Yesterday’s refresh of the iconic, category making iPad looked more like a bug fix release than a new iteration. Sure it’s lighter, supports two cellular networks and WiFi and it has the AppStore behind it but it only leaves me saying, “So?”
Here’s a news flash — I only have one cellular network and when I wanted an iPhone I switched to AT&T to get it. I have been waiting for the next version of the iPad because of what I see as limitations of the original. But as it is, the iPad 2 looks much more like a device that some corporation might use to control me rather than something I can use to rule the world.
Why can’t the iPad support a phone without all of the back channel machinations of getting onto a VoIP carrier and plugging in extra stuff? Compared to the “old” version I repeatedly come back to the “get” what is the “get”? Why should I pay more for numero dos than for numero uno?
Looking at the tablet market and the recently introduced competitors for iPad, it looks to me like they’ve all settled into good enough mode already. Too bad. There’s so much more to do guys!