First thoughts on the iPad

I didn’t watch Steve Job’s keynote address yesterday, but like everyone else in the universe, I did catch some news of Apple’s new iPad. Despite being a big fan of Apple products, I wasn’t overly impressed. Here are some of my thoughts:

  • Useful for note-taking, so I imagine it will be useful in classrooms (including colleges) and conferences.  Maybe for salespeople, too.
  • Overkill as an ereader.  In my opinion, an ereader should be focused on one things only: imitating a book..
  • Missing a front-facing camera.  No video-conference, I guess.
  • Bevel seems bigger than it needs to be.

This is the first generations and I’m sure there will be improvements.  But for now, I’m happy with my Kindle and my iPhone.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.