Tech Execs Sound Off on the Apple iPad

Version 1.0 is nice, but most can wait for the upgrade.

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We asked some of our favorite geeks and tech journalists to chime in on the new Apple iPad. Here are their takes:

Ty Ahmad-Taylor, CEO, Founder,

The most important news is what this means for consumers: They have choice in eReaders. The Kindle looks like a toy in comparison, with a similar price point, so it won't be attractive in the Nintendo DS/Sony PSP way.

It also means that people like myself won't have to squint with my +40 eyeballs at my iPhone in bed, and I can keep my wife up in bed with the fulsome glow of a large tablet screen if she wants to hook me up for my birthday on March 5 when the tablet is available at the Apple Store in the Meatpacking District, a comfortable, rose-filled 15-minute walk from our house, just saying.

Also, no one else has the current capability to do this. Apple has this market to themselves, and by the time MSFT/GOOG release a competing device, my money would be on the "game over" side of the roulette wheel.

Last but not least, we can all see a near-term future where no one talks to anyone, we all cuddle with our devices in the corners of our respective abodes, communicating silently with family members and the outside world with gentle caresses of our steel-enclosed devices, oblivious to rain, snow, sun, seasons or whatever.

Dystopia is here; it will just be distributed unevenly until the price comes down.

Ian Spalter, Creative Director, Mobile & Emerging Platforms R/GA

It covers at least 80 percent of daily computing tasks, and does them better than a laptop or an iPhone.

It marks a new category of devices that will evolves what computing means. I think we've seen from other attempts at tablet computing that nailing the fundamentals of speed, quality, energy consumption and ease of use is a challenge. Apple has broken through that wall and at an affordable price.