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iPad_poll_#1

1/1: Which, if any, model of iPad will you be buying?

None of them 2,763 (27.39%)
16GB: Wifi [$499] 1,141 (11.31%)
16GB: Wifi + 3G [$629] 471 (4.67%)
32GB: Wifi [$599] 670 (6.64%)
32GB: Wifi + 3G [$729] 449 (4.45%)
64GB: Wifi [$699] 519 (5.14%)
64GB: Wifi + 3G [$829] 1,143 (11.33%)
Waiting for next generation 2,933 (29.07%)
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Authored by: SajjadK on Jan 27, '10 02:31:41PM

I don't think I'll buy it unless they either change the name (to something decent like the 'AppleTablet') or remove the engraving on the back so I don't have to call it an 'iPad'.

Hmp.



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Authored by: wheeles on Jan 28, '10 01:27:30AM

I'm sorry, but people really need to get over the name. Everyone hated MacBook but now nobody is fussed. Saying you won't buy something simply because of the name is just plain dumb.



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Authored by: dan55304 on Jan 28, '10 05:26:14AM

Sounds like a feminine hygiene product. I can't say the name will stop me from buying a product. However, don't think this was a good choice.



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iPad_poll_#1
Authored by: displaced on Feb 08, '10 09:23:12AM

Yeah ... I mean, who on earth at IBM thought 'ThinkPad' was a good idea? ;)



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Authored by: solsang on Jan 29, '10 11:33:55AM

fortunately i am from denmark, so the name sounds perfectly cool and logic as it will for most parts of the world, plus a truly due honor to star trek:)



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Authored by: macgruder on Jan 30, '10 03:07:41AM

Life must be a struggle for you. Not being able to use notepads, wear kneepads, use padlocks, or having a giggle everytime NASA uses their launchpads. iPad is the obvious name for the world market. It's 2 syllables like iPhone, iPod, MacBook, MacPro.



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Authored by: excarnate on Feb 03, '10 10:07:38AM

How about if they renamed it the Tampod? Would you buy it then?

If I get one I'll put a sticker over the name, the stupid, stupid name.



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Authored by: John Frum on Feb 23, '10 04:57:50AM
It's a brilliant name: it segregates actual prospective buyers from the immature, who are unable to afford one anyway.

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Authored by: Fairly on Feb 25, '10 08:08:46PM

AppleTablet? Hmp? LOL The name's already perfect. Who likes MacBook Pro?



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Authored by: cawaker on Jan 27, '10 02:34:28PM

since I have a MBP and iphone I don't feel I need one, but for my girlfriend and my mom? hell yes, perfect for them without the tech support hassles that full blown os x can lead to.



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Authored by: S Barman on Jan 27, '10 02:39:39PM

But what happens in New England? Would they mix up the iPad for the iPahd? :-)



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Authored by: JackSloth on Jan 28, '10 12:17:25PM

Very funny!

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Authored by: tempel on Jan 27, '10 02:41:26PM

As a consumer, I probably won't buy one, as it doesn't look like it would be more useful in any place where I currently can use a Netbook or iPod Touch. Even watching a video or reading an eBook in bed doesn't look comfortable, with it having the slippery surface like the iPod.

As an iPhone software developer I'll probably have to get one, though.

Edited on Jan 27, '10 02:44:55PM by tempel



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Authored by: Newwell on Jan 27, '10 02:43:14PM

For me to buy this, it would need to be able to replace both my laptop and my iPhone. It has to run FileMaker Pro before it has any real use for me. I really hope that Apple makes a tablet Mac for us business users that isn't saddled with the app store. That's great for the iPhone and iPod Touch, but it will not work in the long run for a computer platform.



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Authored by: rab777hp on Jan 27, '10 02:48:30PM

Why would anyone buy this when there are plenty of great android tablets out there which have FLASH and MULTITASKING, making them proper netbooks. Not just an iPod Touch that doesn't fit in your pocket.



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Authored by: DamnItsHot on Jan 28, '10 09:23:47AM

Well that being said why would anyone want to buy an iPhone either? Or why would anyone want a MacBook/Pro when they can get a Windows notebook...

Maybe because they appreciate quality and design and not some schlocked together piece of crap.

Buy what and where you want - Thanks I will stick with Apple as my choice for hardware and especially OS X!

jOhn



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The iPad gives you a phone's worth of features in a laptop size. No thanks.
Authored by: Raptor007 on Feb 02, '10 06:16:37PM

The iPhone's success does not justify the existence of the iPad. The iPhone gives you some of the features of a laptop, but in a size that fits in your pocket. It's a useful tradeoff.

The iPad gives you some of the features of a laptop, but with no extra portability. It doesn't fit in your pocket, so you're still going to carry it in your arms or in a bag of some sort. Thus, you'd be better off with a real laptop that isn't limited to App Store functionality.

The only market I see for this thing is people who are too incompetent to use a fully-featured operating system without screwing it up. Sadly, that's still a pretty big market.



