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#1 11 years ago

The Apple iPad, a 9" Ipod Touch.

I did not pay any hed to the Apple iPad, deciding to wait until the product was actually announced, before judging it. Looking at this device, I see its potential, and what incredible potential it has. Replacing laptops entirely.

Some may gawk at the price, but I don't see that. I actually have an 8GB iPod touch, and still have room left after filling up 9 pages. So the 16GB iPad would be good, although a 32GB would be nice.

You have movies, and music right at your fingertips. As a matter of fact, it is the iPhone App Store, and iTunes store that will make this device a success (although not on the scale of the iPods or iPhone).

The iPad simply fixes everything wrong with the previous devices. It adds a larger screen, great for watching movies, or viewing full web pages. It adds a full qwerty keyboard, great for typing long documents. And the 3G version does not require a 2-year contract with AT&T.

This tablet is the type of device the world has been waiting for. Looking at the way these devices are used, the iPad can be the future. A simple device, that is lightweight, and has a long batterylife. Great for relaxing.

It also has a lot of potential, as the computer of tomorrow.

College kids are already toting around Laptops with largely Windows XP, and Windows 7. These Tablets, such as the iPad, could potentially replace the laptop entirely. However, the industry needs a universal standard. Right now that standard is the Apple iPhone OS. That could change.

Apple has shown the world what a Tablet should be, now others will make it happen. I think Apple may well return to their niche market. Google is primed to take the market by storm, if they time an Android Tablet just right. Also, Microsoft has been largley quiet on this front. Balmer may well have a Mobile 7 Tablet in the works, one that works with Microsoft Surface.

Creative Labs, Samsung, and Archos all have touch screen devices, and are likely to release their own Tablet PCs. 2012 will be a highly competitive year for Tablet devices. Eventually the dust will settle, and businesses, and school systems will have to settle on a single device. It is very unlikely that Apple will be the device of choice, their strong ties with the education system not withstanding. No, this is Microsoft's specialty.

What will people want from a Tablet PC?

* A large App store, with plenty of choice. * Streaming media support. * Multimedia playback, with a large library available * Wifi, WiMax, or Cellular broadband. * Removable media slot, likely an SDHC slot. * Publicly accessible docks (docking stations provided by an airport, or business, or college.) * Speed, responsiveness * Document compatibility (with the government, and business. Important documents). * Thin, and Lighetweight. Durable. * Long Battery life * Fingerprint resistant * Parental Safeguards. * Personalization. * Not too expensive $300-$600. * Bluetooth (or a future wireless device connectivity standard)

What people will not need.

* USB Ports. USB ports are outdated, a new smaller optical port is needed, or better bluetooth support. * CD/DVD/Blu-ray. Optical media, or physical media of any kind, is no longer needed. Wireless is the future. Worst case scenario is that you load a MicroSD card... * Quad Core CPUs. Good for a desktop, but overkill for a Tablet. Most Tablets do not even need Dual Core CPUs. * Serious Gaming. Sure Diner Dash, and Tetris will remain staples for years. However, Metal Gear? Need For Speed? They will in time return to dedicated devices.

Imagine te future, 5-7 years from now, Tablet PCs will be ubiquitous, and Laptops will be almost unheard of. Any "laptops" that exist will be offshoots of Tablet PCs, designed to be semi-permanently docked to a keyboard/peripheral hub.

Your Cell will dock with a tablet, and a Tablet with a desk keyboard. This is how kids will live. Their books will be on a tablet. Some homes will not even have a PC per se, but will consist of multiple "smart" appliances. Browse the web on a Tablet, stream Netflix rentals to your TV/DVR directly, games will be played on Consoles. The industry is pushing for consumers to have a single Media Center device, which will stream their media throughout their home, or sync with portables. CDs will be a thing of the past.

Tablets are finally a viable alternative, and the market is right.




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#2 11 years ago

Another company is going to release a superior product at a lower price, but it will never got noticed because it does not have an apple on it. Everything that Apple makes has a competitor that is better and cheaper, but apple has a great advertising department and cool looking designs. I think the thing should flop because of how much it is lacking, but it won't fail because of apple fanboys because they gobble up anything with an apple on it. Apple could make the iturd and charge $1000 for it and they would sell a million units.

If someone makes one in the 8-10 inch range, has android on it, supports multitasking, supports a stylus and is under $300 I would look into it as a digital notebook for many of my classes. Currently I use a eee 1001 series for taking notes in my non-technical classes. I would take notes for technical classes on a computer, but a keyboard is hard to use to write down anything math related.




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#3 11 years ago

If you want mobile productivity, get a netbook. If you want portable media and web capability, get an iPod Touch or iPhone, and you can fit it in your pocket to boot.

The iPad fills a niche that doesn't exist. It's too large to be pocketable, but not much smaller than most netbooks. It uses the iPhone operating system, which means no multitasking and no Flash support. It lacks the basic amenities of even the cheapest of netbooks, including USB ports (and I fail to see how those are outdated), or an integrated webcam for Skype, etc. It's an oversized smartphone or PDA, basically.

