Originally posted on Twitter, I was urged to post it on this site (which i didn't know existed). So: Why I think the iPad sucks. It's mainly an issue of an identity crisis to me. It's too big to be a true portable device (like the iPod touch, which i love), but it's too limited to be a full on laptop replacement. (Before i go any further, i'm gonna go ahead a say that this is all based on speculation from the conference). From a hardware standpoint and from what is we know, the iPad is inferior to the $300 netbooks out right now, but I'm gonna disregard all that to look at the software issues (that and i don't have the full spec list). The root of the problem comes down to the modified iPhone OS that the iPad runs. For an iPod Touch or iPhone, it's great, but for a $500+ tablet, it's far too limited. -To install applications, you will have to go through apple's appstore which means Developers will have to abide by apple's rules and approval process. I feel as if i don't have to go into how corrupt that is. -You can not run apps in the background. So you can't be running, say Pandora, and be typing up a document in their Pages application. -You can't download files onto the tablet. That means if you want to download a music file you have to go through apple's iTunes store application. You can't download videos stright to the iPad, and cannot save anything you find on the internet. -It's still reliant on another computer. If you want to add pictures from your memory card, you can't buy an adapter and plug it into the iPad (unless apple decides to release one). You can't download a movie straight to the iPad, you have to download it to your computer then copy it onto the device. -There is still no flash. This is a key feature to a laptop, and i would have expected that something that is $500 at the minimum to have flash. Well it doesn't. Basically what it means is that you can't play any flash games, but, in addition to that, you can't watch any videos or pictures based of flash (e.g. a blog post that has a non-youtube way of uploading videos (like the gawker blogs) or a picture that has zoom functions (newegg.com)). Basically what i'm trying to say is that the iPad is an iPod touch with a 3g connection, larger screen, better exclusive apps (thats all their "phenomenal" iWork and iBook things were, apps), and runs faster. It's far to limited to be called an laptop or a traditional tablet, but it's too big to call it an iPod or a PDA. The "middle ground" that apple said it was trying to fill wasn't filled at all. The "lower ground" (iPod and portable devices) was just expanded to support a larger device, because the iPad is just a limited as the iPod touch is.