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The iPad gives you a phone's worth of features in a laptop size. No thanks.
Authored by: Makosuke on Feb 25, '10 01:46:50PM

it's not a pretty big market, it's 95% of the world's population, at MINIMUM. And there's nothing sad about it--Apple finally created something for the masses. The people who read this site happen to not be in the masses, from a technology standpoint, though obviously it still appeals to a decent number of them, as well.

Anyone who's run tech support for a while should be drooling over the prospect of the iPad, or a device like it, filling the need that the vast majority of computer users have been shoehorning professional OSes into for the entire time period between the Apple // and it's disk-is-the-program paradigm and today.

Me, I don't currently need one enough to justify the expense, but I expect I'll buy one for "laid back" browsing, a need that my MBP, or really any full-sized laptop, does not do at all well at.



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Authored by: Westside guy on Jan 28, '10 09:59:33PM

I think this is an accurate statement - but not in the way you seem to be implying. You apparently don't realize what a useful tool the iPod Touch is. I've got an SSH/VNC client on mine, a bunch of useful networking and remote monitoring tools, email, calendar, and of course the browser. The Touch is an amazing little gadget.

Actually, the iPad gives me hope for future iPod Touches - I'd LOVE to see one with 3G networking and offering these pay-as-you-go 3G plans. I hardly ever use my cell phone, so I don't really need an iPhone (at least with the current high cost phone plans).



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iPad_poll_#1
Authored by: macgruder on Jan 30, '10 03:20:17AM

Because consumers buy things for what they can do not for their specs. With many users using the Web for mail etc, multitasking is not a big deal, and the obvious superiority of the interface plus the apps and games make this an idea choice for a second computer - i.e. when you're on the move.



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Authored by: Anonymous on Feb 02, '10 04:21:57PM
Because consumers buy things for what they can do not for their specs.
Erm, no. Consumers buy things for how they are marketed. The droid tablets haven't been marketed.

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Authored by: wayneyoung on Feb 22, '10 08:16:44PM

What Android Tablets? I haven't seen a single one advertised. I haven't seen any reviews, magazine articles, nothing. I'm getting an iPad because I was going to get an iPod Touch, now I don't have to, the iPad is better. It will replace my netbook. It is exactly what I was hoping for.



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Android, smandroid
Authored by: CAVEperson on Feb 25, '10 08:11:51AM

Because Android is a fragmented platform, which many folks will drift away from as they become disillusioned.

I'd like to think that the new Windows TL;DR will give the iPad some useful competition, but I'm not optimistic about it.



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Authored by: BlackjackJoe on Jan 27, '10 02:48:48PM

I have to say that it's very unlikely that I'll be buying an iPad. I own a 13" Macbook Pro and a 16GB iPhone 3G. The only Apple product I see myself buying is an eventual replacement for my 3G. Whatever might succeed the 3Gs.



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Authored by: DougAdams on Jan 27, '10 02:49:20PM

Here's the meme I'm seeing: "Well, I don't need one [right now], but I can imagine that somebody I know might want one." If everybody says that they won't sell any.

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Authored by: mike666 on Jan 27, '10 02:56:48PM

It would be a neat toy. But I was really, REALLY hoping Steve would pick up the ball and make this a true successor to the Newton (which he killed) - expandable for memory and/or I/O, stylus w/handwriting recognition and pressure sensitive. If the focus for this year is going to be content creation then having this as a flagship creative tool would've been a great idea. They also really need to re-think the fundamental engineering for something like this and make it virtually unbreakable - glass and aluminum are going to mean many unhappy customers when they drop it or sit on it. And they will, trust me.



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Authored by: ScottTFrazer on Jan 27, '10 03:09:38PM

I think the usefulness of this device will be defined less by its form factor than by its software.

The first gen iPhone did well even without the App Store, there's no way this device could do that.

But you're talking about a multitouch tablet in your hands (or on your desk or whatever) for $500. Applications will become available that you _cannot_ do right now on an iMac / Mac book / Mac Pro for any price.

When one of those apps becomes so cool that you feel you have to have it, then all the other things that this device seems to do moderately well will become much more attractive.



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Authored by: CyberSkull on Jan 27, '10 03:17:56PM

It looks really attractive to me, but I probably won't get one for myself, but for my father. He wants something for light web surfing and email, his iPhone is too small for that.



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Authored by: Reaperducer on Jan 27, '10 03:24:21PM

Put me down for two. A 64GB wifi-only for me, and a 32GB wifi + 3G for my wife. Good bye crappy Linux netbooks!



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Authored by: transistor on Jan 27, '10 03:28:15PM

I like ti. But I would like to upgrade my MacBook Pro and iPhone first.

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Depends….
Authored by: cycomachead on Jan 27, '10 03:41:50PM

As a student developer, it depends on the app market and if I can make anything that would be good for the iPad.



