I think the fact that power users and developers cant find the iPads purpose gives credibility to my prediction this thing will be successful as a device for "the other" types of computer users. I think the reveal was flat and that this prototype version is missing some key elements, but I think that by the 2G release these issues will be addressed. What I think they need:
- globally enabled background tasks (iPhone OS multitasks just fine, Apple regulates its use for performance reasons, I think this new ARM chip removes any performance issues)
- Add a camera for video conferencing
- Developers need to make cool apps, specifically for the iPad, not the iPhone
- Add some directory-ish service or add a native dropbox app
With those added items I'd buy this for my son/wife/grandma in a a heart beat. Of course, we're an all mac family so it would be an even more obvious choice.
Note: I don't think the iPad is a good device. The concept is brilliant but the iPad is just too crippled in too many ways. How can you surf the net without a flash player? But we have to take it serious - what if Apple really succeed in making this a big success. Hopefully other vendors will make tablets that don't have the shortcomings of the iPad. Google, HP, HTC, Asus, Lenovo, Dell... are you listening?