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iPad … what do you think?

posted by Scot McKnight

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What do you think of Apple’s announcement?


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RJS

posted January 27, 2010 at 1:24 pm


Still awaiting details…



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Rick

posted January 27, 2010 at 1:56 pm


From AP/AJC:
“It’s so much more intimate than a laptop and so much more capable than a smart phone,” Jobs said Wednesday at the device’s highly anticipated debut in San Francisco.
Jobs demonstrated how the iPad is used for surfing the Web with Apple’s Safari browser. He typed an e-mail using an on-screen keyboard and flipped through photo albums by flicking his finger across the screen.
The CEO says the iPad will also be better for reading books, playing games and watching video than either a laptop or a smart phone.”
One Newsweek writer said that this may be an issue for the Kindle. Because of this new product, “Amazon’s Kindle is in trouble.”
http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/techtonicshifts/archive/2010/01/26/how-many-industries-will-the-apple-tablet-upend-pretty-much-all-of-them.aspx



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RJS

posted January 27, 2010 at 1:58 pm


Kindle may be in trouble – but it doesn’t look like it will lure me from my tablet PC.



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len

posted January 27, 2010 at 2:19 pm


If I didnt have a laptop I would grab one of these.. of course.. no price announced yet. Kindle killer? Probably .. but price?



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len

posted January 27, 2010 at 2:20 pm


WOW. $499 !! Ok, that is amzing..



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RJS

posted January 27, 2010 at 2:24 pm


How long until you get one Scot?



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Eric

posted January 27, 2010 at 2:26 pm


Doesn’t look like it’ll run anything other than “iPhone” apps…without a full version of OS X, I don’t think it’ll ever replace laptops…looks like it’ll make a great eBook reader though…



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Clay Knick

posted January 27, 2010 at 3:06 pm


Not interested in it or a Kindle. I like “real” books. :)



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Ann

posted January 27, 2010 at 3:11 pm


iSlate would have been the better name.



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Luke

posted January 27, 2010 at 3:17 pm


I’m up on all the information & I’m definitely not convinced yet that I would need one or that it would make life easier or that it’s going to be revolutionary. Yeah, it would be cool for a few things. If I traveled a lot it might be nice (but even that’s a stretch b/c I don’t like to watch a lot of movies when I travel). It’s definitely not going to replace laptops (touch screen keyboards will never replace traditional). On top of that, if you want to soup it up and get the real experience (3G, bigger storage, accessories, etc.) it starts getting up there around $1,000 (why not just get a mackbook pro for $200 more and actually have a real computer with a real keyboard and a real OS?)
As far as the Kindle, Apple didn’t convince me at all that their device was a “Kindle killer.” The advantage the Kindle has is that the screen is more conducive to emulate reading an actual hard-copy book (E-ink display). The I-pad has an LED display, which would make it similar to reading a book on your laptop or desktop. From what I can tell, people just don’t like to do this because after so many pages it’s hard on the eyes and isn’t very pleasant. I can maybe read 15-20 pgs maximum on my laptop right now, and it would be the same on the ipad. If they had some option where you could flip a switch & it converts to E-ink or something, then maybe that would “wow” me a little more and convince me that it’s a Kindle killer(though I’m not sure if converting displays will ever be possible).
For now, the Kindle and other e-book readers are perfectly safe. The only thing they’ll need to do is come down about $100-$150 on their DX and maybe about $50 or so on their 6-inch device. Also, instead of having their electronic versions be around $5 or so cheaper than hard copy, they may need to reduce the price even more. The only reason I was interested in the ipad for was the e-book capability, but from what I know right now it’s totally not worth it. All of the other stuff is somewhat trivial if you already own a laptop and an ipod touch/iphone. Perhaps having a device just for e-books without performing all of that other fancy stuff is the right way to go right now.
My advice, wait it out about a year or two to see where the market will head. It’s definitely too risky right now and may not catch on. Look at the Apple TV, which is a revolutionary concept yet not many people have caught on board with it yet because the industry is still with dvd & blu-ray players. Just give it time.



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Scot McKnight

posted January 27, 2010 at 3:32 pm


RJS, I’m with Luke at #10. I never buy right away … always lurking though.



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brandontmilan

posted January 27, 2010 at 4:02 pm


I’m surprised that they ignored that many dialects/accents of American English hardly differentiate between the “ah” sound (as in i-pod) and the “a” sound (as in i-pad). How are they gonna know which one their kids want for christmas?
Seriously though, the idea of an iPhone/iPodtouch that is big enough to actually use for more than facebook and 30 second video clips is pretty awesome.
But then you remember that macbook you spent $1200 on…



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brandontmilan

posted January 27, 2010 at 4:07 pm


This is the link to the video about the ipad on the Apple website. The guy who does a lot of the talking about the software, Scott Forstall I think his name is, yeah… i’m thinking he missed his calling as a pastor at a seeker sensitive church…



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Rob

posted January 27, 2010 at 4:15 pm


Only time will tell. I remember thinking with the advent of the iPod: “Do I really want/need 1000 songs in my pocket?”
Apple claims the iPad is a new category of device (sort of, it’s been done to some extent already) just like the iPod was (sort of, it had been done already by Creative). What Apple is doing here, like with the iPod, is creating a new platform and supporting ecosystem for an refined electronic form-factor and user interface that already exists. What time will tell though is if this combination (platform, ecosystem, and form-factor) will take off in popularity and usability like the iPod did.
I was skeptical about the iPod concept at first but now I think it’s great, especially after the initial concept evolved. So now I’m asking, “Do I really want/need a device like this to read books, check email, watch movies, and show pictures?” Only time will tell.



