Weekend Open Forum: Is the iPad for You?

By on January 29, 2010, 9:20 PM
With an unbelievable amount of hype behind it, Apple's rumored tablet launched this week with mixed reactions, but an overall positive reception considering the crazy expectations set over the past few months.

If anything, the iPad announcement has opened the door to discuss once again the future of personal computing and whether the Tablet form factor will finally reach the masses. Sitting between the iPhone and a full-fledged laptop according to Apple, from the looks of it and the software environment it is based on, the iPad is a giant iPod Touch/iPhone with some enhanced functionality that take advantage of the larger screen and added processing power.

Apple wants to challenge the netbook which in spite of its obvious shortcomings -- many of which have continuously been addressed -- has been selling incredibly well and remains a trend of innovation and growth in the PC market.


Fueled by the popularity and success of the iPhone, the iPad doesn't reinvent the wheel like the smartphone did a few years ago, but it builds upon its strengths while inheriting some of its biggest flaws like the lack of multi-tasking and the closed environment that seemed more forgivable on a cell phone than it could ever be on a real computer.

However, given Appleís impressive track of success, I wouldnít dare to call off the iPad this early in the game. The company has showed an amazing ability at marrying the proper software with its own hardware, a feat almost impossible to duplicate in the PC world. The iPad pricing ($499-$829) caught more than one by surprise, but thatís not to say itís cheap. In comparison, a last-gen netbook like the HP Mini 311 that sells for $400 carries an 11.6-inch display, Atom/Ion combo, 160GB HDD, USB/HDMI connectivity and will run any kind of Windows software you throw at it.

Ultimately itís you, the early adopters and consumers, who decide to pay or not for such a device and what use you make of it.

Is the iPad for you, why or why not? Discuss.




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IvanAwfulitch IvanAwfulitch said:

Tiny hard drive, no external ports of any kind, no flash support like they promised, no multi-tasking, no real OS, crappy name...it's an oversized iPod with about as much functionality. It's not even close to what I call a tablet. I don't care if it has a fancy touch screen. That thing is a gigantic hunk of crap that costs you 500 dollars. Just buy an expensive iPod, and an HP Slate. Screw this noise. Apple has been ticking me off for a long time, and this is the last straw. I've lost all my faith in them after this disappointment. MP3 players and phones were pretty much the only things they did moderately well.

If anyone fancies buying this thing, feel free to waste your money. I'd rather spend my money on something that panders to my actual needs and takes things a little step further rather than something that bases itself off of what is popular at the moment and gives me practically nothing else.

tragicallyhip said:

Sorry Apple, No "Flash" No Cash!!!!

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

No thanks.

I had an iPad when I was a kid....except they called it etch-a-sketch

Guest said:

I have a Mac-Mini and MacBook, and Dell desktop for serious computer. For entertainment, I have an iPod Classic music and iPod Touch for displaying photos. Everytime I use my iPod Touch I wished it were a larger screen. Voila, the iPad would fulfill that need. Presented as is, I'm ready to buy an iPad.

Basher said:

@ Guest -- It's pretty clear you have no issues with Apple's overbearing, completely profit oriented control over it's products. They go out of their way to disallow certain things so that they can charge you to buy things that are otherwise free/included in virtually EVERY other device out there.

I'm sorry, but their removal of flash from Safari is the DUMBEST thing I have ever heard of such an intelligent company doing. They know how to make you pay for things that are free to everyone else. And for some reason, people have been proven to be willing to do that. Yeah, 2 dollars for a game seems cheap, but when that game is free on a flash game site--why do people continue to sit and pay for it? I don't think I will ever understand it.

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Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

No thanks.

I had an iPad when I was a kid....except they called it etch-a-sketch

Haha, that is signature worthy.

Eh, I'm among those who think the iPad is a bit short on features. The general premise is understandable, and the price point is mostly right, but the device simply fails on more levels than one -- all of which have been thoroughly outlined.

No multitasking, no Flash, a (mostly) gimped OS, poor connectivity options (HDMI especially), and no camera are unforgivable. I can look past some other things, like the 4:3 aspect ratio and lack of an OLED SKU. It's amusing because when you step back and look at the collective response, people are overwhelmingly shocked by two things: the iPad's lack of functionality, and its surprisingly low starting price.

Maybe Apple thinks it can sell ice to an Eskimo -- and to some extent that's true -- but I imagine they consciously skimped on features to launch the device at a very aggressive price. The company is notorious for pricey hardware, and even various notebook vendors expected the iPad to be $1k. So why isn't it starting at $999?

