View Poll Results: Do you want a iPad?

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  • Yes, But I'm not getting it

    27 13.11%
  • Nope!

    63 30.58%
  • Yes, I'm getting it!

    81 39.32%
  • Maybe..

    35 16.99%
  1. Lady Kaede's Avatar
    I want it but don't need it - yep. But when I replace my current laptop, will I get another, or an iPad? When my daughter leaves for college, will I send her off with a laptop or a netbook or an iPad? Te will tell, but the iPad could be compelling - all of her textbooks and syllabi and notes in one 1.5 lb device?
    01-28-2010 12:34 PM
  2. Rene Ritchie's Avatar
    I'm not sure why people are disappointed in the iPad beyond it just feels trendy to do so. Sure, Apple could have thrown in a camera, but other than that the iPad is pretty much exactly what most thought it would be -- a giant iPhone/iPod. And that's *amazing*.

    It's currently running iPhone 3.2. By June/July it will be running iPhone 4.0. And it will be running it on an almost 10" screen. The constraints that eliminates shouldn't be underestimated.

    Look at the iPad as the iPhone in 2007. Didn't even have an SDK. iPad does, and thanks to iPhone it knows how to use it, as do developers.

    This is the device I give my less tech savvy friends *instead* of a laptop (and kiss their tech support calls goodbye), and this is the device *I* use to consume portable media, to read, to watch, to finger paint, to play with iWork (still need a computer to work with it, and to do WebDev).

    If Steve Jobs really thinks this is the most important thing he's done, given what he's done, and given the potential this device has as *big* iPhone/iPod touch, I'm *really* interested to see where it is at launch in March, where it is at 4.0 in June/July, and where it is next year for v2.

    I'm going on record. Next big thing. Pun intended.
    01-28-2010 12:44 PM
  3. taylorh's Avatar
    I want it but don't need it - yep. But when I replace my current laptop, will I get another, or an iPad? When my daughter leaves for college, will I send her off with a laptop or a netbook or an iPad? Te will tell, but the iPad could be compelling - all of her textbooks and syllabi and notes in one 1.5 lb device?
    I think the textbook replacement aspect is huge. Carrying one of these instead of a bag of books? Make it work and that would be awesome. A no brainier.
    However, for education, take a look at this:
    A 16-year-old’s view of Apple’s iPad: iFail
    He notes a potential limitation to using it in a class room. I'm not saying this necessarily applies to a college student, but it is something to consider.

    I would think for taking notes in class a macbook 13" would be better, personally. It's small, has a keyboard, and runs real software. But you won't get your books on it.
    Also, the iPad would need to sync to a computer to back anything up? Is there a way to back up your homework assignments from this? You won't be able to watch flash of web video on it (I would think a college student would want to watch hulu during down time) and due to it's lack of multi tasking you can't read and stream music and at the same time. iPod yes, Pandora or any streaming, no. I'm not saying anyone has to do that, but a college student is going to want the free streaming stuff I'd imagine. But having a separate iPod touch or Zune with subscription cancels that issue.
    So really the iPad and and a Mac fill different voids.

    I'm not sure how well you'll be able research and write a 20 page paper and submit it on an iPad vs. a laptop.

    As the product evolves I think a most issues I speak of will evaporate fairly quickly. It's hard having not really used one to understand what's a better choice. I wish you luck with that.
    01-28-2010 01:00 PM
  4. mazjazz's Avatar
    I also would like to have the ipad. I have an iPhone and work at home running VPN and VMware Fusion on my Intel iMac. If I was going to get a laptop (notebook), I would need a full OS with ability to use Microsoft Office and/or Windows access. Without native MS Word, Excel, PP, etc., the ipad is not a business nor a school device.

    I agree that the ipad is a iPod Touch on steroids. If I can financially justify buying it, I'm sure I would enjoy using it. But then, I would feel that my iPhone would just be used as a mobile phone.

