging to the whole industries, not because they are so great, but because they abuse the patent system and patent general things but with a minor twist so it can go through and the patent office just allows them to do it and then when they start losing marketshare because they are slow to continue innovation and to keep up with the competition, they use lawyers to try to stop everyone. 

    Very very unhealthy company for the whole tech ecosystem in every possible way. Consumers, naturally, are completely unaware of what supporting Apple really means. They are the epitome of closed up, anti-competitive, anti-consumer (with the whole lock-in and consumer’s inability to move away from their hardware) technology company. 

    Thank god they are being stopped by Motorola and hopefully banning their products in Europe and courts in other countries. A good product is not enough to justify behavior Apple exhibits on a daily basis and trying to destroy everyone else. What’s even worse is that they steal ideas from others. On top of everything.

    No wonder people hate them.

  • Martin Hill

    “never before in the history of consumer electronics has a single product earned so much love – and so much hate”

    I think the iPod line has seen its fair share of love and hate for similar reasons. The iPod has now dominated the music and media player markets for the last decade and left a trail of destruction in its wake from the Sony Walkman, Discman, portable DVD players, the Archos line of products, Creative’s players, the Dell DJ, portable transistor radios, dozens of others from SanDisk, Toshiba, HP, Akai and of course Microsoft’s Zune.

    Add to that all the online music stores that have fallen by the wayside, Sony Connect, PressPlay, Rhapsody, Microsoft’s Plays For Sure partners etc etc, all the bricks and mortar stores that have died as the iTunes Music Store decimated the opposition to become the number one music retailer in the world, not to mention stores like Amazon Music being relegated to single digit marketshare.

    Then we have the portable game machines like the PS, Gameboy and Nintendo DS, which are all now feeling the pinch from the iPod touch.

    Basically, the iPad is indeed “just a big iPod touch” in terms of market domination.

    Apple did it once with the iPod and they’re doing it again with the iPad. A decade and counting of iPod dominance has set the precedent demonstrating that the iPad could easily maintain its status as the Godzilla of the tablet market for many years to come.

  • takeo

    You know that Flash is discontinued on mobile platforms, right?

  • pk de cville

    Wow…

    I guess innovation is its own reward. Apple innovates the iPad after 10 years of Windows tablets and you write, “Thank god they are being stopped by Motorola”..

    And this, “if Android has shown us anything is that diversity, choice, and open ecosystems trump closed up propriatery platforms like Apple’s any time of the day.”

    I think another view is: Google is using monopolistic advertising earnings to fund and give away freely ripped off Apple IP to the ‘diversity, choice, and open’ corporate device makers and telecoms everywhere. Quite a business model to write home to ma about.

    Oh well, all in a days’ work you might say.

    (BTW, it might not turn out so well for Motorola.)

  • Benjamin Blake

    Apple dominates, end of discussion. The reasons being that they offer constant support and competitive hardware with killer software to boot. Everything about the Apple brand is nearly perfect, and that is why people hate on them. Haters gonna hate because they want Apple’s market share. Regardless i see Apple as a specialized company. For example, If your electiricty  isn’t  working are you going to call a General Repair Man or an electrician? i feel the same is with Apple products. While the General Repair Man is good for a wide variety of things, and often cheaper, he is always gonna fall short compared to the electrician, who you pay extra for because you know he is going to be able to fix the problem . All these computer companies are stretching themselves too thin trying to pump out hundreds of different types of computers with thousands of different issues related to them. Apple has remained successful, i believe, because it has several strong and unique products to keep itself in the different markets (desktop, laptop, media player/phone ) and it offers constant reliable support, which i’m sure people really like. Apple is a people person of sorts that everyone can relate too and wants to be a part of. 

    As far as the iPad is concerned, another commenter hit the nail on the head and  said something along the lines that the other companies are just trying to push tablets, and tablet software, to get into the market. They’re not taking the time to come up with a killer strategy to over take the iPad. They are doing what they do with their computers, make hundreds of different types of computers and hope that one of them catches the interest of the people. But the people already have this preconceived idea of what a tablet should be like and Apple has made a pretty high standard as far as hardware and software are concerned.

    Second thing in regards to the iPad is that it already a huge number of developers itching to develop applications for it. All these people were coming from the iPod touch and iPhone scene ready at a moments notice to try and develop number 1 selling apps. Did any other company have this type of customer/developer support? No.  The app store was a huge success for apple and app developers alike. And the iPad made developers even happier. And why shouldn’t it? Apple set up a market giving the opportunity for common people to make money in an environment that usually required the backing of major software companies. Developing for iOS has been made mostly easy for developers and this is another reason to like/hate on the iPad 

    Apple has done good, let other companies hate it though. I’m sure eventually they’re gonna get something right out of their hatred for Apple and how awesome it has been doing these past few years. 

  • geek

    This started because I thought the article was crap and I stand by that!  Thankfully I do not make a living publishing but frankly do conducting research data and fact driven analysis. I also don’t have the burden of an editor who wants something published to attract the masses. 