I believe at least part of Apple's game plan is to get an affordable tablet on the shelves before the competition, and the way things are looking, they will succeed. They'll beat MSI, Asus, Dell, HP(?) and others. Granted, the tech savvy are bashing the iPad, but it will probably still sell okay.

For many, Apple is synonymous with premium quality, and if they're the first to market with a nifty looking device that's priced seemingly low and backed with trendy ad campaign, people will eat it up. Apple is great when it comes to marketing and generating hype, and people are too quick to whip out their AmEx cards.

Hardware aside, the tablet will open the door for more app sales, and Apple gets what, 30% of those? Not to mention the native implementation of other store(s) for music, videos, books and so on.

Is the iPad the greatest thing since sliced bread? No. Will Apple happily report healthy earnings come spring? You betcha.

Guest said:

Yeah I know, no Flash and no camera...I still think it's a great product that will only get better. Price will come down, memory will go up within a year or two.

twite twite, TechSpot Paladin, said:

The ipad is funny.

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Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

Something I didn't mention in the WOF story above due to lack of space is that even if the iPad fails miserably on the sales department, it comes from a company that survived for years by selling computers with a big markup to a niche audience, and that audience has expanded dramatically in the last half decade.

On a different note, I agree with most of the negative comments about the iPad missing features, especially the shut environment for third party software. That is typical Apple, and the reason I'd never even consider buying an Apple TV. However I'm not discarding it after ignoring the iPhone for months for similar reasons until I actually gave it a fair chance, bought one and still happen to love my first generation iPhone.

IMO the device success will depend more on the form factor feasibility and usability (usually an Apple strength) rather than USB ports, features or connectivity, in other words, don't see the iPad as a definitive laptop replacement just like netbooks never intended to be that, but rather partial alternatives for specific usage scenarios.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

...Price will come down...

It's Apple.

No it won't.

Even if the Tegra based competition runs rings around the AiiiiiiiiiPad, the People who Adore New Devices from Apple* will just become more entrenched in their underdog status. The iWhatevah's will still sell to the Panda's at a premium price and everyone else will still smile at them indulgently as if they were that guy from down the block whose never been the same since he dived head first into the empty swimming pool

*people who are easily distracted by shiny objects,who agonize over how to match their wardrobe to their iPhone and care who Paris Hilton and Hayden Panettiere are

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

The iPad is for suckers that will buy anything new and shiny. It's total crap in my opinion. Save a few hundred and buy an Ipod touch (it's the exact same thing but fits in your pocket). I'll stick to my zune hd and hold out for the MSI tablet.

slh28 slh28, TechSpot Paladin, said:

This smells of a typical Apple strategy which they implemented with the iPhone: missing off features which are in the 3GS but weren't in the 2G or 3G, which should have been there in the first place - 3G support, videocam, compass (for mapping), etc. This way they can milk the most out of their loyal fanboys by making them pony up for a more expensive newer generation model they release each year. I would be very fond of this strategy if I were an AAPL shareholder, but not as a consumer.

Captain828 Captain828 said:

The whole idea behind the Tablet PC is mobile internet and entertainment in a form-factor smaller than the netbook, but larger than the smartphone.

However, I feel that there is no "PC" in the iPad:

- not an open platform where you could install whatever you wish;

- no multitasking;

- no memory expansion options (read: microSD);

- a GPS option would have been nice.

Also, an x86 CPU would be preferable, but it might take a while to get there due to heat concerns and power consumption. IMO, it should be possible with 32nm technology.

While this concept looks interesting, I would recommend waiting for the ASUS and MSI responses, both based on nVidia's Tegra 2 platform, which should offer quite a bit more kick than what the iPad offers and should also end up a bit cheaper.

And to ending this post, I don't see the $500 price point justifiable at all with this hardware. Besides the Apple logo mark-up, this shouldn't be more than $450 WITH 3G included (it's $629 with 3G?!).

IF it had an x86 CPU and proper connectivity options, then this price point would be justifiable.

Guest said:

If I walk down the street with a newspaper under my arm, I'll be fairly safe.

If I walk down the street with an ipad under my arm, I've a fair chance of being mugged.

Flannelwarrior said:

These shouldn't even be compared to netbooks.

This is another one of Apple's flashy, gimmicky little pocket vacuum plots. Of course profit is the name of the game, but I'm not supposed to KNOW I'm getting ripped off.