    I will probably wait until the next generation before I consider a purchase, hopefully with Flash, multitasking and native ipad applications.
    01-28-2010 01:26 PM
  5. Lady Kaede's Avatar
    @taylorh - thanks for the detailed response; some good points I hadn't considered.
    01-28-2010 01:31 PM
  6. Lady Kaede's Avatar
    Listen to Renee (& thanks Renee).
    01-28-2010 01:32 PM
  7. Lady Kaede's Avatar
    . . . even if I can't spell your name. Doh!
    01-28-2010 01:33 PM
  8. nosepicker's Avatar
    I think I'll get one. Best looking reader I have seen... plus it can do more than just display books
    01-28-2010 03:30 PM
  9. Ipheuria's Avatar
    So out of the people who are definately going to buy one who is going to wait for 2nd gen? I was convinced today by my friends to wait but I'm still on the fence since I'm a very impatient person and don't know if I could wait for months or possibly a year until a second gen comes out. It's just that looking at the difference between the 1st gen iPhone and the 3G ie. 2nd gen there is such a big difference. Also I think alot of people are mentioning things as negatives like no multi-tasking, no flash when a new OS is just right around the corner and no one knows what changes are coming.
    01-28-2010 04:37 PM
  10. awtryau89's Avatar
    Completely depends on my hands on demo and financial status at the time.
    01-28-2010 05:46 PM
  11. danny4evawolves's Avatar
    no i dnt lyk them
    01-28-2010 05:55 PM
  12. taylorh's Avatar
    So out of the people who are definately going to buy one who is going to wait for 2nd gen? I was convinced today by my friends to wait but I'm still on the fence since I'm a very impatient person and don't know if I could wait for months or possibly a year until a second gen comes out. It's just that looking at the difference between the 1st gen iPhone and the 3G ie. 2nd gen there is such a big difference. Also I think alot of people are mentioning things as negatives like no multi-tasking, no flash when a new OS is just right around the corner and no one knows what changes are coming.
    I'm thinking it'll be a full year before you see a 2nd gen.
    I think Apple is even going to see how this one is received before committing to what the changes will be for a 2nd gen.
    Also, I have a feeling the 2nd gen won't be too much different than the 1st gen. It'll be one of those things that will be over hyped, and people will be 'disappointed' in that it's not much different.
    Just look at the Mac, Macbook, and iPhone evolution of hardware. Unless there's something wrong, they don't change much. Where you'll see the biggest advancement will be in the software (OS) upgrades which the 1st Gen will get.

    I say if you want it, just get it. If you can wait, all the better. It means you don't need it and you'll save some money. But I think for people who have already committed to getting it, without ever trying it or waiting for actual comprehensive reviews mind you, waiting for a 2nd gen won't cut it.
    01-28-2010 07:04 PM
  13. Microcosmos's Avatar
    I'll wait until the price point comes down and more functionality/speed/storage is added. It's nice, but I'm not willing to pay the price.
    01-28-2010 09:50 PM
  14. vanityeverlastingbonet's Avatar
    for someone who spends as much time as you do on this forum, you sure have quite a distaste for most Apple products.
    I agree I do...I guess i really assumed the Iphone was all of that as in did stuff other phones did not do.Seriously I think i have more of a issue with at&t than with the phone itself.I am holding out for 4.0 tho...But this Itampon is seriously the gag.
    01-28-2010 09:59 PM
  15. hanguk9117's Avatar
    count me in for one.
    01-28-2010 11:22 PM
  16. Ipheuria's Avatar
    I'm thinking it'll be a full year before you see a 2nd gen.
    I think Apple is even going to see how this one is received before committing to what the changes will be for a 2nd gen.
    Also, I have a feeling the 2nd gen won't be too much different than the 1st gen. It'll be one of those things that will be over hyped, and people will be 'disappointed' in that it's not much different.
    Just look at the Mac, Macbook, and iPhone evolution of hardware. Unless there's something wrong, they don't change much. Where you'll see the biggest advancement will be in the software (OS) upgrades which the 1st Gen will get.

    I say if you want it, just get it. If you can wait, all the better. It means you don't need it and you'll save some money. But I think for people who have already committed to getting it, without ever trying it or waiting for actual comprehensive reviews mind you, waiting for a 2nd gen won't cut it.
    Exactly I don't think I would be able to wait for a year, in it's form now it will definately work for me, for the things I have in mind. So I'm still on the fence whether I want to get it or wait for a 2nd gen if there is one. I'm pretty sure as flash mem increases we'll see models with more memory but with the memory on my iPhone plus a 32GB tablet I doubt I would have to worry about anything.
    01-29-2010 03:23 PM
  17. websyndicate's Avatar
    I have decide not to buy into more of Apples Locked Down system. Desktops fine Laptops fine. But Tablet with and iPhones OS if I purchase and iPad for say $650 I want to put on any apps I want not what Apple approves. Yes its the best tablet on the market but is locked down from me using my own apps on it. I don't want to jailbreak my iPad too. I don't want Apple to tell me whats best for me. I want openness and luckily I don't have to buy it. Right now the HP tablet would be better just for the simple fact that its open for whatever you want.

    Anybody else agree?

    The Problem with the Apple iPad - apple ipad - Lifehacker
    01-29-2010 05:02 PM
  18. lungho's Avatar
    I love my iPhone but the iPad is an unnecessary product for the "average Joe" such as myself. If I had extra money burning a hole in my pocket, perhaps I would get one. But since I don't, this is what I feel I would be doing.