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Authored by: jrobert on Jan 27, '10 03:52:27PM

I quite like the iPod Touch but it's screen is to too small to use for very long, so if this had been a 7" Touch, I'd be considering one for a mail/surfing/mapping machine for traveling. But the iPad is too big for convenience, apparently only single tasking, not good for lots of typing (at least, without the accessory), has no mic or camera, and is locked - limited to running only whatever Apple wants to allow.
It's too big for a Touch, but too limited to replace a laptop. I think it will find a few niches and make some "shiny new toy" sales, but it won't fill any of my needs.



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iPad_poll_#1
Authored by: gnarly on Jan 27, '10 03:57:18PM

DRM is used by Apple to restrict users' freedom in a variety of ways,
including blocking installation of software that comes from anywhere
except the official Application Store, and regulating every use of
movies downloaded from iTunes. Apple furthermore claims that
circumventing these restrictions is a criminal offense, even for
purposes that are permitted by copyright law.
Attention needs to be paid to the computing infrastructure our society
is becoming dependent upon. This past year, we have seen how human
rights and democracy protesters can have the technology they use turned
against them by the corporations who supply the products and services
they rely on. Your computer should be yours to control. By imposing such
restrictions on users, Steve Jobs is building a legacy that endangers
our freedom for his profits," said FSF executive director Peter Brown.
So the short answer is that untill this changes I will not be purchasing an iPad.



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iPad_poll_#1
Authored by: macgruder on Jan 30, '10 03:00:01AM

There's nothing to stop you from writing a Web App and selling that however you want.



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You're right, the DRM is the iPad's worst feature.
Authored by: Raptor007 on Feb 02, '10 06:29:34PM

That's a good point. The iPad is probably the most locked-down laptop in existence, which really makes it the least useful of its class. An iPad user would be at a huge disadvantage compared to any other notebook or netbook user.

I am willing to put up with some of those restrictions on my iPhone, simply because there is no better alternative that fits in my pocket. However, I did jailbreak it to allow me to download unsanctioned apps from Cydia, and build my own apps without paying the lame $100 annual fee.

Edited on Feb 02, '10 06:30:07PM by Raptor007



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Authored by: robogobo on Jan 27, '10 04:11:32PM

I think many people will decide after the software is more developed. This isn't a "get it and see what I can do with it" device like the iPhone was. It's more application determined. I for one would jump on it if it ran an aperture import tool for shooting and reviewing photos in the field. That would replace the need to lug along a laptop on shoots.

For example.



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Authored by: outdoorsguy on Jan 27, '10 04:33:27PM

Yup, I'm there when they come out. I think the 16GB sans 3G is the sweetspot. I will buy this instead of a laptop or crappy netbook. I already have a Mac Pro so that will do the heavy lifting, Photoshop, ripping video, working on websites, etc. The iPad will be for on the go access to email, TV shows, music, websurfing, etc. If you need a Macbook(Pro) then you need one. If you don't need one then this is a good fit. As someone who's flown cross-country a lot, watching a movie or a few TV shows on an iPhone gets uncomfortable after an hour. With its reported battery life of 10 hours of video watching (and I'm taking that with a grain of salt), this will make sure my iPhone stays put in my pocket. By the time its released, any current bugs will likely be worked out and we may even have an updated OS on it.



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Authored by: FangVT on Jan 27, '10 04:48:28PM

This is (mostly) just what I've been waiting for. I want something that Apple recognizes as an adjunct to my desktop machine, not a replacement for it. I want to do my primary work on the desktop but have something portable that I can take on the go. I'm assuming that Apple will make syncing a subset of my desktop files (especially Pages files) a no-brainer. I just wish that it will properly expose the old Newton handwriting recognition engine (which I think is buried in OS X under the name Inkwell or some such).



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I'm in…
Authored by: RayCon on Jan 27, '10 05:26:51PM

I, for one, will buy the iPad, probably the 64 GB with 3G. My PowerBook is getting a bit long in tooth, and I can foresee many uses that may not immediately be apparent. In my job (nurse practitioner), I need quick access to progress notes of my patients, progress notes that I can easily modify/update. My office could send me an email with the file anywhere using 3G (at a very reasonable price). Another thing I like is the instant-on capability, so if I need to quickly modify a spreadsheet, I don't have to wait while a laptop boots up. Imagine all the painting/photo modification apps on the iPhone/iPod touch with a bigger screen. I've also downloaded and am using Dragon Dictation. This can become extremely useful for dictating my notes. Finally, $30 for unlimited data sounds great to me, certainly a whole lot better than $60.



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I'm in…
Authored by: Running_Horse on Jan 29, '10 09:02:33AM

I have to agree, it is going to be very interesting to see how the iPad sells the certain industry markets such as the medical field. With the correct applications it would seem to fit the bill as a perfect small, lightweight device that could be carried with a doctor while they run rounds, a fleet mechanic while they check vehicles, a person checking inventory... For entities trying to switch to more technology and increased efficiency it might be just the product. Kind of like an electronic successor to a clipboard.



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iPad_poll_#1
Authored by: wwelsh39 on Jan 27, '10 05:51:13PM

I'd want video chat and an SD card slot before I'd buy one.



