Six months ago an Apple analyst told me he thought the company’s long-term goal was to become the internet’s cable TV company. I didn’t get it then. I really get it now. Most think of Apple as a computer or consumer electronics company. I think that’s becoming a means to a much bigger end: becoming a giant news, entertainment and communications network with Googillian ambitions.
Fred Vogelstein in Wired
04/10/2010: 
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What if, globally speaking, the iPad is not the next big thing? What if the next big thing is small, cheap and not American? … . even as hundreds of thousands here unwrap their iPads, another future entirely may be unfolding overseas on the cellphone.
04/9/2010: 

Ars Technica and others review the iPad

Ars Technica and others review the iPad

Peter Kirn of Create Digital Music, writing critically on the iPad in a post entitled “How A Great Product Can Be Bad News: Apple, iPad, and the Closed Mac”. Among the complaints: (1) not an open platform – not an open computer and not a Mac, (2) Apple alone controls distribution of the media, (3) it’s tied to iTunes, and (4) it has no standard ports.

More iPad concern:

Dave Winer: Should We Trust iPad?;

Alex Payne: On the iPad;

Jonathan Zittrain: A Fight Over Freedom at Apple’s Core;

Ed Felten: iPad to Test Zittrain’s “Future of the Internet” Thesis