The great iPad death watchMarch 9, 2010: 1:38 PM ET
Even before Apple ships Steve Jobs' latest creation, the critics are dancing on its grave
In that spirit, he has started a "death watch" collection for the iPad tablet computer. A sample:
It's a nice reader, but there's nothing on the iPad I look at and say, "Oh, I wish Microsoft had done it."
Call it the iPad or the iPlod, but the message seems clear: Apple may have lost its mojo.
The tablet market has only succeeded as a niche market over the years and it was hoped Apple would dream up some new paradigm to change all that. From what I've seen and heard, this won't be it.
Unless Apple has also developed some new type of power source, such as nuclear cells or magical hamsters on tiny spinning wheels for the iPad, don't expect the claims about battery life to hold true.
Behold: The Apple iFlop. Neither "truly magical" nor "revolutionary," the cluelessly named Apple iPad tablet device has dropped like a shiny wedge into the gadget game, dividing tech watchers in to opposing views — the critical and the adoring.
What do the new Apple iPad and Google's Nexus One have in common? Both were DOA: Disappointing On Arrival.
The press weren't cheering and whooping. I didn't see anybody pee their pants … Not one!
Apple iPad -- failure, joke or fiasco? Pick one
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