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Wrong OS
Authored by: robertcoogan on Jan 27, '10 06:34:36PM

I won't buy one for sure - if I could use this for anything I would want to see the regular (Snow Leopard) OS as opposed to a beefy iPhone-type OS. I really think that this is what people want, something that allows seamless integration between a desktop/laptop Mac and the tablet. You start it up, and are presented with a a Finder that very closely resembles your Mac Finder - you have items on your desktop that could be mirrored on the iPhone/iPod Touch, with synchronization, transferability, etc.

What is the purpose of such a devise if not to act as a bridge between the iPhone and the Mac itself?



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iPad_poll_#1
Authored by: fyngyrz on Jan 27, '10 06:41:30PM

The only real problem I have with the iPad is the lack of cameras; it should have had two.

The GPS is a sad omission, but as I have a stand-alone GPS, I can live with it.

Delighted to see I can buy it without cell hardware; I have no wish to contribute any further to the pockets of the cell companies, who I consider to be the very benchmark of bad corporate citizens.

I'm interested in the large memory, no 3G version at 699. My family's Touch experience has driven in the old saw about how you can't have too much memory. Again.

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seriously?
Authored by: joecab on Jan 27, '10 07:27:04PM

There are people that won't buy it just because they don't like the name? What is this, grade school? I doubt very much they realluy had any intention to get it.



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Authored by: docdix on Jan 27, '10 09:42:36PM

Reasons why I won't be getting one anytime soon:
1. Can't multitask... it appears to be a giant Ipod Touch... why would I need a bigger one of what I already have.
2. Can't output keynote or similar presentations... it can't really replace my laptop and for that size, i might as well bring my laptop.

3. Compare the ease of reading books from an LCD screen versus a Kindle... sure the Kindle is black and white but it does not strain the eyes at all.

4. nuff said



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Authored by: robg on Jan 27, '10 09:50:36PM

"2. Can't output keynote or similar presentations... it can't really replace my laptop and for that size, i might as well bring my laptop."

That's actually not true. It can output 1024x768, and a couple of lower-rez progressive resolutions (576p, 480p) via an adapter in the Dock connector and a cable.

-rob.



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Authored by: docdix on Jan 28, '10 01:45:30AM

hey rob,

my point was you can't do a presentation with this thing, which means that you'll still need your laptop for that and that for me would have been a very strong enough reason for me to buy one. IMO it's just a slightly enhanced giant ipod touch.

dix



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iPad_poll_#1
Authored by: robg on Jan 28, '10 05:17:06AM

OK, now I'm more confused. You can put Keynote on it for $10 (from the mobile iWork product line), and use it to create and run presentations...at least, that's what I got out of the overview of iWork from yesterday's launch.

-rob.



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Authored by: docdix on Jan 28, '10 06:26:34AM

hey rob,
your right, my bad. But its not yet available now and from what I gather it will be made available for the iphone and touch as well which makes me wonder why I would bother getting one anyway... at least i hope they make it available for the touch. And if they don't well makes a stronger case for me to get one.



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Way better than a Kindle
Authored by: lujo on Jan 27, '10 09:49:06PM

We'll be getting one at our house as my wife really wanted the Kindle DX but I suggested she wait to see what tablet Apple introduced. At a comparable to the Kindle DX, I think she'll get way more use out of the iPad, seeing as how she LOVES her iPhone.

It's interesting to see what people are comparing it to: netbooks, iPhone/iPod Touch, laptops, Android devices.... I really see this as a new market not comparable to netbooks, et al. Whether that market has demand is up for debate, but if I think of the iPad as sheet of paper that I can do anything I want with, as well as easily hand to the person next to me, I think that's something I'd use a lot. Not in a day-job or mobile work setting, but just in everyday casual computer use--browsing, quick email check, recipe look up, jotting notes, checking tasks, managing grocery lists, sharing online stories with my wife. What I think it's missing most is a build in stand because I'd want to prop it up everywhere to refer to whatever I'm checking out on the screen at that time.



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Way better than a Kindle
Authored by: docdix on Jan 28, '10 01:52:40AM

I have used a kindle and they seem to be kinder to the eyes than an LCD screen the reason being, they use a proprietary floating text or something technology and I am impressed. Don't get me wrong I am apple advocate but in terms of eye strain I would take the kindle anytime. Having said that, I wonder how the iPad compares to a regular laptop screen because if it is similar, which I think it is,it will just be as eye-straining.



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Problem with conceptially new products
Authored by: epapushev on Jan 28, '10 12:08:41AM

Almost all of the opinions I've read are "I cannot do the things I do on my iPhone, MacBook/Netbook/etc., on the iPad the same way I do them on the other devices, so it sucks. It is larger than the iPhone, and is less 'mobile', but it is smaller than laptop/netbook, so it is less capable, again it suck!"

Nope, it does not suck. That is a different product and trying to fit it in the phone/netbook category is pretty much lame. It is the same as comparing any netbook to, say, a MacBook Pro, or any kind of laptop to a Mac Pro.

