5 Reasons The iPad Will Fail

Written By Brian Hicks

Posted January 28, 2010


Apple’s new iPad device is destined to disappoint (and not just because of the unfortunate name). Analysts predicting iPhone-like success are going to be let down. Here are 5 reasons why:

#1) Battery Life — The iPad has been pitched by some as a “Kindle-killer.” But with a 10 hour battery life, it will never compete with dedicated eReaders like the Kindle and Nook. Those devices can go 150+ hours between charges, and because of their eInk screens, can be used in full sun.

#2) No Multi-Tasking — Want to have IM and a browser window open? Too bad, you can only do one at a time. A cheap netbook from Dell has much greater utility (and is a few hundred dollars cheaper).

#3) Virtual keyboard — An iPhone-style keyboard is fine for IMing and short emails, but is it really sufficient for word processing and larger tasks? No. Once again, netbooks have the advantage.

#4) $30/month for 3G — The standard $499 model comes only with Wifi. Clearly that’s not good enough for travelers. But if you want the 3G model, which starts around $800, you also have to cough up $30/month for AT&T 3G. I can’t see anyone who already pays for 3G on their smartphone subscribing to this.

#5) No Flash support — Around 90% of video you watch on the web is powered by Flash. Countless sites integrate Flash into their designs. No flash support means a lousy web experience. Yet another area where netbooks clearly outperform the iPad.

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