Originally Posted by milosz
[q] it's not a stand-alone product, it needs to be tethered to a PC.[/q]
Does it really? Assuming we're talking geriatric/minimal use demo here, they don't need a PC for e-mail, web browsing, contacts, watching video, etc.. Why would the iPad absolutely need to be tethered. (I don't even sync my iPhone, FWIW)
They need a wi-fi hookup. Which will itself be irrelevant if 4G owns the world in a couple of years.
Look, I guess it depends on who the product is really intended for. I think people (both for and against) are picking and choosing based on whatever suits their point of view. This might be a geriatric internet tablet, and if you don't need to get media on or off the device, can be used as such without a real computer to attach it to. You can download software to it directly from the itunes store accessible on the iPad.
However, since it doesn't have any external connectors it's not meant to work with current mp3 players, digital cameras, etc. Like those devices, it attaches to a real computer to exchange information. I suspect in this iteration it is not intended to be someone's first/primary computer.
I'm in emakris' camp. Seems like a nice stay-at-home device, not a portable one, and it would be a nice third or fourth internet-enabled device for someone who wants everything. As such, you wouldn't worry as much about its limitations because for anything it couldn't handle, you'd switch to a real computer. Which is much the same as how iPhones are used at home right now. This is more of a luxury item.