You could pick up a high end netbook for $50 less than the 16GB iPad with...an iPod touch OS, plus a few bells and whistles? One thing I can bet you it'll be fast and snappy about is its iTunes music store. Oh boy.

I would go nuts over a tablet running Android though. Or GOOGLE OS

But that's if I was prone to going nuts over tablets. But I'm more of a netbook guy, really.

I DO like the month to month 3G support from AT&T.

JudaZ said:

iPad, no way.

-Got multi touchscreen, but still no multitasking??

-No flash (dont you need that for youtube? and for mopst sites today)

-no expansion possibility,

-only apple software.

- no standard sim slot

And we all know how well an iphone handles a drop, (aka cracked screen)

With this giant iphone clone with no functions, will that handle a drop better...or worse?

...hmm not so hard to imagine what will happen.

all the fanboys and girls will buy it, but thay will buy anything with an apple logo.

but for the rest of us? ...totally useless.

I'd rather get this iPad http://linkcut.net/94b62af7ca

spikester48661 spikester48661 said:

go get a netbook for $500. and not a useless,no expansion,no slots and etc. the ipad apples way to get $$$ from sucks.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

For me its just another fad from apple, but for some people who drink breath and live apple there may not be a better way to waste their money.

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

spikester48661 said:

go get a netbook for $500. and not a useless,no expansion,no slots and etc. the ipad apples way to get $$$ from sucks.

You can get a full sized laptop for $500 if you buy it at the right time of year. I think the worst thing about the iPad is the fact that they'll release an upgraded version next year. It will have a few more of the features and will render this model obsolete.

DeadSoul DeadSoul said:

IMO,

[Good] Price is fine

[Bad] Low resolution (1024x768, must be at least 1280x1024)

[Good] Good design

[Good] Large frame for easy holding

[Bad] No flash support

[Don't care] No multitasking

[Bad] Headphone jack?

[Bad] It's Apple, won't do anything without iTunes or Apple Store

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

As i said earlier another way to waste your money.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

IMO,

[Good] Price is fine

[Bad] Low resolution (1024x768, must be at least 1280x1024)

Dude, the screen is less than 10 inches. Not to mention it's an LED backlit IPS panel. So, that's actually the very best part of it

[Good] Good design

[Good] Large frame for easy holding

[Bad] No flash support

[Don't care] No multitasking

[Bad] Headphone jack?

[Bad] It's Apple, won't do anything without iTunes or Apple Store

OK, you've listed more bad features than good. Also, the "bad" features you've mentioned are way more important than the good ones.

Now, here's my question, with all the bad features stated, how can "good design" be listed in the first place? That is unless you're speaking to the look of the case. We're all aware the Apple products come in pretty cases.

Since you've presented quite a few objections to its performance, how can the price be "good"? It is logical to assume that if something doesn't do almost everything you might like it to, then the price must be too high for what you're getting.

As i said earlier another way to waste your money.
I say nay, not a waste of time, but rather an .opportunity. I think Steve Jobs should hold "iPod rodeos", by shutting down various interstate highways and allowing iPod owners to competitively d*** around with their touchpads while driving at high speed. For the rest of us "jealous" non Apple owners, this would "thin out the herd". A great public service indeed!

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

captaincranky says.....

Now, here's my question, with all the bad features stated, how can "good design" be listed in the first place?

Thats like marrying a beautiful woman with extremely unkind heart.

Guest said:

No multitasking, no ipad for me.

Sometimes you need to cross reference a pdf or word document, a website article you read, and then type an email to someone providing them with information.

Seriously I had a palm pre for 3 weeks and hated the battery, but the cards idea was awesome! Hopefully some android devices will get multitasking.

I still dont see how this can be better than a $300 netbook that has a card reader, wifi, webcam, full keyboard, can use a printer, ANY web browser I want, etc.

Guest said:

Lets see all the Ipad owners watch a movie on the amazing screen as they anoy the crap out of everyone else on the plane because theres no headphone jack!

wtf apple. You basically demo this device as a giant ipod touch and dont put a headphone jack.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

The Eternal Search for Aesthetics

Or the perfect a**, whichever comes fiirst.......

Thats like marrying a beautiful woman with extremely unkind heart.

So then, just just take along a sturdy paper bag and approach from the rear. Although, some of them don't take kindly to the pickup line, "don't turn around, I want to remember you just like this". Better still take two bags, lest her's should fall off.

