Skrying wrote:Bit disappointed. Basically a massive iPod Touch. I like that they'll support a keyboard dock. I like the price (even the 64GB is lower than I expected for the base model). LOVE that they're doing a no contract data plan via AT&T (well, not really the AT&T part). iWork could be an awesome application depending on how far a redesign went, coupled with the keyboard dock could be impressive. Think the hardware could be limiting. I really don't like the massive bezel. No need to make an already massive device even bigger with a black bezel.
Overall... I think it will do ok. Won't revolutionize any markets like the iPod Touch and iPhone did though. I don't expect to see every person owning one like they do a iPod Touch or iPhone.
Will say... much rather have one of these than that awesomely boring HP slate. But that's not saying much as far as my desire.
Skrying wrote:No multitasking. That's a major issue for a device of this size as well.
lordT wrote:No multitasking is an absolute show stopper for me. Having a very capable phone without it is annoying enough.
Also, about the shipping in 60 days. I remember Apple having products for sale on the day of the announcement event all the time. Am I misremembering things?
thecoldanddarkone wrote:That just tipped it in the hp slate's favor for me
axeman wrote:Developers, developers, developers.
Skrying wrote:It's about the applications. That's the key part of any of these devices. Then comes the method of getting those applications. Then comes the hardware at the end.
tanker27 wrote:Ask and ye shall receive.....look at the bottom of the page
Skrying wrote:I think everyone is aware that there will be dock adapters for SD cards, USB, etc, etc. That's not what we want. Having to carry around adapters hurts the portability and kills the potential ubiquity of a device like the iPad.
Thresher wrote:thecoldanddarkone wrote:
I think it depends on what your using it for, if it's media consumption, then this would probably win out (except 16 gigs isn't a whole lot when you think that the resolution data need is probably 4x as much). If it's productivity, I'd go with a netbook. At 500 though it's skirting the lower end laptop range.
I think they priced it in a good range, I'm not going to buy one, but I still think they priced it in the right range. I also didn't realize how expensive the kindle was.
If you can stream from iTunes on your PC, then the capacity becomes a moot issue. To me, this would be awesome.
Big, Ugly Bezel
Have you seen the bezel on this thing?! It's huge! I know you don't want to accidentally input a command when your thumb is holding it, but come on.
This is a backbreaker. If this is supposed to be a replacement for netbooks, how can it possibly not have multitasking? Are you saying I can't listen to Pandora while writing a document? I can't have my Twitter app open at the same time as my browser? I can't have AIM open at the same time as my email? Are you kidding me? This alone guarantees that I will not buy this product.
No front facing camera is one thing. But no back facing camera either? Why the hell not? I can't imagine what the downside was for including at least one camera. Could this thing not handle video iChat?
So much for Apple revolutionizing tablet inputs; this is the same big, ugly touchscreen keyboard we've seen on other tablets, and unless you're lying on the couch with your knees propping it up, it'll be awkward to use.
No HDMI Out
Want to watch those nice HD videos you downloaded from iTunes on your TV? Too damned bad! If you were truly loyal, you'd just buy an AppleTV already.
The Name iPad
Get ready for Maxi pad jokes, and lots of 'em!
No Flash is annoying but not a dealbreaker on the iPhone and iPod Touch. On something that's supposed to be closer to a netbook or laptop? It will leave huge, gaping holes in websites. I hope you don't care about streaming video! God knows not many casual internet users do. Oh wait, nevermind, they all do.
Adapters, Adapters, Adapters
So much for those smooth lines. If you want to plug anything into this, such as a digital camera, you need all sorts of ugly adapters. You need an adapter for USB for god's sake.
Update: Why stop at 8? Here are more things we are discovering that suck about the iPad.
It's Not Widescreen
Widescreen movies look lousy on this thing thanks to its 4:3 screen, according to Blam, who checked out some of Star Trek on one. It's like owning a 4:3 TV all over again!
Doesn't Support T-Mobile 3G
Sure, it's "unlocked." But it won't work on T-Mobile, and it uses microSIMs that literally no one else uses.
tanker27 wrote:Why is Flash such a deal breaker for everyone!? Seriously Flash needs to GO AWAY anyways.
I heard somewhere that they were working on a iPhone to HDMI cable? maybe I dreamed it....heh I use the component cables from my iPhone and it looks just fine broadcasting my iTunes movies.
the widescreen coupled by the bezel is really disappointing.
tanker27 wrote:which is why Flash should not be a deal breaker. Its a good thing. My guess is that those that cite Flash a a dealbreaker are huge Hulu users. /shrug
derFunkenstein wrote:...faux multitasking...
Krogoth wrote:Care to enlightenment me?