i-Pad Not Exciting Brits

Despite all the hoopla in San Francisco last week with Steve Jobs’ unveiling of Apple’s tablet, a survey published in the Daily Telegraph tomorrow shows the British public is not impressed and a majority have no intention to buy. The biggest hurdle seems to be the cost for having a 3G version — respondents didn’t see the need to have a tablet they can walk around with and use out of range of an internet wireless connection or Hotspot.

The resistance also seems to be prompted by i-Pad’s middle position — neither a proper computer with a seriously functioning keyboard nor a convenient phone. As I blogged before — Apple should have gone for a netbook.

Good Looking But How Will i-Pad Fare

I am unconvinced by the i-Pad. You can’t use it as laptop, and it is a bigger version of an i-Phone without phone capability. E-readers are cheaper and my lightweight Apple Macbook is already an “entertainment experience” that I walk around with.

Steve Jobs can rely probably on Apple fans to buy thereby stopping it becoming a flop but I think the company should be producing a good Netbook, which, of course, Apple executives sneer at. Maybe the product will be better the second time round: it will have to be able to cope consistently with flash and be able to multi-task.

A Passport to Make Phone Call

Why did innovative Apple go into business with AT&T, a company that makes GM appear cutting-edge? Last week, I got a new I-phone – great. Alas, AT&T is the exclusive carrier in the U.S. and what a nightmare company to deal with. Now I learn that to be able to make an overseas call and have international service I have to fax (!?) AT&T a copy of my passport, a utility bill, etc. Now that is 21st century! And people wonder why old US companies need the taxpayers to bail them out. This customer is off – back to T-mobile.