Why I loathe the iPad and everything it stands forMikey 24 comments Poll
With the iPad being considered by many (including yours truly) as a useless, unusable over-priced gimmick which 'bridges a gap' that doesn't exist, my attention has turned to other offerings in the tablet arena, and the one that stands out the most is HP's up and coming Slate.
Unlike the iPad, HP's slate runs on Windows 7, which means you'll get the things you're used to having in any other Windows platform, such as multi-tasking, expandable memory, upgrade-ability and the ability to install 3rd party applications without any restrictions just for starters. These standard features alone are absent on the iPad and iPhone for that matter.
(HP's Slate, slated (sorry) for a 2010 release)
It will also have a full internet experience, not the broken one the iPad offers. I have to say that as much as I respect the man, I'm really disappointed at Steve Jobs' propaganda regarding the iPad internet experience, saying "It is the best browsing experience you can ever have...Way better than a laptop" while conveniently leaving out the bit about Flash not being supported (seriously - video from the horses mouth here).
Apple fans will likely say the iPad will be more successful, and they may be right. But successful doesn't necessarily mean better. The iPhone is proof of that, undoubtedly being the most successful mobile phone in history despite it having a feature set that pales in comparison to many other mobile phones. If vast numbers actually meant anything, Brittany Spears could be considered a credible artist.
Some will also say any tablet that comes with Windows will be subject to the 'horrors of using Windows', which is very 1998 thinking. I'll be first to admit Windows used to be a dog, but XP was awesome, I never had any real issue with Vista, and virtually no issues at all with Windows 7. The idea of a tablet running Microsoft's latest OS is pretty damned exciting.
But, even if Windows was a horrible platform to use (which it isn't), I'd take the imperfections of freedom rather than a platform controlled by the software equivalent of a communist regime, any day of the week. Funny how that worked out for Apple, given their supporters used to accuse Microsoft of being the software commies.
Anyhoo, I make no apologies for my disregard towards Apple's latest product. Even many Apple supporters are upset with the lacklustre device Steve Jobs has offered his disciples this time. And I don't blame them. But if Apple's history is anything to go by, the iPad with all it's failings will probably be a resounding success, and I wish them continued happiness.
I'm saving my money for a tablet that matters.
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