10:21 Mark McClusky notes: In the web demo, you could see a broken plugin icon on NYTimes site. Does that mean there’s no Adobe Flash support on iPad?
Updated thoughts: Two Galley Friends immediately likened it to the mostly-forgotten Cube. That's a little tough. But maybe not wrong. My own first-blush reaction was, Hey, they made an iPhone Touch DX!
And isn't that really what the iPad is? At least for now? With nothing more than the iPhone OS, it's a super-slick smart-phone/Kindle/netbook hybrid. Only it lacks a smartphone's portability, the Kindle's readability, and the netbook's power. For me, this last bit is the killer. Unless I'm missing something, you can't word-process on it, except for in-browser applications, like Google Docs. If you could power Word into it--or even the Apple knock-off--it might be versatile enough to carry around on reporting trips. But even then, the iPhone OS's inability to keep multiple applications running at the same time seems goes from being a minor annoyance to a crippling short-coming.
All of this isn't to say that a second-generation iPad might not be killer. If it had: (1) A camera to facilitate video-conferencing; (2) A beefed-up OS enabling it to run multiple applications simultaneously; (3) A real-deal word processing application allowing you to do actual work on it for hours at a stretch--then, I could see dropping $500, or even $650 on it to have as a travel accessory.
But even then, it's a twilight device. Without built-in cellular service, it can't replace your iPhone and I don't think it'll ever replace either your laptop or desktop machine. Do people need a third computer in their lives? A computer that is really only useful for short stretches of time, ie, travel? Maybe. Maybe not.
More thoughts on this tomorrow, but other items of note:
* Amazon breathes a sigh of relief, no? With just an LED screen, the iPad can't compete with the Kindle's ink, and can't be taken as a serious challenge to dedicated eReaders.