Before having an iPhone, I had a top-of-the-line Pocket PC (OS is not to be mentioned as it is a shame to call it Operating System). I had different top-of-the-line mobile phones with document editing capabilities, calendar, etc. None of those I had the nerve to use because of awful user experience. On the iPhone I use almost all of the built-in apps, plus some additional.

It is the User Experience that matters, and it is the software and applications for that matter. Otherwise, each and every device is just a pile of unusable hardware.

For the iPad I am pretty sure I will find all kinds of applications. So, I take 2 (WiFi-only and a WiFi-3G) ... :P



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Problem with conceptially new products
Authored by: rhowell on Jan 28, '10 12:39:28PM

This.



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iPad_poll_#1
Authored by: robogobo on Jan 28, '10 01:02:48AM

oh boy, those numbers don't look so good for Apple. Maybe we'll change our minds after holding one.



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iPad_poll_#1
Authored by: Zeitkind on Jan 28, '10 01:05:12AM

I don't have an iPod, iPhone or iMac. And I won't buy an iPad.
I need a telephone to.. phone. That simple. I don't need a mirror, I want a display. And aluminum-glass-mix is the worst thing I can imagine for an everyday gadget. It _will_ drop and it won't like that. No, thanks, next try please.
The good thing: It's out now and the hype hopefully gone. Back to business.



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Authored by: marksch on Jan 28, '10 01:28:26AM

The iPad is US$ 125 too expensive for a device that does nothing more than my MacBook and just a little more than an iPod Touch without development options. I expect the European model to be even more expensive.

The name is horrible, I would have preferred iCoffeeMachine. I don't think I will ever buy this thing. I prefer a combination of cheap cell phone + iPod touch + MacBook. I have to take my MacBook everywhere because my work is on it. There's no reason to carry an iPad around as well.

Surely, Apple will announce a developers programme anytime soon. When I get the possibility to develop for it, I will only buy the iPad if I have a project for it and I might sell it afterwards.

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Too much hype + too much fakes = too much disappointment in the end
Authored by: auco on Jan 28, '10 01:31:57AM
I'm really disappointed about the iPad's. The biggest mistake for me is that the iPad is running the totally restricted iPhone OS and not SlowLeopard with UIKit, which would have been absolutely possible. As someone aware of digital rights, I can tolerate this for an embedded computer like the iPhone, but if this gets into the "laptop"-word, I really don't like it. This tastes very bad...

I bought an iPhone because it replaced my iPod and my cell phone and gives me some very cool extras. Now if I buy an iPad it won't replace my phone neither my Netbook nor my Macbook, so I have to carry another device (and worry about one more item to get stolen or lost).

Then there's the lack of multitasking... And what about the external VGA? If it's the crippled one like in the iPhone (which I guess it is), it's useless, 'cause you can only show Videos, but not the actual screen of the iPad.

The painting app is nice (though no pressure) and using it as a reading device for novels and mangas is great, but - haven't had the impression it's possible to add PDFs to your iBook shelf, probably just ePubs. What about annotations? Bookmarks?

I dunno... and then I see these "wood" elements like in the calendar app and iWork apps and it just feels like I really don't like it. Also, the home screen is really ugly. The Icons look very lost. And the backgrounds are horrible.. c'mon Apple? What was that?

Maybe all the hype this time was a little bit too much for Apple. Guess if I hadn't seen some much better fakes (nice Snow Leo Screen UI, tactile feedback patents on the screen-keyboard, smaller border around the screen) then my expectations wouldn't have been so high that I wouldn't be that disappointed by now.

So, they're available in two or three months, not now. Eh? Guess I buy an eBook reader instead and wait for the next product line... ;-(
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Authored by: wheeles on Jan 28, '10 01:33:02AM

This device is for people who have a desktop, but don't need a laptop. They may already have an iPod touch, but would like something like that with a bigger screen. The addition of 3G makes it far more versatile.

Apple will sell a lot of these, even if the fanboys can't find a use for this because they already have other Apple products which overlap with this.



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Authored by: john love on Jan 28, '10 04:25:21AM
The iPad is getting a little bit closer to what I really want, that is, a small macbook pro with a 10-inch screen. I just measured the width of my full size keyboard with my iMac, that is, the width from shift key to shift key and it measures 10 inches. I have never, ever used the numeric keypad, so I don't need that. The home, end, page up, page down, and 4 arrow keys could be put into effect by various modifer keys + the "H", "E", "U", "D", "L", "R".

Clearly, I don't know for sure, but to me it appears that the iPad is either a much larger iPod Touch/Phone or the Kindle + a whole lot more.

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I want to want one
Authored by: dan55304 on Jan 28, '10 05:38:26AM

I'll buy one as a developer. However, as a consumer it seems to be a solution without a problem. Maybe if I didn't own an iPhone... Maybe if I didn't own a laptop... Maybe if I didn't own a computer... Maybe if the mobile connection wasn't going to cost an arm and a leg... Maybe if it cost $300...

