· No USB or SD card slots
Like we said before the jump, you will be completely unable to hook up your picture or video camera directly to the iPad (without paying $$ for accessories). It has only two ports: one for your headphones and one for the charger/cord that is the 30-pin plug like on the iPhone. You will have to use this cord to connect with the USB port on your laptop, upload and edit your photos and video on your laptop, and then sync them with your iPad.
· No iSight camera
So much for capturing moments directly into the iPad. There's no camera! When we travel, we enjoy using the various camera apps available to work with the iPhone's camera to make our Facebook photos and TwitPics more interesting, and to deliver them online almost instantaneously. Not so with the iPad; again you'll have to sync it with your laptop or iphone to access any photos you've taken with those and no iSight camera like with Macbooks means no video Skype or similar video chat (like no video iChat!). Additionally, no way to use augmented reality apps. Subway-finding apps like Acrossair and Yelp's tool to see businesses near you relied on the iPhone's camera. No way to use those great apps on the iPad now.
· No multitasking
Granted, the iPhone doesn't let you have several things running at once. The iPad, being larger and boosted with features should however, but it doesn't. You can't have both your email and iPhoto open at the same time, dragging items between them as we had hoped.
· No ability to Photoshop or run other such software
We Photoshop a lot. We also make use of other third-party software, and none of this will run on the iPad unless it is a light version as an app, like Photoshop has. Still, that doesn't do what we need it to, and without the ability to run other programs or multitask, the iPad is useless to us in everyday work situations.
If the iPad is only 0.5" thick and so lightweight, that means it will need protective casings. This means more money spent on the consumer's end and more stuff to pack when you travel.
· Extra accessories required
In addition to a case, you'll need a few more things to make the iPad awesome for travel. One thing might be the "Camera Connection Kit," which doesn't have a price yet and could be avoided if the iPad just had a USB port. See more on that at the bottom of this page. Also, if you don't want to bring along a laptop but still want to charge your iPad, you have to buy the power adapter for plugging into regular outlets.
Now consider that travel bloggers spend much time with their gadgets doing content creation. The iPad is bad for this. Therefore, it is not a tool for a traveler who wants to do much sharing, only receiving. Sigh. How long do we have to wait before Apple announces their next new product?
· Apple's iPad Will Revolutionize the Way We Travel [Jaunted]
· Live from the Apple 'Latest Creation' Event [Engadget]
· All iPhone travel tech news [Jaunted]
· Technology news [Jaunted]