iPad does VoIP, but is it filling a hole that needs plugging?

January 28th, 2010 | Tags: , , ,

Last night Apple hosted their 2010 media event and as expected a the much hyped new tablet style device was launched, namely the “iPad”. Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs touted the iPad to fill the gap between mobile phone and laptop, but does this requirement really exist?

Personally speaking I find the lack of full Mac OS X makes the device quite unattractive, essentially rendering the iPad as an overgrown iPhone.

Other negatives include:

  • No camera
  • No Flash
  • 10 hours battery life (how can this compete with other e-ink based eBook readers)
  • No flash memory slot
  • No interchangeable batter (usual Apple story)
  • Limited to AppStore applications only
  • No hard keyboard (without keyboard dock)
  • No multi-tasking

It does however have a microphone, speaker/headset socket and given the recent changes to VoIP over 3G (introduced in Apple’s latest iPhone SDK) it would make for a another piece of kit you could make a call home with! But surely you could just use the iPhone for this purpose?

I have a tablet, with Windows 7/multi-touch I might add, why would I need anything else?

A video preview of the iPad can be seen below.