Five Things Missing from the iPad

Five Things Missing from the iPad

After much ballyhoo, the was introduced this week to mixed reviews. Instead of welcoming the new device, many in the tech community have raised issue, claiming Apple’s latest is missing key features, functions, and hardware components. Here are the most glaring omissions psp games.
Built-in Camera
Of all of the surprising omissions in the iPad, the absence of a built-in camera came as the biggest shock. With just about every mobile device incorporating some sort of camera these days, the iPad’s lack of some sort of photo or video taking ability is stupefying. Granted, Apple is pushing the iPad as a web browsing, media-loving, book reading device, but given how cheap and accessible the technology is, it would have been a simple addition to the hardware.

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Flash Support
Yes, in the eyes of many people, Flash is an imperfect web media format, and it may very well be phased out by HTML 5, but in the meantime, many of the biggest web networks still utilize it. As a device billed as providing the best web browsing experience, the iPad is still cutting out a sizable chunk of web media through its inability to play Flash-based content (for instance, IGN videos).

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Verizon Network Support
Apple says that each iPad will come unlocked and can be used with any GSM network that offers the micro SIM technology used in the iPad, but currently AT&T is the only one that does. T-Mobile has announced that they will offer micro SIM later this year, Sprint is a no-go, and Verizon utilizes a CDMA network, which means they couldn’t support the iPad even if they wanted to.

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iPhone Piggybacking
In addition to not being offered on Verizon, one of North America’s most popular networks, the iPad is incapable of tethering to your iPhone’s data plan, at least not in its current form. Right now AT&T is offering contract-free data plans for the iPad ($14.99 for 250MBs and $24.99 for unlimited data), but we’d much rather see the iPad tap into an existing data plan with AT&T for the . When (and if) AT&T finally offers tethering for the iPhone, we may see a change, but we wouldn’t hold our breath. AT&T will be raking in too much cash for the 3G versions, why bother make it economical or useful for existing iPhone users?

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Multitasking
From what we saw on the iPads we tested following the keynote this week, multitasking is not offered for apps on the iPad. Other than simply utilizing the iPod functionality while using other apps, you can’t seem to run multiple apps at once. Apple could potentially add this feature later through a firmware update, but we wouldn’t expect it for quite some time (or before the 2nd-gen iPad is announced).

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