The Apple iPad. The hardware is gorgeous. It’s pretty much an oversized iPod Touch. It’s sleek, slim, and light.The software is an enhanced iPhone OS. That’s great because people already know how to use it. But i was hoping for something more. There weren’t any revolutionary interface changes, as there were when the iPhone was first released. The price is incredible. People thought it would cost $1000. It’s half that. This can replace a PC for some people; be a second, portable machine for others; or just a toy for some. The data plans are pretty reasonable as well. What’s missing? It needs a camera and iChat so you can do video conferencing. Bring video communication to the living room. Biggest surprise? The Apple A4 chip. Apple created it’s own chipset that has the CPU, GPU, and more all in a single, power efficient package. If you want something done right… The best thing the iPad has going for it is the Apple ecosystem. This is what some hardcore nerds are going to complain about. “It’s too closed, Apple has to approve the apps!” But I think this is why Apple is winning. The Apple ecosystem *works* right out of the box. No fuss. So the iPad starts with 150,000 apps ready to go. It already syncs all your data from your Mac computer. iTunes already has all your credit card information so it’s one step to purchase books, apps, movies. The iPad lets you get going quickly. My mom already knows how to use it, and she doesn’t even know what it is. Everyone is surprised by the price. Yes, it’s low for a 9.7″ IPS display. But component costs go down fast. So even if Apple takes a hit for a few months, they will win in the long run. The original iPod was a loss leader when it was first released. There is no flash. Thank god. Flash is terrible. For video, for websites. I can’t wait for flash to die. HTML 5, thank you. Apple needs to come out strong here, and the low price point is the main way they’re doing that. They need to sell these things in high quantities, to then attract developers and accessory manufacturers. They need to start the cycle that makes iPad the only device you would ever consider. When the Kindle came out, I was very unimpressed. Why would I spend $350 (now $250) on something that does nothing but read books? It has a big screen, CPU, and is 3G enabled, but I can’t surf the web? The iPad is a kindle killer. Overall, this isn’t as revolutionary a product as the iPhone, but it does seem to fit perfectly between an iPhone and a Mac. I see myself using this on my sofa, and taking it when I travel. My one hope is that they demo’d OS 3.0, same as the current iPhone. But the device will actually ship with a 4.0 OS that is yet to be announced. With multitasking? Dustin summarized it best. “$499. Insanity.” Sign me up.