- 04-06-2010, 12:35 PM #26
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- 04-06-2010, 12:54 PM #28
I wasn't sure if I wanted one or not, but I took the leap yesterday afternoon and I'm glad I did. It is an experience that's difficult to explain, but I agree that it's not simply a bigger iPhone or iPod Touch. Very nice.
Where do I see myself using it? At home when I'm in the living room, in the car as a passenger on trips, in the hotel room... there are plenty of opportunities. For example, I currently use my iPhone to look up info on IMDb, but the bigger screen of the iPad is so much nicer for browsing info like that. I could always just use my iPhone, sure, but when screen size matters, I will use the iPad. When portability matters more, I will use the iPhone. Additionally, the iPhone goes everywhere with me, and the iPad will be with me only as needed. It's just a different beast for different purposes.
Something I found interesting... I was concerned that the iPhone wouldn't seem important enough to keep after messing with the iPad, especially considering the huge difference in screen sizes, but in reality I find that the iPhone is still a very capable and useful tool in conjunction with the iPad. The size of the iPhone is just right, and since it is effectively as powerful as the iPad, it's still an amazing device.
So, I'm glad I went for it. And I'm glad I went after the weekend... no crowds to fight.
- 04-07-2010, 12:43 PM #29iPhone Newbie
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Originally Posted by dcsatt
The only thing similar between the iPad and an iPod Touch is the user interface.
A Ferrari has the same user interface (gas, brake, clutch, and steering wheel) as a Ford Focus, but they're completely different machines – otherwise incomparable.
Same with the iPad vis-a-vis iPod Touch."
The experience is completely different and not a lot of naysayers will know that unless one physically plays with this device for a bit.
Usually when people have told me the iPad is nothing but a big iPod touch... It's somewhat been directed in a negative form and in a tone of "why should I waste my money, it's nothing new" ?
It's much more than a bigger screen, to me at least. It really feels like cutting edge new technology that I'm not used to having. This to me is fascinating. Upgrading to a 55inch LCD from a 32inch plasma while nice, is no innovation.
Having such a thin yet sharp screen right on my lap is beyond the definition of an oversized iPod touch.. Even though it's essential just that! Overall, this magical feeling that I have experienced is Really difficult to explain unless you held an iPad in your hands and gave it a good test drive.
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- 04-07-2010, 01:24 PM #30
I guess it's just perspective then. When I played with it at Best Buy yes I admit it was "cool" and the screen awesome. But after having used the iPhone for almost 3 years now too me it brings nothing new to the table other than having a bigger screen. And for me the fact that it really cannot stand alone without iTunes is what relegates it to being a big iPod Touch.
Right now for me at least it doesn't fill a roll that I have empty. And $500 to watch movies, browse the web, play games, listen to music, etc. on a bigger screen while on a plane, subway, car ride, in a waiting room is something I'm right now going to be spending. Especially like I've said for a long time, my iPhone does all those things and fits in my pocket. Even on the couch it would obviously be nicer to have the bigger screen and my iPhone has mostly taken over my couch internet use from my laptop. But again, $500 to browse the web on a big screen...don't need it. That's all I would use it for in my house, as said above on my couch there is a 46" TV on the wall. I'm never going sit and watch a Netflix movie on something else, I already stream Netflix movies from my Xbox to the TV.
For me the iPad should be doing a lot more. I can't quite put my finger on it. But it needs to be untethered from iTunes and my laptop. It should probably be running the same iTunes I see on my laptop and streaming content wirelessly from my laptop with iTunes. I just wasn't wowed by a big version of a 3 year old device I guess.
I will certainly be watching where this goes. But right now, when I pick one up; no matter how awesome, engaging, and pretty everything looks on that big screen, I just see a bigger version of what I already carry around in my pocket every day. Hopefully someday Steve will convince me otherwise. I'm a gadget guy too and I'm surprised I am not more into this thing.
- 04-07-2010, 01:28 PM #31
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- 04-07-2010, 02:30 PM #35
[QUOTE=ifonline;1564235]Yep. Windows based tablets have been around for years, but they never seemed to catch on with anything but select business markets (medical, manufacturing, etc),QUOTE]
Completely true. My dad is a surgeon and his workplace supplied him with a tablet running Windows XP Tablet Edition. (Never heard of this version of XP until I saw it on this tablet)
- 04-07-2010, 02:46 PM #36
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- 04-07-2010, 04:09 PM #39
Ok, Mr. Devil's Advocate Yes, the iPhone OS is made for a smaller device (likely explaining the miles of real estate between app icons on the iPad). I suppose the beauty of the iPad is an elegant form factor, usability, portability, and an OS powerful enough to take care of the day-to-day tasks you may have, including some light (possibly even heavy) word processing, spreadsheets, and even presentations. I still scratch my head when people think it's not capable of being a business device. I aim to prove them wrong! Bwah-hahahaha!
- 04-08-2010, 08:21 AM #40
Those are some fair points (from what I skimmed).
The iTunes-dependency is a giant pain. I suppose it is not absolutely necessary unless you want your podcasts automatically downloaded and that sort of thing.
Of course, I still haven't figured out how to set up contacts and calendar (ie. using them with my Google contacts and calendars). Maybe that requires syncing with iTunes. Dunno.
- 04-08-2010, 08:37 AM #41
Set Up Your iPhone or iPod Touch for Google Sync : Google Sync - Google Mobile Help Works on iphone..should on iPad but haven't tried it. Since you have a Pre, i'd say this is best for you.