Well, with all the usual fanfare you expect from an Apple event, the iPad 2 has been released…. and as usual, it’s more than what meets the eye, but less than what some people expected (or wanted). For example, alot of the comments I’ve seen in various articles I’ve read a number of people seemed to want a higher resolution display, perhaps something to compete with the 1280 x 800 resolution of the Xoom. Jobs indicated that it’s not about specs and numbers, but rather the “experience” as a whole when using a particular product. Now I have to admit, I’ve pretty much been a numbers guy all my life, and opt for the bigger is better line of thought like the rest of us, but honestly, when it comes right down to it, Jobs is right. Doesn’t the overall experience using the device count in this world of specs numbers and features? I say yes, and more than that…. the overall experience is more important than how many pixels or Mhz or bytes or whatever. Sure, hardware specs are important, but only to a degree. How that hardware is programmed carries alot of weight too, even to the point of causing a lesser machine (hardware wise) to perform better than a faster machine. TMobile’s G2, with it’s 800 Mhz processor outperforms other handsets that have 1 Ghz processors, but if you go strictly by the numbers, the lower performing handset wins.
A good example of this is the iPhone’s 5 mpx camera. All my droid friends out there running around with 8 megapixel cameras wasted no time rubbing in the fact that the upgraded camera on the iPhone was “only 5 megapixels”. Truth be told, the digital camera industry, who went through their pixel wars and finally stopped chasing more pixels, and started to improve on other aspects of the camera such as low light performance…hmm.. just like the iPhone 4. Seems to me that Jobs looks at each component, and then looks the the bigger industry around that component, and bases his decisions around what’s driving those other industries. Take the display for example. Jobs was probably looking at not only cell phone display makers, but television manufacturers, computer monitor manufacturers, etc, and came to the conclusion that ips technology was by far the best when it comes to contrast and viewing angle, hence, the iPhone has a better display than any other smartphone, regardless of the actual end resolution (which is just one part of a display).
Just today, I was talking to someone who has a high end Android device, and he was complaining about having to manage apps and how his phone eats his battery. I told him about iPhone multitasking, how it works, how it conserves battery by stopping apps from running and monitoring 7 key things which have been put under OS control, and how I can go days between charges, and never have to have any sort of task manager running, or need to manage any of it. He was so impressed, as would anyone who understands Apple, and how they work, rather than blindly follow the supposedly “open” source Android (which it’s not anyways). Steve Jobs knows how to design products and build a good user experience, but at the end of the day, I think his biggest challenge is to convince the folks out there that there’s more… much more to a device than it’s spec sheet. Oh… and the iPad 2??? it’s awesome, and that’s all that really needs to be said.