iPad Analysis: Apple Already Two Years Ahead?

It’s here. Apple’s “magical and revolutionary product” is ready for the masses. But are the masses ready for it? Will the iPad be a smash hit or will its weaknesses relegate it to niche status? What are the killer apps? Assuming it does take off, does any other tablet stand a chance?

To answer these questions and more we gathered some of the greatest minds in the tech industry to weigh in on the most important gadget launch since the iPhone. The consensus: the iPad will usher in a new era of mobile computing focused on ease of use and content consumption, and no other tablet will come close to Apple’s user experience in the short term. In fact, Tim Bajarin told us it will take the competition two years to catch up.

Brain Trust:

Burning Questions:

  1. Do you think the iPad will change mobile computing more than netbooks have?
  2. How many iPads do you think Apple will sell? Is it already a hit?
  3. Do you see the iPad as having any major weaknesses that consumers care about?
  4. What do you see as the potential killer apps for the iPad?
  5. Will the iPad help HTML5 replace Flash as the video delivery mechanism of choice for websites?
  6. What percentage of customers do you think will order the 3G model?
  7. Where do you see most iPad use taking place? At home? On the road? Work?
  8. Are there any tablets coming to market that could be a serious iPad competitor?

Mark Spoonauer
Mark Spoonauer
Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
Mark Spoonauer on
Twitter Google+
Email* (will not be published)
*Indicates required field
Submit Comments

  1. PHSSS... Says:


    Two years ahead my foot. If it had been a REAL Computer os and not some overgrown cellphone then perhaps it would have been something. Give me a slate tablet PC like Fujitsu’s Stylistic Line over that trash any day.

  2. ITOOL Says:

    Lol 2 years ahead of 1998

All Product Types Accessories Cars Digital Camcorders Digital Cameras eReaders GPS Laptops MP3 & Video Players Projectors Smartphones Software Storage Tablets / MIDs VoIP Wi-Fi
All Subcategories
All Subcategories All-Purpose Budget Business Desktop Replacement Gaming Multimedia Netbook Nettop Rugged Student Tablet PCs Ultraportable
Acer Alienware Apple Archos ASUS Averatec BenQ CTL Corp. Dell Digital Storm eMachines Emtec Everex Fujitsu GammaTech Gateway General Dynamics Getac Gigabyte Hercules HP HTC iBuyPower Intel Lenovo MSI Nokia Nvidia OCZ OLPC OQO Origin Panasonic Sager Samsung Sony Sylvania Systemax TabletKiosk Toshiba Verizon Viewsonic Viliv VooDoo Workhorse PC ZT Systems
Minimum Rating
Any Rating 4.5 Stars 4.0 Stars 3.5 Stars 3.0 Stars
Screen Size
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 4 5 6 7 8 9
1024x576 1024x600 1024x768 1200X800 1280 x 720 1280x1024 1280x768 1280x800 1366x678 1366x768 1440x1050 1440x900 1600x768 1600x900 1680x1050 1680x945 1920x1080 1920x1200 800x400 800x480
Weight Range
10.1 - 12.0 pounds 12.1 - 14.0 pounds 14.1 - 16.0 pounds 2 lbs 2 pounds and under 2+ lbs 2.1 - 4.0 pounds 4.1 - 6.0 pounds 6.1 - 8.0 pounds 8.1 - 10.0 pounds Over 16 pounds Under 2 pounds
more options