For instance, take this PC World article on how the iPad will make the iPhone -- and other smartphones -- obsolete and liberate us from the limitations of "the mobile Web." Writer Galen Gruman contends that iPhone users "won't renew" their contracts, preferring instead to get a simple voice phone and use their iPad over WiFi for multimedia applications:
The iPad doesn't make or receive calls. So what? Face it: As cool as it is to use an iPhone to surf the Web, check e-mail, play games, and run apps, it'll be cooler and more productive on an iPad. And since everyone seems to hate AT&T's phone coverage (it's always sucked in San Francisco, where I live, years before AT&T began blaming the iPhone users for its inadequate network) and have been frustrated with the iPhone's own phone-calling flaws -- everyone will be able to have their cake and eat it too: reliable phone service from someone else, and compelling data services over Wi-Fi and maybe one day even over AT&T's 3G network on the iPad.
- Check email
- Instant message and G-chat
- Get or give directions quickly and accurately
- Find stores or restaurants
- Check the weather, flight schedules etc.
In addition, I'm not sure I'd want to whip out an iPad late at night on the streets, buses, and trains of New York, London, Paris, or any other major metropolis. It is a good deal less discreet than a smartphone, and those devices are already prime targets for pickpockets and muggers. If you're driving you can forget about using an iPad, it strikes me as less safe than even the in-car cellphone texting that so many U.S. states are cracking down on.
Personally, I doubt that even Apple sees the iPad as a replacement for its iPhone. In fact, I suspect they'd be pissed if that was the case, seeing as an iPhone is much cheaper than an iPad and therefore more appealing to a broader audience when disposable income is tight around the world.
Of course, it is possible that Mr. Gruman simply prefers clothes that feature really big pockets so portability just isn't an issue for him. I haven't worn a jumpsuit or overalls since a particularly dark period for my fashion sense in the 1980s, however, and I don't intend to start again now.
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung