Here is what I would want included to get an iPad:
1) Word Processing and Spreadsheets with an easy keyboard interface. I would want to use this as a "basic" laptop where I can surf the net and do simple word processing. On my personal laptop this is all I really do at home. I'm still not sold that the virtual keyboard is the best thing going either. It's usually pretty easy to use on the iPhone and I assume the larger keyboard is easier to use but I still can't see myself writing long emails or anything on it...just quick notes.
2) Tethering or Compatability with iPhone. I have my iPhone and I pay the monthly fee for my phone bill. If I have an iPad why can't I either get internet through that contract or at the very least hook up my iPhone as a tether. I would never pay my monthly phone bill and then pay another monthly bill for an iPad. Maybe this is already set up like this but I haven't seen it.
If those were both included and the iPad could act like a more mobile laptop I could get onboard. But right now my iPhone and laptop are more than good enough for me.
This review hits a lot of what I feel about the IPad including this part that really hits the nail on the head:
It doesn't replace anything
The iPad will not replace your smartphone. Unless you can't type, it won't replace your laptop. If you love books, you could argue it's a great e-book reader, but let's see what your wrists say after a few days. The Kindle is a better e-reader. Frankly, we're not sure what need the iPad fills, other than the desire to be cool by owning a device that is in a class all its own.
It's a sandbox device -- the utility of the device will come from software written. The potential is enormous. Maybe it's not what you need or doesn't fill a need at this very second, but to dismiss it out of hand the way lots of people are is amusing.Frankly, we're not sure what need the iPad fills, other than the desire to be cool by owning a device that is in a class all its own.
It's very much like reviewing a video game console based just on whatever game is packed in and claiming that it'll never amount to anything more.
24 Years and Counting...
I'm partial: I use Palm's webOS which features true multi-tasking. It's one of those things that, after you use it, you'll be astonished at how much it improves the user experience.
Get your nunchucks and the keys to your dad's car. I know where we can get a gun
Last edited by durl; 04-09-2010 at 03:19 PM.