PC World writer: Rumored Apple tablet is a train wreck

“Given the rumor mill chatter, it sounds like the mythical Apple tablet is all but a done deal. People seem to be talking with certainty about how, either later this year or early next year, Apple will unveil a multitouch tablet with a 10-inch screen, 3G wireless broadband, and iPhone OS possibly subsidized by a Verizon Wireless contract. It would basically be a big iPod Touch,” Michael Scalisi writes for PC World.

“I’m no Apple hater, and I welcome an Apple device to the (don’t call it a) netbook market, but I’ve got to think this device would be a flop. This concept is such a train wreck from start to finish that I don’t know where to begin,” Scalisi writes.

MacDailyNews Take: Yet, begin the master baiter does.

Scalisi continues, “The tablet form-factor in general is good only for a few things… Since a tablet is designed for lying flat, you have to be looking straight down to view the computer. Actually, that makes it suck for most things.”

MacDailyNews Take: Wow, for a second there we thought Michael wrote, “The Macintosh uses an experimental pointing device called a ‘mouse.’ There is no evidence that people want to use these things.” Hmm, in a way, maybe he did.

Scalisi continues, “It’s great for artists and for specialized applications like taking orders. Note-taking in class is debatable since many people are better at typing than handwriting. There are lots of things that tablets are not good at. Take watching movies, for example… I guess Apple could build in some sort of stand, but that detracts away from the sort of sexy minimalism that it is famous for.”

MacDailyNews Take: We’d quote some more, but Scalisi has already exceeded our monthly quota of dangling prepositions.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Obviously, Michael’s been iCal’ed for future use.

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