To be frank, there is absolutely no way that this is any better in any way than my $400 Eee PC netbook. It's slightly smaller and has a touch screen; that's about it.

Also, the day all games are played on consoles will be the day I retire from the civilized world altogether. ;)




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#4 11 years ago

IMO its a stupid-ass idea.

$250 netbook > $500 ipad.




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#5 11 years ago

The ipad has one extremely massive issue for the time being. I personally love the idea and if I have the cash when competitors release similar things (either android or win 7 base) I will get one. I know msi is touting an android slate.

But the main problem with the Ipad is the brutal lack of text recognition. I'd love to carry it around with a stylus and put notes down on it, but I can't. I'm tied to either an onscrean keyboard or a docking station.

That's the second problem of the ipad - no USB ports. No firewire ports, no nothing.

But with the handwriting recognition, the ipad is not better than a netbook. Of course many people are still going to buy it, but I won't be one of them.

The lack of flash is also bothersome - and I doubt Apple will ever get adobe to release flash, or will continue to claim that flash is unstable and not release it.

Flash is too much of enemy to the appstore. Many flash amenities can be gained via HTML 5 (like youtube video) or jscript. But applications are going to rely on flash or silverlight. And it can be guaranteed that neither of the two will be sanctioned by apple.

Otherwise I can totally see myself having the ipad, a number of flash files stashed on it and navigating to them via the browser. But that's just not possible and will most likely never be.




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#6 11 years ago

Junk angel;5227519 The lack of flash is also bothersome - and I doubt Apple will ever get adobe to release flash, or will continue to claim that flash is unstable and not release it.

Flash is too much of enemy to the appstore. Many flash amenities can be gained via HTML 5 (like youtube video) or jscript. But applications are going to rely on flash or silverlight. And it can be guaranteed that neither of the two will be sanctioned by apple.

Otherwise I can totally see myself having the ipad, a number of flash files stashed on it and navigating to them via the browser. But that's just not possible and will most likely never be.

actually fun fact. Adobe has been trying for years to get flash on the iphone and now the ipad, but its apple saying no to flash, not adobe not releasing it to them, and for the exact reason you posted, it would hurt the app store. Why $5 for a tower defender game when you can just go to addicting games and play dozens of them for free.




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#7 11 years ago

It should be renamed the 'iUseless', IMO.




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#8 11 years ago

I think there are a couple of key points that make me unlikely to ever buy such a device, if it remains the same thing as Apple have released.

1) It is the same size and price as a decent netbook. 2) It does not really do much of the stuff you would expect out of something the same size and price as a decent netbook.

Current netbooks run XP. This is fine; however, it is not a piece of software designed specifically for MID's, like the iPhone OS. However, you have only to install something like Moblin or the Ubuntu netbook mod to get an operating system designed for such devices. And given that netbooks have an actual physical keyboard, they can multitask, and do it well (within reason, of course), they have a virtually limitless and potentially free (via open-source repositories and such) pool of software that handle just about everything you would need for business as well as personal use, and they have a heck of a lot more storage space, I can't see the iPad being an essential piece of hardware for anyone; more like another must-have product from Apple purely because it is an Apple product. I would seriously much rather have an ASUS 1201N or Acer Aspire 751h than the iPad.

The iPad is an interesting proof-of-concept, though. The A4 core seems to be very good for what it does - the iPad apparently runs very smoothly and without lag or glitching, something which even the iPhone 3GS can't do - and while I think Apple have made a whole raft of rather unfortunate decisions in their product's development, the way is open for similar products from competitors looking for a serious way to dent Apple's MID domination.

actually fun fact. Adobe has been trying for years to get flash on the iphone and now the ipad, but its apple saying no to flash, not adobe not releasing it to them, and for the exact reason you posted, it would hurt the app store. Why $5 for a tower defender game when you can just go to addicting games and play dozens of them for free.

I remember reading an article where the author claimed that Flash was no longer really necessary in a web browser or indeed, any internet-capable device. I don't agree, but you have to admit, that Flash isn't all that essential.




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#9 11 years ago

IPAD - A giant Iphone that can't be used as a phone




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#10 11 years ago

If all were right with the world this would be a massive flop, but I'm sure it will sell like hotcakes for being "trendy." Every single one of the tablet PCs I've seen that will be coming out in the near future will be better and cheaper then this piece of garbage.

I was honestly looking forward to seeing what Apple would bring to the tablet with the iPad. As much as I personally dislike the company they do usually produce high quality hardware. But the iPad is just a useless novelty. What role does it fill that cannot be filled by a device already in production? Not to mention the fact that other companies will produce similar products with much increased functionality (like by having a real OS.) You have to honestly ask yourself if, while looking at the iPad, you can say "I've been waiting for something like this." I know I haven't, and I don't think I know anyone who has.