My wife just asked if I was going to get one of those tablet things that Apple came out with today. She said so in that "you know if you say yes, you'll never hear the end of it---and if you say no, I'll simply spare your life" sort of voice. My answer though was "no" and it's not because of the wife-wrath. However, I did say, I WILL get the 2nd generation of the device when it comes out. But why not get the 1st gen version?
The 1st-gen versions are great but they're never quite what want. Apple is simply testing the market with the device. They know that it could still fail. The first gen versions test the waters to see if they should be coming out with a second version. I think the iPad will last, however, it will go through significant changes in the next version.
Also, it's still missing several features which, I believe, would make the device even better and a perfect bridge between the iPhone and the MacBooks. First, it's missing a forward facing camera. In fact it's missing a camera all together! If you wanted to take it on the road wouldn't you want to snap a high resolution image on that sweet looking tablet? Or if you're sitting on your couch, it would be great to just bring up Skype or some other app and do immediate video chat. You can do that on the Macs, why not on the iPad? It's the perfect device for that.
It's also still missing Flash! STILL!! I'm not sure what Apple has against Flash, or if they're looking toward the future of possibly people developing in HTML 5. But Flash is still heavily used throughout the web. In fact, even Steve Jobs' demo of the iPad today show the New York Times website with a big fast missing Flash plugin. Nothing's worse then doing a demo where things don't work that you're trying to show off. If Apple truly says that it's the best device to browse the Web on then you have to have Flash capability.
Also, the one thing missing from the iPhone is wirelessly syncing with iTunes. Here's what I want with this. I want my MacBook, my iPhone, and my iPad to be able to wirelessly sync music, photos, videos, podcasts, and more to any of my devices that I wish. OR, instead of copying the files, I want to have the devices download the files from the devices to a centralized storage device in my house (or in the cloud...ehem, LaLa) so that all of my devices can pull the content. Then I want the option to download certain music to any device I have to take with me on the road.
That's just for starters. If I can get at least the first two things that would be nice. A plus up for the third option. I'm hoping, hoping, that the 2nd gen device will have these features. Plus, it'll have double the hard drive space, many of the bugs worked out, hopefully the added GPS piece as well (which the new device does not have), and plenty of more game titles, books, and apps developed for the larger screen. The upscaling of app games is a nice feature to fill the screen, but any designer will tell you that no matter how well you upscaled it's NEVER the same as natively being at that resolution. It'll always be a close second...but never first.
What do you think? Will you get the device or wait for a future generation one?
Note: This post is of my own opinion and is not endorsed or represented by any government organization.