After a weekend of immense enthusiasm and even wide-eyed utopian futurism regarding the debut of Apple's iPad, a bit of dust has settled. Perhaps Apple has hit the nail on the head of a new trend in future computing; perhaps this is just a bump on the road before the next leap.
Either way, from this point going forward, the iPad will be referenced when discussing portable computing, for good or for bad.
Back when the iPad was announced, our first instinct was to reflect on what the cheap, stalwart Netbook could provide that the sleek, homogeneous, iPhone-like iPad could not., as well as limitations that the iPad's design presents that simply aren't issues on most Netbooks.
That doesn't mean that Netbooks are perfect devices. In fact, after using an iPad throughout the weekend, taking it with us wherever we would take a Netbook, we're ready to admit that the iPad does several things much better than any Netbook can. Netbook makers, of which there are many, take note: the iPad can indeed teach you a thing or two. And, of course, the iPad also has many limitations and frustrations--but.
Read our list below in the attached slideshow. Hopefully Netbook and tablet manufacturers will answer back to these soon, or they helped to define just a few short years ago.