A laptop is so much better for everything you can do on an iPad except take it to the gym or as a digital photo frame. The fact that I have to hold an iPad is pretty much a deal breaker for me. How do you hold and type? Am I really going to lean over a flat surface? Ergonomically, a laptop is so much better. I couldn't type this comfortably in my nice leather chair while drinking my morning coffee.

This is a very expensive toy I want to love. I will have one as a toy and a novelty. However, I just can't see who the target market is that will buy millions of these things.



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Authored by: mmnw on Jan 28, '10 06:07:09AM

There's one option missing on the poll:
I'll probably won't buy it for myself, but I consider buying it for my parents. Or possibly even for my grandmother, who never used a computer in her life. She did however use my iPod Touch, were she complained about the small screen.

This is definitely the computer for the rest out there: old people, people who are afraid of computers, people who never used a mouse before, or even a typewriter.



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iPad_poll_#1
Authored by: robg on Jan 28, '10 10:41:43AM

Keep in mind, though, to get the most out of this device, you still *need* a computer. You can't load media (unless you buy it all at the iTunes store), you can't get images onto the device (unless you buy the Camera Connection kit and transfer them, one memory card's worth at a time), and you probably can't run software updates except through iTunes on a PC or Mac.

I was hoping it might actually be usable as an "only" device for that target market, but it seems this isn't the case.

-rob.



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Authored by: pablorph on Jan 28, '10 06:18:36AM

Rob,

I am with you, video chats is what will kick it over for me.

But, I see people complaining about the price. Before the price was announced at $499, many speculated in the $1,000+ range. Always price cheapskates no matter what the price is. Rant on/

One guy says $300. If Steve had announced it at $300 he would have said $100 is the right price. I tell him to go to work at Walmart and buy their throwaway crap at $70. Me, I keep my stuff for years past what most other technology is useful. Still using Ti Powerbook 400 mHz, an 8 year old Powermac, etc. they work fantastic for what I do (medical business). Against my advice, one of my employees bought a cheap $400 dollar generic windows laptop. Guess what? 5 months later it crashes and she had to buy another one. Now she is in a refurbed Macbook price range. STOOOPID!!
I just grin and bear it.

I know a reputable used car dealer and told her to go to him for a new car after she wrecked hers. Guess what? Went to someone else and they sold her a car that had been wrecked. Found out because the wheel alignment was off and she took it in to have it looked at. Stooopid! AGAIN. Oh well. (Yes I know how to spell) Rant off/

Back to thread. I think the second gen. will probably be the huge mover, people waiting and seeing. Add video chat and fix bugs, more applied software. Oh my, just wait. (Buy AAPL soon, it may rocket)



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iPad_poll_#1
Authored by: BenGleason on Jan 28, '10 06:41:00AM

It's too big to fit in my pocket, but there's no way it can do all the various things a proper laptop could do. All the hype for so many years about a tablet computer mystifies me. I'll stick with my MacBook + iPhone, thanks.



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Authored by: BrentT on Jan 28, '10 07:28:19AM

As an owner of an iPhone, iPod Touch, PowerMac, MacBook, and iMac the iPad does not really help me much. It is cool but it is nearly as big as my MacBook (although lighter and thinner) and doesn't add much over my current Mac menagerie. If I was interested in an e-reader I would probably give it more consideration. I am going to wait for the next generation. As for the name I guess iPad is a better name than The Big Touch.



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Authored by: robtain on Jan 28, '10 07:51:32AM

I have an iMac, a MacBook Pro and an iPhone. I can't justify another device. I could conceive of replacing my MacBook with an iPad in the next iteration, but I need to use software like Photoshop and Dreamweaver on a regular basis.

If I were looking for multifunction e-book reader, this would definitely be my choice over something like a Kindle.



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iPad_poll_#1
Authored by: OldMan on Jan 28, '10 10:37:08AM

Look for my PowerBook G4 and my Kindle on eBay soon.



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Authored by: Noslenam on Jan 28, '10 10:58:15AM

Ok for me I would love one. I have a few programs I use all the time for work that a 10 inch screen would be fantastic. First is DSLRremote by ONONE I use in the studio for my photography and man would the 10 inch screen be nice. The second is Im am Pilot/Flight instructor and use my phone all the time for weather and charts. Foreflight is a great program for pilots and would be awesome on a larger screen.
Traveling around airports with restricted baggage I would love an ipad even thou I have the iphone and macbook pro. I guess its not for everyone but man Im going to love mine when I get it. :)

It would also make a great way to show and present images to clients for my Wedding business.



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Authored by: JackSloth on Jan 28, '10 12:21:36PM

I believe people are looking at this the wrong way. This is partly the fault of Apple, though I understand why. It should not be seen as replacement to anything nor as some type of netbook. This is really an e-reader, movie watcher and gaming device. If you just look at it as an e-reader alone, it blows away the competition.