    The analogy of the Ford and Mercedes perhaps too obscure, both are transportation devices with basic functions in common however when you pay 2 or 3 times less your performance expectations “should” be reasonable.

    The netbook is used on travel, compose email, use word, an occasional spread sheet or power point slide.  The MacBook Air at home more robustly. The Kindle (regular) to read a book. The Fire on the night stand to quickly check the web or read a chapter.  I should have also added a blackberry, and the enterprise mail and security features has to date eliminated others in that space. 

    In the future convergence of devices will occur with  barriers yet to overcome; low power high contrast display technology the major hurdle in design, manufacturing, cost.

    The Fire for me was a throwaway in the same way the Ipod Nano was. Performs well but not expensive enough for me to lose sleep if it is not used extensively.   

  • Greg Myers

    I can see where an avid reader has space for a book in the stuff they normally carry around would prefer a book to an iPad for reading. My personal experience is I’ve purchased and read more books in the 16 months I’ve had an iPad as I did in the preceding 16 years combined. Before the iPad I always had my laptop bag with me and very limited room for anything not related to the laptop. Now my iPad case has replace the laptop bag in my hand and it has room for my vast library of books along with everything else. 

    I not only love reading books on my iPad, but I also enjoy having my library with me all the time. Over the next couple of years I plan to replace every book I can with an electronic copy. I should easily be able to get down to one bookcase in my house and that is another hugh advantage the iPad has brought to my life. That said, books are only a secondary use of the iPad for me. They are a side benefit to everything else it does. 

  • Adrian Werner

    I find it hilarious how much hate Fire is generating. All the whining about it’s low quality by tech experts, or all the laughs by Apple fanbys and yet as it turns out, millions of people don’t give a crap what those tech experts and Apple fanboys think. That must hurt.

    The funny thing is, that all the pro-Apple predictions before iPad launched came true aside from one – that it would kill Kindle. As it turns out Kindle not only isn’t dead, but it’s booming.

  • Ronald Stepp

    “The number one most requested toy for Christmas this year is the iPad.”

    What, Santa does market polling from the letters children mail to the North Pole?  How on God’s Green Earth do people get these numbers?

    Here’s a clue. Make a tablet that does what it does well.

  • Ronald Stepp

    “It’s been really a year since the Android tablets have started appearing on the market.”

    And they ALL suck.  Not just suck, they suck badly.  Plus, Android has so many versions on the market without any concern by the manufacturer or carrier to make sure the thing has the LATEST version installed that it is killing itself.  There is a REASON new versions come out, and that is because newer versions fix bugs and improve the experience.

  • Ronald Stepp

    I use mine everyday pretty much anytime of the day.  It’s been the single most value for my buck aside from my desktop pc and my truck.  I can ASSURE you that as an ipad owner I do NOT hate it.  Unlike trolls who post that we do.

  • epgomez

    initially when it started i didnt like the ipad. it was really just a big ipod touch. now there are a lot of ipad specific apps and i can see now the advantages especially on music apps and sequencers. i didnt like when flash was not supported but since everyone seems to be converting to a better technology html 5 then thats good news. its gets better and better and i hope it doesnt stop improving. by the way, putting comments here is still buggy on the ipad though. google is not getting it. andy rubin was fine with stretched out versions of mobile apps on the honeycomb. thats ridiculous. there should be tablet specific apps. if android doesnt get there and also fix the lag, ipad will leave them in the dust.

  • Guest

    Hey..that’s your personal opinion. Android sucked first year, but now it’s superior to iOS in every imaginable way, to the point of Apple copying features from them. So much for innovation from Apple. 

    I understand the desire from Apple fans to be the “best. After all, that’s what messiah Steve Jobs told them they are when they buy Apple’s devices, but being deluded that Apple’s approach is healthy for the industry, or that they are so much better than others that nobody will catch up to them, has been proven wrong over and over again. Quite a few Android phones are better than iPhone today, and same is happening with ASUS Transformer Prime and others. 

    The same way Android utterly destroyed iOS in both functionality, innovation and marketshare, the same is happening with tablets and if anything at a far faster pace than with phones. 

    Btw, Honeycomb is absolutely great. The only ones I hear from how Android tablets suck is from Apple fans who can’t stand the fact that something else is getting better and better and will overtake their investments. This animosity towards competition from Apple’s consumers is fueled by the fact that you depend on the hardware from that company. So if other hardware becomes better which they are, you are stuck in the eco-system that’s closed up and you can’t do anything. That’s why Apple fans hate Android and spread this nonsense how Android tablets suck. The threat of being irrelevant and that the mantra you’ve been sold ‘that you are special for using Apple’s products’ goes out the water.

    Btw, this is identical behavior to religious followings so it’s no wonder. 

    Android tablets are not flawless but they are far from SUCK. From hardware perspective they have been trumping iPad left and right. Software is evolving and innovating with every revision to the joy of all Android users and ICS is just another example of why the same thing will happen to iPad like it did with iPhone.