"If you want to be happy for the rest of your life, never make a pretty woman your wife" (Jimmy Soul) Full lyrics here; http://www.hamienet.com/lyrics40794.html

Or, you could just tape your friggin' iPad to her face!

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Or, you could just tape your friggin' iPad to her face!

Lol

I think I've already mentioned in my earlier post what 'sort' of people would buy such a sucker from apple.

Adhmuz Adhmuz, TechSpot Paladin, said:

$500 is better spent on a new video card, or even back alley open heart surgery.

Guest said:

The iPad is the worst thing I've seen come out of Apple.

mattfrompa mattfrompa said:

I was unaware there was no headphone jack...some type of wireless headphone are planned I assume? I sure hope people are satisfied with whatever speaker is included...I guess I just have a more practical approach to technology than Apple and it's supporters do. I feel like this device goes back a few steps compared to what is offered already, and I fail to see anything "innovative" about it. it's just shiny...and a bit stupid. I also don't understand what's so great about the $500 starting price, when a short time ago you could get a new core 2 duo 15.5'' screen 4 GB DDR2 RAM 320 GB HDD with DVD RAM drive laptop for $500 on newegg with free shipping....I heard one person tell me "Well this is great as something to leave on your coffee table and watch movies with, or friends to use and they don't have to mess with your main computer." First of all, you can setup accounts. (just don't let them login as guest if you just upgraded to Snow Leopard : P) Secondly, when exactly would you prefer to watch movies with friends while holding the screen? if you are at home, why not put it on the tv? That's where I can see value in an HTPC, capable of streaming from your main computer, or syncing libraries. The only way I could even begin to like this DRM pad is if I loved i stores...which I don't....

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I was unaware there was no headphone jack...some type of wireless headphone are planned I assume? I sure hope people are satisfied with whatever speaker is included...I guess I just have a more practical approach to technology than Apple and it's supporters do. I feel like this device goes back a few steps compared to what is offered already, and I fail to see anything "innovative" about it. it's just shiny...and a bit stupid. I also don't understand what's so great about the $500 starting price, when a short time ago you could get a new core 2 duo 15.5'' screen 4 GB DDR2 RAM 320 GB HDD with DVD RAM drive laptop for $500 on newegg with free shipping....I heard one person tell me "Well this is great as something to leave on your coffee table and watch movies with, or friends to use and they don't have to mess with your main computer." First of all, you can setup accounts. (just don't let them login as guest if you just upgraded to Snow Leopard : P) Secondly, when exactly would you prefer to watch movies with friends while holding the screen? if you are at home, why not put it on the tv? That's where I can see value in an HTPC, capable of streaming from your main computer, or syncing libraries. The only way I could even begin to like this DRM pad is if I loved i stores...which I don't....
Of bitter rages (that still make a great deal of sense), this is certainly in my top ten.

To me "iPad" is more of an appropriate name for certain feminine hygiene products. "The new iPad by Kotex"! See what I mean?

I know, I should "put a sock it in". (pun intended)

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Tekkaraiden said:

spikester48661 said:

go get a netbook for $500. and not a useless,no expansion,no slots and etc. the ipad apples way to get $$$ from sucks.

You can get a full sized laptop for $500 if you buy it at the right time of year. I think the worst thing about the iPad is the fact that they'll release an upgraded version next year. It will have a few more of the features and will render this model obsolete.

With the technology and features already being displayed from Apple competition, the iPad is already obsolete before its release.

Guest said:

same crappy old design. apple should freshen up their designs.. and at least, make things that dont breaks up in fire og explode in the hand of ppl. pirates in silicon valley is the best movie ever made, there u see how apple gets owned by bill :D and whats with the idea of making things that you cant even use right after you buy it ? only after you have "activated" their stuff on a computer. apple is all crappy design, and not quality! ppl, go after the inside, not the outside ;) stay away from apple! over and out ;)

Guest said:

I think it has potential. I can see myself taking an improved version to class or using as an e-reader for textbooks. It would sure save space and no need to carry 30lbs of textbooks around campus for those classes that require you show up with them. Price wise its about the same as Amazon's large Kindle, but it does a heckuva lot more.

Just like the iPhone was not specifically made for business but more for mass consumer, this item is not made for us normal tech geeks but a more general audience.

