I have my new Apple iPad (NASDAQ: APPL), which is both as sexy/cool as advertised and as utterly flawed as has been described elsewhere - in general, I'd say wait for the next generation, which presumably will fix the gen 1 flaws, and probably be cheaper and have more memory - otherwise its the most expensive game machine & ebook reader in history, or is just an expensive, crippled notebook.
However, the most frustrating part of it as a possibly rocking video consumption device is that the iPad actually regresses about 5 years when it comes to being able to do almost anything with it not connected to the Apple ecosystem - it's like US mobile phones were before smart phones arrived, able to leave the "deck", but so painful that no one did. I spent hours last night trying to move video content to the iPad, and finally gave up on it. I'm frankly surprised that the browser even works on the general Internet vs just letting it go only to a walled garden of HTML5/Apple-approved sites since its the one way you can actually leave the App Store to surf the wild Internet.
The Video Lock Down Includes:
- No USB port
- Bluetooth file transfer is disabled (haven't seen that since Verizon years ago)
- ITunes is the only way to move video (or anything), and it blocks most attempts to move externally sourced video
- Browser works only on HTML5-compatible sites, eliminating 95% of the flash-powered Internet