Apple iPad: Cool But No Netbook Killer

by Jay Bika on January 28, 2010 · 5 comments

in Apple,Opinion

Yesterday, the Earth stood still as Steve Jobs announced the Apple iPad. People everywhere got excited and many cannot wait until the day they can get their hands on one.

Many months ago, tech pundits were predicting how the Apple tablet was going to make netbooks as obsolete as type writers. Now that the iPad is out and we’ve heard and read what it’s all about, we can safely say that the iPad is not killing netbooks anytime soon.

Here are a few reasons why:

1) The iPad is not a computer

Netbook buyers are computer users who want to do tasks such as web browsing, edit the odd word document, watch movies, listen to music and store data. The Apple iPad can do most of these tasks but it’s really limited. I kind of like the external keyboard accessory it comes with though!

2) Without Wifi or 3G Internet access, the iPad is just a bulky iPod.

An iPhone without a data plan can still make phone calls and send and receive text messages. An iPod without internet access can still play music, run applications and play videos. An iPad without an Internet connection is pretty useless as you could do everything you want to do with an iPod. Unless you strictly want to read a book or watch a movie.

As netbook uses his or her machine to perform tasks that a computer does with or without internet access.

3) The iPad is expensive.

The cheapest is $499. The best-selling netbook, the Acer Aspire One, can be purchased for $329. It’s still portable, capable and can be equipped with 3G for an always-on Internet connection.

Netbooks do what an iPad can do and even more and are cheaper.

I could go on and on but I am sure that you too have some points to add so let’s hear them in the comments section below.

Personally, I think that I will get the iPad eventually (two years from now or so) because I think that developers will come up with apps that will make the tablet very useful and different to a laptop.

So yes, I will be a geek with a Blackberry, a laptop and an iPad. What will be ditched are the iPod and iPhone.

I can’t wait to see people who will be hauling the iPad around listening to music on it as if it was an iPod. I am laughing out loud in advance!

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1 Ahmed February 13, 2010 at 7:05 am

If only this IPad carries a video calling camera ( & hopefully a main 5 megapixel camera), real bluetooth connectivity & multitasking, real MS office package ( even by 3rd party ) it could be on top of netbooks, it would be awesome, and i belive this is not difficult! or else they don’t want IPad to compete with their ordiniary notebook series.

2 Smidgen PC February 26, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Steve Jobs made the mistake of believing that netbooks are really just for surfing the Internet.

They’re not. They’re small but fully functional comptuters with great battery life and a bargain price. That’s the entire point. If you take out huge swaths of netbook functionality it ceases to become a netbook competitor.

I’m sure that iPad will sell well due to Apple’s incredible branding, but it won’t have anything to do with the netbook market.

3 DavidM October 13, 2010 at 1:13 am

The press are still occasionally raising this story that the ipad is hitting netbook (and other small laptop) sales. I just don’t buy it. The ipad is a great user experience for browsing the web and using apps, but it’s definitely not a laptop replacement.

The few people I know who have shelled out a ridiculous amount of money for an ipad also have a laptop of some size. They have the ipad with them most of the time to catch up on news, check emails and generally surf the net, but still revert to the laptop if they need to do anything more substantial like write documents, create flyers, do homework, etc.

Personally, I can’t see how I could justify spending so much money on something that delivers such as small part of my computing needs.

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