iPad Disappointment

Back in December, I posted about how I’ve been trying to shift my life into the digital domain.

Today, I watched as Apple dashed these hopes into the ground. Steve Jobs revealed their new tablet, The iPad. Upon first glance, I saw the iPhone’s interface and my heart sunk.

Gizmodo covers quite well the myriad disappointments of the iPad, all of which are very valid complaints. However, I’d like to explain my own personal disappointment.

Truly, what I wanted was a touchscreen MacBook. Something that could be used to create, but at the same time be large enough — unlike an iPhone or iPod Touch — to consume media. Apparently this is a tall order, since the iPad seems hell bent on only media consumption. That isn’t to say it’s a completely gimped product, you can buy the iWork suite for $30, i.e. it’s not the central focus of the device.

This is what I was expecting. This video is a concept of Microsoft’s Courier Tablet — something useful, something meant for creation. Yet all we got today is the “iPod Touch XL”.

Would it have been that hard to put a camera for video chat? Or allow multitasking? Or even put a USB port on the thing so we don’t need a dongle?

Someone wake me up when this thing can do something other than charge your credit card for media at every turn.