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Authored by: Cartoonasaurus on Jan 28, '10 12:51:27PM

I will be buying one. I own an iMac, Macbook Pro 13 inch and an iPhone. Wifi only for me is perfect. A large-screen and powerful iPhone with NO $100 a month commitment? HALLELUJAH!

Thank you Steve Jobs for thinking of all the vast number of folks worldwide who will NEVER be power users and just want their media delivered conveniently and simply. And what about the power users? Hey, there's plenty to choose in 140,000 apps and always more to come, not to mention those folks already have a capable computer anyway. It's not for everyone and it can't do everything which is why the OS is limited and super-simple, perfect for the non tech-savvy folks. It won't replace my Macbook Pro with Photoshop and Dreamweaver and about 200 apps I've accumulated over the last decade - why would it? But will it be more comfortable on my couch in front of my TV? Of course. Will it be perfect for my mom who will really only surfs and emails and never got the hang of downloading and installing files and apps? Definitely!

Remember the last gigantic change in media delivery? The iPod. At first, it was useable only with a Macintosh and sold very well to that audience. It was an immediate "hit" in that community but the PC world ignored it until their platform was supported and then it took off like gangbusters. In those days, the Macintosh was 2-3 percent of the USA - now, Macintosh is more like 10%, so the 'halo' effect will be much more pronounced from the iPad. Also, PC folks have no problem using the iPhone, they'll have no problem using the iPad which is very similar (same OS but more capable hardware = a bunch of new OS abilities).

Ipods are ubiquitous but mostly invisible, however the iPad will be ubiquitous and VISIBLE and it's as thin and wall-mountable as can be AND can hook up with huge monitors... I predict an infinite stream of iPads on walls of infinite homes and businesses - now the internet streams through a window full of video, photos, movies, tv shows and music. Surprise! The future is NOW and only one device delivers it all, seamlessly: the iPad.

I saw the future when I bought the first iPod. It was obvious to me and so many others. Pundits and analysts? They didn't get it at all and as a group, they dismissed the iPod, the iPhone and now the iPad - talk about slow learners! LOL



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Authored by: Daij on Jan 29, '10 07:13:19PM

>now the internet streams through a window full of video, photos, movies, tv shows and music. Surprise! The future is NOW and only one device delivers it all, seamlessly: the iPad.

Except that it doesn't.

I really don't know what Apple's beef with Adobe is. Yes, Flash is bloated and processor hungry and eats up batteries etc etc, but it is also ubiquitous. People who post on a tech-savvy forum may have some very good reasons for not liking it, but the other 100 million target customers out there have probably never even heard of it. All they will know is that when they look at a web page on their netbook it has lots of things going on that don't show on their iPad. So the iPad must be broken, or flakey, or...

I really don't see how Apple can claim that this is the ultimate internet experience if they don't support a technology that is everywhere in cyberland, standards compliant or not. Sure, give a preference to disable it for power users, and watch it phase out as HTML5 or even Silverlight begin to rule the world, but it really should be supported.

That said, my use would be as field storage and reviewing for photographs. Except, please, someone buy Steve camera with a different storage medium. Why only one adapter for SD type cards? I can't get pictures out of my camera into the iPad without a separate reader plugged into the USB/Dock adapter (assuming that works) via a full size USB connecter to mini connector. Or via a laptop.

Maybe by release time there will be additional toys in the box, but as advertised today I am a "No."



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iPad_poll_#1
Authored by: boxcarl on Jan 29, '10 09:11:06AM

When my current MB breaks, I think I’ll replace it with a Mac mini + iPad. Laptops are obsolete.



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Authored by: tobylane on Jan 29, '10 11:04:29AM

I'd get the cheapest one when it's cracked/jailbroken. It's just no good as locked up as the iPhone, despite games being phenomenal on that. Give it three months maybe? As long as it will take to come here, UK, apparently. 3G is maybe worth it when you consider you have a proper browser and reasonable interface. I'd wish it would work with other devices as quick as M$ Surface does on CSI, but I doubt it. Still, bluetooth means you can just use your phone camera and send it to the iPad rather than needing a good still camera. Then, like the nano, a video camera won't be so unlikely.

Someone irl wanted OSX on it, I expect that won't happen as it was hard enough to keep Atom supported by 3rd party, they won't be able to get to ARM?



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iPad_poll_#1
Authored by: critcol on Jan 29, '10 12:25:27PM

This has probably been said before, but here's my take:

My girlfriend has a 4+ yr old 17" Dell laptop that's slowly dying (display issues). She mostly uses my Windows 7 desktop now and her iPod touch.

This product is perfect for her. She'll get her mobile computing via iPad and full computing via my desktop.

This product is horrible for me. I have a MacBook (1G unibody) and (the aforementioned) Windows 7 desktop.

In fact, I think the iPad is great for anyone who doesn't really, really need a full computer (parents, grandparents, kids, siblings).

Now, it doesn't allow you to keep 6 different apps open at once, but other than listening to music while doing something else, how much more multitasking does the common person need?