However, all that said the lack of multitasking really leaves me cold towards this product. I can deal without a camera, lack of USB is no big deal, and I don't need to play Crysis on it. Even lack of Flash doesn't bug me too much. But no multitasking is a definite killer for me. So until they fix that its a no sale for me.

Oh for all those people who keep saying it doesn't have a headphone jack, try reading the specs. It does come with a headphone jack and built in microphone.

vimes1150 said:

I love the idea of internet tablet/pad - I am just not sure this one is for me.I am seriously disappointed about lack of usb or SD card slot especially. I am also not sure if it isnt a bit too big - I would like something really handy. My plan for now is to sit and wait until it gets tested in practice - I certainly won't be an early adopter.

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

After reading all of this...

I'm guilty, I bought the first netbook (A PackardBell EasyNote S18p) as soon as I layed my eyes upon it, I think it was the first one to reach Chile and long before the EEEcks (I'm sorry... I can't bear them still) came. It was small (7" screen), light, beautiful, with a touchscreen (That you could twist and it became a sort of tablet), and the rest was just history. The first one came with an AMD Geode proccesor and a whole 80gb of hard disk drive, I loved it and took it to class and everywhere I could need the use of a computer.

Now I see this, much (Much much much...) cheapier than what I payed for the S18p but I can't seem to embrace it, lacks WAY too many things, closed to the apple enviroment (Maybe if it had been a windows bearing computer distributor could have been a little more acceptable, as linux makes PC MUCH more customizable than Mac will ever allow), but still seems too expensive for what it really is.

What it is? A piece of screen that can take one app at a time (I mean... hellooooo multiprogram OS have been for what?), no way to connect it to a tv, cellphone or whatsoever, no flash (Apple you were for real on this one?) which limits your websurfing (The whole idea of the hellpad) to like 25% of the whole net (Which is actually comprised of at least 70% flash according to an article read here in techspot).

Mmm... I think if people buy it, is because it is "hype", and "cool" to have a piece of technology that goes with your clothes.

To whomever said "it is only going to get better", not in the near future at least. Maybe it will improve a little with the PC factor that Asus, HP, and the rest of the companies are manufacturing bringing more compatibility and customizations.

I'll just say no to apple thank you very much.

maestromasada said:

I love apple, I have one every morning!

Remember the old M$ days when everybody hated them?? Now is the turn for apple. Hope someboby can sue them for not allowing any other browser than Safari. And sue them as well for wasting our time with this nonsense of iPad.

We live in time when satelites in the millions of pounds go down because someone forgot the break-nut in a screw. A mistake and you are doom! And what is this? Apple dare to release a device without a headphone jack? Is that a joke? And the things I'm reading about no flash, no multitaskting?? What???? Sorry but it is a big no,no for the iPad.

I will continue iPaddling with windows current.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Remember the old M$ days when everybody hated them?? .

This morning wasn't that long ago

Now is the turn for apple. .

If by "hate" you mean "pity" , then yes, I am in full agreement

Hope someboby can sue them for not allowing any other browser than Safari. And sue them as well for wasting our time with this nonsense of iPad.

Who would be brave enough to tackle Xenu Jobs in a court of law !

Moreover, Apple aren't hiding any of these facts, so buyers seem to be aware of the limitations of the thing. I'm pretty sure an Apple branded housebrick would command a premium over it's generic equivalent.

Apple dare to release a device without a headphone jack? Is that a joke? .

No it's a strategy.

Apple have decided that owners of their tech are not irritating non-owners sufficiently, so to maximize the time during which Apple owners are not berating you with smug self-satisfaction, they can let the iPad do the irritating instead.

Guest said:

At the iPad presentation, Steve Jobs start by saying that this should be a new category between a laptop and a smartphone. The first tablet I¬'ve seen was running Windows XP Tablet Edition, A Xp Version that has more features then XP Pro. That was about 5 years ago (maybe more).

He goes on saying netbooks are slow, even if the iPad uses a similar processor arquitecture. That they have low quality screens, even they use the same backlight leds as iPad, that they use old faishoned PC software, even if they run any Linux Distro or even the all(most) new Windows 7 smoothly. And he ends by showing a netbook processor running a smartphone OS... Maybe I was sleeping while the world turned upside down, but isnt this the Microsoft way of saying things?

Im sure this will be a huge success. But I dont see anything new.

My iPod is quite old, and has 20gb...

