Weekend Open Forum: Is the iPad for You?

By Julio Franco · 81 replies
Jan 29, 2010
  1. 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.
  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,996   +2,528

    The Eternal Search for Aesthetics

    Or the perfect a**, whichever comes fiirst.......
    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!
  3. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

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

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,828   +633

    $500 is better spent on a new video card, or even back alley open heart surgery.
  5. The iPad is the worst thing I've seen come out of Apple.
  6. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TS Evangelist Posts: 553   +57

    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....
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,996   +2,528

    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)
  8. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    With the technology and features already being displayed from Apple competition, the iPad is already obsolete before its release.
  9. 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 ;)
  10. 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.
  11. vimes1150

    vimes1150 TS Rookie

    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.
  12. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +902

    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.
  13. maestromasada

    maestromasada TS Rookie Posts: 92

    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.
  14. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    This morning wasn't that long ago

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

    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.

    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.
  15. 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...
  16. IvanAwfulitch

    IvanAwfulitch TS Booster Posts: 218   +11

    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 *****s 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
  17. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    The iRack looks unstable..... The iRack looks like something we shouldn't be involved with. :)
  18. 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
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,996   +2,528

    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.
    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.
  20. 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 *****s!
  21. 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!
  22. My Windows Mobile phone that came out over 2 years ago can multitask better than the iPad. That's very sad.
  23. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    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.
  24. Computerworld reports Apple makes $208 on each $499 iPad


  25. 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!
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