Wow, you are so clearly not the target market.
So you're telling me I'm going to spend at minimum $500 on a device that is just as locked down as an iPod Touch or iPhone?
Doesn't seem like you should spend any $$ on this, as it clearly isn't suited to your needs.
Secondly, it is completely devoid of ANYTHING...no external ports (except when using dongles hooked up to the 30-pin connector...huzzah for accessories
Yeah, it's too bad there aren't any accessories that are made to use the dock connector. No flash support is a no-brainer (slow, crashy, controlled by a 3rd party), and for someone who cares about "openness," I'd think impetus to move away from a proprietary format would be a good thing.
Third, what exactly are you getting for that price? Let's look at the fully loaded 64 gig/3G-enabled version. For roughly $800, you are buying a locked-down device with zero expansion options, zero USB ports or flash card readers, and no way to upgrade. For $800 you could put together a full-blown gaming computer or buy a REALLY nice laptop...hell, you could even buy a used tablet convertible and get the benefits of a tablet AND a laptop! But no, with Apple you get a locked down non-widescreen non-expandable device.
I always am amused by these kind of 'but you could get a kickass desktop for that price' comparisons. It's not a computer, it's not intended to be a computer, much less a 30 pound anchor of a gaming rig. It's intended to be a media consumption device. An incredibly light, thin, long battery life, natural interface media consumption device. Repeat after me, this isn't a general purpose computer.
Apple should have included a stylus with the system. Think about the people that use Wacom tablets, like the Penny Arcade guys or countless other digital graphic artists/designers. If Apple had included a stylus and well-designed software, this thing could be used as a portable Wacom tablet. Digital artists would have MURDERED each other for a chance to buy this thing had they included a stylus. Nope, that's a whole 'nother market Apple shunned with this thing.
Seriously? A Wacom tablet? That is the big market that you think they missed?
Honestly, my biggest issue with it is the fact that it uses the iPhone operating system. By keeping it locked down like that, they have severely limited the appeal of this thing
As pointed out numerous times, by using the iPhone OS, they have made this an appliance, not a general purpose computer. You want a general purpose computer, this is not it. Whether the public at large wants a computer or a media consumption device remains to be seen, but based on the iPod Touch's success, it seems like the latter has a market.
they should have either ported over OSX (which would work GREAT on a tablet with minimal interface changes) or just built a new operating system from the ground up.
Do you get that all computer OS's have been designed for keyboard/mouse input, and not finger input? There is a dramatic difference in the rules that guide design for those two totally separate cases. Moving OSX to hardware that uses fingers and not mice would fail about as badly as moving Windows to hardware that uses fingers and not mice. Here is where I note that Apple *did* write a new operating system (not from the ground up, but pretty significantly) designed for finger input: the iPhone OS.
But no, they decided to put on a velvet glove and slap the shit out of their customers...and they'll buy it! They are so focused on the fact that the hand has a velvet glove they are ignoring the fact that they are being slapped by it!
You are not their target market. I'm sorry you feel physically abused because a company decided to make a device you don't find appealing. It seems odd, though, to presume that everyone has your particular desires for a slate-shaped-opensource-hackable-usb/firewire/eSCSI/SATA-Wacom laptop computer.
Basically, this COULD have been an amazing device...but regardless of what they did right, Apple made some unbelievably stupid decisions that puts it firmly in the "what's the point" category for me.
Emphasis on the "for me" part.
It is also worth mentioning that if this tablet had been announced with all the same features (both missing and included), but it had a Microsoft or Google logo instead of an Apple logo, people would be treating it like the plague. Fanboyism is a terrible disease.
Actually, it's not worth mentioning. You seem to suffer from a common disease here on