Apple iPad, released on Jan 27th, 2010 is to be shipped in a couple of months in the U.S. and U.K. regions, and is going to go internationally shipped in June or July, 2010. Although knowing the fact that Apple has a good fan base in India, Apple has not cared to ship the tablet device very soon around and that’s one of the reasons where people’s interest on exploring the device and having it in their hands, gets diminished.

I have listed why Apple iPad sucks, and those were the general reasons about the device, not its availability, its plans or anything else.

When it comes to Indian users, the first disadvantage would be micro-GSM SIM and 3G features. 3G is something still that every Indian user has to experience and very few places and just a couple networks are providing the 3G network (i.e. BSNL & MTNL), and no one is sure when the 3G will be available all around. Only with its availability, the usage of Apple iPad would get better, as there are no frequent WiFi hotspots available in India as it does in U.S.

Then its about the patience. We can’t wait till 6 months later when Apple releases the product for international shipping and the western world is already using it and might have thrown it away getting bored of it. Either Apple would have waited to release the iPad late all around the world, or should have done everything together whenever possible.

The iPad device will not be a purchase for those who have not used an iPhone. Am pretty sure about this. Using a mobile phone and then the same interface in another new device is easier to pronounce, but a unitask device with many limitations with a new interface who have not used an iPhone, won’t be easy. So Windows fanboys and users would better stay away from it.

With all this, there is nothing that Apple is going to see about iPad in India. No much sales and no much supportive talks, as Windows users would better think to spend a bit higher and go with the fully flexible HP Slate device which might be coming in with Windows 7 and desktop-based app usage functionality.

~Chetan Bhawani

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