Steven Levy’s cover essay on the iPad hedges his admiration of the curated environment of the app store vs the potential of Google’s open cloud approach.
Somewhat more interesting are the short pieces by 13 writers, mostly with tech or futurist cred (Martha Stewart?), most of whm see a dramatic shift in the computing world as tablet computing (not necessarily the iPad) develops.
Rude comments by tablet and iPad skeptics abound below each article.
The iPad will sell well; it will be especially popular with children and older people. What I’m eager to see and can’t predict is what it will lead to – the ecosystem it creates. Some of these essays hint at that; none really seems to capture it, which is hardly surprising.