Apple's Original iPad Is Obsolete: 10 Technologies That Outdate It

News Analysis: Apple's iPad has been an unbridled success. But the features and technologies in the latest competing tablets are making the Apple original look obsolete. That's why Apple is updating it.

News Analysis: Apple's iPad has been an unbridled success. But the features and technologies in the latest competing tables are making the Apple original look obsolete. That's why Apple is updating it.
Apple's iPad has been performing extremely well at retail. During Apple's last-reported quarter alone, the company sold 7.33 million iPad units. Just about everyone can agree that such performance at retail means the iPad has been an absolute success. And going forward, the tablet is the benchmark by which all other products in the mobile space will be judged.
But with the recent launch of the Motorola Xoom along with all the tablets unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in January and the Mobile World Congress in February, it's becoming clear that the original iPad isn't as up-to-date as it was when it first hit the market. Competing devices are delivering new and exciting features that Apple's tablet lacks. Moreover,Apple plans to hold a special event on March 2 reportedly to show off the follow-up to the original iPad.
Simply put, the current iPad, as successful as it is, just doesn't cut it any longer. It's obsolete.
Here's why:
1. Bigger displays
Apple's iPad comes with a 9.7-inch display, which has so far proven to be just fine for tablet owners. But the Motorola Xoom, which launched last week, comes with a 10.1-inch display. Samsung also plans to sell a Galaxy Tab model with a 10.1-inch screen. More screen real estate makes for a better experience for customers, in most cases. Right now, Apple's iPad has less screen space than its top competitors. Is it the end of the world? Not in the least. But it could push some customers to, say, the Xoom, simply because a bigger screen appeals to them.
2. Android 3.0 Honeycomb
Google's Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system looks to be the best tablet OS on the market. It combines the touch functionality consumers expect in a tablet operating system with the functionality of a desktop computer. It includes an improved keyboard, full browsing (more on that in a moment) and a new Action Bar for contextual application options. Android 3.0 is a fine choice by all accounts. Now iOS 4 might not cut it in the tablet market any longer.
3. Dual cameras
One of the key additions to several iPad competitors, including the Motorola Xoom, is dual cameras. With the help of dual cameras, users can snap pictures, record video and do much more than they can on the iPad, which offers no cameras. The chances are the iPad 2 will come with dual cameras. But until it's announced, its predecessor looks to be outdated.
4. Dual-core processors
Apple's iPad doesn't suffer from any apparent slow performance, but that doesn't mean it can't be quicker. In fact, the tablet lacks a dual-core processor that some of its competitors offer. Dual-core processors deliver better performance and typically make the respective tablet a bit more user-friendly. The current iPad's processor just doesn't cut it when compared to the competition.

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger is a longtime freelance contributor to several technology and business publications. Over his career, Don has written about everything from geek-friendly gadgetry to issues of privacy...