The iPad: It’s an oversized iPod Touch! Or is it?

So, the Apple finally unveiled its iPad. I was cringing, waiting for the sickening outpouring of adulation from Apple fanboys and girls that would send me scurrying under a rock to hide and wait it out. It didn’t happen.

Now, don’t get me wrong; I’m a fan and am typing now on a MacBook Pro that I adore. If I could afford AAPL, I’d buy in. But like you, I’ve had one too many run-ins with Apple proselytizers and have grown weary of the whole routine.

So, the underwhelming response to Apple’s singularly underwhelming new product has been a real giggler. One criticism has rung out loud and clear above all others: It’s just an oversized iPod Touch!


I can’t help but laugh misanthropically at the characterization, but is it true? I decided to compare the two.

First, my apologies. I was learning Excel as I went, and this thing is hideous. Second, this is not original writing on the spreadsheet. Much of it was copied and pasted directly from Apple’s descriptions of the iPod Touch and iPad. Oops. The iPad. Anyhoo…

On to a visual comparison of the iPod Touch and iPad based on technical specifications.

So, you can see it for yourself. I think most would agree that the iPod Touch wins in the looks department, but that doesn’t affect functionality, so I left it off. Unfortunate. The poor little thing could have used the X. Both products suffer terribly from their inexplicable inability to run multiple apps simultaneously, but that’s just Apple being Apple.

Maybe the iPad is just an oversized iPod Touch, but it’s one souped up iPod Touch. The conversation begins and ends with the processor. Now’s a good time for another self-deprecating admission. I really know nothing about tech. So, if we’re going to talk about processors, you’d better take someone else’s word for it. I certainly did. Bottom line, this thing is fast and it keeps that battery alive for an unheard of 10 hours of use.

Beyond that is where things get hairy. Yes, the iPad should do everything the iPod Touch does exponentially better, but what can it do that its baby brother can’t? 3G and GPS are the big things. Something tells me though that if you’re using an iPad, you already have an iPhone. So you have your 3G already. Sorta. This was Apple’s big chance to break free of AT&T, but to stack disappointment on disappointment, they remain awkward bedfellows with the laughingstock of the wireless world.

As a matter of fact, I heard the reaction to the announcement was as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. That’s because they were all on AT&T’s 3G network.

As long as this situation remains, the iPad’s 3G is nothing to get excited about, and speculation is that AT&T’s dismal coverage may only get worse as these things hit the market. Wow.

So, what’s the verdict? Once you account for AT&T’s unreliable 3G service and realize that Apple didn’t make a single game-changing announcement—even the A4 turned out to be a disappointment to many—that harsh criticism begins to ring true.

The iPad is just an oversized, iPod Touch on steroids.

Published in: on January 30, 2010 at 2:59 am  Leave a Comment  
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