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Apples Ipad

So apple finally releases the ipad(kind of a bad name if you ask me.) 

http://tv.gawker.com/5458322/cnbc-anchor-says-the-ipad-reminds-me-of-fem...
-sorry had to post this link I thought it was funny.

So it appears to be pretty much a giant iphone for 600$?
I think I'd rather buy a nice laptop.

head on over to gizmodo.com or engadget.com for some more information.

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more like a giant ipod touch (with possibly some 3G data capabilities depending on the model) since it can't make phone calls.

I'm sure it will make a nice toy for a bunch of rich people, but I think apple failed to find a compelling middle ground between smart phones and laptops for those of (relatively, of course) limited means who already have both.

I mean, I'd love to have one to sit around my house and let me browse the internet on a bigger screen than my iphone while sitting on the couch or in bed. but i can't justify the 500$ just for that.

in contrast, my ibook g4 is more than a little long in the tooth and needs to be replaced (it can't even run youtube smoothly). I am going to replace it with a 500$ gateway laptop from best buy: core i3, 4GB ram, 320GB harddrive, 802.11n, blu-ray, hdmi out, webcam, w7-64 etc. thats a solid laptop for 500$. im sure its not going to have the sturdiest case, but i won't have to move it too much.

which isn't to say that the ipad doesn't have its niche, but its more as a 4th device (smartphone, laptop, desktop... then tablet) and most likely is going to be a toy rather than a tool.

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curious, are people really that unsatisfied with $200-300 netbooks that they'd want to spend twice that amount on this?

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I'm thinking the same thing...they could have added atleast a 720p HDMI port on it or something.  Or a webcam?  I think a cheap netbook has more features.

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I'm not sure I understand why so many people jumped on the Kindle train and spent $250. Although its more money, you'll get more out of the iPad than you would the Kindle.

I realize the the kindle uses eink and the ipad does not, but for the added functionality would it make that much difference?

I commute on the regional train lines to Philadelphia every day, and its comical to just look up and scan around at everyone else a few minutes after its left the station. Almost everyone is either playing with their smartphone (games, email, news, video), reading paper(newspaper, book or magazine), or using a laptop for work, video or reading. I've seen a fair share of Kindles recently as well.

There certainly is a huge potential market for a tablet. I think the ipad will work for many people. 3G is huge though.

As for me? I'm not one who has the money to consider dropping >$500 on something like this now but I'm excited and worried by this. I'm excited because I certainly see myself using a tablet in less than three years. I'm worried that like with the ipod, Apple will dominate the market and make it very difficult for smaller companies to get their offering a fair chance. Unlike the mp3 player analogy, so much of this tablet war is going to come down to formats, and avenues for purchasing material(magazines, books, music, movies, TV). Apple will certainly lock down their store and make it exclusive just as amazon and Barnes and Noble will do with theirs.

Bottom line: Its a very cool device, but I won't be buying this first generation version.

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I am amazed that apple would price this thing so cheap. A logitech 100 remote will run you 339 and there are people out there that pay that.

I guess I need to read more about it. Like hardware specs and connectivity.

Is there an app to use it as a remote control? I think there are more powerful Slate type devices coming in around the same price from what I saw at CES.

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No multitasking
Small harddrives
locked down phone OS
no keyboard unless you want to pay another $75 for a keyboard dock
I don't see USB on it
No flash support
No HDMI port

I don't see a point?  Without flash it doesn't even make a good web browser.  Without a keyboard I would hate to make this post with it.  Without multitasking I can't IM and surf the internet.  Without a real OS I can't use it like a PC.  I don't get it.  My netbook is portable, has a great screen, and can do anything a PC can do.  What problem does this solve that a netbook doesn't?

It's more comfortable to use on a couch I guess...

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bbig119 wrote:

I'm not sure I understand why so many people jumped on the Kindle train and spent $250. Although its more money, you'll get more out of the iPad than you would the Kindle.

