I’ve been discussing with wifie who’ll use the iPad, and we find it hard to find a single group of people that it’s perfect for. Let’s have a look:
- School kids and students won’t like it because they can’t play the Flash games that are their raison d’être, and because they multitask all the time (homework is always done while MSN’ing in another window).
- Content creators (such as bloggers) won’t like it because it doesn’t have a proper keyboard, and because it’s hard to attach a camera.
- Gadget nerds will think they don’t really need it because they already have an iPhone, a netbook, a laptop and a portable DVD player.
- Mature technophobes who would really like a minimal solution for light web browsing and emailing won’t like it because the iPad requires a proper computer for synchronisation, too.
- Business people will not buy it because it cannot be connected to a lightpro for presentations, and they might also want a front-facing camera for conferencing.
- Commuters won’t like it because it’s hard to hold on to on public transport.
- Porn addicts will dislike that it needs to be held in the hands.
- Book readers will not buy it because the screen isn’t as good for reading as electronic paper.
- Women won’t buy it because of the name, and because it doesn’t fit in a handbag.
- Game players will only buy it if there are games available for it that are better than their equivalents on other platforms, and that’s not the case (yet).
So I must admit I find it hard to figure out who exactly will think it’s worth the money, unless some ground-breaking games are soon released for it.