View Poll Results: Do you want a iPad?
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Yes, But I'm not getting it
Yes, I'm getting it!
- 01-27-2010, 06:56 PM #26
- 01-27-2010, 07:24 PM #27
- 01-27-2010, 07:32 PM #28
- 01-27-2010, 08:00 PM #29
- 01-27-2010, 08:50 PM #30
I agree with Alli. I am a little disappointed with this. I guess if maybe they hadn't brought up the downfalls with netbooks (as if the iPad was going to DESTROY the netbook with its features) maybe I wouldn't be so "meh". When they brought that up I immediately though "great, now I can sell my netbook". Right now I'd rather keep my little Acer netbook. It has USB ports, it can run more than just Apps or iWork, WAY bigger HDD, webcam, etc.
The iBook features are awesome however. If I were in the market for an Ebook reader I would take this over the Kindle anyday.
- 01-27-2010, 09:08 PM #31
I agree. It is nice, more than a "big iPod touch", but not enough more, IMO. I was hoping for something that closer to a mini computer than a large iPod touch (on the spectrum, it is slightly closer to an iPod touch than to a iMac, IMO).
64GB of memory is too small, IMO. No file system (I would have preferred more like a Mac than an iPhone). No ability (that I know of) to sync an iPhone with it. I would have loved a front facing camera for video conferencing.
It is nice, and I certainly am tempted, however.
Last edited by cjvitek; 01-27-2010 at 09:21 PM.
- 01-27-2010, 09:40 PM #32
I think that the iPhone, the Touch, and the iPad represent an important paradigm shift in which purpose-built apps, some quite elegant, hide the complexity of the system while dramatically increasing the utility and useability of the system Time will tell which of us sees it best.
- 01-27-2010, 11:32 PM #33
- 01-28-2010, 03:57 AM #34
I'll get one. And a Macbook Pro when it is refreshed to the i7's, and IPS. I see no reason why Apple shouldn't be able to. If they can do IPS on the small end at 9.7" with the iPad, and 27.5" on iMac, why not 15", or 17" on the Macbook's...
- 01-28-2010, 05:04 AM #35
I say I will not get one now mainly because it does not allow multi tasking and has a few other limitations that irk me. But I suspect that once I actulally use one I'll want it. I spent $500 on the first Asus EEE PC 8GB model mainly just to "surf and email" and the EEEPC is a piece of garbage compared to this (though it does run Windows7.) This tablet addresses that need perfectly (except that you can't view flash sites.)
As details emerge I think I'll come around to wanting it.
The question is which model? I'm thinking the base $500 or $630. Higher price models seem like too much money for what is essentially a "toy" for me.
I already have an iPhone and MBP 13"
Last edited by taylorh; 01-28-2010 at 11:19 AM.
- 01-28-2010, 08:16 AM #36
- 01-28-2010, 08:34 AM #37
- 01-28-2010, 09:30 AM #38
Yeah Im getting one but I'm disappointed. Apple could have done so much better. Running it off of the iPhone OS is just pitiful. I think once some iPad specific apps come out this thing will have much better potential. The iPhone was nothing without apps and when they first came out they werent all that good either. Im really interested to see how well pages works, I want to use this for school. The lack of multitasking is killer though, I hope its added in an update, Job - if the chip is "streaming" why cant it run at least pages and the web at the same time.
- 01-28-2010, 09:41 AM #39
- 01-28-2010, 09:52 AM #40
After the device ships and iPhoneOS 4.0 hits, I'll know for sure, but it looks like the answer is yes. I'm with whmurray om this. Apple has already sold tens of millions of tablet computers called the iPhone and iPod Touch; this is the more capable big brother, and except for no camera, a screwy name, and lower price, almost exactly what I expected.
Last edited by Lady Kaede; 01-28-2010 at 05:35 PM.
- 01-28-2010, 09:59 AM #41
I voted no. Why not make a dual boot iPhoneOS/MacOS tablet? Would it be too weak? Maybe if they increased hard drive capacity..
We all know these tech blogs have overhyped the iPad and it's leaving consumers disappointed. Apple just pulled a "iPod Touch 3Gen"
- 01-28-2010, 10:06 AM #42
I think if you know exactly what you are getting yourself into it is a great product. i have a laptop already (macbook pro). I dont really want a desktop or another laptop but i dont wanna lug my 15 inch with me everywhere either. I also cant get everything done on my iphone i would like, remoting into work typing longer emails, working on a pages doc or keynote presentation. so for people like me at that price point it is gonna be epic. because of the hype everybody should be disappointed but i am sure we will all be really impressed when actually using it. i can see tons of people using this on their couch instead of their laptop and saying man why didnt they think of this before.
- 01-28-2010, 10:06 AM #43
- 01-28-2010, 10:09 AM #44
I'll probably get one. Still not sure of which version. I think the main thing that will determine the success of this device is how developers respond. If enough developers step up with expanded iPad-optimized apps, then this thing could really be awesome. Of course developers may be hesitant to focus on iPad only when there are already 75 million customers on the smaller platform. Of course only a minority of developers need to do this (who needs iPad-optimized fart or flashlight apps?), but they need to be the right developers- those making the most popular and/or functional apps: for me, things like Kindle, FaceBook, EverNote, certain games, etc.
