Originally Posted by Unleash_the_Phury
You say that like Apple wouldn't improve their own device by the time other developers have a product that works as well as the iPad does at the current moment.
I'll agree with you that some of the things, like screen resolution, not including Retina display, and the piss-poor excuses for cameras on the iPad 2 shouldn't be issues; Apple should have dealt with them better.
But seriously, 256MB of ram? That used to power fairly advanced computers back in the day... How much memory can a tablet application possibly use? At a certain point it's overkill, isn't it? At least, right now?
Memory only isn't an issue with the iPad because they strip down the functionality. It's the same with battery life.
And no, Apple will NOT be able to keep up with the pace of development. Not on the OS front and not on the hardware front. Their monolithic model is fundamentally flawed in this regard.
Hell, the Xoom proved this point... with a full year head start.. the iPad2 is only better in regards to battery and number of apps (and aesthetics, but let's leave that purely subjective aspect off the table) Apps is a non-issue since we all know that you hit a certain critical mass where it doesn't matter if you have 5 or 5000 apps that fulfill a certain need.
Maybe Apple will prove me wrong with a major leap forward with the iPad3... but I find it unlikely.