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Although Apple's iPad hasn't hit store shelves, tech bloggers are already bashing it. They complain about its cost, its ergonomics, its lack of memory-card slots and a host of other grievances. Anticipating this quibbling, The New York Times' David Pogue wrote a forewarning yesterday:

The bashers should be careful...remember how silly you all looked when you all predicted the iPhone’s demise in that period before it went on sale. Like the iPhone, the iPad is really a vessel, a tool, a 1.5-pound sack of potential. It may become many things. It may change an industry or two, or it may not. It may introduce a new category — something between phone and laptop — or it may not. And anyone who claims to know what will happen will wind up looking like a fool.

Did this chasten the armies of gadget geeks across the web? Not a chance. Today, a swarm of bloggers took to their keyboards to preemptively eviscerate the sleek device. Inevitably, with great expectations come great disappointments. Here's a taste:

  • It’s Unproven as an E-reader, writes Paul Boutin at VentureBeat: "iPad lacks the Amazon Kindle’s non-backlit screen and long battery life designed to make reading an entire novel comfortable. I don’t personally believe this makes it a bad e-reader, but I’d want to spend some time test-reading before committing to it.
  • No Camera, writes Matt Hickey at CNet: "One killer feature that would have made this a must-have for many people would have been a forward-facing Webcam for iChat-like video chatting. Sure, MacBooks and iMacs have them already, but that's more to the point. A mobile, anywhere-in-the-house device like this seems much more video chat-friendly than a laptop or desktop. It seems that Apple could have used this opportunity to really introduce the video phone appliance as a reality but for some reason it didn't."
  • No Flash, writes Bobbie Johnson at the Guardian: "The new tablet also lacks Adobe Flash support (which means that, like the iPhone and iPod Touch, it can't handle some websites) and multi-tasking. No Flash means no Farmville or similar Facebook games."
  • The iBook Store's No Good, writes Timothy Lee at Bottom-Up: "From all indications, the books you 'buy' on an iPad will be every bit as limited as the books you “buy” on the Kindle; if you later decide to switch to another device, there’s no easy (or legal) way to take your books with you. I think this is an issue that a lot of Kindle owners haven’t thought through carefully, and that it will trigger a backlash once a significant number of them decide they’d like to try another device.
  • Adapters, Adapters, Adapters, writes Adam Frucci at Gizmodo: "So much for those smooth lines. If you want to plug anything into this, such as a digital camera, you need all sorts of ugly adapters. You need an adapter for USB for god's sake."

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