    01-29-2010 05:41 PM
  19. Earless Puppy's Avatar
    I'll be the first on the block with a 64gb iPad, unlike some, I not an "Average Joe" referred to by some...
    01-29-2010 08:01 PM
  20. jhamilton3's Avatar
    I'm back and forth on this question.. Probably will end up caving.
    02-01-2010 12:30 AM
  21. seb_or_sam's Avatar
    I really like what I see with the iPad (except the name... jesus christ what was wrong with iSlate, Slate, or, my favorite, Canvas/iCanvas? What the hell, Apple?), and am VERY interested in what jailbreaking could do for it. ProSwitcher would be a dream, GRiP would be fantastic (hell, why not just do a full Growl port with a 10'' screen?), WinterBoard would do wonders,, SBSettings is a must, iFile, Infinidock, YourTube, Iconoclasm... god I wanna hack this thing. But look at what happened with the iPhone. 2 months in there was a price cut, and one year later they got the 3G. I'm happy waiting for Apple to sort out the flaws (no camera, slightly large bezel, and, of course AT&T) I'm saving up for a new 13'' MacBook Pro, and I think I'll make due with my hackintosh netbook (HP Mini 1000 with Snow Leopard) for now.
    02-01-2010 12:38 AM
  22. Crunch's Avatar
    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. (...)
    Money. Bottom line. Stock price. Planned obsolescence, if you will. The iPhone is the boldest and most successful execution of planned obsolescence that I have ever seen. I now have an iPhone 3GS, because as of OS 3.1, and after adding Jailbreak apps Backgrounder, My3G, a few WebApps, and some from AppStore, it is now possible for me to do what I was able to before with my BlackBerry, and before that, with the Palm Treo's.

    I love gadgets, and I enjoy making money immensely. As a lover of technology, I also detest Apple for the "iPhone phenomenon", probably for very similar reasons that you do. The business person in me loves watching a money-making venture, such as the iPhone platform, executed to perfection over the course of several years.
    02-01-2010 12:56 AM
  23. whmurray's Avatar
    I love my iPhone but the iPad is an unnecessary product for the "average Joe" such as myself. If I had extra money burning a hole in my pocket, perhaps I would get one. But since I don't, this is what I feel I would be doing.

    You do not kid me. I know "Average Joe." He is a friend of mine. You are no Average Joe. Average Joe likes toys as much as any of us. He has a budget for toys. I was there when Joe bought his first washing machine, freezer, television, air conditioner, microwave oven, and personal computer.

    "Real men" do not ask directions, but Joe and I both use a GPS.

    In 1986, when I bought my first cell phone, I had an entire list of applications in my head to justify it. None of them ever worked but, of course, I discovered a panoply of applications which I would never have imagined. We have all discovered applications for the iPhone which we might never have imagined. I can hardly project applications for the iPad beyond what I can do with the iPhone. However, a life-time of experience makes me confident that within days to weeks, I will be as dependent on it as I am on my iPhone.

    Of course, I was also there when Joe bought the Newton so I do not pretend to know whether or not the iPad will be a success. However, if it is not, it will be because it is a Newton, not because Joe will not try it.

    In the technology space, today's toy is tomorrow's necessity.
    Last edited by whmurray; 02-01-2010 at 10:17 AM.
    02-01-2010 10:03 AM
  24. whmurray's Avatar
    Is this going to be a BOMB for Apple is the real question!!!
    Do you mean "Is this another Newton?"

    I think not. First, it starts with 140K apps out of the box.

    Second, its iBook reader blows the competition out of the water. A little expensive but only if displaying books was all that it could do. One has to believe that e-books are for real. Amazon has announced that e-books are competing very well with paper. The iPad will be the only device with no restrictions as to library access. While the Kindle app for iPhone is not nearly as pretty or functional as the iBook, on the iPad it will be very competitive with Amazon's own Kindle devices. (I will probably prefer the iPhone to the iPad for reading in bed. While it is lighter than a book, it is heavier than the iPhone and will hurt me if I drop it on my head. Developers take note that one will want to sync books across one's iPhone and iPad so that both devices will know what "page" one is on. )

    Third, the very creative developers that have given us 140K apps in a year and a half, are now working to give us apps that exploit the unique properties of the iPad.

    Cramer says it is a game changer.
    Last edited by whmurray; 02-01-2010 at 01:57 PM.
    02-01-2010 01:30 PM
  25. Lady Kaede's Avatar
    whmurray speaks for me.
    02-01-2010 03:27 PM
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