    But it’s not just software either. The ability and diversity of choice is the same scenario we had with phones. 5″, 7″, 8.9″, 10″, 11″ tablets with tons of hardware features and amazing speeds bumps offer consumers choice and that’s what matters in the end. And what’s even more  important, everything you buy, from apps and content to other things will just magically work with any new tablet you buy to replace the previous one, no matter what manufacturer. 

    But I guess you’ll be buying the same iPad and stay convinced forever that it’s the best thing ever because that’s the only thing you can buy.

  • Grandpa1947

    The iPad is the most useless device I have ever bought, except my never used crappy Sony Reader.  It does nothing that other products don’t already do.  Despite this, I have no regrets buying it.  It’s useless but I love it.  iTunes sucks, the iPad is useless, but I love it.  There, I said it again.

  • Guest

    Yes.. of course it’s great.. because Apple stole like they do with most things and they should be stopped. Not to mention they are very unhealthy for the whole industry and consumers. 

    And yeah.. Google’s monopolistic practices LOL.. Opening everything up, pushing HTML5 and expanding and defending open source initiative is the opposite of monopolistic (something that Apple is 100% practice).

    If anything your whole “Google monopolistic” claim is such nonsense because if anything Amazon has shown us clearly that Google’s approach is healthy for the competition not the other way around. Approach that is completely different from Apple. Last time I checked being the best at something doesn’t mean monopolistic. Nobody is preventing other companies of being as good as Google with their services, advertising and so on. It’s an open eco-system and market.. Only Apple is locking everything in because they can’t stand competing with others. A huge difference between 2 companies. One is for open platforms, for open approach because it suits their model because they are just GOOD and are not afraid of competition. The other is based on locking everything in and proprietary approach where they try to prevent others from competing.

    Yes, I’m glad and would be very happy if Apple was banned everywhere until they started competing on the basis of their products and not lawsuits and monopolistic/anti-competitive behavior.

    In that regard, they deserve everything they get. And rightfully so.

  • sinlimite

    Do you, by chance, play any CoD: Modern Warfare 2?

  • synthmeister

    five hours battery life. Atom cpu wheezing through Windows. Dedicated Ctl-Alt-Delete buttons.

    ’nuff said

  • atheneum

    Give it a couple of years, android will dominate the tablet industry.

  • Roger Mercer

    Love this type of funny, hating post. Can you think of any especially more nasty things to say, the more uninformed the better? Might be a good idea to trash talk several more Apple products while you’re at it. I’m one of those retards that buys Apple stuff, and I laugh uproariously when I hear unsupported, illogical trash talk about Apple.

    Thanks, Daniel. You made my day.

  • Roger Mercer

    Ditto my comment to Daniel. But you’re really not nearly as good as Daniel. Please try harder.

  • Roger Mercer

    Relax, starxd. Those posts are just intended to stir people up. The more outrageously incorrect, the better. Learn to get a good laugh from them. 

    I actually encourage my competitors to avoid Apple technology, then I beat the crap out of them in the market.

  • Roger Mercer

    In economics, it’s called creative destruction. Killing off mediocre, losing products results in creation of better ones, resulting ultimately in more jobs, more wealth creation, more efficiency, and a better life for many people

  • Roger Mercer

    I have been a professional writer for about 40 years with many news-writing awards to my credit. And I say the Fire is crap.

  • Roger Mercer

    S=Suciedad?

  • Roger Mercer

    Wow, “Ten Commandment tablets.” Really good one. Very funny. Are you religious or did you just create that hilarious comment right out of your own fertile brain?

  • Visnes

    Did someone forget that Apple has been on the forefront when it comes to pushing HTML 5?

    And since when did protecting their IP and trademarks become “anti-competative” and “monopolistic”? It’s what all companies that use millions if not billions on something do, Motorola, Samsung, Google, Microsoft, Nokia, all of them protect their property. What makes Apple worse then these companies? Oh yeah, forgot, Apple is a big, bad and evil company. Pff.

  • Jeff Mitchell

    LOL! Exactly. :)  I guess, by extension, there’s a lot of folks out there who “just plain suck”.

  • Matthijn Dijkstra

    Perfect sense, 7″… geez something with Steve and a Sandpaper….

  • imajoebob

    Another tidbit from The Land of Unintended Consequences: the PC notebooks were wounded most not by the iPad, but by their own WebBooks.  A lot of customers figured out they didn’t need desktop replacement notebooks, that these CrapBooks could do most everything they needed.  Then Apple comes out with the iPad which does everything the CrapBook does, plus a lot more, PLUS give you the “Apple experience” and quality.  For about the same price.  

  • Brad LaFoy

    You’re going to give yourself an ulcer here, Boz. Take a deep breath. 

    You might have some good points. Unfortunately your posts are so laced with vitriol (“Apple stole like they do with most things and they should be stopped”) and hyperbole (“Android utterly destroyed iOS”; “this is identical behavior to religious followings”) that most of us pretty much tune out anything you have to say because of your overwhelming bias. 

