IT Management Slideshow: iPad: 7 Self-Contradictions

By Tony Kontzer  |  Posted 04-08-2010

iPad: 7 Self-Contradictions

What Apple says about the iPad: "Magical"

What we say: This may be nitpicking, but any device that can't multitask sufficiently to let you monitor Facebook or Twitter while you check email is lacking in the magic category.

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What Apple says about the iPad: "Revolutionary"

What we say: Let's see-it works just like a combination of an iPhone and an iPod Touch, and can't match the productivity capabilities of a laptop. Yep, sounds revolutionary to us.

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What Apple says about the iPad: "Entirely new category of devices"

What we say: Hmmm. Funny, but we were under the impression that there already was a tablet market, and that one of the first entries was Apple's infamous Newton, nearly 20 years ago.

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What the press release says about the iPad: "Intimate"

What we say: Under no circumstances should the word "intimate" be used to describe any technological device. How intimate can a pile of metal and plastic and circuitry possibly be?

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What Apple says about the iPad: "Unbelievable price"

What we say: Let's see-a fully functioning laptop can be had for less than $1,000, Netbooks start at about $300, and an iPhone 3G runs $100. In comparison, the iPad's $499-$829 range seems quite believable. Some would even say excessive.

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What Apple says about the iPad: "Environmentally responsible"

What we say: Not to rain on the parade, but this seems a serious stretch in describing yet another device that customers eventually will discard and replace.

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What Apple says about the iPad: "And" (as in, it can do this, this, this AND this)

What we say: That whole lack-of-multitasking-abilities thing? It screams "or."

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