Can You Tell iPod Criticism (Circa 2001) From iPad Criticism (Circa 2010)?

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Pop quiz time! Both the iPod and iPad elicited lots of grumbling from the nerd contingency (including our own resident grumbler Adam Frucci). Can you tell which critique refers to which product?

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A lot of them are pretty easy, although I definitely tripped up over a few of the more vague anti-Apple attacks. How'd you all fare? [Fast Company]

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Unfortunately, I can't turn back the clock and ask my 2001 self what I thought about the first iPod. I've owned a few of the early generations, and frankly, I didn't have much issue with them, except for them freezing up from time to time when the HDD became corrupt. And then ultimately dying forcing me to purchase a new MP3 player (Thank god for extended warranties).

Are iProducts over-hyped Chinese-made garbage in a shiny box? You bet your ass they are. Are they good products, Mmmm, no better, no worse than their competition, are they way too popular, OMG, YES. My only problem with iPods is that they've become so popular that the market caters to them, instead of the other way around.

If I were to compare the iPod with the iPad, as far as functionality is concerned, I think the iPod plays a much bigger role in society. It caters to a need, and it does a halfway decent job at it. By no means is it the caviar of the industry, but most people still choose it, whatever that reason may be, mostly brand placement, IMO.

The iPad attempts to deliver several markets in one package: Notebooks, Netbooks, Smartphones, MP3 Players, e-readers, note-taking tablets, GPS navigation, Game Consoles, and possibly even the Desktop PC. Add anything else you can think of. The iPad falls on its face for this reason: it's too limiting for its size.

Think of it this way. Smartphones do a LOT of things that computers do. It's like a little laptop squeezed into a pocket-sized device. Each little application it runs is also scaled down, thus I'm making a small sacrifice in functionality that I'm willing to give up for the sake of carrying it in my pocket. Email reader? it's alright, but it's no Thunderbird, Web app? It's alright, but it's no Firefox/Safari. Calculator? It's alright, but it's no TI-89. Game console? It's alright, but it's no PS3. I can go on.

If you scale up the computer you have to scale up the applications, and that's something they didn't do. It's the same thing, just a bigger screen. I personally don't think it can hold a candle to the rest of the market, as far as functionality is concerned.