    Don’t write yourself out of the conversation by simply shouting bombast and extremism. Especially when one of your points is that it’s the Apple fans who are dogmatic zealots.

  • AvoidDroid

    Yeah….I suppose that could be it…Good one, Roger !

  • Macguy59

    Right. That’s why Android tablets have such a high return rate. You’re worse than the Apple fanboys you rail on. Market share #’s for Android tablets continue to be based on shipments and not ACTUAL SALES. Funny stuff

  • kcwookie

    They may dominate in numbers, but not in profits or the like, so who cares, someone has to dominate the crap market.

  • pk de cville

    Whoops! I guess I touched a live wire.

    Be happy. Be cool.

  • Chris Leiter

    A 7″ iPad? The screen is just too small IMO… but there’s obviously a market of some sort for it, and if Apple can can release an iPad with the same resolution that they have on the current iPad (with the next gen iPad doubling the current resolution), I think it would be devastating to the other tablet manufacturers.. 

    I love your line “It has also become clear in recent weeks that the Kindle Fire is a piece of crap.” because it’s so true. The hardware is just a reclaimed RIM Playbook. There’s nothing special about it. There are far too many shortcomings, and they completely failed when they only allowed 8GB of storage on a portable device. People who travel, like I do, would NEVER consider one of these.. My 64GB iPad 2 barely fits the bill. (thankfully I have a 64GB iPhone 4S and a 256GB MacBook Air with me on the road too ;) ).

    Anyway, looking forward to see what apple does this year. Really looking forward to December 31st to see how the product lineup has done this quarter :)

  • Grandpa1947

    Not recently.  I’m trying to make 5 stars in MW3 right now. I played quite a bit of Black Ops.

  • sinlimite

    Are you as bad at mw3 as you are at mw2?

  • Jim Nosrati

    yeah, i think youre probably furious because youre horrible at it. youll never be as good as me and ehill, since were sponsored. 

     - CharlieKelly.

  • atheneum

    Who cares about profit at the moment, the point is to dominate. Once achieved the profit will follow.
    Not that apple will lose profit, just their market will shrink.
    And not all android tablet are crap, try transformer series.

  • atheneum

    If apple release 7′ iPad, it would eat up their original iPad. Because seriously, the current iPad is too big. Or perhaps the proportion should be 9/16. More like grand 10.1
    But being apple or because of Steve, they would say the current size is perfect (for them).

  • josgrevar

    hahahahahahahahahaha! u sooo funny! great joke!

  • josgrevar

    LMAO! u so funny! hahahahahaha! by the way, last week I went to renew my 2 year contract with AT&T… I wanted to upgrade from my iPhone 4 to the new iPhone 4S 64GB… they guy at AT&T told me “We have a special offer: instead of the iPhone, if you take this Samsung Galaxy we’ll give you any of these three Android tablets for FREE! Choose whichever you like… all for $480 and a two year commitment.” I was like “HELL NOOO!!! You’re just trying to get rid of them, clear inventory because THEY’RE NOT SELLING!” (by the way if you think I’m making this up try calling the AT&T Store of REGO PARK – 71st and Continental, QUEENS, New York, NY and confirm it)… so… you were saying???

  • josgrevar

    wait few months my friend and you’ll see Fire owners selling them like cupcakes in eBay ;) I saw it, tried it and it sucks! No camera, 8GBs of memory and no way to upgrade it!? sucks! You either have and iPad… or you don’t ;)

  • Jakub Suchy

    The real reason iPad is a winner is because it INNOVATED. The other tables are shit. From the article: “Now, the only way to sell a non-iPad tablet in any significant quantity is to sell it below cost.”. No, I disagree. “The only way to sell a non-iPad tablet in any significant quantity is to sell a better device”. Period

  • atheneum

    I was saying that given time, android will dominate. The most feature in a tablet or iPad are apps.
    And more and more apps for android are matching those for iPads.
    It’s true that lower market need to be filled and this is where android most.
    What they given you for free probably those meant for lower market which they have been wrong in selling it in the US. They should have been selling it in a third world country.

  • Grandpa1947

    Of course!  I’m 64 now.

  • Guest

    Everything I said is absolutely true. I guess it sounds to Apple fanboys like vitriol but  truth always hurts. Apple is nothing but a glorified Dell really. They package other people’s technology. 

    It is well know they stole tons of stuff and Steve Jobs screwed over tons of people. Xerox was the first one. Even Jobs wasn’t embarrassed to say they steal. 

    So it has to be always mentioned that when Apple and Jobs spouted how someone is copying them, it was the pinnacle of hypocrisy. 

    I’m not saying anything that’s not true.

  • atheneum

    Those who bought fire should know that it is an ebook. Not an iPad wanna be.

  • Guest

    Take it easy Ronald. You might get an ulcer.

  • atheneum

    @bozzified. I couldn’t agree more.

  • George Lillington

    “constant support”?
    Like my iPod Touch 2G ?
    Volume button stopped working – not fixable – “buy a new one”
    Lots of apps not available to me now ‘cos I’m stranded on iOS4.2.1

    It doesn’t FEEL like constant support.  Deliberate obselscence is quite the opposite.