I have 6 apps open right now and my display is full of Numbers. I'm not really multitasking right now, am I?



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Authored by: el heffe on Jan 29, '10 08:52:55PM

My 2 year old son, after using the iphone for a week, tried to touch the iMac's screen. I AM getting this for my wife & son. It just makes sense for them.



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iPad_poll_#1
Authored by: Fanglord on Jan 30, '10 02:04:09PM

How long before someone ports Linux over to one of these?



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Missed it by that much...
Authored by: TinApple on Jan 30, '10 03:23:16PM

The idea behind the iPad is great -- a netbook that is more user-friendly than the ones currently on the market and not bogged down by a bulky OS (Windows). However, Apple made some big mistakes here, which I fear will affect their marketability:

1. Lack of I/O ports. I was shocked to find that the only I/O port on the iPad is the iPod-like connector. No usb port for flash drives? No SD card slot? The only way to get files onto the iPad is to connect it to another computer or to purchase media from iTunes or iBooks. I'm sure that part of the motivation behind excluding I/O ports was to encourage the user to download only from iTunes or iBooks. The fact that file management is next to impossible under the iPhone OS also makes it much more difficult, if not impossible to download media from anywhere else. Of course, you could download media with your desktop computer and then transfer them to your iPad, but that's a pain.

2. The name. People have noted in previous posts that not buying a product simply because of the name is ridiculous. I agree, but unfortunately consumers don't act logically. While I don't think the name will kill the product, I imagine that sales will suffer just a bit from the unfortunate name, mostly because it's bound to show up in comedy routines. (Indeed, MadTV already had a skit about an iPad far before this product was announced.) A good example of public perception on sales is the movie Sideways, in which the main character professes his love of pinot noir, while bad-mouthing merlot. Sales of pinot noir increased considerably while those of merlot dropped slightly (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sideways#Impact_on_wine_industry). Again, the effect isn't huge as merlot is still the dominant seller (just as the iPad will likely be the dominant "netbook"), but the well-publicized scorn definitely took a bite out of sales.

I hope I'm proven wrong. I hope Apple makes file-sharing between a computer and the iPad incredibly easy (perhaps using wi-fi) to obviate the need for I/O ports. I hope that people don't pay the name any passing thought.

I definitely see Apple opening up a whole new market here, catering to those who crave simplicity and portability. However, if this product is designed for those who aren't so computer-literate, why is it so dependent on a computer (for filesharing, etc.)? Maybe the 2G will come with an SD slot...



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Missed it by that much...
Authored by: Anonymous on Feb 02, '10 04:19:50PM
I hope I'm proven wrong. I hope Apple makes file-sharing between a computer and the iPad incredibly easy (perhaps using wi-fi) to obviate the need for I/O ports. I hope that people don't pay the name any passing thought.
Bluetooth, maybe. That's one of the things it's expressly designed for.

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iPad_poll_#1
Authored by: pelaton on Jan 31, '10 03:13:17PM

I'm totally buying one. I'm a sound engineer and I use my iPhone as a remote device, controlling my Mac Book Pro. It's great, but the screen is too small for most real work. I can't wait for the iPad. It will make my life so much easier.


And, I couldn't care less what it's called.




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Blind tablet
Authored by: Anonymous on Feb 02, '10 04:12:44PM
I couldn't care less what they call it. It's useless to me:
  • screen res too small, wrong sort of screen for literature
  • no expansion of any kind
  • no camera
  • lack of game controls
  • needs a computer to operate
  • huge screen borders
  • protected platform (I don't mind proprietary, it's the bit where doing anything unsupported to it actually breaks it)
It really is just an unwieldy iPod Touch. I don't have any confidence in Apple producing a version useful to me in the near or medium term future, so I'm looking to Google.
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Authored by: n1mie on Feb 03, '10 04:39:04AM

It's amazing to me how many people want the moon and gripe when they don't get it. The product looks to be everything it should be and more. I don't expect my car to cook my breakfast.

Sign me up. I'll have one ordered as soon as they start accepting orders. And I bet a lot of the complainers will too.

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Waiting game
Authored by: CAVEperson on Feb 25, '10 08:05:44AM

Will be waiting for generation X, when that featuresnazi Jobs has gotten out of the way and Apple is able to give the iPad the capabilities that users really want. In my case, that means a substantial part of:

• Real USB ports, for attaching printers, keyboards, mice (I envision that a cursor would appear when a pointing device is connected), custom gadgets, etc.
• A built-in SDHC card slot for memory expansion and file transfers.
• The ability to run Flash (if HTML 5 hasn't <i>completely</i> taken over by then).
• Multitasking, even if just cooperative.
• A sandbox for running arbitrary, non-approved apps of my choice.

Do I believe that it will really happen? Nah......



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iPad_poll_#1
Authored by: Panjandrum on Mar 05, '10 08:37:47AM

Buying the cheapest one most likely, deciding if I like it, and then either selling it or handing it off to daughter as soon as a version which is substantially better comes along. Seems like a reasonably small investment.



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