I realize the the kindle uses eink and the ipad does not, but for the added functionality would it make that much difference?

if you read a lot, probably.

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I saw the specs here. http://macs.about.com/b/2010/01/27/ipad-hardware.htm

It looks like it has a VGA output but it only does 480? And why does anything with GPS seem to require a data plan, other than dedicated GPS devices that is.

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Meester.Rip wrote:

I am amazed that apple would price this thing so cheap. A logitech 100 remote will run you 339 and there are people out there that pay that.

I guess I need to read more about it. Like hardware specs and connectivity.

Is there an app to use it as a remote control? I think there are more powerful Slate type devices coming in around the same price from what I saw at CES.

This is precisely what I was thinking.  If one can do activity based remote functions for multiple devices, as well as it being a sideshow remote for Windows Media Center(I've searching for iphone apps like this and apparently they exist), and even using it as a touchscreen controller for things like home lighting, multi-zone audio and climate control, I'd think its a bargain.  Add to that video previewing in the sideshow remote mode, basic internet surfing and magazine/newspaper(no way I'd read a book for hours on it) reading from the sofa and I'd be in for one or a similar device.  I'd look at any device like that.  This is where I think it can truly shine.  As a home connectivity device that's easy to handle.  Not as a crippled Netbook.

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the redeye is a iPod Touch/iPhone/iPad to IR device that looks promising.

also i might be buying it to use as a wireless client/remote for my home automation system.

I am using homeseer, which has an iPhone app that I use and it works.

The HA companies have $2000 wireless touchscreen remotes, this could KILL those.

the iPad is much better, more functions and less price.

as a revolutionary device.... I am pissed:

No front facing camera
No flash (web)
No Multitasking
Same old iPhone OS that looks stupid on a 10" screen
No OLED
No HDMI out
No USB in (without adpater)

with that said.... i will be buying on at some point... mostlikely the $500 version.

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One thing about the price point is that it's pretty damn close to what I would spend on text books every single semester in college. If I could have picked up one of these in college and gotten my hands on pdf text books at a decent discount it could be a real good investment. Text books never really worked on a laptop, especially not smaller 13" laptops because you're holding the screen the wrong way to read a online book easily.

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Naylia wrote:

One thing about the price point is that it's pretty damn close to what I would spend on text books every single semester in college. If I could have picked up one of these in college and gotten my hands on pdf text books at a decent discount it could be a real good investment. Text books never really worked on a laptop, especially not smaller 13" laptops because you're holding the screen the wrong way to read a online book easily.

If you wanted textbooks a Kindle is a better device for reading.  Unless you really needed color.  The benefits for the iPad is that you could sit in class and surf the web I guess.

Again, these are all functions that a tablet netbook could handle with ease as well.

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I figure future textbooks will all be on tablets so they can include multimedia. I wouldn't be surprised if there is a corporate demand for these iPads. I could definitely see doctors offices using these instead of the laptops the nurses and doctors carry now.

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robinhoody wrote:

So apple finally releases the ipad(kind of a bad name if you ask me.) 

http://tv.gawker.com/5458322/cnbc-anchor-says-the-ipad-reminds-me-of-fem...
-sorry had to post this link I thought it was funny.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsjU0K8QPhs
Sorry in advance Wink

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The 2 screen device that Microsoft keeps showing off looks more like what would replace textbooks.

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you mean this??

http://gizmodo.com/5365299/courier-first-details-of-microsofts-secret-ta...

I would much rather buy this than an Ipad.  Its like an actual note taking device.  Kind of reminds me of a super advanced version of evernote.

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That Courier thing looks pretty damn slick for business or educational use (then again I'm a designer so the demo showed stuff that's more useful to someone like me). Creating moodboards would be a cinch!

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Well since mocking videos about the iPad are being tossed here about allow me to share this short video...

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/f7a03edbd7/pee-wee-gets-an-ipad

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