Was the 'Reality Distortion Field' in Force at the iPad 2 Event?

Was the 'Reality Distortion Field' in Force at the iPad 2 Event?

Apple's CEO Steve Jobs has been accused of reporting only the facts that support his products, and ignoring those that do not. Since Apple is a corporation, and needs to maximize the value of the company for its shareholders, there's nothing wrong with that, but there were quite a few inaccuracies in his presentation on March 2.

Watching the iPad 2 event, we ourselves noted that while the iPad 2 is a great device, it's a modest upgrade and many of the statements that Steve Jobs made were actually misstatements.  Of course, we'd call them good marketing.  On the other hand, it's nice to see that we are not the only ones crying foul over some of them.

Fortune's Seth Weintraub went through a series of misstatements that Apple CEO Steve Jobs made during his presentation.

The points he hit were:
  •  "First dual core tablet to ship in volume." That's funny, I tested a Dell (DELL) Streak 7, which had a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 chip in January. They've been shipping ever since on T-Mobile. In volume. [...]  He is correct in that.  While indeed that is a 7-inch, rather than 10-inch tablet, the Motorola Xoom has been shipping since 2/24, in quantity. Neither of those, of course, has been shipping in iPad 2 quantity. 
  •  That was just the beginning. He next pulled out a thoroughly debunked, mis-translated quote from a Samsung VP (in which the VP said the sell-out ... of the channel ... for the Galaxy Tab was "quite small"). Some people only hear what they want to hear, but that quote should have ended with "quite smooth." That translation was officially corrected a long time ago. [...]  It was indeed corrected to be smooth, rather than small.  On the other hand, it certainly is true that the Galaxy Tab has not sold in iPad quantity.  However, we have personally heard that in EMEA it has sold quite well.
[We'll skip the bullet point that Weintraub went into on market share, as that can be argued ad nauseum, and without actual numbers from Samsung and others, will never truly be settled.]
  • As for pricing, Jobs compared the most expensive Android tablet -- the XOOM --against the iPad. While specs don't matter to the typical consumer, components do largely affect the price of a device. The XOOM's are simply better. It has (expandable) 32GB of storage built in and 3G built in (upgradable through a painful mail-in process to 4G). So, on that alone, it compares with the $729 iPad.  But then consider that the XOOM has a much better, bigger 720P screen compared to the iPad's 1024x768 job (it has less Retina™). Then, add far superior cameras (w/flash), stereo speakers (iPad 2 has one), 4G and a micro-USB/SD Card reader. Apple won't say how much RAM the iPad has, but I'm willing to bet it is about half of the XOOM's 1GB.  Again, it is true that the Xoom has been criticized on its price.  That is generally because many compare it to the $499 wi-fi only iPad.  When comparing apples to apples (no pun intended), it should be compared most closely to the $729 iPad 2, and its hardware specs outdo that of the iPad or iPad 2.
One last thing that Weintraub didn't mention was the statement that Jobs made about 65,000 iPad optimized apps for iPad vs. 100 or so for Android. However, Android doesn't put apps that aren't optimized for Honeycomb into a wonky 2x mode as the iPad did with non-optimized apps. Most of the apps don't need optimization, but some do to make them look "prettier," and some of them do simply to make them work. The majority, however, do not.  A user need only take a look at Angry Birds on the Xoom to see a beautifully scaled example.

This does not mean the iPad 2 is a bad device. Instead, it means that Steve Jobs engaged in something called "marketing," which is what he should have. On the other hand, Weintraub likes to call it Jobs' "reality distortion field."

Although we've already gone through the highlights of the iPad 2 event, we've got the entire presentation embedded below in case you want to watch the full event and see what "reality distortions "you pick up on, if any.  You be the judge.

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FINALLY!! I've been surfing site after site since Jobs's "big show". You are the first I've found to actually see through the smoke screen! If any other company would put out a tablet with no expansion slot (SD, microSD or other), no usb connectivity and no Flash compatibility, everybody would be LOLing at them without reserve in all levels of publications, be it technology, busines or other. It's what I've been saying for years; stamp an apple logo on a pile of dung and people will stand in line to buy it! Marketing if everything...

