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Apple iPad Tablet Is Launched

     
6:32 pm on Jan 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

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It's official, it is indeed called the iPad. Watching Steve Jobs live now on CNN.

NY Times has this:

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The whole point of this thing is to sell books from Apple, rather than buying them from Amazon or using Google Books.

and magazine/newspaper subscriptions, and iTunes, and apps. It's priced cheap because Apple will probably make more than the $499 back on each w/ online purchases. It's revolutionary because it's the most closed tablet ever made.

making phone and social media communications easy and quick from any location with a cell phone signal or wifi.

just a big iPhone

Could sales of iPad be detrimental to iPhone sales?

But it's not a 'phone' is it? My understanding is it will not have cellular voice capability, just data. Only VOIP, Skype, etc. and that's somewhat crippled w/o a webcam.

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I think a better comparison is a very large iPod Touch.
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I think a better comparison is a very large iPod Touch.

Yep, but a very large Touch that has 3G.

Before I got my iPhone, I had a Touch. I felt hobbled by the need to be near a Wi-Fi zone. Also, Wi-Fi is not secure enough for everyday use.

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Perhaps people in the market for an iPod Touch will get this instead. Price isn't that far off. Otherwise, it's a luxury browsing item for different rooms of the house in my eyes.

Now an Android tablet where I can swap/sync SIM chips with the Nexus One, Droid, etc. would have me saving my money; an iPad that did the same would have me a touch envious right now.

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Does this mean they will make an iTouch with 3G access as well?
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Given the lack of a real OS, I strongly doubt I'll ever buy one. I love my mac, and I love my iPhone, but a large iPhone ? No thanks.
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I watched the video last night. The hubris was wince inducing. Exagerrated descriptions like, "The keyboard is gorgeous" or "It's the best way to surf the Internet" were painful.

Jobs is notable for that style of presenting but this time there was a false or strained tone. There is nothing gorgeous about a picture of a keyboard, especially one that caused him to mistype words on it. He looked a little ridiculous holding what appeared to be a supersize iPhone. Gadgets are supposed to get smaller, not bigger.

That said, the iPhone way of manipulating on-screen data is an interesting gimmick. But I don't think that the gimmick itself justifies the price.

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unless your hands and eyes are getting better and smaller it has to stop somewhere.

just cause we like cool small things doesn't mean our hands are changing.

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unless your hands and eyes are getting better and smaller it has to stop somewhere.

just cause we like cool small things doesn't mean our hands are changing.


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But bigger is neither better. The size of that thing...
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Personally, I'd go for bigger. If I were going somewhere where I didn't quite need a notebook/netbook but needed more real estate/power than a smartphone, and I could pop my phone SIM chip (or synched clone SIM) into a 'smarttablet', grab the buds & leave the rest behind, I'd buy. Apple shanked it v1.
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What would Hitler say about it [youtube.com]?
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aww looks like all the ifans hyped this device up too much and now are upset its not flying in the air doing tricks and making them dinner.
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aww looks like all the ifans hyped this device up too much and now are upset its not flying in the air doing tricks and making them dinner.

I think people are upset it's not a not-as-powerful Macbook without a keyboard, which is really what it should have been.

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Where science is heading to? Everyday new feature(s) with R&D or Internet how to cope with? Which is the ideal one?
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I think people are upset it's not a not-as-powerful Macbook without a keyboard, which is really what it should have been

they screwed it up on all fronts, i said from the start it would be the Newton v2

There really isn't a need or home for these "tablets" why does the industry insist on pushing these out when nobody wants them...they've been around since 2002 and havn't taken off, give it up already!

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I'm afraid you will be proven wrong on this. This is unquestionably the future of magazine/newspaper delivery.

Having a poor form factor with lousy usability does not doom a concept, this will be proven to be true with the inevitable success of the iPad and all future competitors that are now scrambling to get out their version, like Google (just as they did with their phone).

This is just the beginning. I'm sure that all the naysayers are the same people that doomed the iPhone by saying it was too expensive and lacked features. What is the iPhone market share for smart phones now?

Mark this thread and and check back in a year. Tablets will be everywhere, and they will have a similar look and feel of the iPad.

And please, don't label me a fanboy.... I'm not even close. I just see the concept ot tablets like this as the future, no matter who the manufacturer is.

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You seem to think that because the iPhone was badly received initially but rebound that history will repeat itself. This is called technological determinism. It is also technological determinism to assume that some kind of tech is the future and that it will change everything yaddy yadda yadda.

Things don't work that way. There are no written scripts. The various variables that made the iPhone a success three years ago are not the same ones for the iPad. From a simple scientific point of view, thinking that events can be repeated, especially artificially repeated is like believing in religion and the boogeyman.

The variables surrounding the iPhone launch are totally different than they are today for the iPad. For a first, people have expectations about the technology, whereas three years ago, we didn't have any and none dreamt of world with app stores and thousands of developers - no matter how much you will say that Jobs and his crew were an all seeing bunch and foresaw everything. They didn't. They were just fast enough (or too slow in some accounts) to react to current market conditions.

Just the initial reaction of people thinking the iPad would be much more shows how the variables have changed. No one expected the iPhone to use something like Google Voice or a salesforce app. Few people complained about multitasking way back in 2007. It's a different world today with different rules.

I know Apple fans are a religious bunch, but I'm more interested in seeing how things will move along, rather than listen to sales pitches from failed futurists. To assume that the iPad will bring the same success the iPhone did is to assume that for one, people are idiots and will fall in line after seeing a bunch of Apple commercials.

I'd put my money of a contingency of scenarios rather than a predetermined assumption of success for the iPad and all tablets in general.

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I'm sorry, but I get it, even if others don't. I'm not a Mac-head, but my position does require that I read a few hours from the Internet a day.

Four years ago I spent $2,400 on a Fujitsu tablet PC with a 10 inch display. I've used it for at least 2 hours a day, nearly every day of the year, for the past four years until a few months ago when it contracted a virus and I couldn't find the restore CD's. I then bought a slightly used model from eBay for $600 just so that I could get the restore CD's. The reason, there wasn't ANYONE making a similar product.

Now HP does, but I don't trust Windows 7. And Apple will release the iPad in March. I will do my best to be first in line to buy mine.

There is a need, sorry if you don't undertand it.
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dataguy, exactly.

This type of product is the future, whether it's from Apple or not.
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