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4000

posted January 27, 2010 at 4:49 pm


I think it looks really cool and sounds really cool…but I don’t see the need for it. I have an IPhone & a Laptop, why would I want an “in between”?



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paul

posted January 27, 2010 at 5:05 pm


if they can get a real operating system in this thing & have an optional e-ink display I would buy this thing in a heartbeat. I would love to have a touchscreen laptop type device to read books on…
hopefully in 2-3 years (when my macbook is toast) then they will have the next generation of ipad and i can pick one up then.



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JMorrow

posted January 27, 2010 at 5:24 pm


Don’t get me wrong, it looks sleek and I wouldn’t turn down a free one. But I see this more as a luxury item. Productivity wise it will not make me turn in my laptop, which is still the undisputed champion of multitasking for work and leisure. Over time it, and the competitors out there may change the hardware or interface of portable computing with touchscreens and all. I like the idea of Microsoft’s Courier more… if only they can make a stylist write better than an etch-a-sketch.



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David Brush

posted January 27, 2010 at 9:29 pm


Here is where the dilemma comes in. Steve could have approached this from two angles… redefine and enhance the consumer electronics space or redefine and enhance the personal computer space. One is cheaper, and easier to achieve, the other is not. It is a whole lot easier for Steve(Apple) to say I want to be able to have a consumer device that can do these 10 things very well than it is for him to redefine personal computing at this point.
Since he went with the consumer device route he has to appeal to the general public and follow the KISS rule (Keep it Simple Stupid) that is why there is no video chatting, photo recording (who wants to hold up a ten inch tablet just to take a picture anyway?) or any of the distinctly MacBook functions. They don’t want a bunch of calls from your Grandma because she can’t get the video chat to work because her grandson accidentally deleted some necessary file in a system library folder.
All the flak is coming from the smart Apple users and fanboys that feel left out of the user experience audience because of a lack of multi-tasking, open distribution, etc. But if I was Joe consumer, a college professor, a college student and I was faced with plunking down 500 for a Kindle DX to read papers and textbooks or 500 for the iPad there is no question where my money goes.
If you need a really fancy ebook reader with high resolution that is good for going through your virtual stack of academic journal PDF’s and oh by the way how did my sports team do yesterday and what is the news out of Haiti then this is the sweet spot. No need for 1,000 computer. But if you need to create content, to do serious work then this is no replacement for a regular ol’ PC/Mac.



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kapeka

posted January 28, 2010 at 2:12 am


Thanks, David Brush. This is exactly the point, and most people don’t get it. I read the same complaints about the iPad as I read about the iPhone: I miss this and that and that, and no keyboard and who’s gonna use that anyway ? well, millions of people?
Even if the iPad will sell only half as good as the iPhone it will still be a huge success compared to all the other tablet-pcs we have seen till now.
I am waiting for accordance on iPad. This would be huge.



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Jim Martin

posted January 28, 2010 at 3:52 am


Interesting. I found Luke’s (10) and David Brush’s (18) comments particularly helpful. Now, as the first wave of buyers use the iPad, it will be interesting to hear their feedback. In fact, it will be interesting to see how the market will overall will react. Right now, it is probably too early to know whether or not this will take off with the consumer.



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anonymous

posted January 28, 2010 at 8:37 am


I am a student and i would not buy the iPad. It doesn’t make life any easier. You will obviously have to carry this around in a bag so why not carry around something like a macbook air. I can’t understand why this would ever cross your mind as something to do work on. When the keyboard is up on the screen, it significantly minimises the viewing area. Using it on the bus or train would be difficult as you would rest it on your lap and realise you have to look directly over it. So on the go it doesn’t beat a pen and paper nor a netbook. The general vibe is most people aren’t saying this is a bad product, simply that it failed to live up to the hype behind it. It doesn’t take tablets far enough. Not at all surprising neither did microsoft with the ‘courier’ project. That would have been a device students could use; seperate journals for lectures etc. I’m not even that concerned about the rumoured iphone 4g because i’m certain it won’t offer us anything we haven’t seen before. Slightly off topic…but other companies are such as LG are really innovating with the phone with a pico projector attached, that really is a bold step.



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Peter

posted January 28, 2010 at 1:02 pm


This will replace my laptop when traveling, my universal remote in the living room, and my 9 year old son’s text books. I also see my mother finally using the internet for email, web, music, etc.



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