There are a few different articles on this issue including:
This is a good article explaining how cool the eMate is, and that it is a great product. But the author is with the NYT -- they seem to be incapable of being objective. So the whole spin has to be negative.
So the article starts off with comparing the product to a product with the worst reputation in the industry - the Radio Shack TRS-80. Of course there seems to be no relationship between the two -other than the desired negativity.
Rather than pointing out the strengths and weaknesses of the product the author bashes Apple with -
But Apple has made the product available to parents. And it has been available to teachers, administrators and developers since its release (adults last I checked).
Obviously the reporter has never heard of "ramp-up time", and can't put 2+2 together and conclude that Apple WILL make it available as soon as they can meet demand. If Apple made it publicly available now, and couldn't meet demand, then the author would no doubt crusify Apple for bad forcasting. <sigh>
Sounds like a positive quote -- but then the next paragraph is -
I thought Parents and teachers are adults?! Since you can order directly and do not have to show proof of having a child in school, I am still trying to figure out why he thinks Apple is preventing him (or any adult) from getting one. They are focusing on one market first, but they are certainly not turning down sales. So where's the beef?!
And if that is not enough the author has to end on a sour note -
The author makes many mistakes.
I the author liked the product and seriously wants one. But the Author has some personal bias or editorial pressure getting in the way and has to figure a way to slam Apple and put the worst spin possible. Maybe the author is afraid to like the product too much because then it would show him, and his writer friends, that they have been foolish in their past Apple slams -- and nothing dies as hard as pig-headed hate or ignorance motivated bigotry.