  • lolBus

    9/16 is a terrible format for a tablet, great for movies sure but I doubt movies are what people are doing most with a tablet.

    The iPad is also far from too big.

  • lolBus

    How many years have people been saying “Give it a couple of years, android will dominate the tablet industry”…? Quite a few now. When exactly will this “couple of years” come?

    Also you seem to forget Android isn’t meant to be the direct money maker for Google, it’s a control mechanism to make sure THEY are dominant in the mobile advertising space.

    Apple have already proven time and again, especially with smart phones, that they can have a small market share yet take dominance in profit.

  • lolBus

    You say it was like a big iPod touch like that’s a bad thing.

  • lolBus

    I use mine all the time, especially when traveling and at work. All the other iPad owners I know are the same.

  • lolBus

    Way to ruin any sort of credibility your argument may have had with that last sentence. 

    Anyway, Flash, what about it? Apple have proven it is not required and not wanted, even Adobe have taken the hint.

  • epgomez

    it was a bad thing. now that there are ipad centric apps then its no longer a big ipod touch.

  • TylerHoj

    Apple won’t release a smaller iPad…that’s called an iPod, and they did that already. It fills no product category other than attempting [and most likely succeeding] in replacing a different piece of crap created out of nonsense by a company that can’t seem to rub two sticks together to make a “fire.” Notice how all of Apple’s products attempt to create and dominate a specific category of device. “Bigger than a smartphone but smaller than my iPad” isn’t a product category, and there’s no issue solved by creating one. 

  • sainathvaidya

    Wake up buddy!!! LOLZ. In couple of years apple will come with something else and u Andro copycats will copy it and won’t innovate. 

  • sainathvaidya

    i think you need to learn how to use the device!

  • Tammy Miller Beasley

    Maybe you were not listening when Steve said they had done extensive research on a 7″ screen and found that it just did not work. The internet content was the main glitch. Apple does not usually do focus groups, they did with the screen size.

    As far a reading a book goes, there is no way the “fire” is a better read, period! The ipad size is just right. The competition better be worried about making something thinner and lighter, which I am sure Apple is.

  • Tammy Miller Beasley

    yipee, Android dominates the pooper scooper market! Wake up world, Google’s intent is to devalue everything so they are the only alternative. This will work to an extent, but the market for quality devices will be Apple’s.

  • Tammy Miller Beasley

    Who cares about profit? Seriously? This is part of the problem of our economy.The first tenant of a business is to make a profit. 

  • Tammy Miller Beasley

    Useless, but you love it. LOL   Sounds like a good product to me.

  • mrswine

    But hey, it’s not mean to call somebody an a**wipe.
    Double-edged sword, there…

  • MacGoo

    Well written as usual Mike. And I hadn’t heard the rumor about the 7 inch ipad replacing the touch – interesting! Source for that rumor?

  • Prester_John

    I smell the appalling stench of troll of the most rancid kind.  The iPad is more than capable of real content creation at a level – which if not professional-standard – is as close as makes no difference.

    Back to your putrid cavern.  NOW !!   

  • Prester_John

    I smell the appalling stench of troll of the most rancid kind.  The iPad is more than capable of real content creation at a level – which if not professional-standard – is as close as makes no difference.

    Back to your putrid cavern.  NOW !!   

  • mudplanet

    “Apple should be stopped?”

    I bought a Mac in 1984 and was productive on a nice computer with an excellent GUI for over ten years before my colleagues started talking about “Windows 97.” Since that time I’ve migrated to Windows largely because of cost and because Microsoft has finally made a half decent copy of the Mac OS.

    How dare Apple push the industry with excellent concept, design and execution! Somebody stop them!

    Without Apple we’d all be using MS DOS and a host of Microsoft “innovations” that would look like the technology in “Brazil.”

  • JWR

    “Now, the only way to sell a non-iPad tablet in any significant quantity is to sell it below cost.”

    Wrong.  If someone makes something worth the money, then they wont have to dump it at below cost.  It’s hard to foist crap on the consumer once they’ve been shown how something is supposed to work. 

  • djrobsd

    This article is typical Apple fanb0i banter… blah blah and blah.

    Ask Asus about their Transformer 2.  Do you think they are selling it below cost?  Nope.   People are lined up to buy that.  Might not be an iPad Killer, but ASUS is proving that you can sell alternatives to the iPad AND make a profit.

  • Greekgeek

    Well, I’m using my new iPad to run my small online business, blog, and create voiceover lessons embedded in my online articles. I was using a laptop for this purpose, but I’ve found it more to have a hyper-portable tablet that unchains me from my desk so I have web access wherever I go without having to lug a laptop around.

    Silly me. It’s making me more productive, and I can now work in the park or outside instead of being stuck at home all day. What’s wrong with me? Why am I not using it to watch movies and send email like I’m supposed to?!!!

