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.