If Flash were implemented as an on-demand feature where it could be enabled or disabled as needed it would only make the iPad better. For all it's flaws, Flash is a part of the interwebs as we have it today and a lot of people miss it on the iPad for both important and trivial reasons. Those reasons are not for anyone else to judge.
I love my iPad for what it does but it's far from perfect and Flash is just one reason. Of course it's not a deal breaker as some can make it out to be, but it is annoying to not have all of the online content available at my fingertips on a mobile device I like to use. I've been using my iPad for digital paintings and one thing I really miss is web access to Adobe Kuler.
I just experienced the Motorola Xoom. I love my iPad, but Steve Jobs foolishly thinks Adobe Flash is at the end of its life. If he keeps thinking that and does not pay attention, the iPad won't die, but the Xoom will dominate. Get with it and give us Flash!
The xoom will not dominate. Android as it is right now is not a stable enough platform for all to adopt. It is still in its growing stages as far as an OS on a cell phone, muchless a tablet.
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I can't begin to list all the sites that are affecting me personally, there are so many. How about any news site, sports site, music site, and in particular Hulu and the fan club site of a prominent artist to whom I belong. I do not get angry with each of these sites, I get angry at Mr Jobs each and every time, and I'm a designer and have used Macs my whole career. Flash is not dead, and I would not even own this iPad if I had not received it as a gift (since I knew of this issue). I think the whole point of the tablet concept is to be able to access the web and have the same experience you can get with a desktop computer... Well, that is laughable. I appreciate some workarounds I've seen posted here and elsewhere, for instance, everyAir, which I am planning to get... but, if Apple truly had the consumers' best interests at heart, Flash would NOT be excluded.... At least not yet. Premature. Big mistake IMO.
At any rate, my browsing is mostly RSS feeds and news sites, the old fashioned text kind, so I'm rarely effected. An occasional CNet video or slide show, but rarely anything I really care about. I'd welcome Flash, if it worked well, but won't be hauling around any protest signs in front of Cupertino.
I've got it on my Droid X, and haven't found much use for it there either. Just not in my use pattern I guess.
I'm glad that Apple doesn't enable flash on their iOS devices, and ships MacBook airs w/o flash. The faster the world gets on board with HTML5, the better for everyone.
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So you want every site that uses Flash to change their entire structure (because Flash is deeply embedded into many sites) just because the minority (compared to computers and devices that can use Flash) of people who use iPads don't think it's needed? WOW. Really?
For the record, the MacBook Air does indeed ship without Flash, but guess what? The USER has the option of installing it very very easily, just go to Adobe's website. That's all people want with the iPad, the OPTION.
Oh, and just for the record, in most of the independent tests done, on most devices (other than Mac OSX) Flash 10.1 OUTPERFORMS HTML5. Just do a Google or Youtube search and see for yourself, in most situations, Flash wins. People on this site want to think HTML5 is the holy grail, but on pretty much every device except Apple products, Flash is better.
Last edited by Superbike81; 01-09-2011 at 10:48 AM.
I want to play club penguin on my iPad but I can't because it doesn't have flash, club penguin would be great on the iPad cuz you would be able to touch the places youbwant to go to and stuff