Bill Gates on the iPad: Meh

Apple’s new iPad may be popular, but that doesn’t mean everyone is excited about the multimedia tablet device, including Microsoft founder Bill Gates. In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Mr. Gates was asked what he thought of the iPad, and he replied “It’s okay.”

He added “The scenarios aren’t that clear. But it’s good looking. [Steve Jobs] does good design, and [the iPad] is absolutely a good example of that.”

Apple’s iPad hit store shelves on April 3, and overall has received good reviews. The device runs iPhone OS 3.2, includes a 9.7-inch multi-touch display, includes built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and on April 30, models with Wi-Fi plus 3G wireless data access support will ship, too.

Mr. Gates has complimented the design work that comes from Apple before, so it’s no surprise that he had kind things to say about the iPad’s design, too. Until he decides what it’s good for, however, it looks like Mr. Gates will see the device as little more than meh-tastic.