  • jalopyman

    I own a Galaxy tab 10.1 and my wife has an ipad 2.  I can say with no hesitation, they are very similar experiences.  There are things about each I like, and the only reason I would give the ipad2 the nod is because it has more/better apps.  

    It annoys me HBOGo has an app for the ipad2, but not my galaxy tab.  I can still watch the content through the browser b/c it does support flash, but its annoying.  Directv app for ipad allows the user to watch some live tv and the android does not.  I think eventually they will, but that is the biggest difference to me.There are things like watching hulu free through the browser which she cannot do (I had to change one file to make this happen).  The open source development on the android platform is probably second to none.  I understand people just want it work, but I like getting the most out of my purchase and enjoy tinkering to make it do exactly what I want vs. making excuses about a devices short comings.The truth is, the first real android tablets came out early this year (xoom, transformer, and galaxy tab).  They have not gained any traction, but I believe they will.  I was at my in-laws house, this past weekend and her little brother who is about 9 years old, wanted to play with the ipad, and said b/c its better.  He has never seen a droid tablet and just repeats what all his buddies at school say.  Perception becomes reality regardless if its baseless or not.I think they are both nice devices, but to say droid tablets are garbage is simply not true and probably repeated by people who have never used a droid tablet.  

  • Anne Conway

    Seriously? Apple have proven Flash is not required? That’s just plain wrong. It really pisses me off when I browse with my iPhone and I can’t see stuff.

    But I just wish everyone would take a step back and realise that not everyone wants the same thing. It’s not either/or.  I have an iPhone and an Android phone. My husband has an iPad and an IPhone. He loves his iPad. Me? Not so much – too big, too heavy, hard to hold, I never use it. I didn’t upgrade my iPhone to a 4s because I mostly use my phone for browsing and the 4s is too small and no Flash. So I bought an Android phone that was bigger. And guess what? It does some things worse than Apple and some things a whole lot better. I appreciate Apple products but when it comes down to it I think Android will win over time because it’s open. I really don’t like it when a company tells me I can’t use something like Flash. That attidtude is what will do for Apple in the end I think.

  • lolBus

    Yes seriously. The 40 million iPad sales demonstrate that the demand for Flash simply isn’t mainstream. And Adobe ceasing further development of mobile Flash in favour of “HTML5″ shows that even they don’t have faith or commitment in their own product.

    I’ve owned an iPad since day one and an iPhone 4 for 18 months. Yet I can’t remember many instances of being annoyed at the lack of Flash, maybe only enough to count on one hand and the site owners/developers are more to blame than the device. Flash is almost always unnecessary. 

    What exactly do you use it for on a daily basis?

  • Sir Magneto

    Apple also dominates in Chinese factory worker suicides. 

  • Anne Conway

    Browsing – that’s pretty much all I do and for the last three years or so. And not being able to see content has happened alot. I’m not flying the flag for Flash but I don’t want to be dictated to – that’s my point really. I work in IT and open is better for the community in the end – what else will Apple tell you you can’t use in the future – that’s the risk.

  • lolBus

    Open is certainly good and in this case Apple’s actions have allowed open “HTML5″ to win over closed (of the worst kind) Flash. In the mobile space at least.

    I don’t think there is any risk, everyone has a choice and you’re making yours. Apple also have a right to maintain their software as they see fit and I’ll support that until competitors demonstrate something better, so far that hasn’t happened.

  • Anne Conway

    HTML5 is better I agree but the reality is that if you had an iPhone for the last few years you couldn’t use all of the internet. The Internet is not like an app – either you can browse the Internet or you can’t and Apple’s attitude was annoying. Not least to Adobe, who let’s face it produce the software that is the main reason most people buy a Mac. To be honest I think Apple lose as much as they gain by their attitude. They are fantastic at lots of things but act like they’re the best at everything – I’ve gone over to the Dark Side and Android is not the buggy piece of crap I was expecting, far from it. Thing is I thought the iPhone was brilliant but I struggle with the iPad – I just don’t know what it’s for.  I dont’ want to browse the web with an ipad – my laptop is better for that. And there are alot of people like me who want a different, smaller tablet particularly for reading books – the ipad is not it.

  • lolBus

    I’ve been able to browse the internet just fine for the past few years, I’m a web developer so I do a lot of it. Flash isn’t the internet, it’s a browser plugin. Microsoft have also decided to drop support for Flash (and Silverlight) in their tablet OS so Apple isn’t alone, there are good reasons for killing it off. On mobile devices at least.

    I don’t agree that Adobe produce the software that is the main reason people use Macs. That may have been the case 8 or 9 years ago but not any more, especially given how bad Adobe’s software is on OS X and the poor support Adobe have given Mac users since OS X. This may partly explain Apple’s stance toward Adobe.

  • Anne Conway

    I’m kind of annoyed that you won’t admit you’ve navigated to a web page to be faced with an empty box where some content should be!

    I’m not saying Flash was the greatest – just that I don’t want Apple telling me what I can and can’t see on the Internet.

