Bill Gates on the iPad: "It's a Nice Reader, But..."

Bill Gates doesn't seem very impressed with the iPad. Sure he's throwing out some nice compliments to Apple, remarking about how great the iPhone is, and all that. But beneath all the pleasantries, he's pretty much dismissing the product.

You know, I'm a big believer in touch and digital reading, but I still think that some mixture of voice, the pen and a real keyboard – in other words a netbook – will be the mainstream on that.

Youch. Of course, as AllThingD's John Paczkowski remarks: Bill Gates has made similar remarks in the past. In fact, when the iPod first came out he was noted as saying that "there's nothing that the iPod does that [he would] say, ‘Oh, wow, I don't think we can do that.'" Deja vu. [BNET via All Things D]