A few days before the iPad is out I am ready to make my bet. It will be a revolution.
The iPhone was a revolution for mobile handsets. Nokia laughed at Apple when they launched a new phone in what was a “mature” market. Now, no one doubts that Steve Jobs was actually right when he said “Today Apple is going to reinvent the phone” in January 2007.
David Pogue’s review of the iPad is worth reading. “It is basically a gigantic iPod Touch”, it could not be described in less words.
I would take from his review the insight that the iPad is no substitute for a laptop for tasks to create content, like writing docs, presentations, coding software, not to mention any more sophisticated content like photo or video editing. But it IS a great device to consume content, like reading, web browsing, watching video or gaming. And for that purpose, the experience is even better than a laptop.
The lack of Adobe Flash is an issue, but looking at the speed that video sites and video platforms like Brightcove or Oolaya are preparing for the iPad, it might not be a show-stopper; specially if Hulu launches an iPad application as rumored.
If after reading Pogue’s review still in doubt, BBspot.com offer a decision flow chart. Not that I agree with it, but it’s funny…
TechCrunch announces more reviews hitting the net.