And I really hope summer brings iPhone OS 4.0 and at least limited multi-tasking (could live with 1 3rd party app in the background at a time, would be happy with 3, would prefer unlimited).
Can't wait for a hands on at my local Apple store in 60 days. Am thinking I will hold out for the 3G version- just so I have an option of enabling it for $15 when I take it on a trip- that's actually a really sweet feature if the no contract, easy sign-up from the device bit is true.
- 01-28-2010, 10:11 AM #45
Oh, and I think the new file sharing feature (while barely mentioned) will be huge: Directory shows up as an external drive on your desktop when you sync and you can copy files over, and all apps can access it. This will really change how apps work and will allow apps to work together in a much better way- and will end all the weird hacky ways that iPhone users resort to in order to get docs onto their iPhones (and you need 1 copy in each app's sandbox).
- 01-28-2010, 11:05 AM #46
I don't see a need for it other then a 'toy' or new gadget to play with. Then it would sit somewhere and never be used as I already have a iPhone 3GS, a Lenovo S10 netbook which works fine for browsing the web (specially using Google Reader) or using Facebook (and where I can play Mafia Wars or other Facebook games), a laptop (for work) as well as my Desktop PC (for gaming). Also, I enjoy purchasing 'hardcopy' books as I can be wreck-less with them, forget them in the car on a long trip or drop it on the side of the bed when I fall asleep and not worry bout them so I have no need for a e-reader.
Maybe if you could jailbreak this device and watch hulu.com or other Flash sites, as well as surf the net or read newspaper subscriptions while listening to Pandora radio then I would be more likely to buy it.
Additionally, I feel my iPhone is fragile enough, something like the iPad I would constantly worry bout as I dropped my iPhone two months ago on some pavement from 2 feet and it is scratched, I would be #@$@#$ off if I dropped the iPad and the same thing happens. I have a cover and protector for the glass, but the one time, the one time i had it off and the one time it fell.. ok I'm still scarred over the whole thing.
- 01-28-2010, 11:21 AM #47
This is not a laptop replacement otherwise there would be no debate about it's worthiness.
Are there times when an iPod Touch or iPad will get you what you need instead of a laptop? Yes. But there are a great many instances where it will not, particularly to do any real work.
- 01-28-2010, 11:25 AM #48
@taylorh, I completely disagree. 90% of what I do on my laptop I can do on an iPad, and 90% of the rest someone will build an app for. What do you do with the laptop you don't think the iPad will do, and what % of the population do you think do those things too?
- 01-28-2010, 11:26 AM #49iPhone Nanite
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It's a couch surfers dream, and it probably will sit on a lot of couches and coffee tables. That's where the niche is (same as netbooks niche- although there no comparison to iPad vs Netbooks imo). I hate watching live tv because of the commercials, but when I do -I surf during commercials. Or I'll sit while my wife watches her shows (cant stand network tv) and surf - just to be in the same room and be in the comfort of the living room. I use a laptop now, but the batteries are horrible (1.5-2 hours) so you usually end up sitting close enough to the wall outlet to keep them charging so you dont have to worry about it dying. Then they get too hot for your lap - i use a pillow for separation.
So, The main selling point is:
iPad gives you freedom to sit anywhere in your living room in any position - ultimate couch slouch
-sitting close enough to the wall(for charging) means you'll typically always sit in the same place. It gives you freedom.
-You don't have to worry about the heat (hopefully?)
This seems like minuscule advantages, but when you factor in the time spent in this situation, daily weeknights and long Sats and Sundays watching football etc - it becomes a major convenience factor. Also, the 499 wifi version is more than sufficient for it.
This use case also applies to airplanes, as it is the best flight device.
- 01-28-2010, 11:29 AM #50
I've heard this mentioned many times, that the iPad is not something anyone NEEDS. It's not something that fills an empty hole. The iPad will be primarily someting you'll WANT. Why you'll want it will vary individually.
It's not a piece of crap. I wish people wouldn't say that. It is severely limited by design. I hate that about Apple and their products. Why limit anything intentionally I'll never understand. I've had an iPhone for almost 2 years and I still don't think we're better with the limitations than we'd be without them. It disappoints me because I really would like to have a device like this that would allow me to leave my laptop at home and even sync my iPhone/iPod to it.
But it's not that, it's the reverse. It's a thin client of sorts, not a computer.
Thinking with those expectations in mind, is it cheap enough to justify? That depends. Is there a use for it? I do have a use for it. But I haven't decided if that use is worth $630.
Would I be better off putting the money toward a really good Windows Tablet? Does or will anyone make one of those?
If nothing else, this will stimulate the tablet competition in good was.
Last edited by taylorh; 01-28-2010 at 11:32 AM.