blitzy wrote:I think the iPad is a sitting target, just waiting to be done better by someone else. Unlike the original iPod it isn't ahead of the curve in any way.
However, despite all of its shortcomings it will probably still sell enough to not be a failure. If the RDF can sell iPod shuffles, it can damn well sell a truckload of iPads. Its not a completely useless product, it's just that other products do some of what it can do a lot better.
Thresher wrote:In the recent past, Apple has actually been pretty good about addressing the shortcomings of their first product entry and updating the design to include those features in later releases.
They do this on purpose, IMO. Did it not occur to them to at least add one USB port? Allow for multitasking? Java? Perhaps a camera?
They always release updated designs addressing issues that could've easily been addressed in the first place. I guess this helps with their sales numbers.
sid1089 wrote:Why don't you guys just wait and see how this thing turns out. I am sure none of you is omniscient or is able to accurately predict the future. Apps can turn the whole situation around. Current netbook software simply isn't suited for the small screens. I hate having to do things like excel on a netbook. The screen maybe fits 1/2 a page vertically.
Maybe the iPad will force developers into making apps specifically for it. I am talking about fully redesigned apps, meant for small screens.
So, just wait and see, instead of having epic wars over a product that was released just yesterday. I vote cheese.
Thresher wrote:I think this would be the PERFECT device for streaming data off of the computer. It has its own GUI, so there is no need to emulate the desktop. Apps can be built to access various types of content. For instance, if you had a TV card on your computer (or a slingbox), you could use an application to stream the video to the device. This effectively renders the limited memory capacity irrelevant. With an unlimited plan for the 3GS version, you could stream your own content no matter where you are. It is especially effective for video content.
Skrying wrote:The hardware performance wise can't be the reason for no multitasking unless Apple is being extremely anal about keeping perfectly smooth transitions. I think it's a battery life issue but even then... I don't know. Look at Palm's WebOS. The Pre and Pre Plus handle the multitple applications in a brilliant way and the Pre is about equal in terms of hardware performance with the iPhone 3GS.
Yup, I bought a used slingbox and use it for my iPhone. I dont keep my media on the phone save for a few movies. There are certain times I have queuing problems; trying to use it while moving in a car, I encounter queue issues when I have to cell tower hand off; and peak usage times.
I also use logmein for my iphone and main PC and I cant imagine using that with a screen that big, it would be beautiful! Logmein runs so well on the iPhone I am able to use Hulu with it
I am still on the fence about the iPad. Part of me wants (the gadget geek) the other half says wait for v2 (the sensible side).
paulWTAMU wrote:if this had handwriting recognition, and a USB port, I'd be all over it. But I can't find a defintive answer; does it have handwriting recognition?? PLEASE tell me it doesn't so I can save 500 bucks...
sid1089 wrote:I am sure none of you is omniscient or is able to accurately predict the future.
Grrr... Topolsky has this annoying habit that sets my teeth on edge: He interrupts the other people on his podcast constantly. And they sometimes have good points, but Topolsky won't let them get an opinion in because he's too ADD to listen.Skrying wrote:Listening to the new Engadget podcast. Joshua Topolsky (who I've come to respect MUCH more after listening to him instead of reading him) really comes across as negative on the iPad.
axeman wrote:Wow, the RDF is really in full swing on this one. Apple's marketing is calling the iPad "magical". So now Apple is actually claiming laws of physics don't apply to their products. Or maybe they're alluding to the more secular definition of magic, in that they're trying to trick you into believing it is a good product when it really isn't.
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