IvanAwfulitch IvanAwfulitch said:

They've striven for simplicity. Now they have it. One giant ipod as a tablet. One good look at easily half of their fanbase, and you'll realize there are enough ****** among them who will quickly buy one of these. The Onion depicted the average Mac user perfectly: "I'll buy anything as long as it's shiny and made by Apple." If you haven't seen it already, check out this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BnLbv6QYcA

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

The iRack looks unstable..... The iRack looks like something we shouldn't be involved with.

Guest said:

no headphone jack

no SD card slot

no other operating system except crippled ipod touch os

no bigger harddrive i mean seriously 64gb? if there was a sd card slot i wouldnt have much of an issue but bleh...

i'd like to watch some of my videos thru VLC on a screen like this maybe read some ebooks but the prices they are gonna charge are too much and the features too cut down

its too crippled a product and you KNOW the apple fanboys are gonna gobble it up like a golden turd

sorry its not for me... too bad because i was hoping it'd be good

now the HP tablet i am kinda interested in

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

people who are easily distracted by shiny objects,who agonize over how to match their wardrobe to their iPhone and care who Paris Hilton and Hayden Panettiere are

Hayden Panettiere, now there's a girl who you wouldn't need either a paper bag or have to tape your iPad to her face. You could probably leave the room lights on as well. Paris Hilton, not so much.

For me its just another fad from apple, but for some people who drink breath and live apple there may not be a better way to waste their money.
The very sad thing there is a "bigger" and "better" waste of money, >>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffy_studies <<<.

But Noooo, nobody would be content with just the stupid course. They'd have to buy an iPad to go with the course, and also p*** the rest of their PELL grant away on either meth or ecstasy.

I don't know if it's a good or bad thing that Steve Jobs hasn't ventured into the sex trade. It is after all, a big business, with no overt participation from M$. Perhaps he could enrich all of our lives with an "iPorn".

I'm going to change my iPad now, as I'm feeling something less than fresh.

Guest said:

I actually thought that wheel thing was a joke I mean...I don't see anyone...ANYONE..scrolling faster than I can type. Those of us who are PC savvy can type pretty damn good and I don't think scrolling is going to be efficient.

Apple is yet again catering towards people who are technically challenged...much like the iPad. It's a netbook! For ******!

Guest said:

I own an iPhone and I believe that it is the best phone I've every carried. I also own an Asus netbook which I really enjoy as well. What gets me about the iPad is the fact it has no external ports. I use my netbook at school and use a thumb drive to back up all of my work. If the iPad had a usb port it might have been a possibility.... well that and the thought of typing on a screen like that doesn't seem ideal. I'll stick with my iPhone/netbook combo. It seems to be working great for me!

Guest said:

My Windows Mobile phone that came out over 2 years ago can multitask better than the iPad. That's very sad.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

My Windows Mobile phone that came out over 2 years ago can multitask better than the iPad. That's very sad.

That is one very important reason I stuck with my Samsung Omnia i900 instead of drooling on something like iPhone which isn't worth a moment of my time. It is just another shiny toy from apple to lure ***** and have their $s. Mind you when I bought Omnia it was relatively more expensive than iPhone as well but it has never failed me.

Guest said:

Computerworld reports Apple makes $208 on each $499 iPad

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9150045/Apple_makes_2
8_on_each_499_iPad

LOL

Guest said:

This is a real disappointment in my opinion. Who wants a bigger iTouch? Oh, and I really hate the name 'iPad" - come on!

I really think they are just trying to compete with the likes of Kindle and Sony for their ebooks. If this is the case, why didn't they just come out and say so? It would be a much better improvement to these devices. Speaking of which, I don't understand why those devices are as popular as they are. I'm not into reading THAT much!

Good luck with the iPad Apple - you'll need it!

Aolish Aolish said:

no flash and no multi-task support is a disappointment. However ppl need to realize that battery life has to be considered when it comes to how long the device can actually be on without a charge. Some of you might already know that flash is a resource intensive application that will drain the battery like no tomorrow. Even if the user avoids flash videos such as youtube its impossible to avoid the outrageous amounts of flash ads that are found on todays webpages. Todays webpages are bombered with flash ads that are integrated into the websites. Sooner or later the user will eventually get into one and by the time you know it, your battery life might be half gone within 2 hrs.

And thats just Flash. Lets also pile up multi-tasking on top of that and you'll get an ipad that will barely last half the day. Obviously this is all speculation on my part and I'm pretty sure there are a lot of things that can be probably done to get around it (like maybe an OPTION to enable or disable flash or multitask support).

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