The iPad has been praised for its handling of video including comparisons of the iPad screen at arms length to a giant TV across the room. I agree Netflix does look great and you can watch YouTube and TV on the iPad.
However, like everyone else with an iPad, I had created use cases in my mind prior to purchase that were just fantasies. The one I was really hoping for was the ability to watch home videos easily. I am not sure why I was thinking this because the rockiest parts of my relationship with Apple have been over video. I have never really understood Quicktime, and the codecs are a mystery to me. In fact, after a full switch over to Apple at home a few years ago, it was video that sent me back to the Windows platform. The final straw was the leap to iMovie 08 from iMovie 6 where Apple just said -- we are starting over and so are you. I said forget it.
Do I have a synapse missing that makes it impossible for me to decipher home video in the land of Steve? Does everyone else do this easily and I just don't get it?
If I am not alone -- then home video could be the thing that breaks down a wall of Steve's garden. It does seem like video is getting bigger and soon may be too big for Apple to force into their little box.