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Is Apple's new iPad brilliant or just a bust?

Jan. 29, 2010

By Jessica Acklen
Entertainment Editor

I got my first iPod when they weighed as much as a brick, only came in white and had four buttons above the touch wheel.

My second iPod was a pink Nano. It held about 500 songs, had four games and the most impressive then about it was that it had a color screen.

For my last birthday, I finally got an iPod Touch. I have no idea how many songs it holds, but I can watch "Sex and the City" episodes, play Bejeweled and read a book all while I run on the treadmill. I can also check my bank account and spend its content with the ShopStyle.com.

The iPod Touch is absolutely everything I need. It has more applications, more commonly known as "apps" than one person could ever need or imagine. My iPod does everything that I need it to do and more.

Apple even created the iPhone in order to fill in the one gap that a normal iPod couldn't: making phone calls.

However, what is Apple supposed to do now that it invented an iPod and an iPhone that do it all and more?

The answer is simple: make a huge iPod Touch that costs more than some laptops.

When Steve Jobs introduced the world to the iPad tablet device on Wednesday, my first thought was about how it's just a large print iPod that is too big to carry in my purse.

In what is apparently Apple's answer to the Kindle, the unfortunately named iPad costs around $500 and doesn't do much more than an iPod and even less than an iPhone, for it can not place calls.

The iPad has a bigger screen for you to watch movies on, which you can also do on a television, or your normal laptop, or an iPod.

You can read a book, which you can also do on your iPod or, heaven forbid, someone in America could actually read a real book made of paper.

This leads me to the question: Has Apple lost its all-powerful digital innovative touch?

The iPod is all but a monopoly in the entertainment industry. The majority of consumers purchase their music off of iTunes and most of America owns either an iPod or an iPhone.

However, now we have the iPad. It doesn't even have a USB port. If you puchase one, it has the same strings attached to AT&T that the iPhone has, despite questionable success of the collaboration between the companies.

Moreover, the iPad falls short of many high expectations that consumers had for it. It has the same touch-operated keyboard that the iPhone has, but it will probably be too hard to type on because the iPad is so much wider than the iPhone.

There is no camera, webcam or video camera. The webcam is a huge disappointment because that could have revolutionized portable video chatting.

The iPad had so much potential, but it has yet to be seen if it will become a everyday staple that most other Apple products are now.