So the cynicism has died down a bit. I’m still not convinced that this is something I should own, but I’ve thought of two things that the iPad can do extremely well. I made sure to list these as items that can’t be done well enough in any other device. Here we go.
I guess the reason why I found the iPad a tad underwhelming was because they’ve marketed the eBook reader to someone like me who has stopped reading books. Instead, I listen to them. Given that I’m almost always out, I doubt I’d be able to revert back to reading a good book from the comforts of my home. I think the Kindle has pretty much got the reading experience spot on, and my iPod delivers my audiobooks impeccably. But one thing that these two can’t do well — DIGITAL COMICS. If Marvel, DC and the other comic book publishers can get the digital downloads to work (hey it works with Archie comics), they’ve got a winner.
The second — and really, do consider it for a moment — are out of the box interactive billboards and signage. For the swanky restaurant that shows the menu in digital format, and all you need to do is check your orders. For propping up on the counter to show off the new specials for the day scribbled in a new blackboard application. For an Internet kiosk at the mall. A photo frame.
Now, someone should go build these.