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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Apple - iPad - The worst way to experience Flash videos, vlogging, and live video streaming

So there you have it, the new iPad.

Syler doesn't look happy. Probably because the devices he uses in the movies are better than the iPad.

According to Apple:

Apple - iPad - The best way to experience the web, email, and photos.

Maybe they'll make the iPad better in version 2.0?

I'm looking forward to getting my hands on an iPad at MacWorld SF to experience the speed that everyone is talking about, but it's missing features that I was really hoping it would have.

It's missing some features that even the iPhone has. So it's not even just a bigger iPhone.

What's Missing from the iPad:

1. Camera
It doesn't even have a camera like the iPhone. Seems like it should.

2. Video Camera
Video Camera
There's no iSight video camera on the iPad. I would have been sweet if the iPad had something like an iSight camera so you could record video or live stream.

3. Cellphone
There is an option for 3G service, but it doesn't sound like it's for voice calling, just data only. Would have been nice if the iPad WAS actually a phone.

Those Skype handsets that plug into laptops are cool, which leads me to my next point, no USB.

4. USB
Skype handsets
Granted there's no camera, but how about a USB port, or two, to allow hooking up a webcam with a mic?

5. iLife
There was an update for iWork, but what about iLife? How about an insanely great way to create multimedia content for the rest of us?

If the iPad had a video camera, it only makes sense that an update to iMovie would follow that would make movie making even easier.

I wrote about this prior to the launch:
Is the 'Crush It' Vook a Preview of Apple's Tablet.

The iPad supports the ePub format for book publishing, but what about books that support multimedia? Audio, Video, Links?

6. Flash video

Those YouTube HD movies look great, but the iPad doesn't support Flash. All the video sites I use present video using Flash. Hmm... There'll be a lot of 'missing plugin' icons on web pages on the iPad.

7. Sport Illustrated
What happened to the Sports Illustrated vision of the future?

What do you think? Do you want one?

Around the web:

5 Reasons to Wait for iPad 2.0 - Sarah Perez, Read Write Web