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iPad_poll_#2
Authored by: ctukyoto on Apr 05, '10 02:28:42AM

Sorry, but some of these points are just the same old stuff trotted out by the tech media, whose basis for comparison has always been bullet point lists and spec sheets.

o 3G limited to AT&T (AT&T has lousy coverage, & ZERO here)
- It’s unlocked, so not limited to any carrier. Apple merely partnered with AT&T to offer service.

o display resolution requires significantly degrading 720p HD
- Yeah, cos 720p looks horrible. At this size of display 1080p would be absolutely pointless, and anyone claiming to see the difference full of it. It would also be a processor drain, reducing battery life at little to no benefit.

o No IR emitter (what a great media controller this would have been)
- If this really matters to you, fair enough, but it seems more like trying to find fault that something you’re really dying to do. Aren’t there enough devices out there to fill this gap, for less money?

o No front facing camera, so no conference, video calls, etc
- Hello, nostril hair!

o No rear facing camera, so no multimedia creativity
- You want to hold this thing up and take photos and videos? Also, tell me you don’t have multiple camera-equipped devices on you at any given time.

o No microphone, so ditto
- It has a microphone.

o No CF/microSD/etc slot, so it won't expand to hold more media
- This is probably fair enough.

o No direct USB connection, so camera/drive connection is annoying
- Again, a fair point, but it might have something to do with device size and/or hackability.

o Uses cables to sync... wifi, duh
- Not this one again. “No wireless, lame?” Is anyone seriously that restricted by having to plug things in to charge?

o Uses cables to charge -- a charge pad would have been great
- You can’t seriously use this as a reason to knock the iPad. A relatively new, unproven technology that would add cost and give you something else to carry around when you’re already complaining about that super-heavy cable that comes with it.

o Bezel is simply too large; it makes it bigger to no advantage
- It leaves ernough room to hold it without activating the screen. Much smaller and you’d be complaining about accidental input.

o It's a little heavy. Just a little.
- OK.

o OS limited to no multitasking, I think that's a serious error
- We’ll see this summer, and it’s a matter of opinion, but OK.

o 512m of non-expandable memory (not storage) is tight for apps+data.
- I’d say this depends on performance, which has been rated pretty well so far. Not sure what you mean by “apps+data”.



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