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How about "LOLing" at those who claim Flash compatibility and then don't deliver before Apple brings out TWO iPads?

Looking at the iOS ecosystem, you can get FAR MORE DONE with an iPad than with any other competing product, despite its lack of Flash.

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Like what?

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Playing angry birds doesn't count as getting stuff done. You can do that on the android tablets! Give android developers a few months and they will have a good tablet ecosystem as well. It's only a matter of time.

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One thing i do give apple is their touch screen and display quality is superior to that of an andriod tablet device. For example the keyboard on a iphone is much easier to type on than my evo4g. Why is that? Is there a apple patent on that hardware? And the gyroscopic functions are superior as well, much more responsive and it seems like the ease of use allows for developers to create games that require better controls. Where angry birds is just a simple slingshot drag and click game. Does the Xoom improve on the gyroscope and touchscreen responsiveness and accuracy? My eVo 4g isn't that great for typing or games.

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I would say your observations are pretty accurate though I'm not sure why that is, MMonelli. I think input response time is a combination of hardware and software (OS) and it appears Apple has had more time perfecting it. We haven't looked at the Xoom yet but are trying to get an eval unit. Initial observations are that Honeycomb does improve things somewhat but we need to do a side-by-side to compare.

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I will keep my comment short and the Point..

The Reality Distortion Field in Force is made by the media(The Tech Blogs primarily).

Every tablet that's come to the market has to get compared to the Ipad. And in just about every article , there is a line..."Is this the Ipad Killer"..then off course at the end of the reviews, nothing has come close to killing it or barely touching it.

I laughed at the shenanigans of Cnet and Engadget with their contradictive articles leading to the Ipad 2 release. One day they tell why you should sell your Ipad 1 to get the v2, then the next day they tell you "why you should hold on to it and not buy the Ipad 2". Then Just about everyday all yous see is "Could the Ipad this".."Can the Ipad 2 that".....its just laughable.

All in All, can you blames us for wanting an Ipad over the competition , when all we see and hear about the Ipads is good stuff....and its not coming from Steve, the "good marketing" is coming from you guys. The Tech Blogs.

A side note about the first point in this article: In my humble opinion, I don't consider anything less than 10 inches to be a tablet, more like a oversized digital day planner.

Edit: "Distortion" Removed

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I had posted an aritcle from cnn that talks about the same things this article does.

http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/03/03/steve-jobs-reality-distortion-takes-its-toll-on-truth/

amazing how low a company can do to really try to sell the product.

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Well as I have said all along about the iDevices largely it is all about marketing, and when the general public starts figuring this out I think Apple will be dropping a few pounds (figurative use of the name for British monetary notes) in value. I actually applaud there job so far, as it has been quite spectacular, although as mentioned in the article a lot of it is marketing, which you can also interpret as smoke and mirror's.

No the device or devices are generally decent, but this is as far as I would go, except of course the retina display. Which I think is great and only has one comparable display from Samsung really. Yes; some of the other displays have been decent, but this device has neither type or grade of display.

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Coolice, thats not low enough :). You don't know what others do to get their products to sell :)

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#1. I own and ipad, Archos 101 and HTC Inspire phone. That makes me very familiar with both apple and android. I have never seen an android tablet in my day to day travels except mine which I carry with me. No Samsung Galaxy Tab, Archos 70 or 101, Cruz Micro, not even the cheap Chinese knock offs. Yet, I do see ipads all the time! Even in my little world the ipad manages to show up! My wife and I went to jazz concert last October. The MC of the show had and ipad in his hand reading his notes from it. A woman 2 rows in front me had an ipad showing here photos to friends. That say a lot about the marketing strategies Apple employs! Accurate or inaccurate; right or wrong Apple is getting it’s message out to fans and consumers alike.

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