Tuesday, May 24, 2011

iTouched, iLoved & iOwn an iPad now

Eventually the day has come for me to have this beautiful gadget in my hands and not to worry about anything else at least for now. After a long wait, anticipation, excitement and thrill this super smart gadget reached home and I have been playing with it for couple of days. Whatte a device! Pure simplicity in your hands.

First to begin with, a good applause should go to Mr.Jonathan Ive, the principle designer for the apple products. He is seriously a magician when it comes to look and feel of the iPad. Beautiful would definitely be an understatement. Simply spectacular. And then comes the user interface, amazing it is. I have been "busy" lately because of iPad. Very smooth, responsive and also shows simplicity in every use. No wonder it is the most hipped and most sorted device at current scenario.

Then comes the applications for iPad, which simply is called apps. I would dare say iPad is nothing without apps. The kind of apps you will find in the app store I am sure it will blow your mind, very vast collection indeed. I must have download some 50 plus apps within few days of using it and I am so happy and glad that each app comes with such generous usage and uniqueness. At present there is no comparison for the app category from any of its competitors, Apple's iPad is well ahead of all others in this category. And the main point is it's not mostly the name sake apps, most of them are really very useful apps which brings simplicity that a tablet PC should have. No complications at all while using it. Starting from browsing, reading books, playing games, incredible battery life of over 10 hours and exploring the amazing apps specifically designed for iPad, this is one great gadget you have to consider having it.

I have seen Google's Android tablets, used for sometime and checked it again to have an idea and to do little comparison. Honestly there is no "wow" factor in there. Google has to do something about this. No matter how hard some of the manufacturers try they could not compete when it comes to software. When browsing in the Android tablet many times I have had trouble browsing it, most of the times the browser crashed pathetically. And then when it comes to apps, yes there are some good apps In Android market I agree but you really have to search and find such apps. The vast category of apps is missing in Android market and of course this is as of now, I am sure it is evolving. No matter how much they beat their heart out and tell customers what they have got, it's high time they really should show what specialties they have got which ultimately differentiates them from iPad. In simple term, they should not try to copy the iPad features. They should come up with different ideas.

Of course there is not all "right" aspects in iPad, first comes the crappy cameras. Not even a single mega pixel camera, really? Come on Mr. Jobs. Lately, there is not any popular gadget which at least comes without a single mega pixel camera. Of course you don't need a super cool camera for a device like this because it is odd to hold and capture images or video. But not even a single mega pixel camera for video chatting through Facetime? It's a bummer. Given the fact that the reviews of camera for the fourth generation iPod touch was very bad, Apple must have at least provided a decent camera for this very popular universal gadget. And then we all will miss the Flash Player for this wonderful tablet, which other platforms have the edge over it. Luckily some of the popular websites are adopting to iPad compatibility apps but still there are tons of websites which deliberately need Flash player. We all will miss Flash for sure. And then Apple's iOS is often criticized for being such a closed platform which is not like it's peer. Downloading files and organizing it are very easy when it comes to other devices which is not so in iPad. But then if you really want to go with a leader, you have to follow the rules and restrictions, no other go.

For some certain reasons, at present Apple's iPad is the market leader when it comes to tablet market is concerned. For any naysayers just the volume of shipping and demand for the product clearly shows the truth and I don't have to argue with it. If Google's Android is going to compete, it really has to show some unique features, fix a lot of issues in its software and more importantly it has to bring the "Aha" feature if not the "wow" feature. A lot to work and show us something special Mr.Android. And for some hardware manufacturers please don't brag about the same old song, "You can see flash contents, you can have great cameras in our tablets". Serious question to you all is despite the drawback why iPad is still in the winning streak. Better find the answer and bring it more in your tablets. As customers we would love to have more varieties in any product category, we would always give green signal for the competition and all we expect is some unique features not just the mere imitators who boast about how well they could polish the old shoes. Please show us something new.

Tablet PCs are getting better and better each day. Take any technology news and you will find many new tablets on its way in the current situation. Probably by this year end you might end up with more number of tablets than you ever imagined. Every company has jumped into the tablet bandwagon and the laptop sales are going south wards. After having iPad for a short while I have to admit that I haven't touched my Macbook Pro that much which is surprising for me. But that's me. It all depends on your use. If you are not into any serious laptop oriented work like programing and other stuffs, I am sure tablet is right for you. And a serious thing to consider is which tablet is right for you before you buy it. To put it simple, you have to decide whether you want to go with a leader or a follower in this regard. iPad is definitely the leader and no doubt about it while others just fall into the category of being the followers. And then this scenario is as of now and things might and should change, as a consumer we would all love the heavy competition.

Competition - Hands down its iPad now. iPad is "The Tablet" and Steve Jobs is the Emperor. iPad's simplicity, fantastic design, amazing apps clearly makes it a market leader. And if anyone thinking of buying a tablet, you owe yourself time to have a look at iPad. And I am sure you will thank me later for that suggestion. Please go with iPad if you don't really need a laptop or wait some more time to enjoy the heavy competition right ahead with other tablet manufacturers and also with Google's Android to get it's feet rightly in. 

I am so glad I waited this long to jump into this amazing gadget. After a lot of anticipation, excitement and also some disappointment (as I could not get it on first day of its launch), it perfectly landed in my hands on May 17th and I am rightly on track with the technology leader.

iLove my iPad. And I typed this post from my iPad :-)

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