  • lolBus

    I did, I said I could count the times this has happened on one hand. It honestly hasn’t happened enough to annoy me in any way. But then I can’t even name a site that relies on Flash that I’d access from my laptop or desktop either.

  • Robert_Cratchit

    Ipad is mostly a Veblen good, a product designed for conspicuous consumption by the bourgeoisie to demonstrate their membership in an in-group.  Computer people don’t use it much.  But people who need a giant Ipod use it, and people who need to show themselves as members of a specific demographic of hipster types use it.  The author’s list of other products’ shortcomings is sad; physical volume knobs?  Good grief.

    I hope the Kool-aid is good, though.

  • ACltd

    why do so many Apple haters read Apple blogs? I don’t read Android blogs, or Windows blogs, why would I? 
    Androiders: Leave us in our ignorance… we like it here.

  • Phil

    Damn right!

  • Benjamin Burack

    I am a consumer and I’m not crazy about the iPad.  For starters, web browsing on it is pretty bad when compared to even a basic computer.  In addition to the obvious Flash deficiency (which IS a big deal), the iPad has an annoying habit of reloading the page every time I switch from one page to another.  For people who typically go to a news site or content aggregator and open multiple pages, this is a giant pain.

    Not to mention is that an iPad will never replace to computer for people who actually use the computer to create or manipulate content (rather than simply consume it).  Is it good for watching movies or checking a quick website?  Yes.  But have you ever tried to actually DO anything on it: make a spreadsheet, create a presentation, write a document, edit a photo?  If you have then you will know that doing these things on the iPad range from painful to impossible. 

    In the long run, I don’t think the iPad is going to replace anything?  It is a great “computer” for grandmothers and for use in the kitchen or on the toilet.  It is a handy little gadget for certain businesses like retail or a doctor’s office.  But I think once the “cool” factor wears off and people realize how useless the iPad really is, most people who are going to buy either a laptop OR an iPad are going to choose the former.

    And… I agree with your points about the current problems with Android tablets.  But in the long run Android will still become the dominant tablet platform because: the app ecosystem spans both phones and tablets, Android is on its way to becoming the dominant phone platform, phones are the larger market, and thus Android will by default become the dominant app ecosystem.  Not to mention that in 1-2 years Android tablets will be just as good as the iPad but will still sell for 30-50% of the price.

  • Michael J. Beck

     Mike, you should compare Infiniti to another Infiniti. You know, Apple to Apples. As a smart owner I’ve no desire for a Infiniti. Regardless of the price. As for a smaller iPad at $199.00 that would be good, but I would rather have a low priced ICS Android Tablet. The Fire is more like a Amazon ‘Catalog’ with some extra features as far as I’m concerned. Apple (iTunes) and the Fire (Amazon Store) want to lock me into their closed systems. I’ll wait for something else to come along. Some of us are tired of paying various companies money every month to ‘own’ and use a product. It’s a shame Palm sold out and stopped making the Palm TX.          

  • Jeff926

    Apple supports their mobile devices for about 2.5 years with iOS updates. Nothing in the Android space even comes close.

  • Michelle Tyrrell O’Hagan

    See, here’s the thing. The iPad never was supposed to create a demand for tablet computers. It was supposed to create a demand for iPads made by Apple. I just purchased a Kindle (the $79 version) only for reading on the train. However, since my husband and I got our iPad2 a few months ago, our desktop iMac sits mostly idle, except when one of the kids wants to listen to music or play games. All these folks talking about how its difficult to do actual “work” on the iPad are missing the point. Maybe you can or maybe you can’t use Excel on your iPad, but it never was meant to replace your work computer. It was meant to create demand for a new entertainment medium that adds to, and even replaces, things like your laptop at home, your television and yes, even books. Done, done, and done. :-)

  • STRIPBLUNTS

    Apple doesn’t need to release a smaller iPad if the Kindle “Fire” (like you say) is a piece of CRAP!! Why would they compete with a company that is scared to release shipping & sales numbers to the public, namely their shareholders?! Apple’s doing just fine with their iOS devices. Once they eliminate these so-called “competitors”, they’ll be able to focus on new software functions & their infrastructure, instead of the hardware. Amazon doesn’t have a chance in mobile.

  • Jeremy Herring

    I’m not understanding what all the hand-wringing is about… this is the reality of innovation.  The first to market has the luxury of setting the standard and the price point.  Competitors and imitators have to find their niche in the marketplace.  The tablet market is the 21st century equivalent of the automobile in that it is the replacement for an established technology (horse and buggy versus desktop computer) and more of the innovators will fail than succeed (When was the last time you saw an Edsel on the road?) due to factors of economics, features or even just timing.  I think its still too early to simply hand over the entire tablet market to Apple simply because a monopoly will stifle innovation and competition.

  • Steve Rodrigue

    You make good points, but I will still buy a Transformer Prime. But I do recommend iPad 2 to people who are willing to pay for a high-end tablet and can live within the Apple ecosystem.

    I prefer the Android openness. And Apple should thank Microsoft to not have been able to push the their Tablet PC to the market with decent software/support. The idea was there, but the product was not well integrated. Apple got it right for the first time, they hold the crown until someone or something else take it.

  • Guest

    I’d prefer the smart for two…

    Ipad and Kindle are just two different things!! As iOS and Android are.

    Never will Apple sell a pad for 200 Dollar, if not only renaming iPod Touch.

  • Marc Anthony Rosa

    Don’t you just hate it when a product (the iPad) is just too good? I hate it. 

  • Open ids

    No… what happened is that people realized they don’t “need” an pad device because it’s practically useless. And so the market got over saturated. The prices dropped. People are curious. Well.. and cheap. So. when the “fire sales” happened. They thought… hey $700 for one piece of junk. Or $100 for another… Lets try it. Why not.

  • ArrowSmith

     Yeah go tell that to some Tower Records employee you just “creatively destroyed”.

  • ArrowSmith

     So adapt or die is your message to millions who will never be mobile app developers.

  • ArrowSmith

     Yes there are enough employed people for now to afford the gadgets, the tipping point will come in 10-15 years.

  • ArrowSmith

     Except whatever # of iPad-related jobs are being created might be 1/100th the amount destroyed.

  • ArrowSmith

     Who gets to define what’s a “meaningless” job? By that definition any current job is meaningful until the employer says it’s not.

  • ArrowSmith

     Don’t be so sure about that. Windows 8 will have a curated app store and the openness of Android backed by Microsoft’s cloud services. That’s an unbeatable combo.

  • ArrowSmith

     Self hatred of a legion of industrial designers who know they are all inferior to Jonathan Ive.

  • John Maliga

    we’re all consumers. Flash is not a problem if no one else can get Flash to run on a phone or tablet – and Adobe has thrown in the towel. Most browser content can be had (especially, in your case, switching pages) by using an app instead of a browser. It is a paradigm shift, so it already replaces what you think as normal. Both ends meet the middle. Flashless and browserless apps will be sufficient for most people within a year or 18 months, and creating and manipulating content on an iPad is already quite advanced (note the music and photo apps, among others). 

    Android is too fragmented to make an impact on user experience, despite its numbers. The future will be iOS and Windows Phone 7, with Android being the ugly sister. Schools, at all levels, will begin to use iPads as their tablet and computer interfaces, and they will become so dominant that the fragmented Android market will flail in the wind. Lots of people will have cheap Android devices that don’t work on the current software, and more developers will abandon Android as a feasible enterprise since they won’t know whether their software will work on a given device, and they won’t have a consistent channel to distribute their work.

  • John Maliga

    Maybe the tipping point, but people are already losing jobs. Bottom-line capitalism doesn’t much account for jobs lost to automation or efficiency. Try paying for your iPhone on your MacDonald’s job (even if you’re a manager). My robot can make change faster and more accurately than you.

  • John Maliga

    Poor analysis. iPads still sell strongly. Other ‘pads were dumped because their software, user design, and infrastructure were weak or non-existent. Many people use iPads in the way, a year ago, people used “netbooks”. The market didn’t get over saturated (you might look at continuing iPad sales) – poorly-designed tablets, inferior to the iPad in almost all ways, were dumped because they could not compete. 

  • ArrowSmith

    Except people who bought iPads as netbook replacements then found out all the neat stuff that you can only do on a touch-oriented interface. Like fingerpainting, Fruit Ninja, Infinity Blade II, musical instruments and so on. An  iPad is not even a tablet, it’s an iPad and that’s why the competition fails. You have to provide the entire end-to-end experience that only Apple currently provides to compete with Apple. Not gonna happen.

  • FalKirk

    How about instead of “meaningless” we use the words “productive” and “unproductive”? A “productive” job returns more value to the employer than it costs him in total compensation. An “unproductive” job does not. This can be objectively measured.

  • meleniumshane90

    Exactly. The Kindle Fire isn’t meant to do what an iPad or a tablet does. It’s E-Reader that can get apps and go on the web, not portable storage or a computer replacement. At $199, who would expect it to be more than what it is?
    Everyone wants to fling shit and say it’s crap, when the reality is, the interface is intuitive and the product does what it was designed to do quite well.

  • Roland Dnalor

    I hate to say, but at the moment the ipad is really the best tablet. But it has many issues: Apple lock in, no sd-card and other connectors which shrink the possibility what you can do with it. I really hope android will soon get it right, the hardware is there an with google and motorola there is stron competition…

  • Paul Vincent

    There is no way I would buy an iPad for a kid. Way too expensive. My 11 year old got a 7 inch Android tablet (and loves it – plays almost all the Flash games he loves) and a television and a new bike for less than the price of an iPad. I strongly suspect he would have found the iPad alternative disappointing, and it would be investing too much financial cost in a single item – he would destroy the iPad within 12 months (the $89 for the Android tablet is not such a loss if that gets destroyed).

  • Rimsha Rajput

    Hi, great news about pre orders. I have friends in US but I live on UK. Will you be accepting PayPal and international debit/credit cards so long as delivery is to US address?
    http://www.gadget-mag.com

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